The Hymn Society2023 Annual Conference

Land, Language, and Liberation

Montréal, Québec
McGill University

July 16-19, 2023


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2023 Conference Leaders

2:00 pm Registration Opens
4:00 pm Organ Recital - Isabelle Demers
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Hymn Festival: "Jesus My Joy" - Frédéricka Petit-Homme Sponsor this Event
After Festival Activity: First Timer's Reception Sponsor this Event

7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Morning Prayer Sponsor this Event
9:00 am Emily Swan Perkins Plenary Address: "Vba isht taloa: Gospel Songs that make us Choctaw" - Kenny Wallace Sponsor this Event
10:30 am Plenary Round Table: Complicated Questions in Canadian Congregational Song - Conference Chairs Becca Whitla & Anneli Loepp Thiessen, Panel Facilitators Sponsor this Event
12:00 pm Lunch (Connection Table: Choir Directors)
Lovelace Luncheon Sponsor this Event
1:30 pm Connection Zones
3:15 pm Sectionals I Sponsor a Sectional
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Hymn Festival - Jonathan Maracle Sponsor this Event

7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Morning Prayer Sponsor this Event
9:00 am Plenary Address: "Tacit Resistance in the Singing Tradition of the United Church of Zambia" - Kuzipa Nalwamba Sponsor this Event
10:30 am Featured Session I: Québec Culture, History, and Context through Song - Valérie Magnan & Marco Bossé Sponsor this Event
Featured Session II: Round Table: Multilingual Congregational Singing Sponsor this Event
Featured Session III: Emerging Scholars Forum Sponsor this Event
12:00 pm Lunch (Connection Tables: Pastors, Organists)
1:30 pm Sectionals II Sponsor a Sectional
3:15 pm Sectionals III Sponsor a Sectional
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Hymn Festival - Robert Lebel
After Festival Activity: Pub & Poutine Night

7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Morning Prayer Sponsor this Event
9:00 am Plenary Address: "Can Anything Good Come from a Canadian Nazareth? Re-evaluating Significant Spaces and Places in the History of Contemporary Praise & Worship" - Lester Ruth Sponsored by Andreas and Tracy Teich
10:30 am Featured Session IV: Land, Language, & Liberation from a Latin American Perspective – Red Crearte Sponsor this Event
Featured Session V: Trauma, Healing, and Embodiment: Reclamation in the Worship Practices of LGBTQ Christian Movements in North America and Asia – SueAnn Shiah Sponsor this Event
Featured Session VI: Those Hearts that We Have Treasured: Celebrating 100 years of Singing in the United Church of Canada – Becca Whitla & Friends Sponsor this Event
12:00 pm Lunch (Connection Tables: Higher Education Professors, Worship Band Leaders)
1:30 pm Sectionals IV Sponsor a Sectional
3:15 pm Sectionals V Sponsor a Sectional
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Hymn Festival - Leslie Jordan Sponsor this Event

Once again, The Hymn Society’s Annual Conference will be accessible both in-person and digitally. Here’s what digital attendees can expect:

  • All Plenary events will be streamed live.
  • All Hymn Festivals will also be streamed live.
  • One Featured Session during each time slot will be streamed live.
  • One Sectional in each of the five time slots will be streamed live. Any Sectionals that are originally presented digitally will also be accessible to digital participants.


All events that are streamed will also be recorded for later viewing. All digitally accessible material, whether streamed live or recorded, will be available to view online for an extended period after the end of the conference.

(March 16-June 14)
(June 15 and after)
Member $450.00 $475.00
Non-Member $500.00 $535.00
Student or Participating Spouse/Partner $335.00 $370.00
Single Day $175.00 $200.00


Before June 15 June 15 and after
Digital $325.00 $350.00


Conference Meal Plan: $225.00

Single Occupancy room with hall bath (not air conditioned) – 4 nights: $300.00

Double Occupancy hotel-style room with private bath (air conditioned) – 4 nights: $360.00

Bus Transportation Fee: $30



We understand that plans can change. If you find you cannot attend the conference after you’ve registered, you may wish instead to invite a friend to come in your place. Full refunds of conference fees are available prior to June 1. Refunds requested after June 1 are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please note that all fees include a non-refundable $100 administrative charge. To request a cancellation or other change affecting your fees, contact

Coaches will be used very little during this year’s conference, as most churches are within walking distance from the university’s campus.


McGill University does not allow golf carts on campus.

McGill University is conveniently located in the heart of Montréal. Here how you can get to the campus:


McGill University
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, Québec H3A 0G4


By plane

You’ll land at Trudeau International Airport. You can get downtown on the public transit 747 bus, by taxi (flat rate to downtown zone), or pick up a rental car at the airport.


By train

You’ll arrive at the Gare Centrale with either VIA Rail or Amtrak. This station is linked to public transit.


By bus

You’ll arrive at the Gare d’autocars de Montréal. Take either public transit or a taxi to campus.


More information for getting to the city.


Reminder to attendees coming from the United States: Be sure your passport is valid for several months after our conference ends. If it is not, apply to renew it right away!

Emily Swan Perkins Plenary: $2,500

Plenary Address: $1,750

Hymn Festival: $1,500

Lovelace Scholars Luncheon (3 available): $1,250

First Timers Gathering (3 available): $1,000

Featured Session: $750

Refreshment Break: $500

Morning Prayer: $150


One: $275
Two: $500
Three: $750

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The Hymn Society Executive Committee is engaged in an ongoing process of articulating and reviewing a process in the event of instances of sexual harassment within this community. We hope it will never be necessary, but we take seriously our responsibility to be prepared for any eventuality. Our goal is to take a trauma-informed approach to any reports.
We are committed to ensuring that all our activities uphold our stated mission: “We believe that the holy act of singing together shapes faith, heals brokenness, transforms lives, and renews peace.” As such, The Hymn Society aims to foster a safe environment for all people. We do not tolerate sexual harassment or abuse in any shape or form in the context of our gatherings. We also aim to provide a clear pathway for reporting traumas or unwanted incidents.
In the event of an incident or trauma, please reach out to any member of the Executive Committee (or ask someone you trust to make this disclosure on your behalf), who will inform the Executive Director, President Elect, or Past President, as appropriate. We will honor the sensitivity of all reports, and will protect the confidentiality of the complainant. 

McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose presence marks this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.