The Hymn Society2021 Annual Conference

 

Singing Welcome?

 

All-Digital

July 11-15, 2021

 

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SINGING WELCOME?

Yes, there’s a question mark there: Singing welcome? If you’ve tried to sing welcome, you know this commitment raises certain questions: how do we sing welcome in an age of so much division? Do we truly welcome everyone? How about those we vehemently disagree with, or who don’t want to welcome others? How does power and race and wealth and gender–how do all of these things play a role in the way we sing welcome? How do we connect our songs about welcome to a culture of hospitality, so that our singing isn’t just empty words to make us feel good? And perhaps in this season of pandemic, what does it mean to sing welcome when our gatherings might still be limited?

2021 Conference Leaders

9:00 am Daily Schedule with Links Sent Out
12:00 pm Video Premiere: "The future of Hymnary.org: Introducing My.Hymnary" - Harry Plantinga
2:00 pm Hospitality Room Opens
4:00 pm Organ Recital - Kola Owolabi
--- Sponsored by George M Hartung Memorial Fund ---
5:00 pm Hospitality Room Closes
First Timers' Reception Sponsor this Event
7:00 pm Opening Evening Event: "Midwife, Prophet and Fool: God’s Dream and Congregational Song" - Jorge Lockward
--- Sponsored by Charles D. Frost ---
9:00 pm Informal THS Hangout

All times EDT

9:00 am Daily Schedule with Links Sent Out
Hospitality Room Opens
9:45 am Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice Warm-Up Videos with Grace Schwanda
10:00 am Morning Prayer
10:20 am Welcome/Announcements/Engagement
10:30 am Emily Swan Perkins Plenary Address: "As The Spirit Gives Us Utterance: Singing with Pentecost(al) Humility" - Margaret Aymer
--- Sponsored by Deborah Carlton Loftis, FHS, Paul A. Richardson, FHS, and Susan Richardson in Memory of Hugh Thomas McElrath, FHS ---
11:45 am Break
12:00 pm Featured Session I: "Singing Welcome?" Setting the Stage - 2021 Program Committee Sponsor this Event
1:00 pm Break
1:30 pm Informal THS Hangout
3:00 pm Roundtable Forum: A Conversation with Harry Plantinga about the Future of Hymnary.org
4:30 pm Break
5:00 pm Hospitality Room Closes
7:00 pm Evening Event Livestream: "SINGING SAWUBONA" - Proskuneo Ministries Sponsor this Event
9:00 pm Informal THS Hangout

All times EDT

9:00 am Daily Schedule with Links Sent Out
Hospitality Room Opens
9:45 am Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice Warm-Up Videos with Grace Schwanda
10:00 am Morning Prayer
10:20 am Welcome/Announcements/Engagement
10:30 am Plenary Address: "[Re-] Framing Welcome through Song" - Martin Tel
--- Sponsored by Andreas and Tracy Teich ---
11:45 am Break
12:00 pm Featured Session II: "Congregational Song & Gendered Language" - Slats Toole Sponsor this Event
Featured Session III: "Introducing 'All Creation Sings'" - Jennifer Baker-Trinity, David Sims & John Weit Sponsor this Event
1:00 pm Break
1:30 pm Informal THS Hangout
3:00 pm Roundtable Forum: "Singing Welcome in the Hymn Society" - Hilary Donaldson and Panel
4:30 pm Break
5:00 pm Hospitality Room Closes
7:00 pm Evening Event Livestream: "All Are Welcome" - Emily Brink, FHS, Larry Visser & Bob Batastini, FHS
--- Sponsored by George M Hartung Memorial Fund ---
9:00 pm Informal THS Hangout

All times EDT

9:00 am Daily Schedule with Links Sent Out
Hospitality Room Opens
9:45 am Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice Warm-Up Videos with Grace Schwanda
10:00 am Morning Prayer
10:20 am Welcome/Announcements/Engagement
10:30 am Plenary Address: "Singing to Become Rooted and Grounded in Love" - Elizabeth Conde-Frazier Sponsor this Event
11:45 am Break
12:00 pm Featured Session IV: "Trickster, Traitor, Translator" - Mary Louise Bringle, FHS, María Cornou & Andrew Donaldson
Featured Session V: "Bind Us Together: building bridges between people of all cultures" - Sunghee Kim & Kartika Putri Sponsor this Event
1:00 pm Break
1:30 pm Informal THS Hangout
3:00 pm Roundtable Forum: "The Promise of Our Second Century" - John Thornburg, FHS, and Panel
4:30 pm Break
5:00 pm Hospitality Room Closes
7:00 pm Evening Event Livestream: "Hymns of Hope" - Tony Alonso
--- Sponsored by GIA Publications, Inc. ---
9:00 pm Informal THS Hangout

All times EDT

12:00 pm Annual Business Meeting

All times EDT

Those who register for the Full Conference package have access to over thirty sectionals that will be offered this year. Like our previous conference, these will be made available online for registrants to view at their convenience. Some sectionals, however, will take place live and be recorded for later viewing. Mark your calendars for the live sessions so you don’t miss out!

Live Sectional Schedule (all times EDT)

Tuesday, June 15 3:00 PM Radical Hospitality Through Song and Sound Marcell Silva Steuernagel
Tuesday, June 15 6:00 PM Hymnody of the African American Diaspora Hale Thompson
Thursday, June 17 6:00 PM From East and West, From North and South: Are You Ready? Slats Toole & Noel Werner
Tuesday, June 22 3:00 PM “Psallite” — congregational song that invites participation Paul Inwood
Thursday, June 24 1:00 PM Hardcore Hymnody: A lecture recital Nathan Myrick
Thursday, June 24 3:00 PM A Holy Discomfort: The Spiritual Work of Singing Welcome Amanda Udis-Kessler
Thursday, June 24 6:00 PM How to use what we’ve learned. Lessons in remote worship from the pandemic Louise Mundinger
Tuesday, June 29 1:00 PM Victorian Children: Seen But Not Heard…Singing? Alisa Clapp-Itnyre
Tuesday, June 29 3:00 PM Hymns are not just for singing anymore Mark Lawson
Tuesday, June 29 6:00 PM Writers’ Round Table: How Do We Write Welcome? James Brumm
Thursday, July 1 3:00 PM Hymns for the Faith Journey, texts by R. Frederick Crider, Jr., tunes by Iteke Prins Iteke Prins
Thursday, July 1 4:30 PM Practices of Psalmody: A Congregational Singing for Muslim-Christian Friendship in the 21st Century Eric Sarwar
Thursday, July 1 6:00 PM TUTSIAJUK: – Celebrating Inuit and Moravian Song from the Labrador Coast David Buley

 

Writing Colloquiums

Wednesday, July 7th 5:00 PM Text Writers Colloquium Alan Hommerding
Thursday, July 8th 5:00 PM Tune Writers Colloquium Sally Ann Morris
Friday, July 9th 5:00 PM Song Writers Colloquium Isaac Wardell

 

Pre-Recorded Sectionals

Sing of Belonging: Worship, Music, and Community Mental Health Ministry Hillary Doerries
Singing Welcome with Voices Together Sarah Kathleen Johnson & Anneli Loepp Thiessen
Geoffrey Beaumont’s “Twentieth Century Folk Mass”: When Execution Doesn’t Match the Vision Michael Silhavy
I Danced in the Morning – the Life and Songs of Sydney Carter John Ambrose, FHS
“Unite Our Hearts”: Fifty-Four Hymn Texts by Women Barbara Bridge & Scot Crandal
Wonders in Your Word James Clemens
God, We Praise You, a Collection of Hymns from the Jubilate Group Carl P. Daw, FHS
“We Sing of God!” Scott Hyslop
Highlighting New Voices Paul Robinson & Brian Hehn
The Hymn Tunes of Richard Wayne Dirksen David Schaap
Sing No Empty Alleluias Chris Shelton
Unbound Adam Tice
Welcoming Spaces Joyce Borger
Jazz and Improvisation as Hospitality Paul Robinson
Horatio Spafford Meets Kirk Franklin Raymond Trapp
Carlton Young in Conversation Matthew Phelps & Carlton R. Young, FHS

 

Click here to read descriptions of the various programs that will be offered during our conference.

Click any of the links below to sponsor an event:

Emily Swan Perkins Plenary: $2,500 Sponsored!

Plenary Address: $1,500

Evening Hymn Event: $1,250

Special Reception: $1,000

Featured Session: $750

Sectional: $250

Morning Prayer: $150

To make a general conference sponsorship, click here.

To donate to the Lovelace Scholarship, click here.

Two packages are available for our Annual Conference: Full and Basic.

The Basic Package includes:

  1. Morning Prayers
  2. Plenaries
  3. Featured Sessions
  4. Evening Events (which are free & open to the public)
  5. Digital Archives available through August 15, 2021

The Full Package includes all of the above, as well as:

  1. Sectionals (over 30 hours of content)
  2. Afternoon Round Table Forums
  3. Digital Archives available through December 31, 2021

Conference Prices

Full Conference
Member: $450
Non-Member : $535
Student: $325
Basic Conference
Member: $325
Non-Member: $375
Student: $250