The Hymn SocietyAnnual Conference

Why We Sing: The Song, The Singer, The Singing

 

This year’s Annual Conference will be taking place digitally from July 12-16, 2020.

 

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A digital conference! This exciting new opportunity brings some changes to our typical conference structure. This year’s conference will have two registration categories: Full and Basic.

 

Full Conference Registration includes:

+Morning Prayers
+Plenary Addresses
+Featured Sessions
+Sectionals
+Interactive Conversations
+Social Gatherings
+Evening Hymn Events

Full conference registrants will have access to events both in real-time and through December 31 in our conference archives.

 

Basic Conference Registration includes:

    +Morning Prayers
    +Plenary Addresses
    +Featured Sessions
    +Evening Hymn Events

    Basic conference registrants will have access to events both in real-time and through July 31 in our conference archives.

    2020 Conference VIPs

    2020 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

    (All times listed in EDT)
    2:00 pmConference Meeting Room* Open
    4:00 pmOrgan Recital - Charlie FrostSponsored!
    5:00 pmConference Meeting Room* Closed
    First Timers' ReceptionSponsor this Reception
    7:30 pmEvening Event- Tom Trenney: "Will You Come and Follow Me?"Sponsored!
    9:00 pmLovelace Gathering

    Sectionals

    20+ Sectionals will be provided before the conference begins as pre-recorded content. Full Conference Registrants will have access to these to watch on their own time. Take advantage of the breaks in the schedule to view them!

    *A Zoom Meeting room available during the conference with a Hymn Society representative always available to help answer your questions or just to socialize if you’d like to chat with some folks during the conference.

    9:00 amDaily Schedule (with links) sent out
    Conference Meeting Room* Open
    10:00 amMorning Prayer - Felicia PattonSponsored by Bill Pate
    10:15 amWelcome & Announcements
    10:20 amEmily Swan Perkins Plenary - Miriam Therese Winter MMS: "Why We Sing: The Song"Sponsored by Deborah Carlton Loftis, FHS
    11:15 amBreak
    12:00 pmFeatured Session I - Tom Trenney "And May God Give Us Faith to Sing Always"Sponsor this Session
    Featured Session II - Emerging Scholars ForumSponsor this Session
    1:00 pmBreak
    2:30 pmBreakout Conversation: "Digital Worship Best Practices"
    4:00 pmBreak
    5:00 pmConference Meeting Room* Closed
    7:30 pmEvening Event - Kim Harris: "Song of Faith, Songs Of Freedom: African American Freedom Traditions"Sponsored by Charles Frost

    Sectionals

    20+ Sectionals will be provided before the conference begins as pre-recorded content. Full Conference Registrants will have access to these to watch on their own time. Take advantage of the breaks in the schedule to view them!

    *A Zoom Meeting room available during the conference with a Hymn Society representative always available to help answer your questions or just to socialize if you’d like to chat with some folks during the conference.

    9:00 amDaily Schedule (with links) sent out
    Conference Meeting Room* Open
    10:00 amMorning Prayer - Felicia PattonSponsor this Prayer
    10:15 amAnnouncements
    10:20 amPlenary II - Donald Schell: "Why We Sing: The Singer"Sponsor this Plenary
    11:15 amBreak
    12:00 pmFeatured Session III - Paul Richardson, FHS & Margaret Leask "THS History Gathering Time"
    Featured Session IV - Circlesinging with Brian Hehn & Guest Youth Choir
    1:00 pmBreak
    2:30 pmBreakout Conversation: "Singing During the Pandemic"
    4:00 pmBreak
    5:00 pmConference Meeting Room* Closed
    7:30 pmEvening Event - Saya Ojiri: "Known By God: New Expressions of Faith in Asia"Sponsored by Andreas and Tracy Teich

    Sectionals

    20+ Sectionals will be provided before the conference begins as pre-recorded content. Full Conference Registrants will have access to these to watch on their own time. Take advantage of the breaks in the schedule to view them!

    *A Zoom Meeting room available during the conference with a Hymn Society representative always available to help answer your questions or just to socialize if you’d like to chat with some folks during the conference.

    9:00 amDaily Schedule (with links) sent out
    Conference Meeting Room* Open
    10:00 amMorning Prayer - Felicia PattonSponsor this Prayer
    10:15 amAnnouncements
    10:20 amPlenary III - Alisha Lola Jones: "Why We Sing: The Singing"Sponsor this Plenary
    11:15 amBreak
    12:00 pmFeatured Session V - Monique Ingalls "Musical Modes of Congregating: Rehabilitating a Socio-Musical Term for Twenty-First Century Christian Communities"Sponsor this Session
    Featured Session VI - DJ Bulls "A Cappella Sunday: Resources and Ideas"Sponsor this Session
    1:00 pmBreak
    2:30 pmBreakout Conversation: "Wrap-up and Synthesizing - The Song, The Singer, The Singing"
    4:00 pmBreak
    5:00 pmConference Meeting Room* Closed
    7:30 pmEvening Event- Diana Sanchez-Bushong: "Everything Old is New Again"Sponsor this Festival

    Sectionals

    20+ Sectionals will be provided before the conference begins as pre-recorded content. Full Conference Registrants will have access to these to watch on their own time. Take advantage of the breaks in the schedule to view them!

    *A Zoom Meeting room available during the conference with a Hymn Society representative always available to help answer your questions or just to socialize if you’d like to chat with some folks during the conference.

    12:00 pmAnnual Business Meeting

    The Annual Business Meeting is open to all members of The Hymn Society, which includes all full registrants for this summer’s conference. The meeting will be 90 minutes or less with an address from the Executive Director, President, Treasurer, and more on the status of The Hymn Society. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 12:00 PM EDT.

    2020 CONFERENCE LOGISTICS

    As many Sectionals as possible will be pre-recorded and distributed to Full Conference Registrants.

     

    For Sectional Titles, Leaders, and Descriptions, Click Here.

    The Hymn Society’s first ever digital conference will be hosted on two main platforms: our own website and Zoom webinar & meetings. The conference website will be password protected and only available to those who have registered for the conference. The Zoom links and connection information will be communicated thoroughly before each session.

     

    If you’ve never used Zoom before, you can test it using this link: https://zoom.us/test

     

    We will also be hosting two technology test/help sessions before the conference begins. Registrants will be invited to attend these sessions if they would like to test their connections and make sure they are comfortable with all the technology before the conference begins. Hymn Society staff members will be ready to help you with any issues you have so that when the conference begins you’ll be prepared.

    Advance Rates (register by June 15)

    Full Conference Member: $395

    Full Conference Non-Member: $485

    Full Conference Student: $250

    Basic Conference Member: $250

    Basic Conference Non-Member: $300

    Sponsorships are available at various levels:

     

    Emily Swan Perkins Plenary: $2,500 Sponsored!

    Plenary Address: $1,500 each

    Hymn Festival: $1,200 each

    Other Events – Receptions, Featured Sessions, and more…: $500, $750, & $1,000

    Sectional: $250 each

    Morning Prayer: $150 each

     

    Corporate sponsorships are also available. If you are interested, please contact Courtney Murtaugh at courtney@thehymnsociety.org.

     

    Sponsorships of other amounts are also gratefully accepted! Just make a donation and include a comment that the donation is for the Annual Conference.

    Why and How was this decision made?
    The decision to move to a fully digital conference this year was made by The Hymn Society’s Executive Committee and Staff. While it took weeks of careful consideration and planning, we held off on making the final decision until we heard that Emory University had canceled all non-University summer events on their campus.

     

    Are the presenters the same?
    Yes! We are so grateful that the clinicians originally scheduled to present at our conference have agreed to work on shifting their presentations to work digitally. Some of the presentations, like the smaller breakout sessions, will be pre-recorded videos that you can access at your own pace. Other sessions, like the Plenary Addresses, are scheduled to be presented live using Zoom Webinar. The live sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants after the conference as well.

     

    What if I’m nervous about the technology needed to attend?
    The Hymn Society staff is here to help! Take a look at the “technology” section on the web page for more information about how we plan to host this conference.

     

    What if I am hurting financially due to the pandemic but would still like to attend?
    We don’t want finances to be a barrier for anyone to attend our conference, especially if the recent pandemic is the reason. Please contact us to let us know you need assistance by emailing office@thehymnsociety.org.

     

    Will The Hymn Society host their conference in Atlanta next year instead?
    No. The Hymn Society has already made wonderful and thorough plans to be in Grand Rapids, Michigan for our 2021 conference. We hope sometime in the future we will return to Atlanta, but for the next few years our summer conference locations are already set.

     

    What is the best email to send questions to?
    Please send all conference related emails to: office@thehymnsociety.org.

     

    What is the best phone number to call for questions?
    Please call our main phone number: 1-800-843-4966