The Hymn Society2022 Annual Conference

 

Sing the World God Imagines

Washington, DC
Catholic University of America

July 17-21, 2022

 

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Sing the world God imagines: a bold imperative to be sure. But perhaps exactly the instruction to be reminded of right now.

In the two years since the World Health Organization declared a global coronavirus pandemic, almost everyone has had to imagine and enact new ways of living, being, and working together. For many members of The Hymn Society, that has meant new ways of ministering, teaching, and music-making, along with embracing opportunities for digital and virtual gatherings when we so longed to be in-person, singing together. As the 2022 conference committee faithfully met to plan and dream for this summer’s conference, they were buoyed by the energy and promise of our Society’s centennial celebration and looking ahead in hope to an in-person gathering, while also tethered in the current season of pandemic, divisiveness, inequality, and discrimination.

The committee reflected on such questions as “where is singing going?” “what difference does singing make now and in the world to come?” and “how can God use our songs?” In a season when it may have been easier to be silent, the church’s song continued. In a world that is deeply hurting, we keep singing. We sing of love. Of justice. Of righteousness. Of peace. We sing our praise, our pain, our protest. We sing to remember. We sing of a new world to come. We sing the world God imagines.

As The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada commemorates its one hundredth anniversary, we pause to honor the past and the roots from which we grow. We celebrate this milestone and the Society’s achievements, and give thanks for God’s continued faithfulness. But we also look ahead to ways that we, as a Society, can more fully live into our mission to encourage, promote, and enliven congregational singing and to thank God in advance for the work of the next century.

What does a ‘second century’ Hymn Society look like? Join us this summer as we dream together and strive to live into our mission to faithfully encourage, promote, and enliven congregational singing. We look forward to welcoming you as we connect our songs with others around the globe, lifting our voices in all languages and in all places to sing the world God imagines.

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2022 Conference Leaders

Full Schedule

2:00 pm Housing/Registration & Bookstore Open
4:00 pm Organ Recital
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Opening Hymn Festival: Stanley Thurston

Digital Option

The following events will be streamed live for digital participants:

  • Opening Hymn Festival: Stanley Thurston
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Opening Worship Service: “The Paradox of Pentecost: A Plurality of Ways to Pray, Praise and Protest” - Morning Prayer Team and Cynthia A. Wilson
9:45 am Refreshments/Conversation Break
10:00 am Welcome & Announcements
10:30 am Plenary Address: "May the Breath of Life surge within us: Ritual music and performativity" - Martin Hoondert of IAH
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Sectionals I
2:30 pm Sectionals II
4:00 pm Featured Session I: "Organ Hymn Improvisation Lecture Recital" - Patrick Alston
Featured Session II: "The Spirit of Awakening in Japanese Baptist Hymns and Worship" - Mikako Ehara
Emerging Scholars Forum
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Hymn Festival: "Sing the Peace God Imagines: A 'Voices Together' Festival" - Adam Tice & the "Voices Together" Team

Digital Option

The following events will be streamed live for digital participants:

  • Opening Worship Service: “The Paradox of Pentecost: A Plurality of Ways to Pray, Praise and Protest” – Morning Prayer Team and Cynthia A. Wilson
  • Welcome & Announcements
  • Plenary Address: Martin Hoondert of IAH
  • Sectional: “Singing For a New Jerusalem” – Gillian Warson
  • Sectional: “The Nigerian Christian Songs Project: Building Bridges through Narrating a Hymn Heritage” – Monique Ingalls, Ayobami Ayanyinka, Emmanuella Chesirri, & Matthew Amuro
  • Featured Session II: “The Spirit of Awakening in Japanese Baptist Hymns and Worship” – Mikako Ehara
  • Hymn Festival: “Sing the Peace God Imagines: A ‘Voices Together’ Festival” – Adam Tice & the “Voices Together” Team

 

The following events will be recorded for later viewing:

  • Sectional: “Imagining Japanese Hymns in a World God Imagines” – Hikari Miyazaki, Makihiko Arase, & Ryuichi Mizuno
  • Sectional: “Into My Life Your Power Breaks Through” – John Ambrose, FHS
  • Sectional: “Dangerous Imaginings: A Hymnic Heritage that Shaped the World” – Janet Wootton
  • Sectional: “Introducing Sing A New Creation, the Anglican Church of Canada’s forthcoming hymn book supplement” – Ken Hull & Becca Whitla
  • Featured Session I: “Organ Hymn Improvisation Lecture Recital” – Patrick Alston
  • Emerging Scholars Forum
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Morning Prayer & Announcements
9:00 am Plenary Address: "From the Inside Out: Scoping the Story of Hillsong Music"- Tanya Riches
10:00 am Refreshments/Conversation Break
10:30 am International "Short Metre" Plenaries
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Sectionals III
2:30 pm Free Time/Break
4:00 pm Centennial Celebration Hymn Festival - Ben Brody
5:30 pm Cocktails & Mocktails
6:00 pm 100th Anniversary Gala

Digital Option

The following events will be streamed live for digital participants:

  • Morning Prayer & Announcements
  • Plenary Address: “From the Inside Out: Scoping the Story of Hillsong Music”- Tanya Riches
  • International “Short Metre” Plenaries
  • Sectional: “To sing the world God imagines in many languages” – Esther Handschin
  • Centennial Celebration Hymn Festival – Ben Brody

 

The following events will be recorded for later viewing:

  • Sectional: “Singing the Narrative Lectionary” – Chris Shelton
  • Sectional: “Amazing Grace: A Glimpse of Diversified Congregational Songs from Taiwan” – Chi Yi Chen Wolbrink, Chin-Hsing Lee, & Eponine Wei-Nong Wang
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Morning Prayer & Announcements
9:00 am Plenary: International Leaders Round Table
10:00 am Refreshments/Conversation Break
10:30 am Sectionals IV
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Sightseeing on Your Own in D.C.
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Hymn Festival: "¡Que Cante Toda la Tierra! / Let All the Earth Sing!" - Carlos Colón and Peter Kolar

Digital Option

The following events will be streamed live for digital participants:

  • Morning Prayer & Announcements
  • Plenary: International Leaders Round Table
  • Sectional: “Decolonizing Binary Language: Incorporating Intersex People in Congregational Song” – Stephanie Budwey
  • Hymn Festival: “¡Que Cante Toda la Tierra! / Let All the Earth Sing!” – Carlos Colón and Peter Kolar

 

The following events will be recorded for later viewing:

  • Sectional: “Hymns by African American Holiness, Methodist, and Pentecostal Bishops” – James Abbington, FHS
  • Sectional: “Benjamin Franklin printing Prelude to the New World, Beissel’s hymnbook Vorspiel der Neuen Welt” – Elisabeth Fillmann
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Morning Prayer & Announcements
9:00 am Emily Swan Perkins Plenary Address: "Beyond Statehood: The Role of Songs in Advancing the National Identity of Antigua and Barbuda" - Mikie Roberts
10:00 am Refreshments/Conversation Break
10:30 am Hymnal Showcase: "Gather" 4th Edition - GIA Publications
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Sectionals V
2:30 pm Breakout Conversations
4:00 pm Featured Session III: "Singing Box 331: Re-Sounding Eighteenth-Century Mohican Hymns from the Moravian Archives" - Sarah Eyerly
Featured Session IV: "Protest and Piety in Latin American Congregational Music" - Marcell Silva Steuernagel
Featured Session V: "The Legacy of I-To Loh" - C. Michael Hawn, FHS
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Hymn Festival: "Sing the WORLD God Imagines" - Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra

Digital Option

The following events will be streamed live for digital participants:

  • Morning Prayer & Announcements
  • Emily Swan Perkins Plenary Address: “Beyond Statehood: The Role of Songs in Advancing the National Identity of Antigua and Barbuda” – Mikie Roberts
  • Sectional: “Sur-Sangam and Punjabi Zabur (Psalms 24:7–10): Messianic and Missiological Perspective in the Indian Subcontinent” – Eric Sarwar
  • Featured Session IV: “Protest and Piety in Latin American Congregational Music” – Marcell Silva Steuernagel
  • Hymn Festival: “Sing the WORLD God Imagines” – Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra

The following events will be recorded for later viewing:

  • Sectional: “The Hymns of Timothy Dudley-Smith” – David W. Music, FHS
  • Sectional: “Time on My Hands and a Song in My Heart: Preparing to Sing What God Imagines” – Marilyn Haskel
  • Featured Session III: “Singing Box 331: Re-Sounding Eighteenth-Century Mohican Hymns from the Moravian Archives” – Sarah Eyerly
  • Featured Session V: “The Legacy of I-To Loh” – C. Michael Hawn, FHS
8:30 am Departure

As always, we will be holding Hymn Festivals in various churches around the city. This year, attendees will have two options for getting from campus to the Festival venue.

The first is to utilize public transit. CUA is located next to the Brentwood-CUA metro station, and all of our venues are located within three blocks of a station. Metro cards can be purchased at any station, and fares range from $2.00-$6.00. For our events, though, prices should not exceed $3.00 per trip. Metro cards can also be used on city buses, should that option appeal to you.

The second option is to be bused directly to the venue from campus on buses arranged by The Hymn Society. This can be purchased during the registration process for $75, and covers transportation to all off-site events.

This year, The Hymn Society’s Annual Conference will be accessible both in-person and digitally. Due to the nature of running a hybrid event, the experience of the digital option will be a bit different from how our last two conferences went. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Digital participants will be able to stream all Plenary events, including the Short Metre Plenaries.
  • All Hymn Festivals will also be streamed live.
  • One Featured Session during each time slot will be streamed live. The other Featured Sessions will be recorded for later viewing.
  • One Sectional in each of the five time slots will be streamed live. We will record two additional Sectionals per time slot. Any Sectionals that are originally presented digitally will also be accessible to digital participants.

 

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.

Washington, D.C. is a very accessible city! With a train station, plenty of bus connections, and three major airports, it’s no problem at all to get here without a car—though driving is a great option, too. Washington, D.C., also benefits from a sprawling metro network, which allows for quick, affordable transportation without having to rely on taxis or rideshare apps (which are, of course, also efficient options). We’ll be staying at The Catholic University of America, which is located at the Brookland-CUA metro station on the Red line. Here’s some information to help with your arrival.

 

Train

Amtrak connects Washington to scores of other locations across the country. Union Station is the city’s terminal, located just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. It also happens to be on the metro’s Red line, so if you come by train, just follow the signs to the metro station down below, hop on the Red line in the Glenmont direction, and you will arrive directly to the campus.

 

Bus

Multiple bus companies also utilize Union Station as their terminus (with Flixbus being one notable exception, which stops several blocks away). The station’s website includes links to the various companies, from which you can book a ticket. Like taking the train, once you arrive at Union Station you can follow the signs down to the metro station, get on the Red line towards Glenmont, and then you’ll soon arrive at the Brookland-CUA stop right next to campus.

 

Plane

The city is serviced by three airports: Washington National (DCA), Dulles International (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington International (BWI). Once you arrive at the airport, here’s how to get to the school:

 

DCA: The airport is serviced by the Yellow and Blue metro lines. Take the Yellow line towards Greenbelt and then switch to the Red line towards Glenmont at Gallery Place/Chinatown. Get off at the Brookland-CUA station.

 

IAD: The city’s hope is that the Silver line extension to the airport will be ready by February 2022. If that is the case, then you will be able to get on the metro, switch to the Red line towards Glenmont at Metro Center, and then get off at Brookland-CUA. If it is not ready by July, shuttle buses are currently running the last few miles between the airport and Wiehle-Reston East, the current end of the Silver line, and from there you can follow the same instructions.

 

BWI: Though located closer to Baltimore, it is also easy to get to Washington from here. Across from the airport there is a train station where you can take Amtrak or MARC (local rail company) to Union Station. From there, follow the signs down to the metro station and take the Red line towards Glenmont. Get off at Brookland-CUA. Shuttles are also available from the airport.

 

Car

It is also easy to arrive by car. CUA’s website has specific directions for drivers. If using a navigator, the school’s address is 620 Michigan Ave NE Washington, DC 20064. Though not downtown, those arriving by car should still anticipate city traffic conditions. Parking on campus is plentiful and is available at a cost of $10 per day. Be sure to select that option when registering.

In-person Registration Fees

Early Bird: Through March 15
Advance: March 16-June 14
Regular: June 15 or later

Early Bird Advance Regular
Member  $          395.00  $ 410.00  $ 445.00
Non-Member  $          470.00  $ 485.00  $ 535.00
International (Outside US or Canada)  $          350.00  $ 395.00  $ 410.00
Student  $          295.00  $ 335.00  $ 370.00
Single Day  $          160.00  $ 175.00  $ 200.00

 

Digital Option Registration Fees

Before June 15 June 15 and after
Member  $          275.00  $              295.00
Non-Member  $          295.00  $              320.00

 

Additional Fees

Meal Plan: $175.00

Housing (single occupancy in suites/apartment style rooms): $245.00

Additional night of housing: $50.00

Bus transportation package: $75.00

Campus Parking (Sunday 17th-morning of Friday 22nd): $50.00

 

*NB: The Gala Banquet is included in the price of in-person conference registration.

 

We are excited to feature limited-edition merchandise in recognition of our centennial year! These can be purchased during online registration for the conference and can be picked up upon arrival in July.

 

100-Year T-shirt (True Navy): $22
Available sizes: S-2XL

 

100-Year Windbreaker (New Royal): $35
Available sizes: S-3XL

 

100-Year Hoodie Sweatshirt (Heather Gray): $35
Available sizes: S-3XL

Coming Soon

As the capital of the United States of America, the city is full of things to do! We’ve built in an afternoon for you to explore what the city has to offer, and you’re welcome to extend your stay before or after our conference to enjoy DC. Check out the city’s official tourism website for more information. Some popular ideas to consider are:

  • Smithsonian Museums
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Monuments on the National Mall
  • Georgetown
  • Wharf/Navy Yard
  • Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
  • National Zoo
  • Rock Creek Park
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • Saint John Paul II National Shrine
  • Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America