The Hymn SocietyAnnual Conference 2019

This year’s Annual Conference theme
is “Each Breath Is Borrowed Air.”

July 14-18, 2019
Dallas, TX

Registration Opens January 1st

Conference VIPs


2:00 pm Registration and Bookstore Open
4:00 pm Organ Recital - TBD Sponsor This Organ Recital
5:30 pm Dinner (On campus)
7:30 pm Opening Hymn Festival - Thomas Pavlechko & Michael Conrady Sponsor This Hymn Festival
9:00 pm First Timer's Reception Sponsor This Reception

Saturday's Special Event

First Timers' Reception

Join members of The Hymn Society’s Executive Committee and staff at a welcome reception. A brief introduction to the conference and The Hymn Society will be given so you can easily navigate the conference and quickly jump into enjoying The Hymn Society family.

7:15 am Breakfast (On Campus)
8:30 pm Morning Prayer Sponsor This Morning Prayer
9:15 am Plenary I - Mark Charles Sponsor This Plenary
10:45 am Sectionals I (Breakout Sessions) Sponsor A Sectional
12:00 pm Lunch (On Campus)
1:30 pm Sectionals II Sponsor A Sectional
3:00 pm Sectionals III Sponsor A Sectional
4:30 pm Break
5:30 pm Dinner (On Campus)
7:30 pm Hymn Festival - Ana Hernandez Sponsor This Festival

Monday's Special Event

Lovelace Scholarship Lunch

All current and former Lovelace Scholars are invited to a private lunch held in their honor. Details on the location of the lunch will be included in the acceptance e-mail for the scholarship. Joining you will be leaders of The Hymn Society as well as all Fellows of The Hymn Society in attendance at this year’s conference.


Sponsor the Lovelace Luncheon by Clicking Here.

7:15 am Breakfast (On Campus)
8:30 am Morning Prayer Sponsor This Morning Prayer
9:00 am Emily Swann Perkins Plenary II - Mary Louis Bringle Sponsor This Plenary
10:30 am Hymnal Showcase
12:00 pm Lunch (On Campus)
1:30 pm Annual Business Meeting
3:00 pm Sectionals IV Sponsor A Sectional
4:30 pm Break
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Hymn Festival - Jan Kraybill, Mark Doerries, The Notre Dame Children's Choir, & a Dallas-Area Mass Children's Choir Sponsor This Festival

Tuesday's Special Event

Past Presidents' Lunch

If you are a past-president or former Executive Director of The Hymn Society, look for your reserved table. This is an important time for the current leadership to glean wisdom from this esteemed group.

7:15 am Breakfast (On Campus)
8:30 am Morning Prayer Sponsor This Morning Prayer
9:00 am Buses to SMU
9:30 am Plenary III - Panel Discussion with the Organ Historical Society Sponsor This Plenary
12:00 pm Lunch (On Your Own)
1:15 pm Featured Session - History of the Hammond B3 - Tony McNeill Sponsor This Featured Session
2:30 pm Featured Session - Bilingual Worship Best Practices - Rosa Cándida Ramírez Sponsor This Featured Session
5:30 pm Dinner (TBD)
7:30 pm Hymn Festival - Tony McNeill Sponsor This Festival

Wednesday's Special Event

International Breakfast

Held in the normal breakfast location, make sure to sit with your country’s table. We celebrate the diversity present at our conference each year. Bring a little flag, or get creative to designate your country’s table!

7:00 am Breakfast (On Campus)
8:30 am Morning Prayer Sponsor This Morning Prayer
9:00 am Encore Sectionals Sponsor A Sectional
10:30 am Closing Hymn Festival - John Thornburg and Marissa Glynias Moore Sponsor This Festival
12:00 pm Lunch (On Campus)



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Driving to Richardson, TX from…

Fort Worth: 1 hr

Houston: 4 hr

Oklahoma City: 3.5 hr

Memphis: 7.5 hr

St. Louis: 9.5 hr

Details Coming Soon…

DFW Airport (DFW): 30 min

Lovefield Airport (DAL): 30 min

Drop-off Location
Details Coming Soon…​

Amtrak station in downtown Dallas: 30 min to campus

Travel Agent
The Hymn Society has had a long working relationship with Kaleidoscope Journeys and are happy to be using them again this year as our preferred travel agency. Go to the Kaleidoscope website if you’d like to utilize their services.


The majority of our conference attendees stay on campus in the dormitories. Pricing details are coming soon…


While on-campus housing is the only housing we offer, you are welcome to make your own arrangements off-campus and commute to campus each morning. Please see the parking details (left) to make sure you arrange for on-campus parking.

Suggested Hotels:


Holiday Inn



Please note: No room blocks are being reserved. These are merely recommendations for good hotels near the conference venue.

Also, check for locations nearby the UTD campus.

Full Meal Plan

The full meal plan includes Sunday dinner through Thursday lunch (except Tuesday Dinner, which is on your own). All dietary restrictions can be accommodated, but we request that you include that information in your registration so we can let the dining facilities know ahead of time.

Meals will be at TBD.


We try to keep costs at very reasonable levels. The 2019 conference will be priced at a similar rate to last year’s conference. For budgeting purposes, you can see last year’s early-bird prices below:

2018 Member Reg*: $375
2018 Non-Member Reg: $450
2018 Student Reg: $250
2018 1-Day Reg: $145

2018 Meal Plan: $150​

2018 4-Day Single Housing: $250
2018 4-Day Double Housing: $200

*Group registration discounts available. For more information, contact

Sponsorships are available for the following types of sessions at this year’s conference.

Emily Swan Perkins Plenary: $2500 Click Here

Plenary Addresses: $1500 Click Here

Hymn Festivals: $1000 Click Here

Sectionals: $200 Click Here

Special Events: Click Here to Inquire


Lovelace Scholarship

The Lovelace Scholarship pays for current and recent students to attend the Annual Conference. For more information about the scholarship and to download the application, see the Lovelace Scholarship resource page.

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Emerging Scholars Forum

The Emerging Scholars Forum is a chance for three students to present their papers during a breakout session at our Annual Conference. The winning paper will be considered for publication. Emerging Scholars receive complimentary registration to the conference.

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Conference Sponsors