The Hymn SocietyAnnual Conference 2019

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


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2:00 pm Registration and Bookstore Open
4:00 pm Organ Recital - Yoon-Mi Lim 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

Sunday'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 Sponsored by Bill and Jenny Pate
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 Hymnal Showcase
4:30 pm Break
5:30 pm Dinner (On Campus)
7:30 pm Hymn Festival - Ana Hernandez Sponsored by Andreas and Tracy Teich

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.


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7:15 am Breakfast (On Campus)
8:30 am Morning Prayer Sponsor a Morning Prayer
9:00 am Emily Swan Perkins Plenary II - Mary Louise Bringle, "Final Breath: Death, Dying and Song" Sponsored by Deborah Carlton Loftis
10:30 am Sectionals III Sponsor A Sectional
12:00 pm Lunch (On Campus)
1:30 pm Sectionals IV Sponsor A Sectional
3:00 pm Annual Business Meeting
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 Sponsored by Kelly Grooms and Grooms and Payne Organ Builders

Tuesday's Special Event


Past President’s 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.


Technology and the Future of Congregational Song

Join the director of, Harry Plantiga, in a discussion on the intersection of technology and congregational song. Where are we going? Where should we be going?

7:15 am Breakfast (On Campus)
8:30 am Morning Prayer Sponsor a 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 - HAMMONDS, HYMNS, and HERSTORY: Performance Strategies for Enhancing Corporate Singing - Tony McNeill Sponsor This Featured Session
2:30 pm Featured Session - Bilingual Worship Best Practices - Rosa Cándida Ramírez Sponsored!
3:00 pm Featured Session - Sacred Music Archives at SMU: Resources and Quandaries presented by Timothy Binkley
5:30 pm Dinner (TBD)
7:30 pm Hymn Festival - Tony McNeill Sponsored by Charlie Frost

Wednesday's Special Event

Joint Day with the Organ Historical Society

Meeting concurrently with The Hymn Society this summer in Dallas, The Organ Historical Society celebrates, preserves, and studies the pipe organ in America in all its historic styles, through research, education, advocacy, and music. Our combined programming on the campus of Southern Methodist University will allow our members to experience the intersection of our organizations’ passions and skills.

The morning will include a joint plenary session followed by an  afternoon of featured sessions by The Hymn Society and organ lectures and recitals by the Organ Historical Society.

7:00 am Breakfast (On Campus)
8:30 am Morning Prayer Sponsor a 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. Only Single-bed rooms are available this year in suites of two/three rooms. Each room is $250 for Sunday night through Thursday morning.


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 Wednesday Lunch, 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.


EARLYBIRD PRICING (ends May 1st, 2019)

Member Reg*: $385
Non-Member Reg: $470
Student Reg: $275
1-Day Reg: $160

Meal Plan: $150​

4-Day Single Housing: $250
4-Day Double Housing: No Double-housing offered this year

*Group registration discounts available. For more information, contact

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

Tuesday Hymn Festival at the Meyerson Symphony Center: $5000 Sponsored!

Emily Swan Perkins Plenary: $2500 Sponsored!

Plenary Addresses: $1500 Click Here

Hymn Festivals: $1000 Click Here

Sectionals: $200 Click Here

Morning Prayers: $125 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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Mass Children's Choir

Join internationally renowned organist Dr. Jan Kraybill and the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, under the direction of Dr. Mark Doerries, for a hymn festival at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. This mass children’s choir will rehearse for two days with the Notre Dame children’s choir to prepare for singing on the Meyerson stage. The hymn festival, co-sponsored by The Hymn Society and the Organ Historical Society, will be attended by over 1000 people and is free and open to the public.

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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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