The Hymn SocietyAnnual Conference

Next year’s Annual Conference will take place in Atlanta, GA from July 12-16.

Check back in October for more information!

Already sure you’re coming? RSVP to let us know you’ll be joining us in Atlanta!

2019 Conference VIPs


2:00 pmRegistration and Bookstore Open
4:00 pmOrgan Recital - Yoon-Mi LimSponsored by Collington Singers in Honor of Marilyn Haskel
5:30 pmDinner (On campus)
7:30 pmOpening Hymn Festival - Thomas Pavlechko & Michael ConradySponsored by Augsburg Fortress
9:15 pmFirst Timer's ReceptionSponsored by Emily Brink, FHS

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.

7:00 amBreakfast (On Campus)
8:30 pmMorning PrayerSponsored by Bill and Jenny Pate
9:15 amPlenary I - Mark CharlesSponsored by members of the Southern Ontario Chapter of The Hymn Society in honor of Truth and Reconciliation
10:45 amSectionals I (Breakout Sessions)
12:00 pmLunch (On Campus)
1:30 pmSectionals II
3:00 pmHymnal Showcase
4:30 pmBreak
5:30 pmDinner (On Campus)
7:30 pmHymn Festival - Ana HernándezSponsored 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.


Sponsor the Lovelace Luncheon by Clicking Here.

7:00 amBreakfast (On Campus)
8:30 amMorning PrayerSponsored by Glen and Judy Brown Richardson
9:00 amEmily Swan Perkins Plenary II - Mary Louise Bringle, "Final Breath: Death, Dying and Song"Sponsored by Deborah Carlton Loftis
10:30 amSectionals III
12:00 pmLunch (On Campus)
1:30 pmSectionals IV
3:00 pmAnnual Business Meeting
4:30 pmBreak
5:30 pmDinner
7:30 pmHymn Festival - Jan Kraybill, Mark Doerries, The Notre Dame Children's Choir, & a Dallas-Area Mass Children's ChoirSponsored 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?

7:00 amBreakfast (On Campus)
7:45 amBuses to SMU
8:30 amMorning PrayerSponsored by Jan Kraybill
9:30 amPlenary III - Panel Discussion with the Organ Historical SocietySponsored by Kirk and Diane Hartung
12:00 pmLunch (On Your Own)
1:15 pmFeatured Session - HAMMONDS, HYMNS, and HERSTORY: Performance Strategies for Enhancing Corporate Singing - Tony McNeillSponsored by Collington Singers in Honor of Marilyn Haskel
2:30 pmFeatured Session - Bilingual Worship Best Practices - Rosa Cándida RamírezSponsored by Paul A. Richardson, FHS
3:00 pmFeatured Session - Sacred Music Archives at SMU: Resources and Quandaries presented by Timothy Binkley
5:30 pmDinner (TBD)Sponsored by Hope Publishing
7:30 pmHymn Festival - Tony McNeillSponsored 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 amBreakfast (On Campus)
8:30 amMorning PrayerSponsored by Jan Kraybill
9:00 amEncore Sectionals
10:30 amClosing Hymn Festival - John Thornburg and Marissa Glynias MooreSponsored - Underwritten by Messiah Lutheran Church, Bay City MI in honor of 25 years of pastoral leadership from Pastor Andreas Teich
12:00 pmLunch (On Campus)



Click for  a Google Map

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

Go to Lot “T” at the address: 3000 Synergy Park Blvd, Richardson, TX 75080. Parking is purchased via the registration site. You can pick up your parking permit when you arrive at registration.

DFW Airport (DFW): 30 min

Lovefield Airport (DAL): 30 min

Drop-off Location

Look for the building “Residence Hall South” at the address: 2801 Rutford Ave, Richardson, TX 75080. This is where our on-campus housing is located as well as on-time and late check-in.

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.



Member Reg*: $450
Non-Member Reg: $545
Student (Member) Reg: $300
Student (Non-Member) Reg: $355
1-Day Reg: $195
2-Day Reg: $375

*Group registration discounts available. For more information, contact

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


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.

Click Here

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.

Click Here

2019 Conference Sponsors