Academic journal article The Hymn

From the Executive Director

Academic journal article The Hymn

From the Executive Director

Article excerpt

As has become our custom, this second issue of THE HYMN for the calendar year contains a "destination article," a write-up about the location of our upcoming summer conference. A large part of the purpose of such articles is to acquaint reader-members with some of the features of the site of the annual conference that will enhance its appeal and entice them to attend. As you will see, Jo Meeker keeps up this tradition admirably in her article about Ottawa.

If the truth be told, however, these articles are probably more effective in persuading people who have never attended than those who have. Why? Because nearly everyone who has attended one Hymn Society conference wants to attend another one, regardless of where it is. If it is in an interesting city (as is the case this year) or on a campus with significant church music associations (as it was last year), those are bonuses. But they are not usually the deciding factor.

The primary reason why people come to Hymn Society conferences is quite simply the experience of the singing, and this is also why they return. For some people, their summer just isn't complete without a Hymn Society conference, and it is a cause of much disappointment when family or business or church commitments prevent them from attending. As the habit of attending grows, so does the circle of friends one looks forward to seeing at these annual gatherings.

Not the least of the joys of a Hymn Society conference is that its decidedly ecumenical nature (we regularly have thirty to forty denominations represented) eliminates the church politics that infiltrate denominational gatherings. …

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