Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

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At this year's conference in Richmond, I happily announced the fifth anniversary of the Emerging Scholars Forum (ESF). Each year has brought forth the latest in hymnological research being done by the students and recent graduates among us, and each year we see their papers turned into articles for The Hymn. While the annual winners of the ESF prize have their papers "fast-tracked" for publication, other Emerging Scholars have also worked hard to have their papers published as well. Five of the nine papers from 2009 to 2011 have been published already, with more to come in our Autumn issue. Their topics have ranged from Cuban hymnody to the Wesleys, from Welsh hymnody to the work of Swee Hong Lim. You can get quite a broad education by attending the forum each year!

This year's winner was Debbie Ruhl, who recently earned her Ph.D. in musicology from The Ohio State University (the dean will dock my pay if I omit the The, so bear with me). Her paper was titled "Engaging the Heart: Orthodoxy and Experimentalism in William Gadsby's A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. …

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