Academic journal article The Hymn

Editor's Notes

Academic journal article The Hymn

Editor's Notes

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This is the issue where we feature our Annual Conference. My deep gratitude goes to our plenary speakers this past summer-Father John Baldovin, Father Michael Joncas, and Rev. Dr. Victoria Sirota-for their incredible promptness in sharing their presentations with The Hymn. Thanks also to Geoffrey Moore for his vision in leading the preparation for the conference and to all who contributed to its richness. Thomas Troeger has shared a handout from his workshop at the conference and there is news of the two Fellows named at the conference.

The Annual Conference is one way The Hymn Society celebrates and forwards its work.

Next year's conference will be in Columbus, Ohio, July 13-17, 2014. John Thornburg and his team of folks has been hard at work pulling together an excellent conference on "Beyond the Page: The Power of Teaching to Strengthen the Congregation's Song." The theme came out of our dreaming sessions at Winnipeg and through 2011 and there is a wonderful group of presenter/teachers who are lined up. The Winter 2014 issue of The Hymn will contain the registration brochure and more information.

This past summer I had the chance to fulfill a life-long dream of attending the conference of The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Since their conference often directly follows our Society's conference the logistics seemed a bit much to navigate. But an opportunity to attend several conferences in the United Kingdom and some available funds came together and I had a wonderful time meeting with HSGB&I in late July. Around 100 of us gathered at a lovely conference center in Swan wick, and met almost always in plenary sessions. …

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