Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

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Writing as the Director of Research of our Society, I would like to let you know that the preparation for the Emerging Scholars Forum is well under way and I hope you will find time to come and support this session (Monday, July 13 at 4.15 p.m.-5.30 p.m.) at the 2015 Conference in New Orleans. It promises to be an engaging event. This year's abstracts were reviewed by an expanded panel consisting of a Fellow of the Hymn Society, a former emerging scholar, a learned member of the society, and the editor of The Hymn. This year, there were seven abstracts. All of them were well crafted with thoughtful scholarship. Issues that were explored included a range from early church music practice, to the impact of inter-religious contextual concerns on congregational song, to the significant contributions of Gospel music personalities in shaping the future of congregational song. Following the blind review in which neither the names of the applicants or the reviewers are known, the result was tabulated and three applicants were invited to submit their full essay for presentation. Once their essays have been received, the panel will be convened to award one of them with the Emerging Scholar award at the conference.

Having read the abstracts closely, our reviewers appreciated the focus and the thoughtful scholarship of the applicants exhibited in their approaches, methodologies, and in the framing of their topics-all of which show a high degree of academic integrity. I know I speak for our reviewers when I say how pleased we were with the range of submitted abstracts. …

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