Academic journal article The Hymn

A Successful Search for the Director for the Center for Congregational Song

Academic journal article The Hymn

A Successful Search for the Director for the Center for Congregational Song

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The search to fill the position of Director for the Center for Congregational Song began in November 2014. According to the Constitution of The Hymn Society, the Executive Director is charged with hiring staff members. Recognizing that Deb would need some assistance with this process, the Executive Committee designated Jacque Jones (President) and Geoffrey Moore (President-Elect) who, along with Deb, would constitute a search committee. Work began immediately: the job description was finalized and the committee began spreading the word through Hymn Society publications and the publications of other sacred music organizations. At the same time, the search committee decided that it would be helpful to include additional voiees in the search process and assembled a search advisory committee which would assist in the preliminary stages of the search. The intention was to incorporate voices from different denominations, musical backgrounds, and geographic regions. The people who agreed to participate on this committee were Chris Angel, Emily Brink, Jan Kraybill, Debbie Lou Ludolph, Ken Nafzigcr, and David Toledo.

The first deadline for applications was February 15, and 31 applications were received. The search committee members reviewed all of the materials and ranked the candidates, thereby narrowing the pool to seven. These seven were asked to submit additional materials, envisioning how they would roll out the Center, demonstrating how they would create a hymn festival, and outlining how they would create, budget for, and run a workshop - and they were limited to two pages on each of these topics. …

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