Academic journal article The Hymn

Director of Research's Report

Academic journal article The Hymn

Director of Research's Report

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At the recent meeting of the Executive Committee of The Hymn Society (THS), I presented a brief report on the research endeavors being undertaken by friends and members of THS. At the same time, I shared with the committee two requests for support and partnership in the funding of research projects. In my view, this tells us that our advocacy role to encourage, promote, and enliven congregational song is gaining recognition beyond our immediate constituency, members of the Society. Equally important is the fact that the proposed research areas are distinctive, stretching the conventional definition of hymnody. Indeed, our Society has embraced a broader understanding of hymnody as congregational song and that is a good thing.

I hope our committee will receive even more requests for partnership and support for research. For me, this development speaks purposefully about the desire to better understand the phenomenon of congregational song as it relates to other human activities. If you are keen or know of anyone who is contemplating this, consider applying to the McElrath-Eskew Research Fund: http://www.thehymnsociety.org/mcelrath-eskew-research-fund

Our society is also active in nurturing new scholars and their research efforts. We do so through a variety of means. The Lovelace Scholarship offers the means for students to attend our Annual Conference. …

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