Academic journal article The Hymn

Editor's Notes

Academic journal article The Hymn

Editor's Notes

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I hope our readers will allow me more than two issues before assuming prevalent themes in my tenure. I have learned quickly that the content of the journal is not necessarily dictated by the interests of the editor. (Although I do, along with the Editorial Advisory Board, solicit contributions from some writers and columnists.) For the most part, the material that appears as peer reviewed research in these pages is representative of what is submitted to the journal. I find it energizing that the content we receive for review is so incredibly diverse. In this issue, two major articles by young(ish) scholars deal with what may be regarded as completely divergent arenas of study. Johnathan Hehn explores the use of Anglican chant in Presbyterian hymnals, while Nathan Myrick describes emerging forms of music leadership used in churches that predominantly feature band accompanied song. One may legitimately wonder whether either genre belongs under the umbrella of "hymn." There is no question, though, that both are essential realms of "congregational song," and so my belief is that this is the right home for their publication.

Which brings us to some special features included in this issue: two presentations and two reports from the Harmony conference, which launched the Center for Congregational Song last October. …

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