New Hymn Search: "Stewardship of Creation"
The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada sponsors annual hymn competitions (several results of which are found in recent hymnals, including PsH 524, "Hope of the World," and PsH 606, "O God of Every Nation"). This year the search for new hymns is cosponsored by the Hymn Society and the Au Sauble Institute of Environmental Studies, a Christian institute whose mission is to bring healing and wholeness to the biosphere and the whole of creation. "Stewardship of Creation" is the theme.
The deadline for entries is December 1, 1993. Judges will be Emily R. Brink, Grand Rapids, MI; Carl P Daw, Jr., Storrs, CT; and Sylvia Dunstan, Toronto, Canada. For details, contact: The Hymn Society, Box 30854, Fort Worth, TX 76129.
Hymn Concertatos and Hymn Festivals
Two resources for planning hymn festivals are available from the Hymn Society: first, sample copies of hymn festival programs on a wide range of themes, and second, a listing of hymn concertatos.
A hymn concertato is a congregational hymn arranged for the alternate singing of stanzas by congregation and choir. It often includes instrumental parts and varied organ accompaniments. A fourteen-page list of over 300 concertatos currently in print from many publishers is available from the Hymn Society headquarters. Send $4.00 to cover photocopying and postage costs to: The Hymn Society, PQ Box 30854, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX 76129.
Another Worship Resource
Selah Publishing Company has just released its first issue of Music in Worship, a newsletter for church musicians. This fall/winter 1992 issue contains brief articles by Austin Lovelace, Hal H. Hopson, Alfred V Fedak, Sue Mitchell-Wallace, and Carl P Daw on such subjects as playing and choosing hymns, rehearsing choirs, and the lectionary.
Music in Worship will be published three times a year and sent without charge to Selah's customers; to be placed on the mailing list, contact Selah Publishing Co., 58 Pearl St., PQ Box 3037, Kingston, NY 12401,1-800-852-6172.
Grantham, PA, June 17-21,1993
Conference of Christians in the Visual Arts (OVA), at Messiah College. Contact: CTVA, PQ Box 10247, Arlington, VA 22210.
Santa Clara, CA, June 23-26,1993
Fort Worth, TX, June 30-July 3,1993
Annville, PA, August 4-7,1993
Choristers Guild Directors' Workshops, held at Santa Clara University Texas Christian University and Lebanon Valley College, respectively. Contact: Barbara Berry, Seminar Coordinator, Choristers Guild, 2834 W Kingsley Road, Garland, TX 75041, (214) 271-1521.
Houston, TX, June 24-26
The National Networking Conference of Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA) will be hosted by Houston's AD Players and Baptist University. Contact: Dale Savidge, 14 Blackburn St., Greenville, SC 29607, (803) 232-5355.
Toronto, ON, July 4-8,1993
The Annual Conference of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, in conjunction with the Canadian Liturgical Society. Contact: The Hymn Society, PQ Box 30854, Fort Worth, TX 76129; (800) 843-4966.
Minneapolis, MN, July 11-15,1993
National Convention of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, at Augsburg College. Contact: Carolyn Bliss, 4321 Colfax, Minneapolis, MN 55406, (612) 825-3680.
New Wilmington, PA, July 11-17, 1993
Westminster Conference on Worship and Music, sponsored by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Contact: Marilyn J. Ballantine, First Presbyterian Church, 178 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan, CT 06840, (203) 966-0002.
Grand Rapids, MI, July 25-30,1993
Choristers Guild Summer Seminar, at Calvin College. For children's choir members as well as their directors. Contact: Barbara Berry Seminar Coordinator, Choristers Guild, 2834 W Kingsley Road, Garland, TX 75041, (214) 271-1521.
Grand Rapids, MI, July 19-23,1993
The Biennial Convocation of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Worship, Music, and Other Arts. At Calvin College. Contact: The Fellowship, PQ Box 24787, Nashville, TN 37202.
Orange City and Sioux Center, IA, January 28-29,1994
Worship Conference at both Dordt College and Northwestern College, with a focus on Lent and Easter worship. Cosponsored by the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America. Contact: Dr. Karen De Mol, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA 51250, (712) 722-3771.
Coventry, England, June 29-July 2,1994
International Church Music Festival, with Sir David Willcocks. Contact: El~ wyn Raymer, Box 41425, Nashville, TN 37204, (615) 780-5448.