If you have never attended a conference on church music and liturgy before, you may not pay much attention to the list of conferences that Reformed Worship provides below. That's if you haven't been.
If you have attended one or more of these conferences, you'll probably eagerly check your calendar and vacation schedule to find out how to take at least one of this year's conferences in. Music and liturgy conferences have a powerful way of infusing participants with all kinds of new ideas and enthusiasm. And the fellowship is usually unforgettable. Although organ conferences of the American Guild of Organists are usually broader in scope than church music, the vast majority of participants are church musicians, and many of the sessions will be of interest to the "ordinary" church organist.
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June 7—10 Hymn Society of America Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. For information write:
Hymn Society of America, Box 30854, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX 76129.
June 10—11 "The Preacher and Preaching in a Humanistic Society," held at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. Sponsored by the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. For information write:
Dr. Samuel Logan, Westminster Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 27009, Philadelphia, PA 19118.
June 14—19 and June 21—26 The 1987 Conferences on Worship and Music. Directed by David McCormick. Brochure available:
1987 Montreat Conferences, P.O. Box 15071, Charlotte, NC 28211.
August 6—7 Augsburg Church Music Clinic, Minneapolis. For information write:
Augsburg Publishing House, 426 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55440.
August 19—22 English Handbell Exploration '87, Scottsdale, Arizona. For brochure write: Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Standford Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253.
American Guild of Organists Regional Conventions
June 15-18 St. Louis, Missouri. Contact: Regina Morris, 3526 Oxford Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63143
June 15-18 San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Madolyn Fallis, 1226 Weeping Willow, San Antonio, TX 78232
June 21-24 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contact: Lilly McGregor, 1302 Cardinal Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15243
June 21-25 Springfield, Massachusetts. Contact: Frances E. Sutcliffe, 11 Steven Dr., Holyoke, MA 01040
June 22-24 Louisville, Kentucky. Contact: Paul Salmon, P.O. Box 5373, Louisville, KY 40205
June 22-25 Billings, Montana. Contact: Dorcas Holtsmith, 1243 North 31st St., Billings, MT 59101
June 30-July 1 Augusta, Georgia. Contact: Laura Cameron, P.O. Box 14865, Augusta, GA 30919
July 5-9 Carlsbad, California. Contact: Grace Larson, 2536 Pahvant St., Oceanside, CA 92054
"Review and Notes on Rejoice in the Lord." 20-page typescript. Also: Five appendices comparing RIL with The Hymnbook. Available from: Rev. Tom Stark, University Reformed Church, 4930 Hagedorn Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823.
The 1986 edition of the New Grove Dictionary of American Music has two articles of special interest to REFORMED WORSHIP readers: "Dutch Reformed Church Music" (CRC and RCA) by Bert Polman, and "Presbyterian Church Music" by James Sydnor.
A Word About Schedule
The Reformed Worship staff is working on a quarterly schedule, with releases planned for September, December, March, and June. Our first issue did come out in September, but our second issue did not reach your homes until early February. Our apologies for that delay. Because Easter comes late this year, we trust the delay was not too much of an inconvenience. We are still learning what a complex project we have begun. Our respect for periodicals that come out weekly or monthly has risen sharply in the last couple of months! We have now ironed out several scheduling wrinkles, and we expect that your issues will be on time from now on.