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Annual Conference July 13-17
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Hymn Search 2014
As part of The Hymn Society’s ongoing commitment to the enrichment of congregational song and in anticipation of the 2014 conference “Beyond the Page: The Power of Teaching to Strengthen the Congregation’s Song” the Executive Committee has announced a search for a theologically rich hymn or song that engages the theme of the role of congregational song in the life of faith. Guidelines and entry forms are available above at the Hymn Search tab. Submission deadline is May 15, 2014. Details & Entry Form

Lovelace Scholarship
Applications are now available. This scholarship provides registration, housing and meals for our annual conference in Columbus, Ohio July 13-17, 2014. Full and part-time students at the college and graduate level are eligible to apply. We also accept applications from those who have graduated within the past three years. We will accept up to 10 qualified first-year applicants. This year, the Lovelace Scholarship has expanded to offer applications for former Lovelace Scholars to apply for a second conference scholarship. We will accept up to 5 qualified second-year applicants. Applications are due by May 1, 2014. First Year Application | Second Year Application

Emerging Scholars Forum
The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada invites current graduate students and those who have graduated within the past three years to submit proposals to present their current research dealing with an aspect of congregational song during the Annual Conference at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, July 13-17, 2014. Application deadline is April 1, 2014. Details
The Society’s endowment campaign launched at our conference this summer. Learn more through this video and invite your friends to view it!

Founded in 1922, The Hymn Society was formerly known as The Hymn Society of America, but the name of the organization was changed in 1991 to The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.

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Member Benefits


Cover of THE HYMNAs a member of The Hymn Society, you receive a subscription to this respected quarterly journal of research and opinion, containing both practical and scholarly articles. THE HYMN provides exemplary hymn texts and tunes in various styles and reflects diverse cultural, ethnic, and theological identities. Interviews, reviews of publications and recordings, historical studies, suggestions for and reports of hymn festivals, and current news provide readers with helpful information.

The Stanza

This semiannual newsletter brings you news of Hymn Society events and of members’ activities, a forum for opinions and requests for information, and advance announcements of contests, programs, lectures, and hymn festivals.

Annual Conference

People like you who love, use, and create congregational song come Conferencetogether for about four days each summer to learn, to sing, and to study. Pastors, musicians, scholars, poets, composers, and other hymn lovers will find themselves inspired and rejuvenated by workshops, hymn festivals, lectures, discussion groups, and morning and evening worship. Click on the title to learn more about this year’s Conference.


In addition to various sectionals at the annual conference, The Hymn Society regularly sponsors special weekend or half-week workshops to improve skills in hymn writing (both words and music) and in hymn playing. The opportunity to work with respected and well-known leaders will help you develop your skills.


Hymnological tours conducted by The Hymn Society will take you to different parts of the world to visit sites of historic importance in hymnody. These tours frequently provide opportunities to experience hymn singing in other countries and to attend related conferences and concerts.

Book Service

The Hymn Society Book Service offers you a large selection of hymnals, hymnal supplements, and hymnal companions, representing all denominations, ethnic, and cultural groups, including current Spanish-language publications. The Book Service order form contained in each issue of THE HYMN also includes a wide range of books, recordings, and videos related to the past, present, and future of congregational song. You may also browse The Book Service online.

New Hymns

The Hymn Society sponsors searches for new hymns on subjects of current interest and need. Within the specific guidelines for each search, we welcome diverse styles of words and music.

Support for a Non-profit organization

Your membership supports all the efforts of The Hymn Society in the promotion and development of congregational song: research to gain a fresh appreciation of the past, conferences and publications to provide current awareness and appreciation of the ongoing heritage of sacred song, and workshops and hymn searches to identify and enhance resources for the future.


Learn more about who benefits through membership in The Hymn Society, and find instructions on how to apply for membership.

Communicating with The Hymn Society Staff

The Executive Director, Deborah Carlton Loftis, is usually in the office between 9:00am and 5:00pm ET, Monday through Friday. She would be glad to speak with you via the toll-free telephone number 1-800-THE HYMN (1-800-843-4966), or you may send her a message at