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Like a stone dropped in a pond, Vatican II sent waves of energy which rippled through the church, landing on all sorts of shores, irrespective of denomination or affiliation. Over the last fifty years, the energy generated by Vatican II encouraged a burgeoning of new congregational song, an engaging creativity in the church, and a rich cross-fertilization between Catholic and Protestant groups. Protestants and Catholics alike have embraced new music, new styles, and new genres of congregational song. We will examine the ways that the new energy released at – and since – Vatican II has invigorated, enlivened and emboldened congregational song across the church.
As always, our sessions take place in an environment of sung faith and ecumenical hospitality. Sectionals cover on a wide variety of subjects, from conference theme-related topics to global song to topics related to historic Virginia. Every day includes a hymn festival and occasion for corporate prayer. And, for the first time, we offer an extended, 8-hour workshop with master teacher and song enlivener C. Michael Hawn, FHS.

The Roots of Reform: Context and Background for Vatican II – John Baldovin, SJ
Catholic Branchings: Congregational Song and the Legacy of Vatican II – J. Michael Joncas
Protestant Branchings: Congregational Song and the Legacy of Vatican II – Victoria Sirota
New Shoots from Old Routes:2013 Emily Swan Perkins Presentation – Anthony Ruff, OSB, Emily Brink, FHS, Ruth Duck, C. Michael Hawn, FHS, & David Music, FHS

Sunday: Planted by Flowing Water – Carl P. Daw, Jr., FHS, & Delores Dufner, OSB
Monday: Gathered Under the Tree, Calling Forth the Light: an Ecumenical Easter Vigil – James Hart Brumm & Andreas Teich
Tuesday: Ingrafted Branches: The Old Hymns & New Music of the Retuned Movement – Greg Scheer, Bruce Benedict, & Kevin Twit
Wednesday: A Springtime of Song: A Service of Prayer in the Spirit of Taizé – David Anderson
Thursday: New Shoots & Buds: New Directions in Congregational Song – Antonio Alonso & Hilary Donaldson

Song Enlivening for Worship – C. Michael Hawn F U L L
A special opportunity to work in a small-group setting with a master teacher in song enlivening, C. Michael Hawn, FHS. This 8-hour workshop on congregational song leading will provide a framework for engaging the people’s song in liturgy. Several styles of congregational song will be included ranging from various global styles, Taizé and Iona songs, folk songs and classical hymns. Each participant will have the opportunity to teach songs to the group, receive feedback and improve their skills in song leading for congregations. Offered in 3 sessions, Monday and Tuesday (see schedule below). Conferees who register for this masterclass will choose to participate in this workshop in place of Sectionals I, II, III, & IV and Tuesday afternoon’s tours. Limited to the first 10 registrants.

Lift Up Your Hearts – Joyce Borger & Martin Tel
Oramos Cantando/We Pray in Song – Bob Batastini, FHS, & Ron Krisman

Morning Prayer – Ken Nafziger
Night Prayer – David Haas

The Conference Schedule

(does not list breaks and meals)
Sunday, July 14
1:00pm Registration opens
2:00pm Bookstore opens (see hours below)
3:00pm Piano Recital
4:45pm First Timer’s Reception
7:30pm Opening Hymn Festival
Monday, July 15
8:30am Morning Prayer
9:00am Welcome and Announcements
9:15am Plenary I
10:45am Hymnal Showcase
1:30pm Sectionals I
Master Class Pt. 1 (1:30-5:30pm)
2:45pm Sectionals II
4:30pm Sectionals III
7:30pm Hymn Festival
9:30pm Night Prayer
Tuesday, July 16
8:30am Morning Prayer
9:00am Plenary II
10:45am Sectionals IV
Master Class Pt. 2
1:00pm Tour Options (or on-campus activities)
1:30pm Master Class Pt. 3
2:00pm Bring and Sing – share your text/tune in an informal setting
Dinner on your own
7:30pm Hymn Festival
9:30pm Night Prayer
Wednesday, July 17
8:30am Morning Prayer
9:00am Plenary III
10:30am Sectionals V
1:00pm Annual Meeting
2:45pm Hymnal Showcase
4:30pm Plenary Panel Discussion
7:30pm Taizé Service
9:00pm Reception
Thursday, July 18
8:30am Morning Prayer
9:00am Encore Sectionals
10:30am Closing Festival

Conference Bookstore Hours:
Sunday 2:00pm - 6:30pm
Monday 10:15am -1:15pm, 2:45pm - 6:30pm
Tuesday 10:15am - 1:15pm, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday 10:15am - 12:30pm; 5:30pm - 6:30pm

SECTIONALS Click on a title to get details

Sectionals I

  1. Song Writers Colloquium – Kevin Twit
  2. 1992-2012: Hymn Implications of the Revised Common Lectionary – Fred Graham
  3. Singing the Songs of Zion: Soldiers’ Hymn Collections and Hymn Singing in the American Civil War – Mark Rhoads
  4. Difficult Psalms for Difficult Seasons – Martin Tel
  5. Hymn Settings for Piano – John Carter and panel
  6. Two new collections of hymn tunes by Scott Hyslop and Carson Cooman [Selah]
  7. Singing Proper-ly [WLP] – Alan Hommerding
  8. Amazing Wonders: Global Songs for All God’s People – Jorge Lockward
  9. Keep the Fire Burning: The Folk Mass Revolution [OCP] – Ken Canedo
  10. Sectionals II

  11. Tune Writers Colloquium – Carol Doran
  12. Participation in the Liturgy: the Subjective Dimension – Ken Hull
  13. The Praise & Worship Movement – Greg Scheer
  14. Herman Stuempfle & Vatican II – Mark Oldenburg
  15. Inclusive Music for All Ages – Jann Aldredge-Clanton, Larry Schultz
  16. A Place at the Table: 43 New Hymns by Shirley Erena Murray [Hope] – Dan Damon, Carl P. Daw, Jr., FHS
  17. Uncommon Mercy: Songs from a Dozen Lands by Rusty Edwards (Selah)
  18. Foundery Collection of 1742 by John Wesley – S T Kimbrough, Jr.
  19. The Melodious Blacksmith: Rediscovering a Folk-hymn Composer – Jim Clemens
  20. Sectionals III

  21. Emerging Scholars Forum – Tina Schneider
  22. Parallel Streams: Vatican II & Baptist Congregational Song – Stephen Cowden, David Music, FHS
  23. Voices of History: Singing Gettysburg at 150 – Mark Oldenburg
  24. Pray Always: Hymns, Psalms & Canticles for Celebrating Morning & Evening Prayer – David Haas
  25. How to “properly” sing the Propers: Congregational Participation in New Adaptations of the Roman Propers – Michael Conrady
  26. Hymn Texts of Herman Stuempfle, Vol. 5 [GIA]
  27. Singing the Sacred, Vol. 2: A new collection of texts by William L. Wallace [WLP] – Tom Strickland
  28. Hands on the Wheel: Performance Practice of Asian Congregational Song – Swee Hong Lim
  29. Exploring the Retuned Hymn Movement: Indelible Grace & the RUF Hymns – Kevin Twit
  30. Sectionals IV

  31. Text Writers Colloquium – Thomas Troeger
  32. For What We’ve Done & What We’ve Failed to Do: Congregational Participation & Song Since Vatican II – Michael Conrady
  33. Early Song after Vatican II – Ken Canedo
  34. Digging Deeper: Lift Up Your Hearts – Joyce Borger, Martin Tel
  35. Bringing Chant to Life in Latin & English – Anthony Ruff, OSB
  36. Stars Like Grace: A new collection of texts by Adam Tice [GIA] – Adam Tice
  37. Extravagance Instead: Hymn Texts by Frederick Crider, Jr. and The Courage to Care: Hymn Texts & Poems by Ralph Freeman [Wayne Leupold] – R. Frederick Crider, Jr., Ralph Freeman
  38. Unpacking the Easter Vigil – James Hart Brumm, Andreas Teich
  39. You Can’t Sing That! The Switch in Religious Register Since the RSV & Vatican II – Robin Knowles Wallace
  40. Sectionals V

  41. Dreams & Visions: Bringing The Hymn Society’s work to a location near you (Discussion Group) – Deborah Loftis
  42. Before and After: The Effect of Vatican II on Hymn Text Theologies – Alan Hommerding
  43. Andrew Broaddus & the Evolution of Hymnody in Virginia, 1790-1840 – Paul A. Richardson, FHS
  44. Singing, Praying, & Celebrating Vatican II in Our Sung Prayer – David Haas
  45. New Horizons and New Dimensions in Congregational Song – Antonio Alonso, Hilary Donaldson
  46. [Delayed to 2014]Sing of the World Made New: Hymns of Justice, Peace & Christian Responsibility [Hope/GIA] – Jeffery Rowthorn, Russell Schulz-Widmar
  47. Flowing Spirit: Hymn Tunes by Jane Best and God Is the Singer’s Friend: Hymn Texts by John Dalles [Wayne Leupold] – Jane Best, John Dalles
  48. Come & Fill Our Hearts: Exploring the Music and Prayer of the Taizé Community – David Anderson
  49. The Roman Rite, the Lectionary & the Hymn of the Day [OCP] – J. Michael Joncas
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History and Setting

Richmond, Virginia, the site of important colonial and Civil War events in US history, has been a desirable location for settlement starting with the Powhatan Indians who had their main capital on the hill above the falls of the river later known as the James River. English settlement in the area was sporadic until the early 18th century when land provided by Colonel William Byrd II was divided into parcels and sold. In 1742 Richmond was chartered as a town. Today, the population of greater metropolitan Richmond is about 1.1 million people and the city is experiencing urban growth and renewal, especially in Shockoe Bottom and Jackson Ward, two historic districts. Weather is typical for the mid-Atlantic states: hot and humid in the summer months with average temperatures from 69° to 90° F. Be sure to bring a rain jacket or umbrella. The visitor’s guide will provide much interesting information.

The University of Richmond, a highly selective, private, liberal arts institution founded in 1830, is located on a lovely 350-acre suburban campus. Over 4000 students attend five schools which offer undergraduate, master’s and law degrees. In addition to challenging academic programs, UR has strong sports programs. In 2010-11, men’s basketball won the Atlantic 10 Conference championship and made it to the NCAA “Sweet Sixteen”. In 2008 the Spiders were NCAA Division I National Football Champions. You can find more information and campus maps at the university web site.

Venues and Accommodations

Daytime sessions of the conference will be held on the university campus with evening festivals held in churches around Richmond. All venues are air-conditioned and wheel-chair accessible. The opening festival Sunday evening will be held at River Road Church, Baptist, 8000 River Road, 23229. Monday’s festival will be at historic, downtown St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 815 E. Grace St., 23219. On Tuesday the festival will be at River Road Presbyterian Church, 8960 River Road, 23229. Wednesday’s Taizé service will be at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, 23229. The closing festival will be held on the university campus.

The university housing is air-conditioned, suite-style accommodation: two bedrooms which share one bath. Each bedroom has two single beds. There is no kitchen or common living space in these suites. Lodging costs are per person; the same rate applies for either single or double occupancy.

The campus has high speed wireless internet service. You will be issued a user name and password upon check-in.

We will need to use several buildings on campus for our meetings and the terrain is slightly hilly. There will be golf cart transportation on the campus for those who need assistance in moving from one location to the next. If you wish to take advantage of this fee-based service, be sure to mark that on your registration form. Space is limited to those who register in advance.


All meals will be served in the university’s Heilman Dining Center where you will enjoy a wide variety of menu options. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. Please note any food allergies on your registration form. Using a meal card will greatly speed up your access to dining in the Heilman Dining Center; the university does not encourage cash payment for meals. The Tyler Haynes Commons has some fast food options.

Tuesday Tour Options

Three tours are planned for Tuesday afternoon. An organ tour will provide a closer look and listen at three excellent instruments in area churches. A history-focused tour will visit St. John’s Episcopal Church where Patrick Henry gave his famous “give me liberty or give me death” speech, and also visit Tredegar Iron Works, the location of the American Civil War Center which gives confederate, union and African American perspectives on the war. There will also be an opportunity to visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and the Virginia Historical Society. More information about these options will be sent in the registration confirmation materials. Sign up by June 15 to reserve your place on the coach for your tour preference. There will also be activities on the campus Tuesday afternoon including the popular Bring and Sing session. The Tuesday evening meal will be on your own and dining options related to each tour will be provided.


If you travel to Richmond by car, there is ample free parking on the university campus.

Special airfare and other travel arrangements for this conference are available through Shannon Hall Walker at Kaleidoscope Journeys. She may be reached by phone: 888-429-0229, 860-429-8177 or email shannieone@aol.com.

Richmond International Airport [RIC])

Amtrak operates two stations in Richmond, Main Street (RVM) and Staples Mill Road (RVR). Travel time from either station to the campus is 20-30 minutes.

Greyhound bus station is located at 2910 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230. Phone: 800-231-2222. Travel time to campus is 20-30 minutes.

There will be an airport shuttle from RIC available hourly for arrivals on Saturday from 1:00pm to 7:00pm and on Sunday from 9:00am to 11:55pm. Departures from the UR campus to RIC are available on Thursday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and on Friday morning from 4:00am to 10:00am. Cost will be $20 each way. If your travel falls outside these times, you may schedule privately with James River Transportation: 804-249-1052.

Taxis and public transit coaches are also available.

Conference Bookstore

Because of our “at home” location, the conference bookstore will offer a complete range of the Book Service inventory and will offer a number of titles at sale prices. Dale Music Company of Silver Spring, Maryland, will be present to provide hymn-based music for purchase.

Silent Auction

Please bring extra copies of hymnals and hymnological books in good condition to donate to the Silent Auction. Please avoid bring multiple copies of the same title. The auction is a great place to find bargains to take home and the proceeds benefit the Austin C. Lovelace Scholarship fund which enables several students to attend each Annual Conference.


Full-time and part-time students at the undergraduate or graduate level may apply for assistance from the Austin C. Lovelace Scholarship fund. Applications forms (due May 1) are available from The Hymn Society office or at on this web site. Click to Register