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The mission of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada is to encourage, promote, and enliven congregational singing.
- Encourage – by building supportive relationships and enabling networking and ecumenical cooperation.
- Promote – through our regular news publications and web presence news of events, activities, and recent developments.
- Enliven – by providing experience in performance practices to help in the introduction and leading of the congregation’s song.
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.
The Hymn Society is for those who
believe that congregational song is an integral component of worship
believe that the writing and singing of new texts and tunes needs to be promoted
value learning about the origins of the words and music they sing
As 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.
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.
People like you who love, use, and create congregational song come
together 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 years 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.
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
The Book Service order form contained in each issue of
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.
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