I’m at the 2015 annual conference of the Hymn Society in New Orleans: “Somebody’s Call’ My Name: Jazz, Jambalaya, and Jubilee.” We’re meeting at Loyola University.
There are four plenary addresses:
- “Congregational Singing (Praising God) from the Margins” by Miguel & Deborah De La Torre
- “Psalmody and Hymnody in Jewish Congregational Singing” by John H. Baron
- “Spirituals and Gospel Song in African-American Congregational Singing” by Roy Belfield, Jr.
- “The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology” by Carlton R. Young
There are five hymn festivals:
- “Jambalaya Festival: When the Storms of Life Are Raging – Hymns in Times of Crisis and Recovery”
- “Down By The Riverside: Jazz and Congregational Song”
- “Shiru L’Adonai – Sing unto the LORD: A Feast of Jewish Congregational Hymnody”
- “African-American Spirituals & Gospel Songs”
- “Jubliee Festival: The Big Easy”
There are also six groups of sectionals (break-outs).
The business meeting is tomorrow. Watch this space for a coming announcement.