Church Music Symposium to be Held at Mount Union College October 27

May 26, 2010

A Church Music Symposium will be held at Mount Union College on Saturday, October 27.

This symposium will focus on issues of composing hymns as well as the challenges composers of church music are currently facing.

The keynote speaker will be Don Saliers who will discuss 'When in our Music God is Glorified: Theological Challenges of the Present Age.' Saliers is a professor at the Chandler School of Theology and the author of fifteen books.

Other presentations include 'Wesleyan Hymn Singing as a Communal Spiritual Practice' by Robin Knowles Wallace, professor of worship and music at Methodist Theological School of Ohio; 'Hymn Hermeneutics: Biblical Interpretation in the Songs of the Church' by Dr. Susan E. Haddox, assistant professor of religious studies and philosophy at Mount Union; 'Hymns: The Good and the Bad' by Phillip Pfatteicher, associate pastor of First Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and adjunct professor of sacred music at Duquesne University and 'The Relevance of the Pipe Organ for Today' by Chris Holtkamp, president of the Holtkamp Organ Company.

Concluding the symposium will be the Paul Gerhardt Hymn Festival, celebrating Gerhardt's life and work as a hymn writer, theologian and pastor. Dr. Victoria B. Harris, retired professor of music at Mount Union, will serve as guest organist. Harris will be performing on the organ built for the Dewald Chapel by the Holtkamp Company.

The $25 registration fee is due by October 18. Checks should be made payable to Mount Union College and sent to the attention of Dr. Daniel Grimminger at 1972 Clark Ave., Alliance, OH 44601. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. in Cope Music Hall on the Mount Union College campus. For more information please contact Grimminger at (330) 309-3303 or

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