2016 ABSW Graduate Chosen As a Lovelace Scholar

July 12, 2016 ~ ABSW


Inhye Park (pictured to the right above), who received her Masters in Community Leadership degree in May, has been awarded a scholarship to attend the July annual conference of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Known as the “Lovelace Scholars” (in memory of the prominent US hymn writer, composer, teacher, and organist, Austin Lovelace), a small group of students in bachelors or masters degree program across the continent are chosen each year for this honor. This year’s conference is held at the University of Redlands (Redlands, CA) from July 17 through 21.

Dr. Nancy Hall (also pictured above), ABSW Associate Professor of Ministry and Congregational Music notes: “One of the most visible and celebrated groups at any Hymn Society annual conference is the Lovelace Scholars. They assist in leading Morning Prayers, form ensembles for the evening hymn festivals, work with the conference leaders on running the event, and enjoy all the plenary sessions, workshops, and other activities of the week. I am delighted that Inhye will have this exceptional experience.” Dr. Hall has also successfully recommended two previous Lovelace Scholars, in 2012 and 2014. She is a longtime member of The Hymn Society and served as Editor of The Hymn – A Journal of Congregational Song, from 2009 to 2011.

Dr. Hall will give a sectional presentation in Redlands on Monday, July 18: “The Hymns of Rod Romney, American Baptist Pastor.” The conference 2016 theme is “Formed in Faith, Shaped by Song.” Registration is open. Pastors, music directors, and hymn lovers should consider attending this exciting and informative event, which comes to the west coast only every eight to ten years. Dr. Hall would be happy to share further information; e-mail her at nhall@absw.edu.