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The Society for Christian Scholarship in Music is an association of scholars interested in exploring the intersections of Christian faith and musical scholarship.

We are an ecumenical association, reflecting the world-wide diversity of Christian traditions, and seeking to learn from scholars outside those traditions. As scholars of Christian convictions, we are dedicated to excellence in all our work as musicologists, theorists, ethnomusicologists and theologians.

SCSM 2017 Keynote Announcement

The SCSM is pleased to announce the Keynote Speaker for our annual conference will be Dr. Craig H. Russell, who will speak on the following topic that relates intimately to the location of Scripps College (our host for this year’s conference) in southern California:

“Friar Juan Bautista Sancho—Tracing the Origins of California’s First Composer and the Early Mission Style“

Craig Russell is a composer and musicologist. He started teaching at Cal Poly in 1982, after earning his doctorate at the University of North Carolina. While at Cal Poly, he received numerous awards from the university, the California State University (CSU), and scholarly organizations throughout the world. They include the 2007 Wang Family Excellence Award in recognition of CSU faculty who distinguish themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements in their academic disciplines; the 2007 Cal Poly Distinguished Research Award; the 2007 Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts’ Distinguished Research Award; the 1996 President’s Arts Award; the 1994-95 CSU Trustee’s Outstanding Professor Award, CSU’s highest honor; and the 1994-95 Cal Poly Outstanding Faculty Award. In 2013 he was inducted into the prestigious Reial Acadèmie Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi (one of a few North American scholars to be inducted into the Spanish Royal Academy). His publications have also won numerous awards. His book “From Serra to Sancho: Music and Pageantry in the California Missions” won the 2010 Edna Kimbro award as the most distinguished publication dealing with missions. “J.B. Sancho: Pioneer Composer of California” won the Historical Society of Southern California’s Norman Neuerburg Award for outstanding writing in early California history in 2007.

For more information see Dr. Russell’s bio page at Cal Poly.

From our friends at the Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives conference:

“Proposals are invited for the 2017 Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives conference, to be held July 18-21, 2017 at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, United Kingdom. The deadline for proposals is 15 December 2016. Please visit the conference website for more information. http://congregationalmusic.org

Society for Christian Scholarship in Music
Annual Meeting
February 9-11, 2017
Scripps College, Claremont, CA

The Society for Christian Scholarship in Music seeks proposals for its upcoming annual meeting, which will take place February 9-11, 2017 at Scripps College in Claremont, CA.

Individual papers, panels, and lecture recitals on any topic related to music and the study of Christianity are welcome. Individual papers are 25 minutes long; panels (with three people) are one and a half hours; and lecture-recitals, one hour. We invite submissions representing a variety of approaches and perspectives, including history, ethnomusicology, theory and analysis, philosophy and theology, liturgy, and critical theory.

SCSM encourages submissions from current graduate students. A $250 prize will be awarded for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the 2017 meeting.