Welcome to the SCSM Website

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.

A Message from the President, July 2015

Dear Colleagues,

As President of the Society for Christian Scholarship and Music I am pleased to invite you to enjoy our latest newsletter, now available on this website and on its way to members in hard copy as well.

SCSM is now entering its 15th year and has many exciting events planned. Our next annual conference will be held at Boston University from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 February, 2016. The Call for Papers is here on our web site and I encourage you to submit an abstract for what promises to be an excellent gathering of scholars. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Professor of Worship at Boston University. Dr. Westerfield Tucker is a United Methodist elder and a practicing church musician. The conference will include a performance of Passio by Arvo Pärt sung by the Boston Choral Ensemble.

As SCSM continues to expand we will be offering more information and resources on our website, and we are planning an anniversary collection of essays by a number of distinguished scholars in the field.

I invite you to click on the link above to join up or renew your membership in order to support the work of the Society in this important year and to keep in contact with your friends and colleagues in the discipline.


Andrew Shenton
Associate Professor of Music (Musicology and Ethnomusicology)
James R. Houghton Scholar of Sacred Music
Boston University