2016: Boston University

 Annual Meeting of the
 Society for Christian Scholarship in Music
February 11-13, 2016
Boston University

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 worldwide 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, and ethnomusicologists.

Program Committee
Peter Mercer-Taylor (University of Minnesota), Chair
Tala Jarjour (University of Notre Dame / Yale University)
Robert Sholl (The Royal Academy of Music, London)
Eftychia (Effie) Papanikolaou (Bowling Green State University)

Student Prize Committee
Robin Wallace (Baylor University), Chair
Felicia Sandler (New England Conservatory)
Cathy Ann Elias (DePaul University)

Local Arrangements
Andrew Shenton (Boston University)
Megan Francisco (University of Washington)
Daniel Russell (Boston University)

The Society would like to thank the following people for their generous support and assistance: Mary Elizabeth Moore, Dean of the School of Theology; Carl Klein and officers of the AGO Library; Raymond Bouchard and the staff of Marsh Chapel; Carl Daw and the staff of the STH Library; BU Catering; the student volunteers; the session chairs; the presenters; and the Board and members of the Boston Choral Ensemble.


Thursday, February 11

10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.                        Registration (STH 325, 745 Comm. Ave)

10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.                        Exhibition in STH Library (2nd floor, 745 Comm. Ave)

1:15-1:45 p.m.                        Welcome and Opening Remarks (STH 325)

1:45-3:30 p.m.                        SESSION 1 (Concurrent Sessions)

Negotiated Meanings: Bach, Bantock, and Denisov (STH 325)
Andrew Shenton, Boston University, Chair

  1. “Bach’s Benediction: The ‘St. Anne’ Fugue and the Christian Funeral Liturgy”
    Chad Fothergill (Temple University)
  1. “The Shulamite and the Shepherd: Legitimizing a Love Affair in Granville Bantock’s The Song of Songs
    Christopher Little (University of Kentucky)
  1. “Musical Modernism and Christian Faith during the Soviet Stagnation: Edison Denisov’s Requiem
    Zachary Cairns (University of Missouri – St. Louis)

Colliding Cultures (STH B23)
Nelson Cowan, Boston University, Chair

  1. “Mein Gott, My God: Old and New Liturgical Practices of German Immigrants at Marienkirche in Cincinnati, Ohio”
    Stephen Guokas (University of Cincinnati)
  1. “Anti-Semitism and Hebrew Music in Carl Engel’s Music of the Most Ancient Nations (1864)”
    Bennett Zon (Durham University)
  1. “Global Song: Diversity or Homogenization?”
    Marissa Glynias (Yale University)

3:30-4:00 p.m.                                    Coffee break (STH 325)

4:00-5:30 p.m.                        KEYNOTE ADDRESS (STH 325)

Song as a Sign and Means of Christian Unity
The Reverend Doctor Karen Westerfield Tucker
Professor of Worship, Boston University

The beginning of efforts toward church unity are often located in national movements in the nineteenth century, which then take on an international character as the Ecumenical Movement “born” from the World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh in 1910. Yet the sharing of Christian song across ecclesiastical families significantly predates these modern ecumenical endeavors. This presentation explores Christian song as the “first ecumenism,” and examines the role song plays in current ecumenical engagements.

Karen Westerfield Tucker is a liturgical scholar, United Methodist minister, church organist, and ecumenist. After earning the Master of Divinity from Duke University, she spent several years in pastoral and campus ministry work before pursuing the Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In 1989 she joined the faculty at Duke University, but left to come to Boston University in 2004. She has taught seminary and continuing education courses throughout the United States and Canada, and in Asia, Pacifica, and Europe.

Her academic and research interests include North American liturgical history and theology, Methodist/Wesleyan liturgical history and theology, and hymnody.  Among her many publications, she is the author of American Methodist Worship (Oxford University Press, 2001), and the editor of The Sunday Service of the Methodists: Twentieth-century Worship in Worldwide Methodism (Abingdon/Kingswood, 1996). With Geoffrey Wainwright she edited The Oxford History of Christian Worship (Oxford University Press, 2006); she continues as the editor of that book in a forthcoming online and expanded version.  She is a writer for the Wesley Works Project (Abingdon Press), and is also preparing a book that examines hymnals as theological texts.

A past president (2009-2011) of the international and ecumenical Societas Liturgica, Dr. Westerfield Tucker served for a decade as the editor-in-chief of the society’s journal Studia Liturgica.  In her other ecumenical engagements, she is a member of the World Methodist Council, the co-secretary of the international dialogue between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church, and a member of the national dialogue between the United Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

5:30-6:30 p.m.                        RECEPTION (Oxnam and Hartman Room, STH basement)

6:30-9:00 p.m.                        Graduate student event at Sunset Cantina

6:30-8:00 p.m.                        Executive Committee Dinner Meeting (STH 325)

Friday, February 12

8:00-8:45 a.m.                                     Registration & Continental Breakfast (STH 325)

8:45-9:00 a.m.                                     Opening Remarks (STH 325)

9:15-10:30 a.m.                       SESSION 2 (STH 325)

Graduate Student Panel: Comparing Church-Related and Secular Institutions
Megan Francisco, University of Washington, chair

Panelists: Peter Mercer-Taylor (University of Minnesota), Mark Peters (Trinity Christian College), Deborah Justice (Syracuse University), Martha Brundage (BostonUniversity), and Aaron James (Eastman School of Music)

10:30-11:00 a.m.                     Coffee break (STH 325)

11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.          SESSION 3 (concurrent sessions)

Georgian Chant and its Polyphonies (STH 325)
Bennett Zon, Durham University, Chair

  1. “Harmony and Voice Leading in Shemokmedi School Georgian Chant”
    Matthew Arndt (University of Iowa)
  1. “Monophony or Polyphony: The Short Life of the Byzantinist Movement in the Georgian Chant Revival”
    John A. Graham (Yale University)
  1. “A Curious Case of Inculturation: Jean Langlais, Joseph Gelineau, and Vatican II”
    Vincent E. Rone (St. Peter’s University)

Packaging and Presenting Worship Music (STH B23)
Tala Jarjour, University of Notre Dame / Yale University, Chair

  1. “The Bay Psalm Book as a Transnational Artifact of American National Identity”
    Emilie Coakley (University of Pittsburgh)
  1. “Singing the Faith in Salt City: Congregational Shifts in Worship Music since World War II”
    Deborah Justice (Syracuse University)
  1. “Worship Capital, Evangelicalism, and the Political Economy of Congregational Music.”
    Andrew Mall (Northeastern University)

12:45-1:45 p.m.                      LUNCH and BUSINESS MEETING (STH 325)

1:45-3:30 p.m.                        SESSION 4 (concurrent sessions)

Jazz, Gospel, and Popular Song (STH B23)
Mark Peters, Trinity Christian College, Chair

  1. “Tuning Up: Towards A Gospel Aesthetic”
    Braxton D. Shelley (University of Chicago)
  1. “Mary Lou Williams: At the Intersection of Jazz and Catholicism”
    Christopher Capizzi (University of Pittsburgh)
  1. “‘We’ve Been Traveling over Rocky Ground’: Hymns, Spirituals and Social Justice in the Music of Bruce Springsteen”
    Joanna Smolko (University of Georgia and Athens Technical College)

Between Christian Song and Christian Congregation (STH 325)
Joshua Waggener, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Chair

  1. “Compound Ritual Entrainment: Entrainment, Enculturation, and the Emotional Efficacy of Congregational Song.”
    Nathan Myrick (Baylor University)
  1. “Crossover Evangelism: How Contemporary Christian Music Advanced Post-Christian America”
    James A. W. Gutierrez (University of California – San Diego)
  1. ” Between Kantor and Frontman: Gesture as a Source of Authentication and Context Creation in South Brazilian Lutheran Congregational Worship.”
    Marcell Steuernagel (Baylor University)

3:30-4:00 p.m.                        Coffee Break (STH 325)

4:00-5:00 p.m.                                    PRE-CONCERT LECTURE AND ROUND TABLE (STH 325)
Andrew Shenton, Boston University, Chair

Panelists: Ian Copeland (Harvard University), Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore (Boston University), Karen Westerfield Tucker (Boston University)

5:30-7:30 p.m.                        CONFERENCE DINNER (Oxnam and Hartman Room)

8:00-9:30 p.m.                        CONCERT (Marsh Chapel)
Boston Choral Ensemble
Directed by Andrew Shenton

Saturday, February 13

8:15-9:00 a.m.                         Continental Breakfast (STH 325)

9:00-10:45 a.m.                       SESSION 5

Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Music and Thought (STH 325)
Timothy Steele, Calvin College, Chair

  1. The Late Medieval Composer as Cleric: Browsing Antiphoners with Obrecht
    Jennifer Bloxam (Williams College)
  1. “‘Singing Without Understanding’: The Defense of the Unintelligible in Lefèvre d’Etaples”
    Michael O’Connor (St. Michael’s College)
  1. “Saints, Sons, and Sovereignty: Mouton’s Gloriosa Virgo Margareta in the Court of Anne of Brittany (1477-1514)”
    Aimee E. González (New York, NY)

10:45-11:15 a.m.                     Coffee Break (STH 325)

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.           SESSION 6 (concurrent sessions)

Sacred Song (STH B23)
Karl Haas, Boston University, Chair

  1. ““Heaven and Earth Collide:” Hillsong Music’s Evolving Theological Emphases”
    Nelson Cowan (Boston University)
  1. “Dr. Ephraim Amu: Prophet, Witness, and Quiet Revolutionary”
    Felicia Sandler (New England Conservatory of Music)

Baroque Topics (STH 325)
Markus Rathey, Yale University, Chair

  1. “Marian Theology in the Church Cantatas of J. S. Bach and His Lutheran Contemporaries”
    Mark Peters (Trinity Christian College)
  1. “The Godfather: Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and the Family Business”
    Ellen Exner (New England Conservatory)

12:30-1:00 p.m.                      FINAL REMARKS (STH 325)