2014: Trinity Christian College

The annual meeting of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music will be held February 20-22, 2014, at Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois.


In addition to individual papers on a wide variety of topics, the meeting will include a keynote address by Gregory Wolfe, editor of the literary and arts quarterly Image; a concert by James Falzone’s Allos Musica presenting repertoire from the Middle East, Andalusia, and Brittany, alongside arrangements of Eric Satie and Falzone’s original compositions; and an interdisciplinary panel—James Falzone (jazz studies, composition, theory; Columbia College Chicago), Steven Guthrie (religion and the arts, theology; Belmont University), and Emmett Price (ethnomusicology; Northeastern University)—engaging John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme (1964). Click here to see the full program.


Trinity Christian College is easily accessible from both Midway and O’Hare airports. For details regarding travel, lodging, and registration, please visit: http://scsmtrinity2014.eventbrite.com.   Please address any questions about registration or details of the meeting to Mark Peters at mark.peters@trnty.edu.


SCSM 2014 Program

(Please click here for a pdf version of the program.)

Thursday, February 20


12:45-1:10 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks (Van Namen Recital Hall)


1:15-3:00 p.m. Paper session 1

A— Pedagogy & Epistemology: The Future of Music Education

(Van Namen Recital Hall)

“The Harmony of Body and Soul: Music as a Way of Knowing in Augustine’s De Musica
Aron Reppmann, Trinity Christian College

“Teaching and Technology: The Future of Sacred Music Education in the Academy”
Andrew Shenton, Boston University

“Beyond Ethnomusicology: Educational methods and resources for multi-disciplinary, multi-arts analysis and engagement”
Robin Harris, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

B—Music & Cultural Fusion: The Transgression of Sacred and Secular in Liturgical Space (Choral Room)

“Modern Christian Mohawk “Medicine Man”: The Healing Music and Ministry of Jonathan Maracle and Broken Walls Ministries of Ontario, Canada”
Stacey A. Garrepy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Genre Fusion in Carol Barnett’s ‘The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass”
Gretchen Foley, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“Lowell Mason as European Art Music’s Translator: Skopos Theory and the Antebellum American Hymn”
Peter Mercer-Taylor, University of Minnesota School of Music


3:00-3:30 p.m. Coffee break


3:30-5:00 p.m. Panel 1: Engaging John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme (Van Namen Recital


James Falzone, Columbia College Chicago

Steven Guthrie, Belmont University

Emmett Price, Northeastern University


Evening Options:

Graduate student dinner (Peters’ home)

Executive committee meeting/dinner

Dinner at local restaurant hosted by Yudha Thianto


Friday, February 21


8:00-8:45 a.m. Continental breakfast


8:45-9:55 a.m. Paper session 2

A—Jesus For the People: Countercultural Crossovers (Van Namen Recital Hall)

“ ‘Jesus is Just Alright’: The Jesus Movement and the Counterculture in 70’s Rock”
Olivia Mather, Independent Scholar

“Converts and Crossovers: Black Gospel and the Music of Radical White Christianity at the Turn of the 1970s”
Kathryn Kinney, Washington University in St. Louis

B—Agenda & Hymns: Controversy and Debate in the Songs We Sing (Choral Room)

“ ‘Songs of the Coming Church’: Protestant Hymnody in the Third Reich”
Jonathan E. Blumhofer, Clark University

“Embodying the Angels’ Song and Delineating the Christian Other in the Trisagion Hymn”
Armin Karim, Case Western Reserve University


10:00-10:55 a.m. Chapel (Gregory Wolfe, speaker), coffee break (Grand Lobby)


11:00-11:55 a.m. Panel 2: Engaging Graduate Studies (Van Namen Recital Hall)

Chelle Stearns, chair


12:00-1:10 p.m. Lunch and business meeting (Grand Lobby)


1:15-3:00 p.m. Paper session 3

A—Spirituality & Temporality: Time as Theological Aesthetic

(Van Namen Recital Hall)

“No Time Like the Present: Postmodern Religious Influence and Temporality in Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5
Nathan Burggraff, Eastman School of Music

“Time and Eternity in the Second Movement of Johannes Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem
Adam A. Perez, Yale Institute of Sacred Music

“Tempus Sanctus: In Conversation with David Kelsey on Singing and Eschatological Temporality”
Awet Andemicael, Yale University

B—Sacred Space and the Beauty of God (Choral Room)

“Sacred Music and its Sacred Space: The Early Modern Novohispanic Convent Coro
Cesar Favila, University of Chicago

“Mechtild of Hackeborn: Liturgy and/as Narrative
Ilana R. Schroeder, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“ ‘Streams of Paradise’: Sabbath, Music, and the Beauty of God”
Na Young Seo (in absentia) & Esther R. Crookshank, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


3:00-3:30 p.m. Coffee break


3:30-4:45 p.m. Keynote address: Gregory Wolfe (Grand Lobby)


5:00-7:00 p.m. Conference dinner (Grand Lobby)


7:30 p.m. Concert: Allos Musica (Kallemeyn Theater, Art and Communications Center)



Saturday, February 22


8:15-8:55 a.m. Continental breakfast


9:00-10:45 a.m. Paper session 4

A—Music & Devotion: Piety, Liturgy, and Transformative Beholding

(Van Namen Recital Hall)

“The Gospel According to Mendelssohn: Spiritual Meaning and Liturgical Function in Mendelssohn’s Three Motets, Op. 39”
Siegwart Reichwald, Converse College

“Hearing the 17th-century French Organ Mass ‘with Profit & Devotion’ ”
Neil Cockburn, Mount Royal University Conservatory

“Transformative Beholding and Barbara Strozzi’s Salve Regina (1655)”
Sara Pecknold, Catholic University of America

B— Imagination, Culture, & New Sounds: Cultural Memory & Layers of Meaning (Choral Room)

“L’Orgue fantastique: Imagination in the Later Organ Works of Louis Vierne”
Andrew Pester, Duke University

“Morality and Devotion in Antonio Estevez’s Cantata Criolla
Pedro R. Aponte, James Madison University

“Sounding the Psalms Anew: Psalm 136 as Musical Cultural Memory for the Abayudaya Ugandan Jews”
Emilie Coakley, Yale Institute of Sacred Music


10:45-11:20 a.m. Coffee break


11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Paper session 5

Performing Theology: Apocalyptic Visions & Jazz

(Van Namen Recital Hall)

“Apocalyptic Visions and Moral Education. Compositions by CPE Bach and GP Telemann”
Markus Rathey, Yale University

“Strangely Religious Opinions About Jazz In Europe: A comparison of Hugues Panassié and H. R. Rookmaaker”
William Edgar, Westminster Theological Seminary


12:30-12:45 p.m. Closing remarks