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November Updates: Fall Newsletter and 2018 SEBTS

I’m delighted to share with you the new issue of the SCSM Newsletter, co-edited by Chelle Stearns and Chad Fothergill. Click on the link to read about our upcoming conference, catch up on Member News, learn about some graduate student projects, and enjoy an interview dialogue between SCSM and CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) as well as Chelle’s review of a recent book by Ben Quash, Found Theology: History, Imagination, and The Holy Spirit (2014).
– Jennifer Bloxam, president

We’re also excited to share more details for our 2018 Annual Conference at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, February 8-10 in Wake Forest, NC. Go to the Conferences>2018 SEBTS to see the preliminary Conference Program, logistics details, and more about Steven Guthrie’s keynote address, “Silence, Solitude, and Song: Sounding the Dimensions of our Aural Crisis.”

Register now on Eventbrite!

Dr. Steven Guthrie, Keynote speaker

Steven GuthrieThe SCSM is pleased to announce Dr. Steven Guthrie as our Keynote Speaker for our 2018 Annual Conference. Steven Guthrie is Professor of Theology at Belmont University where he is also director of the Religion and Arts program and the Worship Leadership program. He earned his B. Mus. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan School of Music, and worked as a musician and minister of music for seven years before going on for graduate study in theology. His doctoral dissertation from the University of St. Andrews was on the theology of music, and he served as post-doctoral fellow and then as a Lecturer at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of Creator Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Art of Becoming Human (Baker Academic, 2011), and the co-editor (with Jeremy Begbie) of Resonant Witness: Conversations Between Music and Theology (Eerdmans, 2011). He continues to lead worship at his church, and play music professionally in the Nashville area.

Anniversary Volume Now Available!

Exploring Christian Song front coverWe are delighted to announce the publication of Exploring Christian Song (Lexington Press, 2017), a collection of ten essays celebrating the Society’s founding in 2002! Contributors include former keynote speakers, winners of the Graduate Student Prize, and several Society presidents, all exploring ways in which people across time and space have raised their voices to sing God’s praises.  Click here to read about the book on, and here for how to order it at a 30% discount. Please spread the news and share the flyer – all royalties benefit SCSM!

Call for Papers 2018


Annual Meeting February 8-10, 2018 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

The Society for Christian Scholarship in Music seeks proposals for its upcoming annual meeting, which will take place February 8-10, 2018 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, NC.

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 2018 meeting. Application instructions for the graduate student prize will be provided upon acceptance of the paper for the program and will be posted on the society’s 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. Conference registration is open to all interested persons: undergraduate and graduate students, as well as independent and affiliated scholars; presenters are required to become members of the society for the year of the conference. For more information about SCSM and about previous conferences, see

Individual Proposals should clearly describe the argument, evidence, and research findings, situate the work in relation to previous scholarship, and articulate how the research contributes to Christian scholarship in music. The identity of the author should not be divulged in the body of the proposal. Maximum length: 350 words. Only one individual proposal may be submitted.

Lecture-Recital Proposals should identify the music to be performed, including performing forces, and clearly describe the substance of the lecture component as outlined for Individual Proposals. Please note clearly at the top that this is a Lecture-Recital proposal. Maximum length: 350 words.

Panel Proposals should include a summary of the importance of the panel topic by the panel organizer (maximum length 350 words). The organizer should also include a proposal for each paper prepared by individual panelists following the guidelines for Individual Proposals, along with each panelist’s contact information. Panel Proposals will be considered only as a whole, the session’s coherence being an essential part of the evaluation process.

Program Committee Procedures: Only the Program Chair is privy to the identity of each proposer until the final stage of the selection process. Proposals are first independently assessed on a scale from zero to five by all four committee members, after which the scores are collated, averaged, and ranked accordingly. Following discussion of the results by all committee members, all but two or three of the available presentation slots are filled based on the final rankings. In a final stage, the authors of the proposals are revealed and the final slots are filled, with the committee looking for opportunities to achieve as fair and broad a representation among varying approaches and presenters as possible.

Please send submissions or questions to program chair Mark Peters at In the body of your submission e-mail, please identify your affiliation, preferred e-mail for communication, and whether you are a student. Proposals (only doc or docx files please) must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 1, 2017. Proposals will not be accepted after this date. Applicants will be notified of the program committee’s decision by early November.

Newsletter, Spring 2017

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Highlights from SCSM President, Jennifer Bloxam:
“I’m delighted to share with you the Spring 2017 SCSM Newsletter, wherein you will find, among other things, reflections on the 2017 meeting at Scripps College and the Graduate Student Panel (by Emilie Coakley and Adam Perez) as well as two thought-provoking essays on the subject of the Christian Imagination (by Chelle Stearns and Johann Buis).

Peters headshot fall 2016 3 smallA Special Note: A resounding “Thank You!” to Mark Peters, who with this issue completes a four-year stint as the first editor of this vital contribution to our Society’s outreach to members and friends. Find out about the next phase of the Newsletters stewardship in Mark’s note to you in this Newsletter!”