2022 SCSM Conference

The Townsend School of Music at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia is proud to welcome The Society for Christian Scholarship to campus for the SCSM 2022 Conference. Our local host will be Dr. Nathan Myrick, Assistant Professor of Church Music.

This year’s conference looks to be a rich opportunity for hearing in-depth scholarship in a diverse range of disciplines as well as a chance to (re)connect with friends new and old. Registration will be open from 12:30 to 1:30pm on Thursday March 3rd, with greetings and opening remarks at 1:30pm. The first set of breakout sessions begins at 2pm, with an intriguing group of papers ranging from Contemporary Worship practices to the application of J. R. R. Tolkien’s theory of “secondary creations” to the music of the Grateful Dead. At 4:15pm we’ll have the privilege to hear the Keynote Address from Dr. Jean Kidula, Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. You won’t want to miss a single minute!

The conference will end on Saturday with the Graduate Student Panel Discussion, with concluding remarks ending at 12:30pm. In between will be times to connect during coffee breaks, the banquet on Thursday evening, the business lunch on Friday, and more. There will also be a concert by The Mercer Singers on Thursday and a chance to attend “A Night of Georgia Music” on Saturday night. (And no, Matthew, this is not the country, it is music from the great State of Georgia… Next year Georgian Chant?)

Registration is live on the SCSM website. We’ll have in person and limited online offerings. See the next page for travel and accommodations information and then sign up soon.

Lots of gratitude to the Program Committee and many, many thanks to Nate Myrick for organizing and hosting us at Mercer University!

Note: We are planning on an in-person meeting, with the possibility of limited online offerings. If circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic require it, we will transition to a fully online format. Regardless, all conference participants need to be available during the days of the conference for synchronous sessions.



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Chelle Stearns

Chelle Stearns

Associate Professor of Theology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology