Canadian Repertoire for "The other Choir": Canadian Hymnody for use in the Congregation
Even though Canada has a brief history as a country, hymnody has been very much a part of the Canadian landscape - from Canadian TV shows, to denominational hymnals produced for the Canadian churches. Although much of Canada's church music has been influenced by its' cultural mosaic, many Canadian hymnwriters have developed through the past century, with their hymns (both texts and tunes) being published in Canadian and international denominational hymnbooks. Canadian hymnwriters from the past and present will be explored in this presentation, as well as a brief history of Canadian hymnody. This workshop presentation will involve singing of the representative hymns along with a discussion towards the variety of ways of presenting new hymnody and copyright issues as it has to do with Canadian hymnody.
Keywords: Hymns, Canadian History, Congregational Song, Hymnody, Church Music, Music in Canada, Canadian Composers, Canadian Authors
Dr. Joy Berg
Assistant Professor, Music and Church Music, Department of Music