Since its inception in 1985, The Northcutt Lecture Series has become an integral part of the academic and spiritual life of the Baylor University School of Music. Designed to bring nationally and internationally known church music scholars to Baylor University, The Northcutt Lecture is made possible by an endowment from LeGrande and Cassandra Northcutt of Longview, Texas.

Spring 2019 - Constance Cherry - April 2, 4:00 pm

“Vetting a Canon of Congregational Song: Keeping it Honest, Making it Whole”

Constance Cherry is a published author, composer, and hymnist. For more than three decades, she has served the church in various full-time ministries including: director of worship and music, pastor, and professor in the academy. In addition to teaching regularly at The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, she teaches in various international settings and speaks at conferences.

Her areas of expertise include Christian worship (particularly addressed within the discipline of practical theology), music in worship and liturgy, and congregational song. Her latest publication is The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services (Baker Academic, 2010). In addition to this book on worship, her publications include choral anthems, a children's musical, service music, articles in journals, and a chapter in a book. Her hymn texts presently appear in six major denominational hymnals.

Past Presenters Include:

John Witvliet, Lester Ruth, Jeremy Begbie, Ruth Duck, Carl Shalk, Brian Wren, I-to Loh, Carl P. Daw, Jr., Emily Brink, Don Sailers, Harry Eskew, Carlton Young, Helen Kemp, Donald P. Hustad, Paul Westermeyer, Thomas Troeger, Marva Dawn, Alice Parker, Jane Marshall, Benjamin Harlan, Michael Hawn, Terry York, Allen Walworth, Harold Best, Gordon Borror, Jerry Warren, Robert Shaw, Paul Manz, Milburn Price, William O'Brien.

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