The Rev. Constance Cherry, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Worship and Pastoral Ministry, Presents 2019 Annual Northcutt LectureApril 1, 2019
by Gabrielle White, student newswriter, Baylor University Media and Public Relations
WACO, TEXAS (April 1, 2019) – The Rev. Constance Cherry, Ph.D., D.Min., professor of Christian worship and pastoral ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University, will present “Vetting a Canon of Congregational Song: Keeping It Honest, Making it Whole” at the 33rd annual Northcutt Lecture on Tuesday, April 2.
The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in the McLean Foyer of Meditation of Armstrong Browning Library, 710 Speight Ave.
“Constance Cherry is one of the most distinguished worship scholars in the world, and we are very pleased to have her on our campus this week,” said Randall Bradley, D.M.A., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Music and director of the Church Music Program and Center for Christian Music Studies in Baylor School of Music. “Her books are used widely in worship classes around the world, and the influence of her writing and speaking is making a mark on worship in many churches.”
Cherry is an author, composer and hymnist, and her areas of expertise include Christian worship, particularly addressed within the disciplines of practical theology, music in worship and liturgy and congregational song. She recently released a book on worship and has numerous publications of choral anthems, children’s musicals, service music, journal articles and a chapter within a book. Her hymn texts have appeared in six major denominational hymnals.
“As a part of the Northcutt Lecture Series, Dr. Cherry will be speaking in classes, interacting with students and faculty in informal settings and presenting the distinguished Northcutt Lecture on Tuesday afternoon,” Bradley said. “Thanks to the generosity of LeGrande and Cassandra Northcutt of Longview, this yearly lecture has earned the distinction of being one of the top lectures in the field of music and worship in the world.”
Since its inception in 1985, the Northcutt Lecture Series has become an integral part of the academic and spiritual life of Baylor School of Music. Designed to bring nationally and internationally known church music scholars to Baylor, the Northcutt Lecture is made possible by an endowment from LeGrande and Cassandra Northcutt of Longview, Texas.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3391.
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