Reverend Constance Cherry, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Worship and Pastoral Ministry, Presents the 2019 Northcutt Annual Lecture | Media and public relations



Reverend 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 Northcutt Conference.

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by Gabrielle White, Student Journalist, Baylor University Media and Public Relations

WACO, TEXAS (April 1, 2019) – Reverend 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 Northcutt’s 33rd Annual Conference, Tuesday April 2nd.

The conference will take place at 4 p.m. at the McLean Foyer of Meditation, Armstrong Browning Library, 710 Speight Ave.

“Constance Cherry is one of the world’s most distinguished scholars in worship, and we are very happy to have her on our campus this week,” said Randall Bradley, DMA, Ben H. Williams music teacher and director of church music. Program and Center for Christian Music Studies at the Baylor School of Music. “His books are used extensively in worship courts around the world, and the influence of his writings and words marks worship in many churches.”

Cherry is an author, composer and hymnist, and her areas of expertise include Christian worship, particularly in the disciplines of practical theology, music in worship and liturgy, and congregational song. She has recently published a book on worship and has many publications for choral hymns, children’s musicals, service music, newspaper articles and a chapter in a book. His hymn texts have appeared in six major collections of confessional hymns.

“As part of the Northcutt Lecture Series, Dr Cherry will be speaking in class, interacting with students and faculty in an informal setting and presenting the prestigious Northcutt Lecture Tuesday afternoon,” Bradley said. “Thanks to the generosity of LeGrande and Cassandra Northcutt of Longview, this annual conference has earned the distinction of being one of the best music and worship conferences in the world.

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

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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