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2012 Conference

Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship
Annual Meeting
February 16-18, 2012
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan


About the Conference

The Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship will hold its annual meeting at Calvin College, Michigan, from Thursday February 16 to Saturday February 18, 2012. The conference features scholarly papers and lecture recitals on topics relating contemporary and historical music to worship, theology, liturgy, hymnody and other aspects of Christian faith.

Concerts include the Hildegard Singers performing the chants for the office of St. Ursula by Hildegard of Bingen, and Ensemble Montage performing Messiaen (including Poèmes pour mi).

The keynote speaker for FMCS 2012 is Stephen Schloesser, author of Jazz-Age Catholicism: Mystic Modernism in Postwar Paris, 1919-1933 (Univ. of Toronto Press, 2005) and a forthcoming biography of Olivier Messiaen.

About FMCS

The Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship is an association of scholars interested in exploring the intersections of Christian faith and musical scholarship. We are an ecumenical association, reflecting the world-wide diversity of Christian traditions, and seeking to learn from scholars outside those traditions. As scholars of Christian convictions, we are dedicated to excellence in all our work as musicologists, theorists and ethnomusicologists. Conference registration is open to all interested persons: undergraduate and graduate students, as well as independent and affiliated scholars. For more information about the FMCS and about previous conferences see the web page:

Conference Schedule

For a detailed schedule, including breakout session presenters and topics, view the pdf schedule.

Thursday, February 16
12:30-1:30pm Check-In
1:30-4:30 pm Afternoon Sessions and Break
7:00 pm Conference Opening and Evensong Service (Calvin Chapel)
7:30 pm Concert of music by Hildegard of Bingen featuring Linn Maxwell and the Hildegard Singers
8:30 pm Reception (Sponsored by the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship)

Friday, February 17
8:45 am Welcome and Devotions
9:00-12:00 pm Morning Sessions and Break
12:00pm Catered Luncheon and FMCS Business Meeting
1:30-4:30 pm Afternoon Sessions and Break
6:30 pm Keynote Lecture by Stephen Schloesser
8:00 pm Concert of music by Olivier Messiaen featuring Ensemble Montage and Guest Artists
9:30 pm Reception (Sponsored by the Calvin College Department of Music)

Saturday, February 18
8:30 am-12:00 pm Morning Sessions and Break
12:00 pm Clsing remarks, Conference ends by 12:15



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