We are pleased to report that we showcased hymns from the Western Hymn Writers Workshop at the annual conference of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada in St. Louis, Missouri in July. Fred Voros and Alan Astin led a sectional in singing and discussing hymns produced by the Workshop.
This is an odd-numbered month, so we will be meeting this Wednesday at 7:30 pm at our (relatively) new venue, the Whittier Ward at 200 East 1500 South in Salt Lake City.
We will sing Cathy Tibbitts's arrangement of Fred Voros’s "Graceful as a Bright-Winged Dove." We will also hear some tune-writing pointers from Lynn Carson, the one member of the group who has a hymn tune published in a hymnal.
If you have something new, please bring it!
In October we will hear from Michael Moody on his experience compiling the 1985 LDS hymnal. Bring questions!
The next meeting of the Western Hymn Writers Workshop will be August 30, 2018, at 7:30. Location will be at Salt Lake's Whittier LDS Ward, 1515 South 200 East in downtown Salt Lake. This is a week later than our usual meeting time. Bring something to sing or just come to sing! We hope to see you there.
In sadness we observe the passing of our beloved friend Paul L. Anderson. Paul was a faithful member of the Western Hymn Writers Workshop and in fact attended the March workshop, with his son, Christian, the night before he died. We workshopped Alan Astin's musical setting for John 11:25, "I am the resurrection and the life." Christian and Paul's wife, Lavina, requested that the members of the Workshop sing that hymn at Paul's funeral. With the generous help of some singers from the Salt Lake City choral ensemble Jubilate, we sang the hymn at the funeral. We will post the hymn on this site.
Paul was a beautiful and creative soul. His untimely death leaves a gaping wound in our soul. Till we meet again, Paul . . .
The next meeting of the Western Hymn Writers Workshop will be September 21. This is a week earlier than our usual meeting time. We hope to see you there, with something new to sing!
This year's Sunstone Symposium will include a session featuring new hymns by Fred Voros and Alan Eastman (Alan will be playing piano for the session). In keeping with the theme of this year's symposium, The Least of These: Embracing All, we will showcase hymns addressing social justice and inclusion. Our session, "Sing a New Song," will run from 10:15 am to 11:15 am on Saturday, July 29, in the Saltair Room of the Olpin Student Union, University of Utah. More info here.
This will be a hymn singalong, with no speaking except to set up the hymns. No singing ability is required to attend, though. In fact, you can just listen!
NOTE: A single session conference admission is $15 ($25 at the door). (Sorry we can't let you in for free.)
Download the mini-hymnal for this session here: "Sing a New Song."
Cathy Tibbitts's arrangement of her and Fred's hymn "What God Calls Us To" has received an Award of Merit in the Anthems division of the 2017 Music Festival of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It will be performed on Temple Square either in October 2017 or February 2018.
Our next workshop will be on Thursday, May 25, at 7:30. We will gather as usual at the University Ward across from President's Circle at the University of Utah. Please come and bring what you have been working on!
Sorry, this workshop is CANCELLED. See you in June!
Our next workshop will be on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30. We will gather as usual at the University Ward across from President's Circle at the University of Utah. Please come and bring what you have been working on!