2017 Utech Hymnody Symposium and Festival

About the 2017 Utech Festival

The first Utech Hymnody Symposium and Festival will be held on November 17–18, 2017 at the Eastman School of Music. Sponsored and organized by the Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards Department, the Friday afternoon Symposium features a keynote address by Paul Westermeyer, Emeritus Professor of Church Music at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, followed by a panel discussion of the topic “What do we need in the way of new hymns texts?” That question relates to the first Utech Hymn Text Competition held this year, the winning poet to be included on the panel. That new hymn text, sung to a Genevan psalter melody, will be heard for the first time as part of a Friday evening Hymn Festival led by Bruce Neswick, Canon for Cathedral Music at Trinity Cathedral, Portland, Oregon. Neswick will also lead a master class in hymn playing on Saturday morning, November 18. See the following schedule for details; the public is welcome without charge at all events. Subsequent Utech symposia and festivals will be held in odd-numbered years, in alternation with EROI (Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative) Festivals in the fall of even-numbered years. Utech hymnody events are made possible through the George W. Utech Congregational Hymnody Fund, established at the Eastman School of Music in memory of George W. Utech, a published author of hymn texts, by his wife, Krestie Utech.


Click here for the Festival Schedule

The winner of the Hymn Text Competition has been announced! Congratulations to Dr. Wayne L. Wold for his achievement. Visit the Hymn Text Competition page to learn more about Dr. Wold.