Architectural detail of window arches on Old South Church in Boston



Hymn Workshop & Festival

October 5, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

The church has been singing for 2,000 years, which doesn’t even include our inherited singing traditions from ancient Israel. The church has always sung songs from the past as well as written new songs to express their current understanding of God, celebrate what God has and is doing, and challenge the church to live into God’s calling. Throughout this extensive history of singing together, the church’s song has never been a monolith. Rather, the church’s song has always taken on various forms and sounds that each time and place has used to express their unique praise. The Hymn Workshop & Festival is a celebration of our sung inheritance as well as some of the church’s newest songs.

Journey with us on October 5th for an interactive workshop and on October 6th for Ancient-Modern: a Hymn Festival. During the workshop, we'll learn hymns to present the following day. The festival will celebrate our musical inheritance alongside new songs that reflect the breadth and depth of the global church. Both events will be led by Brian Hehn, Director of The Center for Congregational Song, and are free and open to the public.


Brian is an inspiring song-leader equally comfortable leading an acapella singing of “It Is Well” as he is drumming and dancing to “Sizohamba Naye.” Experienced using a variety of genres and instrumentations, he has lead worship for Baptists, Roman Catholics, United Methodists, Presbyterians, and many more across the U.S. and Canada. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Wingate University, his Master of Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and is certified in children's church music (K-12) by Choristers Guild. He has articles published on sacred music and congregational song in multiple journals and co-authored the book All Hands In: Drumming the Biblical Narrative, published by Choristers Guild. While working for The Hymn Society as the Director of The Center for Congregational Song, he is also adjunct professor of church music at Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina and Associate Director of Contemporary Music at the Cathedral of Mary our Queen in Baltimore, MD. Brian lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife, Eve, and son, Jakob.