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BYU-Idaho Department of Music announces a call for hymn texts

October 11, 2018

REXBURG — Members of the Brigham Young University-Idaho community (students, faculty, staff and community) are invited to submit original hymn texts for use in the Fourteenth Annual BYU-I Hymn Festival to be held on Feb. 26.

Submissions chosen for use will be forwarded to BYU-Idaho music students, who will create a new hymn tune and harmonization for the submitted text. (Be sure that your text follows a common poetic meter for hymns; see page 405 in the LDS Hymnal for more on this.) Or, if desired, the new hymn text can be sung to an existing LDS hymn tune.

Also, instead of creating an entirely new hymn text, an additional verse (or verses) to an existing LDS hymn can be submitted.

Any gospel topic can be addressed. Some possible ideas include:

templesthe Prophet Joseph Smiththe Restoration of the Gospelthe Sacrament and Sabbath Dayministeringor any other gospel topic

Submissions are due by Nov. 12 to the BYU-Idaho Music Department office (SNO 246 – Attn: Hymn Festival) or via email at hymnfestival@byui.edu

Mailing address: BYUI Music Dept., Attn: Hymn Festival, Rexburg, ID 83460-1210

Include your name, address, phone number, email and two scripture references that support the text (such as are provided for each hymn in the LDS hymnal).

Please note that due to the volume of entries, not all submitted texts can be used in the Festival. We also reserve the right to make minor editorial emendations to submitted material to facilitate the flow of text with music. The poets and composers whose work is selected for the festival retain the copyright for their creations.

Questions can be directed to hymnfestival@byui.edu

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