March 8-10, 2009
Advance Registration is now closed. On-site registration begins at 6:45 pm, United Church on the Green (map)
(Onsite payment by personal check only; credit cards not accepted for on-site registration.)
Join us in New Haven to explore three broad repertoires of liturgical music:
- Sacred Music of the Black Church
- Western classical
In an age when virtually everyone you meet is plugged in to an MP3 player or cell phone, and wall-to-wall music weakens our perception of it, how can we lead congregations into an attentive reception of the music of the Church? How can the work of the preacher and musician enhance each other for the sake of conveying the Gospel?
Recent reforms in Christian liturgy have stressed the importance of the collective song of a worshiping congregation. Such acts of full, conscious, and active participation work to unite the assembly and give voice to prayer and praise of the church.
This symposium on music and preaching seeks to build on these reforms, to foster understandings of the ways in which music made by individual musicians and ensembles has the power to communicate the Gospel.
Preachers, presiders, scholars, and musicians will gather at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music for three days to explore three broad repertoires of liturgical music: Jazz, Sacred Music of the Black Church, and Western Classical. Each repertoire will be examined and discussed in lecture and workshop.
How can music that is heard but not sung by an assembly invigorate the worship experience and strengthen the life of a congregation? Join us as we seek to examine these questions.
Ike Sturm and Aurora
Travel and Hotel
New Haven, CT is located 90 minutes northeast of New York City and 2 hours southwest of Boston, MA by car or train.
Travel via air to New Haven is accessible via Hartford, CT (BDL), NYC (JFK, LGA, EWR) and New Haven (HVN). Depending on your city of origin, flights to Hartford & New Haven typically require a connection, while flights to New York city offer more direct flights.
Once you've arrived at the airport, ground transportation to New Haven is as follows: From Hartford or New York City travel is available via CT Limo or Prime Time airport shuttles. From New Haven, Metro Taxi can be reached at (203) 777-7777.
New Haven's Union Station is availble via Amtrak or Metro North from New York's Grand Central Terminal.
New Haven is situated at the interchange of I-91 and I-95. You can map directions to New Haven here.
The conference hotel is the New Haven Hotel in downtown New Haven. A limited number of rooms -- both single and double -- have been allotted for conference attendees at the special rate of $129 per night. Reserve early to avoid disappointment! Please reference the Yale Preaching/Music symposium when booking at the New Haven Hotel.
Other hotels in the downtown area are: the Courtyard at Yale, the Omni Hotel at Yale, and Premier Hotel and Suites.
The symposium will precede the 15th AGO national conference on organ pedagogy, taking place from March 11-14.
A guide to downtown parking is at