Here I Sing!
The Reformation and the Church's Music
Date: October 30, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Shelton Chapel
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705
Cost: FREE but seating is limited.
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The Reformation has brought the church five centuries of musical gifts. On the eve of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, “Here I Sing” is a gathering in song. Led by Dr. Paul Roberts and Dr. Tony McNeil, with the choirs of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and University Presbyterian Church, this evening will explore the ways congregational song has shaped the church and the Christian faith. Song bridges our divides of race, gender, theology, and culture. Psalms, spirituals, hymns, choruses—these form community, offer prayer, and call us to justice. In this gathering, song will visit the past, illumine the present, and call us to imagine and shape the future.
—Eric Wall, Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at Austin Seminary
"Here I Sing" is the first Hopson Symposium, established in 2016 to honor the lives and work of Hal and Martha Hopson. The purpose of the fund is to promote the life of music and worship in the church and to enhance the work of the Sacred Music program at Austin Seminary. The fund generates resources to provide students and practitioners with educational opportunities beyond the classroom.
The Reverend Paul Timothy Roberts Sr. is president of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, a position he has held since 2010. Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is one of the ten theological schools of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the only one that is historically African American. A native of Stamford, Connecticut, he grew up in Bradenton, Florida, which he considers his home. He graduated from Princeton University in 1985 with a bachelor of arts degree in architecture and African American studies. Prior to his career in ministry, Roberts worked for eight years in advertising in New York City. He later received the Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in New Testament Studies from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center. Paul is also an Academic Fellow of The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Celigny, Switzerland.
Dr. Tony McNeill is a member of the staff of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, where he serves as program director of The African American Institute of Worship, Preaching, and Sacred Arts and is currently interim choral director at Texas Southern University in Houston. Prior to coming to Texas, he served as the director of worship and the arts at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (America's "Freedom Church"). McNeill was a visiting lecturer in choral music at Appalachian State University from 2010-2012. He earned the bachelor of music education degree from Appalachian State University, a masters degree in choral conducting from Florida State University, and a doctorate of worship studies from the Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies. McNeill has presented at The Hampton Ministers Conference, Duke Divinity School, The American Baptist College, Shaw University, and served as Artist-in-Residence for the past three years at Princeton Theological Seminary for its Black Theology and Leadership Institute.