Contents & Foreword
History and Aesthetics
Partnerships in Liturgical Planning
Hymns, Anthems, and Liturgical Sources
At the heart of the Institute’s work at Yale and in the world lies its Colloquium, where the entire Institute faculty and students gather every Wednesday afternoon to bear witness to the varied patterns of our interdisciplinary life. The semester-long speaker series generally coheres around a theme, sometimes contemporary, sometimes historical, sometimes artistic or musical, sometimes theological. During the second semester we listen to student presentations arising from recital, coursework, travel, and independent studies. Colloquium is a vibrant, singing mosaic of our varied institutional life, and in it we engage with the elemental problems facing performers, scholars, and practitioners who work with the subjects of sacred music, worship, and the arts.
This year our students have been patiently dubbing the audio tapes of years of Colloquium presentations. Once they are ready, they will constitute an extraordinary archive of knowledge and performance. In recent years we have begun to videotape Colloquium, and it is clear that the conversations we have there are often as interesting as the presentations themselves. This new journal, called (of course) Colloquium, offers to a wider audience the chance to read, and to hear and see the results of the year’s strivings. There is a list of the students who made their presentations during the academic year. Also included are some of the other lectures sponsored by the Institute, and other papers to fill out either the historical or the theological side of our efforts.
The issue is also available in print. The DVD included with the print version is of course just a taste of the many conversations we have at the Institute, but we want to invite you to be a part of them. We here look forward to speaking with all of you, and have established a Colloquium commentary feature online for your responses. In next year’s edition, we will publish excerpts from your comments, and hope in this way to involve our readership as well.
As editors, we are grateful to the Institute students, faculty, and staff for their energetic commentary and tireless efforts in helping us bring this work to you, a work that has called upon the many disciplines represented in the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, providing common ground for scholarship and practice in worship, music, and all the arts.
Margot E. Fassler,
Director, Yale Institute of Sacred Music & Tangeman Professor of Music History
Bryan Spinks , Professor of Liturgical Studies & Chair of the Program in Liturgical Studies