Ozarks Theology Conference 2019: Church Music

Our Heritage in Song

June 22nd, 2019 – Mr. Bill Hoover

In our Saturday conference, Mr. Bill Hoover will help us to appreciate and celebrate the rich heritage of hymnody and psalmody which has been developed in the (Western) Christian Church, and why we sing the music that we do at Christ the King. Utilizing the Cantus Christi hymnal and other resources, we will analyze (and sing!) psalms, hymns, chants, and songs from various time periods, learn about important hymn writers and composers, and more. Bill promises it will be fun as well as informative!

Sessions 1-4, June 22, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

There will be four Sessions, covering topics such as:

  • A selective survey of church music history
  • The use of the Psalms in various church traditions
  • What makes a good hymn, both textually and musically
  • Chanting the Scriptures
  • Strengths and weaknesses of contemporary worship music

There will also be two Q&A periods and a break for lunch.

About the Speaker

Mr. Bill HooverMr. Bill Hoover has been the Director of Music / Organist / Choirmaster at Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in St. Louis for 28 years, where he accompanies for worship; directs three choirs; writes hymns, arranges, and composes; assists with liturgical music planning; teaches classes on church music; conducts multi-church choirs and orchestras in the St. Louis area; and consults with pastors nationwide on hymns and church music.

Bill has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Washington University in Saint Louis, with a focus in composition and arranging, and in addition to his (part-time) position at Providence, enjoys a full-time career in Information Technology. He and his wife, Barbara, give thanks for 38 years of marriage and for their son, daughter, son-in-law, grandson, and second grandson due in August!

Conference Location

The conference is being held at Christ the King Church located at 2537 N Broadway Ave, Springfield, MO. Morning sessions will begin June 22rd, 2019 at 9:30 AM.