Posted by Sean Flynt on 2010-07-28

Samford Professor of Music Paul Richardson was named a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada during the group's annual conference at Samford, July 11-15.

Richardson, Baylor University professor David W. Music and Paul Richard Powell of New Orleans were cited for their outstanding contributions to the study and practice of congregational song. The honor is the highest bestowed by the Society.

Richardson received Samford's 2007 Buchanan Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.  A professor of voice and church music, he co-authored "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story": A History of Baptist Hymnody in America (2008), as well as Singing Baptists: Studies in Baptist Hymnody in America (1994) and contributed to the Handbook to The Baptist Hymnal (1992) and The New Century Hymnal Companion (1998).

Richardson also has collaborated on important hymnal projects including 2010’s Celebrating Grace, A Hymnal for Baptist Worship, for which he chaired the format and organization committee, as well as The Worshiping Church (1990) and its Worshiping Church Leaders Edition (1991). His articles and reviews appear in a variety of periodicals related to hymnology, church music, and worship. Educated at Mars Hill College (B.M.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminar (M.C.M. and D.M.A.), he also completed post-doctoral study at the Eastman School of Music and at Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary. 

The Hymn Society is an organization of member pastors, musicians, scholars, poets, composers and other hymn lovers.  The organization advocates song as an integral component of worship, fosters the writing and singing of new texts and tunes, and promotes learning about the origins of the words and music sung as hymns.  The Society was founded in 1922 and has 2000 members in the United States and Canada and around the world.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.