2020 Master of Sacred Music Reunion

We are delighted to host the 2020 MSM Reunion here at SMU, March 9-11. This event will celebrate our 60th anniversary and the heritage of the program. We will remember the past and look towards the future together. On this event site you can find helpful information as you prepare to attend the reunion: the schedule, information on our presenters, and other useful links. See you in March!



The Lumen Hotel across from SMU, is holding a block of rooms for our event and is offering a discount. Please click here to make a reservation at the Lumen

Reunion Schedule

Monday, March 9

Arrivals and hotel check-in. Lunch on your own.                              

 2 - 3:15 p.m.   Opening Worship (Perkins Chapel)
 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.     Reception in Meadows
 5 p.m.    Dinner on your own
 7 - 9 p.m.  Hymn Sing at White Rock Alehouse



Tuesday, March 10

Breakfast on your own/at hotel

9 - 10:30 a.m.  State of the Field of Church Music with Monique Ingalls (Great Hall) 
10:40 a.m. - Noon   State of the Profession of Church Music with MSM Alums (Great Hall)
Noon Lunch (on campus)
2 - 4 p.m. Vision for the Future (Great Hall)
 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Sacred Music Banquet honoring the legacy of Jane Marshall        



Wednesday, March 11

Breakfast on your own/at hotel

9 - 10:30 a.m. Keynote Address with Mel Bringle (Great Hall)
10:45 -11:15 a.m.
Social Time
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Closing Worship (Perkins Chapel)
  Box Lunches



Speaker Information 


Monique IngallsMonique M. Ingalls

Monique Ingalls is a researcher, teacher, network builder, and church musician. At Baylor University in Waco, Texas, she teaches courses centered on social and cultural dimensions of congregational music-making, and she supervises master's and doctoral research on church music topics. She is the author of Singing the Congregation: How Contemporary Worship Music Shapes Evangelical Community (Oxford University Press, 2018) and coeditor of three books that showcase new interdisciplinary approaches to Christian congregational music. She is also cofounder and program chair for the biennial conference “Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives” in Oxford, UK. 




Mary Louise BringleMary Louise (Mel) Bringle

Mel Bringle is a Professor of Philosophy and Religion and coordinator of interdisciplinary studies at Brevard College in Brevard, NC.  Her Ph.D. in practical and pastoral theology is from Emory University.  An award-winning hymn writer whose original texts and translations appear in the hymnals of numerous denominations in North America and Scotland, she has served as President of The Hymn Society in the US and Canada and as chair of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, responsible for creating the hymnal Glory to God.  She is a ruling elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, NC.