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Members of the Brigham Young University-Idaho community (students, faculty/staff and community) are invited to submit original hymn texts for use in the fifteenth annual BYU-Idaho Hymn Festival to be held on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Submissions chosen for use will be forwarded to BYU-Idaho music students, who will create a new hymn tune and harmonization for the submitted text. (Important!—Be sure that your text follows a common poetic meter for hymns; see page 405 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hymnal for more details.) Or, if desired, the new hymn text can be sung to an existing Church hymn tune. An additional verse (or verses) to an existing Church hymn may also be submitted.

Any gospel topic may be addressed— some possible ideas include:

  • temples
  • the Prophet Joseph Smith
  • the Restoration of the Gospel
  • the Sacrament and Sabbath Day
  • ministering
  • or any other gospel topic

Submissions are due by Monday, November 4, 2019 to the BYU-Idaho Music Department office (SNO 246 – Attn: Hymn Festival) or via email at hymnfestival@byui.edu.

Mailing address: BYUI Music Dept. 

Attn: Hymn Festival

Rexburg, ID 83460-1210

Please include your name, address, phone number, email, and two scripture references that support the text (such as are provided for each hymn in the LDS hymnal).

Please note that due to the volume of entries, not all submitted texts can be used in the festival. We also reserve the right to make minor editorial emendations to submitted material to facilitate the flow of text with music. The poets and composers whose work is selected for the festival retain the copyright for their creations.

Questions can be directed to: hymnfestival@byui.edu