BYU - Idaho Department of Music announces a call for Hymn Texts.


Members of the BYUI community (students, faculty/staff, and community) are invited to submit original hymn texts for use in the Seventeenth annual BYU-Idaho Hymn Festival to be held in Spring 2022.

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 your text follows a common poetic meter for hymns; see page 405 in the LDS Hymnal for more on this.) Or, if desired, the new hymn text can be sung to an existing hymn tune.

Also, instead of creating an entirely new hymn text, additional verses to an existing LDS hymn can be submitted. Note that in this case, both the existing text and music must be in the public domain.

Here are the Hymn Festival 2019 program, 2020 program, and 2021 program.

Any gospel topic can be addressed - some 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, December 6, 2021 at the BYUI Music Department office (SNO 246 - Attn: Hymn Festival) or via email at

Mailing address:  BYU-I Music Dept.
                          Attn: Hymn Festival
                          Rexburg, ID 83460-1210

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

Please note that due to the volume of entries, only a very few 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. Although the printed program will allow for the hymns to be used for incidental home or church use, the poets and composers whose work is selected for the festival retain the copyright for their creations.

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