The BYU-I Department of Music is giving students a chance to submit their own hymns for the upcoming Hymn Festival, which will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27 in 2018.
All music submissions are due on Monday, Nov. 13, to the BYU-I Music Department office, according to a BYU-I news release. The submission should include the student’s name, email, phone number and two scriptures that reference and support the submission.
The Department of Music will then take the submitted music and send it to the BYU-I music students, and they will create a hymn tune for the given text, according to a BYU-I news release.
“Or, if desired, the new hymn text can be sung to an existing LDS hymn tune,” according to the BYU-I news release. “As well as new texts, students may also add on to already created hymns.”
According to the BYU-I Department of Music, any gospel–related topic can be the foundation of the hymn.
Some examples the webpage suggests are the Prophet Joseph Smith, the restoration of the gospel, sacrament and Sabbath day, temples, covenants and tithing.
“Please note that due to the volume of entries, not all submitted texts can be used in the festival,” according to the BYU-I news release. “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.”
The chosen music will not be performed until next year, but the deadline is approaching fast.