The BYU-Idaho Department of Music issued a call for original hymn texts.
People were asked to submit them by Nov. 7.
According to BYU-I’s online Newsroom, these hymns will be performed at the 10th Annual BYU-I Hymn Festival held in February 2015.
“We’ll take the submissions in the fall,” said Daniel Kerr, the faculty member who oversees the Musicianship program.
He said that after the submissions, the text is given to composing students to put to music.
“The organists will then learn it in January and in February we have the festival,” Kerr said.
Kerr said the department is open to new ideas and will look at whatever people want to submit.
He said all that is required is the text.
He said the department provides this opportunity so people across campus, not just music majors, can contribute.
Kerr said there are a variety of people who take advantage of submitting their work.
“We probably get at least as many from community people as we do from students,” Kerr said.
He said submissions will come from locals of Rexburg, Idaho Falls and Salt Lake City.
According to the Newsroom website, not all submitted texts will be used in the festival due to the volume of entries.
Kerr said it varies from year to year, but they will receive anywhere from 25 to 50 submissions.
He said the department is only able to put 10 to 12 of those submissions in the festival.
Kerr said the ones that will be chosen and performed are based on literary quality, the ability to be put to music, doctrinal accuracy and significance of the doctrine.
According to the Newsroom Web page, it encourages gospel topics that are not usually addressed such as tithing, the temple and baptism.
Kerr said they have variety in the quality of work that is submitted.
He said the texts that make the best hymns will be given to the composition students.
He said that each piece will be printed in the program so the audience can sing along with the choir at the festival.
Kerr said they encourage the composers and authors to submit their work to the Church’s annual music festival in Salt Lake City.
According to the Newsroom, the Hymn Festival will be held on Feb. 25, 2015.