MACON – Mercer’s Townsend School of Music will host the annual meeting of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music (SCSM) March 3-5 on the University’s Macon campus.

The cross-disciplinary, international society promotes the exploration of connections between Christian faith and the academic study of music.

Delegates from around the world will present more than 40 research papers and posters at venues across campus, including the McCorkle Music Building, Fickling Hall, Newton Chapel and the Presidents Dining Room. These presentations are free and open to the public.

A full schedule of presentations and session descriptions are available in the event program.

“We are thrilled to host the SCSM this year,” said Dr. Nathan Myrick, assistant professor of church music and a member of SCSM. “It’s a great opportunity to hear current research on the intersection of music and Christian religion from a variety of perspectives and positions.”

SCSM consists of ethnomusicologists, music theorists, musicologists, scholars of liturgy and of church music, theologians and practicing church musicians. The Society understands itself as having an ecumenical Christian identity, reflecting the worldwide diversity of Christian traditions, and recognizes the vital importance of learning from scholars outside those traditions. Therefore, scholars who do not identify as Christian are welcome to join as full members.

About Townsend School of Music

Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Studies offer undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. Townsend is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities. The McDuffie Center, a special institute within Townsend School of Music, is a highly selective program that prepares string students for success in the real world. Students study with some of America’s most renowned string musicians, receiving music instruction of conservatory quality, while earning an academically well-rounded education from a comprehensive, nationally recognized university. For more information and a complete listing of this season’s concerts, visit, or call (478) 301-2748.