To Dream of It Is WondrousMark Alan Filbert, Hymnology Consultant
This month as we launch our new website we also introduce our new Hymn of the Month series in which one or more hymns drawn from collections published by Leupold Editions will be posted in the blog section of the website for consideration by pastors and musicians who may wish to introduce the hymn to their congregations the following month. The Hymn of the Month may be particularly appropriate for a given Sunday during the month, but often will also be thematically relevant for every Sunday during the month or season. Thus pastors and/or musicians may wish to have the choir introduce the hymn on the first Sunday of the month or season and then invite the congregation to join with the choir in singing the hymn on each of the remaining Sundays.
The Hymn of the Month for July 2021, with a nod to Independence Day, thematically focuses on the pursuit of peace and justice and combines a text by John Core (1951-2017) with a tune by Iteke Prins (b. 1937). Core was born at Camp (now Fort) Ruck, Alabama, and earned a B.A. in Speech Communication from West Virginia University in Morgantown, where he served as a Library Associate cataloging music from 1975 until his death in 2017. A fairly prolific hymn writer, Core was a member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and published four collections of texts with Wayne Leupold Editions. Prins was born in Katwijk Aan Zee, Holland, and immigrated with her family to the United States in 1949. After achieving her career goal as a registered nurse, Prins later served as organist and music director for Blooming Grove Reformed Church in Rensselaer, New York, from 1969 until 2005. Also a member of the Hymn Society, Prins has published three volumes of hymn tunes with Wayne Leupold Editions.