ABOUT US

BENEFITS of MEMBERSHIP

You don't have to be a member to come to our outstanding events, but there are advantages!

The benefits available to chapter members are:
  • Free admission to chapter workshops and lectures
  • Email blasts about SOCHS and other events.
  • 15% discount at SOCHS sponsored special events.
  • Receipt of the chapter newsletter, Sine Nomine, keeping you up to date with hymn-related events both locally and nationally.
  • The opportunity to meet interesting speakers, authors and composers of hymns in an intimate setting.
  • Chances to socialize with other hymn enthusiasts, sharing news and views.
  • A platform to contribute ideas to help the chapter grow and serve you and your faith community better.
  • $25.00 discount at the summer conference of the Hymn Society of the US and Canada.

To Join, send your cheque for $25.00 to the Rev. Les Hills - 28 Water St., Sunderland, ON  L0C 1H0.

You can reach us at 416-342-6034 (please leave a message) and by fax at 416-226-6733. We are looking forward to hearing from you. You can also contact us at our e-mail address: info@sochs.org.

CHAPTER EXECUTIVE for 2017-2018

President: Nancy Hardy
   Contact: hardyplant@sympatico.ca
Treasurer/Membership Secretary: Les Hills
Member at Large: Sherman Hesselgrave
   shesselgrave@holytrinitytoronto.org
Member at Large: Ila Vaculik
Editors of Sine Nomine:
   Dee Lawrence (editor)
      deelawr@rogers.com
   Fred Graham(associate editor)
      cantorg@rogers.com

CHAPTER EXECUTIVE for 2016-2017

President: Nancy Hardy
   hardyplant@sympatico.ca
Past President: Donald Anderson
   jda@interlog.com
Treasurer/Membership Secretary: Les Hills
   lwhwag4735@yahoo.ca
Member at Large: Sherman Hesselgrave
   shesselgrave@holytrinitytoronto.org
Member at Large: Gerald Martindale
   bellman@rogers.com
Member at Large: Ila Vaculik
   ilav@sympatico.ca
Editors of Sine Nomine:
   Dee Lawrence
      deelawr@rogers.com
   Fred Graham
      cantorg@rogers.com
Regional Representative: Margaret Leask
   dmleask@gmail.com

CHAPTER EXECUTIVE for 2015-2016

President: Nancy Hardy
Past President: Donald Anderson
Treasurer/Membership Secretary: Les Hills
Member at Large: Ruth Watson Henderson
Member at Large: Gerald Martindale
Member at Large: Ila Vaculik
Member at Large: Sherman Hesselgrave
Editors of Sine Nomine:
   Dee Lawrence
   Fred Graham
Regional Representative: Margaret Leask

CHAPTER EXECUTIVE for 2013-2014

President: Donald Anderson
Past President: Margaret Leask
Treasurer/Membership Secretary: Les Hills
Member at Large: Lydia Pedersen
Member At Large: Hilary Donaldson
Member At Large: Nancy Hardy
Editor of Sine Nomine: George Bell

CHAPTER EXECUTIVE for 2012-2013

President: Donald Anderson
Past President: Margaret Leask
Treasurer/Membership Secretary: Les Hills
Member at Large: Lydia Pedersen
Member At Large: Hilary Donaldson
Member At Large: Douglas Brownlee
Member At Large: Nancy Hardy
Editor of Sine Nomine: George Bell

A BIT of HISTORY

The Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society began at the Hymn Society Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the summer of 1998. Might there be enough interested hymn lovers in Toronto and surrounding area to form a chapter? Letters were sent out, invitations were issued, and a first meeting was held at the Toronto Baptist Convention offices. Introductions, hymn singing and a presentation on the newly published Voices United met with great interest.

Since that initial meeting, SOCHS has acquired an executive/working group, Sine Nomine newsletter, and has offered three free events each year that have delighted participants with presentations from such people as Ruth Watson Henderson, Andrew Donaldson, Lydia Pedersen, and Mel Hurst.

Attention has been paid to the publication of new hymn resources, with introductions of The Book of Praise, Catholic Book of Worship III, More Voices and the Salvation Army Songbook.

In addition to these "local" events, SOCHS has sponsored internationally known hymn writers and commentators: John Bell, Emily Brink, Michael Hawn, Dan Damon. These have been well received by people from all over southern Ontario.


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