BYU-Idaho students and employees, as well as members of the local community, are invited to submit original hymn texts for use in the tenth annual BYU-Idaho Hymn Festival to be held on February 25, 2015.

Submissions chosen for use will be forwarded to students in the BYU-Idaho Department of Music, who will create a new hymn tune and harmonization for the submitted text. Texts must follow a common poetic meter for hymns, as explained on page 405 of the Latter-day Saint hymnal. 

The new hymn text can be sung to an existing Latter-day Saint hymn tune. Also, instead of creating an entirely new hymn text, an additional verse (or verses) to an existing Latter-day Saint hymn can be submitted. Any gospel topic can be addressed.

Some ideas include the temple, the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Restoration of the gospel, the sacrament, and other topics not widely covered in the current hymnal, such as baptism, covenants, tithing, etc. 

Submissions are due Friday, November 7 to Daniel Kerr in the Music Department office located in Snow 246. Please include your name, address, phone number, email, and a scriptural reference that supports the text (such as those provided for each hymn in the Latter-day Saint hymnal.)

Due to the volume of entries, not all submitted texts can be used in the festival. Questions? Contact Daniel Kerr at (208) 496-4964 or hymnfestival@byui.edu.