Combining Musicianship and Scholarship

C. Michael Hawn not only serves as director of the Master of Sacred Music Program at Perkins School of Theology, he reaches the wider community through his innovative music leadership and his writing on the powerful impact of hymn composing and singing.

Professor Hawn led a summer 2013 immersion course in Taize, France where students visited sacred sites such as the Taize community, Notre Dame, Cluny and Chartres to understand the sites’ rich contributions to Christian worship and music.

In 2010, Hawn updated the traditional SMU Christmas Worship Service to offer, in his words, “a tapestry of song and prayer on the theme ‘and on earth peace…’ with selections from around the world.” Guest instrumentalists including a marimba ensemble, percussion, and trumpets joined the singers in presenting music by Bernstein, Britten, Hogan and Bach as well as composers from Argentina, Taiwan, Israel, Palestine and Zimbabwe.

To learn more, please visit:

Christmas Worship

Taize, France Immersion blog

Perspectives magazine article on hymn singing by C. Michael Hawn

Faculty bio