WOMEN'S SACRED MUSIC PROJECT

Welcome to the Women's Sacred Music Project!  We are excited to share with you our most recent work: 73 new hymns by, for, and about women. The collection is called Resounding Voices, and it is a partnership between WSMP and The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada. It is ecumenical, interfaith, and features an assortment of styles and spiritualities. Download the collection and be Blessed!


Have a listen and learn more about Tonya Taylor-Dorsey's "Lamb of God," one of the new hymns featured in the collection:


Since 1995, the Women’s Sacred Music Project has been advancing women’s achievements in sacred music:

Discovering a broad range of sacred music by women, much of it unpublished.

Publishing women’s sacred music in Voices Found, Leader's Guide to Voices Found, and Resounding Voices.

Commissioning works by women addressing themes of women in Sacred Scriptures.

Presenting concerts of sacred music by women of various religious traditions.

Educating individuals and communities in the rich resources of women’s sacred music.

Now Published! Available at The Hymn Society!

Resounding Voices: A Hymn Supplement to Voices Found

Resounding Voices (2023) is a tribute to the 2003 hymnal Voices Found on its twentieth anniversary. The groundbreaking hymnal was the visionary work of The Rt. Rev. Allen Bartlett, Lisa Neufeld Thomas, and the newly formed board of the Women’s Sacred Music Project. The ecumenical and interfaith collection of songs addressed a near absence of liturgical music by women.

In the last twenty years, there has been more music by women in the church, especially choral music; but hymns seem to be the slowest to change. May this rich assortment of sacred song awaken our hearts, enliven our worship, and inspire our understanding of The Holy One. 

This project has been made possible through a Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment, Inc. Additional funding has been provided by the Association of Anglican Musicians, the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church, The Rt Rev. Terry Allen White, Bishop of Kentucky, and the Mozingo Foundation. We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada; Hope Publishing Company; and all the publishers who granted use of their copyrighted material. To Rev. Dr. Michael McMahon, Mr. Scott Shorney, and Rev. Dr. Janet Wootton, we owe special thanks for your encouragement and guidance.

Support Our Mission

As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit entity, the WSMP asks for your generosity to support our cause of advancing women's achievements in sacred music. In order to fund comprehensive projects like Resounding Voices, including hymns which are Jewish, Christian, and stretching the boundaries, the WSMP has raised over $20,000 through grants and individual donations. Your continued support of this groundbreaking mission helps us bring many more musical opportunities to women. 

New at the Project

JANUARY 9, 2021 by JULIA ALFORD

May 31, 2020 Women’s Sacred Music Project is proud to share the World Premiere of “I Cannot Dance, O Love,” which was composed by Sarah Kitten and used text from the Voices Found hymnal by J.W. Janzen. This composition was commissioned through an ongoing partnership with the Young Women Composers Camp. YWCC, which is now Wildflower Composers, aims to amplify the voices of young female-identifying and non-binary composers…

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JANUARY 9, 2021 by JULIA ALFORD

Executive Director, Ted Latham, has been nominated by the International Alliance for Women in Music for the 2020 Pauline Alderman Award for his recent chapter on Amy Beach’s music, published by Oxford University Press. Amy Beach, “Phantoms,” Op. 15, No. 2 (1892): Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers…

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AUGUST 8, 2019 by JULIA ALFORD

At its May 15th meeting, the Board of Directors unanimously and enthusiastically approved Dr. Ted Latham as the new Executive Director of the Women’s Sacred Music Project, and Ms. Lisa Willson DeNolfo as the newest member of the Board. Dr. Latham and Ms. Willson DeNolfo’s bios are reprinted below. Welcome, Ted and Lisa! Dr. Edward… 

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Lydia’s Giving Concert

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