Music faculty

Heather Josselyn-Cranson, Th.D.

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Music Ministries

Th.D., Boston University School of Theology
M.S.M., Boston University School of Theology
B.A., Bates College

712-707-7193
hjossely@nwciowa.edu
CSFV 206

Profile

Heather Josselyn-Cranson is the director of the music ministry program at Northwestern College. She has earned degrees in music composition, sacred music and liturgy from Bates College and Boston University School of Theology, and has served as a minister of music at congregations in Florida, Massachusetts and Russia. An active scholar, she has published articles on music in emerging churches, how translation affects the hymns of Charles Wesley, and women’s participation in the chant of medieval monastic communities.

Dr. Josselyn-Cranson's composition and hymn writing have also received attention. Her choral compositions for the musical Terror Texts received a special commendation for Distinguished Achievement in Choral Music from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in 2009. Three of her recent hymns have also won awards: “Every Day We See the Traces” won second prize in the Jesuit 25th Anniversary Hymn Contest sponsored by St. Peter’s Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2011; “Planets Humming as They Wander” won the Boston University School of Theology Hymn Competition in 2010; and “We Cannot Know What Worship Is” received second prize in the Congregational Justice Song Contest sponsored by the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee in 2009.


Courses


    Publications and presentations

    • "Calvin and Music: The Past, Present, and Future of the Genevan Psalm Tunes," presented at Calvinism for the 21st Century, Sioux Center, Iowa, April 9, 2010
    • "Gilbert's Saints: The Norman and English Saints Surrounding the Gilbertine Order," the Second Annual Gilbertine Lecture, presented in Pointon, Lincolnshire, February 6, 2010
    • "Local and Authentic: Music in Emerging Congregations," published in Worship, vol. 83, number 5, September 2009
    • "Moderate psallendo: Musical participation in worship among Gilbertine nuns," published in Plainsong and Medieval Music, vol. 16, part 2, October 2007
    • "Charles in the Land of the Czars," published in Sacramental Life, vol 19, number 2, Spring 2007

    Professional experience

    • Church Musician, Church of the Savior, Orange City, IA
    • Minister of Education and Music, Old West Church, Boston
    • Worship Coordinator, Boston University School of Theology
    • Music Library Assistant Supervisor, Boston University Mugar Library
    • Music Director/Organist/Choir Director, Weymouth United Methodist Church, Weymouth, MA

    Memberships

    • North American Academy of Liturgy
    • Order of Saint Luke
    • Hymn Society of North America

    Honors

    • Winner, Boston University School of Theology Hymn Competition, 2010
    • Second prize, Congregational Justice Song Contest of the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, 2009
    • Recipient of a special commendation for Distinguished Achievement in Choral Music from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, 2009