Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music has a proud tradition of having graduated many alumni who have pursued vocations in sacred music, back to our earliest years and continuing to today. This circle includes prolific and creative hymn writers and composers, congregational music professionals and choral conductors, editors of hymnals, and hymnologists.

With the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Mary Louise ’47 who has served as Director of the Dictionary of American Hymnology Project, also coordinates Northern Ohio Hymn Festivals at Oberlin College, and serves as librarian of The Reverend William Watkins Reid, Jr. ’45 Memorial Hymnal Library at the Multifaith Center. Please see Mary Louise's article on this topic from The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song .