Joseph Herl Appointed Associate Director of the Hymn Tune Index
Joseph Herl, professor of music at Concordia University, Nebraska, has been appointed research professor and associate director of the Hymn Tune Index, and will eventually succeed Nicholas Temperley as director, while continuing to reside in Nebraska.
He earned a PhD in musicology in 2000 at Illinois as Professor Temperley's advisee, and played a large part in setting up the Hymn Tune Index, which covers some 18,000 printed sources of English-language hymn tunes dating from 1535 to 1820. He will be responsible for overseeing the HTI database in the University Library, and will advise the Music and Performing Arts Library on its collection of HTI sources and research materials in the Music Building.
Professor Herl is a leading authority on Lutheran hymns. His 2004 book Worship Wars in Early Lutheranism received the Roland Bainton Prize from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, and his Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Hymns (co-edited with Peter C. Reske and Jon D. Vieker), was published last year. At Concordia he teaches courses in music history, music theory, liturgy, hymnody, and church music.