JUNE 23-24, 2021 • WEST MONROE, LA • 6:30-9:00pm


Considered by many to be the greatest composer and church musician to ever live, Johann Sebastian Bach's legacy leaves encouragement and insight for how we too might glorify God in our music-making. The Bach Lecture series is aimed at educating, encouraging and delighting both the musician and  the curious listener. This year we will feature lectures by John Mason Hodges and Ken Myers. There will be performances of Bach's music and times of fellowship together. If you are eager to grow in your understanding of music in the life and worship of the church, join us as we examine this topic in relation to the testimony and works of J.S. Bach.

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"The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul."

"I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music."

"I have always kept one end in view, namely ... to conduct a well-regulated church music to the honour of God."

John Mason Hodges


Musician, Conductor, and Director of Center for Western Studies

John Mason Hodges is a conductor, lecturer, composer, and writer. He holds degrees in music from University of Maryland and Indiana University, and worked as a professional conductor from 1983-2009. He lectures on the subjects of aesthetics, classical education, and music, and writes for various publications on the arts. He held the position of Associate Professor of the Arts and Culture at Crichton College where he taught classes on worldview, history of music and visual art, and reader’s theater; directed theater productions, and was founding director of the Institute for the Arts and Cultural Apologetics.  He is founder and director of the Center for Western Studies, and serves as scholar-in-residence for the National Fellows movement.


Founder & Director of the Mars Hill Audio Journal

Ken Myers is the host and producer of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, a bimonthly audio magazine that examines issues in contemporary culture from a framework shaped by Christian conviction. He was formerly the editor of This World: A Journal of Religion and Public Life, a quarterly journal whose editor-in-chief was Richard John Neuhaus. Prior to his tenure at This World, he was executive editor of Eternity, the Evangelical monthly magazine. For eight years, he was a producer and editor for National Public Radio, working for much of that time as arts and humanities editor for the two news programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Mr. Myers serves as a contributing editor for Christianity Today, and his published writings include All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture (Crossway Books: 1989), and (as editor) Aspiring to Freedom: Commentaries on John Paul II's Encyclical "The Social Concerns of the Church" (William B. Eerdmans: 1988). He has also written for numerous periodicals, including The Wilson Quarterly, TableTalk, Discipleship Journal, World, Crisis, First Things, The Washington Times, and The World & I. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he studied film theory and criticism, and of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is married and has two children, and lives in central Virginia.


The Bach Lectures  coincide with the Jubilate Deo Summer Music Camp each year. Find out more about Jubilate Deo Summer Music Camp.