The CMI 2014 Matching Gift Challenge

Did you miss North Texas Giving Day?  It isn’t too late to take part in the 2014 Matching Gift Challenge!

Your donations directly benefit CMI by providing workshops, seminars, academic courses, and online resources for churches, musicians, and their leaders.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to Double the Impact of your gift with several Matching Gift Challenges (see descriptions below):

Give now to the end of the year and your donation will be doubled!

We are deeply grateful to our donors for their ongoing support of CMI and for their generosity in establishing the 2014 Matching Gift Challenge.

Ways to Give:

  1. Give online securely by credit card.  eLibrary, and Paul Lindsley Thomas Lectureship matching will be good until the end of 2014, or until the match is met. Make sure your gift is matched!
  2. By phone, call (214) 751-7669.
  3. Download a printable donation form and mail in a check, made payable to CMI:

Church Music Institute
7557 Rambler Road
Suite 420
Dallas, TX 75231

CMI depends on the generosity of dedicated members, donors, board members, volunteers, and community friends to support our mission to advance the best of liturgical and sacred music for worshipping Christian congregations.

All donations are tax-deductible under the provisions of CMI’s 501(c)(3) status.

Fund Descriptions:

Paul Lindsley Thomas Lectureship Fund

The Paul Lindsley Thomas Lectureship began at the Meyerson Symphony Hall in November of 2010 when the music of Dr. Thomas was performed and his contributions to church music were celebrated. The PLT Lectureship has brought amazing vitality to church music since its inception in 2010 through these outstanding church musicians who have touched the lives of hundreds of church music leaders:

2011 Bruce Neswick, Associate Professor of Organ at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, former Director of Music, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, New York City, published composer of service music, hymns and hymn arrangements.

2012 Michael Burkhardt, Director of Fine Arts, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Livonia, Michigan; composer, performer, and worship leader.

2013 Dr. John Weaver, Director of Music and Organist, Madison Avenue Presbyterian, New York City, emeritus; head of organ department at The Curtis Institute of Music, emeritus; chair of organ department at The Julliard School in New York City, emeritus.

2014 Rev. Dr. Charles S. Brown, graduate of Brite Divinity School, ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, former University Organist at Arizona State University, former Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of North Texas.

These lecturers exhibit the musical and spiritual values of Paul Lindsley Thomas:

  • Excellent musician and composer
  • Nurturer of spiritual growth of children and adults
  • Innovative contributor to the worship life of the church.

The Paul Lindsley Thomas Lectureship has helped to extend the influence and reach of his music and ministry as a model for other church musicians and ultimately, the congregations they serve. More than 100 church musicians each year have gained wisdom and knowledge in the musical, spiritual and theological values of Dr. Paul Lindsley Thomas. Help perpetuate Dr. Thomas’ legacy through the PLT Lectureship to new generations of musicians!

Gifts to the Paul Lindsley Thomas Fund will be matched up to $1,000, and will fund scholarships for aspiring church musicians.

The eLibrary Fund

Enable the eLibrary to secure and maintain the latest technology. The eLibrary has currently outgrown its technology to house the now 7,000 searchable anthems on 24 criteria. Gifts to the eLibrary will pay for upgrading technology so music leaders can continue to access this one-of-a-kind online resource, anywhere, anytime. It will provide space for the continuing acquisition of new anthems, making the database comprehensive and current.

All gifts made to the eLibrary Fund through the end of 2014 will increase our impact by allowing CMI to fund the technology and provide adequate staffing to meet these essential needs.

Invest in the future of the eLibrary by making a gift online today!

The Hal Hopson Lectureship Fund supports the residency of nationally known church musicians for workshops and seminars given by the Church Music Institute. These persons will carry on the legacy of Hal Hopson in the field of church music, inspiring, informing, and challenging new generations of worship leaders for the Christian church.

Hal H. Hopson embodies characteristics Church Music Institute considers important for church musicians: a deep and personal faith commitment, a servant leader, exemplary professional qualifications, recognition that music is the vehicle of liturgy in worship. Church Music Institute honors Hal H. Hopson for his lifetime of service to the music of the church and gives thanks that subsequent generations will continue to be recipients of his extraordinary gifts.

– Dr. Robert C. Mann, Resource Library Director, Church Music Institute

Make sure your gift to the Hopson Lectureship is matched by making a donation before September 30th!

CMI General Fund

Supporters of church music are invited to provide a firm foundation for the work of the Church Music Institute by underwriting:

  • Inspirational programming
  • Educational offerings
  • Scholarships for aspiring church musicians
  • Research in the field of church music
  • Musical resources for churches, musicians, and their leaders

This fund provides vital, general support and puts your gift to work immediately!