Dear Friend of Hymnary,

Please, before you close this box, would you today consider making a donation to Hymnary. Did you know that more than two million people came here in the first four months of 2017? These are people who have access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet thanks to this site, and they are grateful for the resources they find here.

But, as you can imagine, keeping this site going does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue.

So, if you benefit from, would you please consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do. You can make your tax-deductible contribution through the Calvin College donation page, or you can send a check to Hymnary at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary team, thanks.
Harry Plantinga

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The good news: seeks to be your one source for all available data on hymnody!

The bad news: seeks to be your one source for all available data on hymnody—and someone has to enter all that data!

It could all be here. Scanned hymnals. Full texts. Instrumental, choral, organ, piano scores. One place to search for information about hymns.

We already have the most comprehensive database available. However, there is plenty of work remaining. In fact, it'll never end, as hymnals continue to be written.

What you could do:

  • Add a favorite hymnal
  • Identify missing hymnals
  • Add scores, page scans, MIDI files, places hymns were written, images of people, bibliographic info, ...
  • Get trained and authorized as a editor

Adding a hymnal

The easiest method is to enter information into a hymnal spreadsheet.

Identify missing hymnals

Are you familiar with hymnals of a particular denomination? We are looking for volunteers to identify hymnals from each denomination or denominational group and add bibliographic entries to the database. Other volunteers can add the hymnals themselves, eventually. Contact Hilary for more information.

Add scores, page scans, MIDI files, ...

Much information is still needed. For example, if you have a reference book on hymns that is in the public domain, the information it has about hymns, hymn authors, and the like could be added to the database. We need public domain pictures of some authors and composers. This information can be added online.

We also need scores of many hymns created in a notation program such as Finale, Sibelius, or Noteworthy Composer. Perhaps you could create scores for hymns in a favorite hymnal. These would have to be public domain hymns or hymns for which we can get permission to publish a score. Contact Dianne for more information.

Become an editor

After a short training process including a tutorial, training hymnal, and quiz, you can become a editor. That means you will be able to edit information online. You can either edit a particular hymnal of interest online or accept volunteer jobs that are suggested to you. Contact Tina for more information.

Thanks! And happy singing!