Hymn Competition

The Pamela Anne Prevallet Memorial Fund seeks original hymn texts from Concordia Seminary students who are serving as vicars.

The Pamela Anne Prevallet Memorial Fund Hymn Competition was created in June 2000 by Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Prevallet in remembrance of their daughter. Though Pamela Anne’s limited abilities prevented her from participating in many things other children could enjoy, it was clear in her short life that music was dear to her, in particular the sound of hymns practiced at home by her mother, a church organist. It is thus fitting that she be remembered in this way. It is also a way of supporting seminary students and encouraging church music and liturgical musical excellence. For many years Mr. Prevallet was chairman of the Seminary’s Board of Regents. His wife, Martha, has served as a church organist for 40 years. They reside in Blytheville, Arkansas.

A committee appointed by the Seminary President serves as the judge in awarding prizes.  There are three potential prizes:  First Prize–$3,000, Second Prize–$2,000 and third Prize–$1,000.  Not all prizes may be awarded in any given year. These prizes are provided in support of men who are preparing for the Holy Ministry and are thought of as a special gift which may be applied by the winners directly or indirectly to their education costs.  The contest seeks to encourage the development of hymn writers for the church who will serve present and future needs.

Recent Winners:





















The Pamela Anne Prevallet Memorial Fund at Concordia Seminary holds the copyright to the texts of the winning hymns. The use of these hymns in congregations is encouraged. Any congregation wishing to copy these hymns for a one-time use in a service folder has permission to do this without fee or further contact as long as all copies carry the copyright notice appropriate to each hymn.  Other use is prohibited without arranging special permission.  Any questions should be directed to Dr. Kent Burreson by e-mail request or in writing:

Concordia Seminary
attn: Dean Kent J. Burreson
801 Seminary Place
St. Louis, MO 63105