April Welcomes Three Fellows-in-residence to Sewanee

Three fellows-in-residence, with three very diverse project, will join the School of Theology community from April 4–15.

Matthew Hoch is associate professor of voice and coordinator of voice studies at Auburn University, where he teaches applied voice, lyric diction, and vocal literature courses. He is also active as an Episcopal church musician, currently serving as choirmaster and minister of music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn, Ala. Hoch is the author of three books, including A Dictionary for the Modern Singer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), Welcome to Church Music & The Hymnal 1982 (Church Publishing, 2015), and the forthcoming Voice Secrets: 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Singer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Hoch will use his time in Sewanee as a writing retreat and mentoring opportunity. He will work on several articles in preparation for his next book project, The Nineteenth-Century Anglican Passion. He views the fellows-in-residence program as a significant opportunity to make his liturgical and theological education more complete. 


The Rev. John Walker is the current team rector for The Donside Churches Group, a group of four churches in Aberdeenshire, U.K. He leads a team that consists of a part time priest, three lay readers and a sister specializing in spirituality and pastoral care.

Walker plans to spend directed time to reflect on principles of Christian learning and transformation and to give some further thought to appropriate content. He is also interested in incorporating the Charismatic dimension as a "normal" aspect of Church life.


Elizabeth (Liza) Anderson is a doctoral candidate in theology at Yale University, studying the history of monasticism and ascetical theology. She works particularly on Middle Eastern Christianity, and at Sewanee will be working on her dissertation on the 9th century Syrian Orthodox writer John of Dara. She is also seriously discerning a vocation as an Episcopal nun, and is looking forward to learning more about the Community of Saint Mary.  

Anderson would like to spend time studying the history of the Community of Saint Mary and the ways in which the sisters’ sense of their own calling within The Episcopal Church has evolved over time.  She would also like to engage in conversations with the members of the seminary community about how they see the future of monasticism within the Episcopal Church, including various expressions of “new monasticism,” but also the continuance of the traditional orders.