Nathan Burggraff

Nathan Burggraff

Dr. Nathan Burggraff serves as Assistant Professor of Music Theory in the School of Church Music and Worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Prior to joining the faculty at Southwestern in 2015, Nathan lived in Rochester, NY, where he completed graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, having earned masters degrees in Piano Accompanying (2007) and Music Theory Pedagogy (2010) as well as a Ph.D. in Music Theory (2015). His dissertation research focused on the interaction of postmodern themes in music and theology. His current research is focused on musical changes to congregational songs in American evangelical churches, and the impact these changes have had on congregational participation in singing. He has presented at several national and global conferences including the Society for Music TheorySociety for Christian Scholarship in MusicShepherds 360 Conference, and the Christian Congregational Music Conference. For more information, visit

What Has Changed in What We Sing?


Congregational songs sung in American evangelical churches today are quite different from those sung fifty years ago. But what exactly has changed? Using a corpus of 506 songs currently sung in American evangelical churches, this session examines the musical changes that have occurred in congregational songs over time and the impact these changes have had […]