Registration Information

Caring for the Health and Safety of Our Neighbors

While we eagerly anticipate gathering in person, we are also cognizant of the many uncertainties associated with the ongoing pandemic and its wide-reaching effects. The Institute will endeavor to keep the community informed of any programming or scheduling adjustments, and appreciates the community’s flexibility, patience, and understanding as we work to accommodate such developments. We especially encourage all prospective attendees to take note of the following before registering:

Proof of Vaccination

All Institute presenters, worship leaders, and on-campus attendees are expected to abide by pandemic-related safety protocols established by Valparaiso University. Proof of vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) will be required for all campus conferences beginning in January 2022. This is in keeping with an existing University policy that requires proof of vaccination or authorized exemptions for all students, faculty, and staff.

Authorized Medical and Religious Exemptions

Authorized medical exemptions may be granted when a physician letter or other demonstration of vaccine ineligibility is provided, and authorized religious exemptions may be granted when a serious and long-held belief and practice is expressed in a letter. Such information will be kept in the strictest confidence, though the Institute is required to provide health and vaccination information to any attending medical authority if necessary.

Mask Usage

Individuals granted exemptions for authorized reasons are required to always wear a mask when indoors and may only remove their mask for short periods of time when actively eating or drinking. Those individuals who are vaccinated are always welcome to practice a mask-optional usage based on their personal health preferences, and otherwise must adhere to any indoor mask position or policy that is in effect during the conference. Indoor masking in large groups is still strongly encouraged, and the Institute may request or encourage additional precautions—including physical distancing and the wearing of masks—based on campuslocal, or regional trends.

Additional Information

The University will not provide health care of any kind, except through 911 and other emergency services as necessary.

If university protocols, travel restrictions, or other pandemic-related circumstances compel a virtual gathering of the Institute, it is our intent to offer the plenary presentations in online formats during the Institute’s scheduled dates, April 25–27, 2022. Individuals will be responsible for adjusting any travel or accommodation arrangements made on their own.

General Information

Registration is limited to 400 persons. All registrations received by April 1 will be acknowledged and confirmed. No new registrations will be accepted on the day the Institute opens unless we have not received 400 registrations by that time. Those not pre-registered and confirmed are urged to phone ahead (219.464.6514) to confirm that space is available.

There is a reduced rate for additional registrations from a single congregation when a first registration at the regular rate is received; all such registrations must be made at the same time. Discounted rates are also offered for those attending for the first time, all full-time students regardless of degree program, and retired persons.

Lunches and suppers may be purchased on a cash basis in the Harre Union or at local restaurants. Tickets for the banquet on Wednesday evening may be purchased ahead of time on the registration form.

Lodging is not included in the registration fee. Please see the Accommodations tab for more information.

Publishers of church music and works on liturgical theology and practice will be on hand to exhibit their work. Please see the Exhibitors tab for additional information.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available upon request to those attending the entire Institute. One (1.0) CEU will be awarded for participation in the whole regular program; one-third (0.33) CEU will be awarded for participation in one of the masterclasses or seminars.

Through the Peter J. L. Perella Scholarship Fund, the Institute is committed to supporting students, seminarians, and others preparing for worship-related vocations by waiving registration fees for all full-time students. Gifts to this fund will allow us to continue our support for these future church leaders.

2022 Registration Fees

Note that all on-campus attendees are required provide either (1) proof of vaccination or (2) an authorized medical or religious exemption letter at time of registration.

  • $275 EARLY REGULAR REGISTRATION postmarked by February 25, 2022
  • $325 REGULAR REGISTRATION postmarked after February 25, 2022
  • $225 ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION from the same address or parish; must be received in same envelope as regular registration; include completed copies of the previous page for all additional attendees
  • $200 FIRST-TIME REGISTRATION non-student rate
  • FREE FULL-TIME STUDENTS all full-time students and seminarians, regardless of year or degree program, can register for free through the Peter J. L. Perella Scholarship Fund
  • FREE VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY faculty, staff, and students from the University community

The following on-campus options are not included in registration fees:

  • $75 SEMINAR select one; descriptions available at; seminars are offered at no cost to full-time students, seminarians, and members of the Valparaiso University community

No proof of vaccination or exemption documentation is required to register for the options below.

  • $150 REGULAR ONLINE REGISTRATION includes access to livestreaming of all plenaries, post-plenary conversations, and liturgies; plenaries and post-plenary conversations recorded and available for viewing after the Institute; liturgies not available for later viewing
  • FREE FULL-TIME STUDENTS all full-time students and seminarians, regardless of year or degree program, can register for free through the Peter J. L. Perella Scholarship Fund
  • FREE VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY faculty, staff, and students from the University community