Heather Josselyn Cranson head shot

Associate Professor

Fine Arts Center
Department Humanities

Mailing Address

Regis College box 12

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493


    Classes Taught

    RS 201 New Testament

    RS 202 Old Testament

    MU 315 Glee Singers

    MU 215 Music, Health, and Wholeness

    MU 218 Global Music


    Bachelor of Art in Music, Bates College, Lewiston, ME

    Master of Sacred Music (MSM) in Sacred Music Composition, Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA

    Doctor of Theology (ThD) in Liturgy and Liturgical Music, Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA

    Awards Honors

    Grants Secured

    Exchanges Grant, Fulbright COMEXUS (Comision Mexico-Estados Unidos para el Intercambio Educativo y Cultural), granted January 2022, ongoing - for the creation of films documenting the religious celebrations of the Afro-Mexican village of Coyolillo

    Kaneb Grant, Regis College, granted summer 2021 - for the supporting of a second Regis Newman Symposium

    "Music and Theology in the Emerging Church," Oxford University Press, forthcoming, in "The Oxford Handbook of Music and Christian Theology."

    "Year D: the Lectionary, Congregational Formation, and Excluded Texts," OSL Publications, 2021, in "Reshaping the Liturgical Tradition, Ecumenical and Reformed: A Festschrift in Memory of Horace T. Allen." pp. 27-51.

    "Hymnody of the Western Religious Orders," Cascade Books, 2019, in "A Legacy of Hymnists: Historical and Theological Introductions," vol. 1, pp. 159-173

    "The Reason Why We Sing: Function and Congregational Song in Different Musical Traditions," OSL Publications, 2016.

    Guest Preacher at the Empire Grove 2023 Summer Campmeeting, "Blessed are the Peacemakers"

    Convener of the Liturgical Music Seminar for the North American Academy of Liturgy, 2019-2023

    Editing Credits

    Co-editor (with Jason McFarland) of a forthcoming volume: an ecumenical theology of liturgical music, to be published by GIA Publications in 2024

    Member of the editorial board for "Doxology: A Journal of Worship," 2018-present

    Member of the editorial board for "A Lukan Book of Feasts and Holy Days," (2018), "A Lukan Book of Hours," (2015), and "The Book of Offices and Services," (2012), OSL Publications

    Editor for "For All the Saints: A Callendar of Commemorations," OSL Publications 2013

    Book Reviews

    Review of "A Theology of the Sacraments Interpreted by John and Charles Wesley", ed. S.T. Kimbrough, jr. and Dean McIntyre, published on the liturgical blog Pray Tell, May 11, 2022.

    Review of "Music and the Generosity of God", by Gerald Liu, published in "Doxology: A Journal of Worship", vol. 31, 2020.

    Review of "Saints on Sundays: Voices from our Past Enlivening our Worship", by Gail Ramshaw, published in "Doxology: A Journal of Worship", vol. 31, 2020.

    Review of "Re-Writing Jesus: Christ in 20th Century Fiction and Film", by Graham Holderness, published in "Sacramental Life", vol. 28, #3, Lent/Easter, 2016.

    Review of "Shaping the Prayers of the Faithful: the Art of Intercession", by Samuel Wells and\ Abigail Kocher, published in "Sacramental Life", vol. 27, #1 Lent/Easter, 2015.