There are three types of events listed on our calendar: MMC Workshops, which we plan collaboratively with hosts all over the US and Canada; independent Local Practice Group gatherings led by presenters and participants from the Music that Makes Community network so that song leaders can hone their skills and support one another in their song leading; and Community Events, which are events that are not necessarily planned or hosted by MMC presenters or participants but are relevant to our work and listed by members of our network for the benefit of the paperless song leading community. 

Upcoming Events


    Music That Makes Community at Calvary Episcopal Church

  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 01:00 PM through June 30, 2017

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    Join a dynamic gathering of musicians, clergy and lay people in Cincinnati, Ohio to develop and strengthen your congregational song leading skills. Presenters Ana Hernández, Charles Murphy, Emily Scott, and Paul Vasile will lead worship, workshops, and conversation to help you add the valuable tool of paperless song leading to your community’s singing practice. Learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can enrich and expand your congregation's repertoire of sung prayer and praise.

    The three-day workshop begins at 1 pm on Wednesday, June 28 and ends at 5 pm on Friday, June 30. Registration begins at 12 noon. 

    Regarded as one of the most beautiful churches in Cincinnati, Calvary Episcopal Church-Clifton is just north of downtown and close to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the University of Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Art Museum, as well as the city's thriving food and music scene. The church is convenient to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and is within driving distance of Columbus, OH, Louisville, KY, Indianapolis, IN and Chicago, IL. 

    This event is generously co-sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio and we are pleased to be able to offer scholarship to seminarians, students, and congregations with limited financial resources. 
    Contact Paul Vasile to inquire if you or your congregation qualify for assistance.

    A block of reduced-rate rooms have been reserved for participants at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati (151 Goodman Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45219), a five-minute drive from the church. Single King or Double Guest Rooms are available for $139 plus taxes. Click this special link to reserve a room or call (888) 720-1299 and ask for the Paperless Music Workshop at Kingsgate Marriott. Please note that the special rate ends on JUNE 7.

    Individual Registration Fee: $600 (Includes all meals and workshop materials)
    Co-Sponsor (Group Registration Fee): $1,500 (Includes all meals and workshop materials for a group of 5 participants from the same congregation/faith community)

    Music That Makes Community is pleased to offer two related events in conjunction with our three-day workshop. Participants are invited to attend both free of charge. 

     - Paperless Community SING at The Hive in the Northside neighborhood on Friday, June 30 at 7:30 pm;
     - Cultivating Holistic Leadership Practices Workshop for the wider Cincinnati faith community on Saturday, July 1 from 9:30 am to 3 pm. 


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  • Cultivating Holistic Worship Leadership at Calvary Episcopal Church

  • Saturday, July 01, 2017 at 09:30 AM

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    Join us at Calvary Episcopal Church on Saturday, July 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as we explore life-giving, liberating leadership practices for clergy, musicians, and lay leaders. Facilitated by a team of Music That Makes Community presenters and staff from the Diocese of Southern Ohio, we'll reflect on:

    • Embodied Song Leadership - how voice, gesture, and body language enhance and enrich worship
    • Learning as Worship - how leaders invite worshippers into the holy work (and play) of worship
    • Liturgical Instruction - how clear invitations heighten participation and flow within liturgy
    • Community Reflection and Assessment - how communities cultivate attentiveness to Spirit, as well as negotiate anxiety and discomfort

    The workshop includes worship, plenaries, Q&A, and breakout sessions.

    Individual Registration: $50
     
    Refreshments, a light lunch, and workshop materials are included.

    We're pleased to offer a group rate of $120 for three or more individuals who attend from the same congregation/community.

    This workshop is generously co-sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio and we are pleased to be able to offer scholarship to seminarians, students, and congregations with limited financial resources. Contact Jason Leo (jleo@diosohio.org) to inquire if you or your congregation qualify for assistance.

    Music That Makes Community is pleased to offer two related events in conjunction with this workshop.

    • A Three-Day Paperless Music Workshop at Calvary Episcopal Church from June 28-30;
    • A paperless Community SING at The Hive in the Northside neighborhood on Friday, June 30 at 7:30 pm.
  • Albuquerque Practice Group

  • Sunday, July 02, 2017 at 04:00 PM
    St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church

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    Join the newly-formed Albuquerque Practice Group as they meet to share song and practice paperless leadership in a supportive, gracious setting. 

    Participants are welcome to stay for potluck supper at 5PM and for an intergenerational, multilingual worship service at 6PM. Those who wish are also welcome to lead a song in worship (but by no means required!).

  • Music That Makes Community One-Day Workshop at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 09:30 AM
    Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kitchener, ON, Canada

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    Join Music That Makes Community in Waterloo, Ontario, as we share paperless music and leadership practices before the Annual Conference of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada!

    Join presenters Debbie Lou Ludolph, Zachary Stephens-Walter, and Scott Weidler for a one-day paperless music workshop at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday, July 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the basics of paperless music, learn new songs to enrich your community's worship life, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy.

    Discounts are available for students, seminarians and seniors. Contact Paul Vasile in the MMC office to learn more. 

    Registration Fee: $60 CAD
    Refreshments, a light lunch, and workshop materials are included.

    Please note: the registration deadline is Sunday, July 9.

    Click here to learn more about the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church.

    Click here for driving directions.

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  • Music That Makes Community at The FJC Center

  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 06:00 PM through August 02, 2017
    The FCJ Christian Life Centre in Calgary, AB, Canada

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    Join a dynamic gathering of musicians, clergy and lay people in Calgary, the eastern gateway to the Canadian Rockies, and recharge and renew your congregational song leading skills. Presenters Jorge Lockward, Sylvia Miller-Mutia, Donald Schell, and Paul Vasile will lead worship, workshops, and conversation to help you add the valuable tool of paperless song leading to your community’s singing practice. Learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can enrich and expand your congregation's repertoire of sung prayer and praise.

    The three-day workshop begins with dinner at 6 pm on Sunday, July 30 and ends with lunch on Wednesday, August 2. Attendees will be able to check in starting at 4 pm on Sunday. Register HERE.

    Situated on the banks of the Elbow River, The FCJ Christian Life Centre is located in the heart of Calgary. Access to walking and cycling paths which link parks throughout the City are adjacent to the Centre, across the walking bridge which still bears the rail tracks of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Calgary is only an hour’s drive away from the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains and the town of Banff.

    The FJC Center is most convenient to the Calgary International Airport (YYC), a 30 minute drive away. Participants are responsible for securing transportation from the airport to the FJC Center. 

    For those commuting by car, there is on-site parking behind the Centre.

    This event is generously supported by the Lutheran Triune Foundation and we are happy to be able to offer affordable rates. Register HERE.

    Registration and Meals Only (commuters)
    Before June 1: $380
    After June 1: $430

    Registration, Lodging, and Meals (in-residence)
    Single Room (before June 1): $650
    Single Room (after June 1): $700

    Double Room (before June 1): $520
    Double Room (after June 1): $570

    Group Rates (3 or more individuals from the same congregation)
    Registration and Meals Only (before June 1): $325
    Registration and Meals Only (after June 1): $365

    Single Room (before June 1): $550
    Single Room (after June 1): $595

    Double Room (before June 1): $440
    Double Room (after June 1): $485

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  • Music that Makes Community at The Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center

  • Sunday, October 08, 2017 at 06:00 PM through October 11, 2017

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    Join us for our second gathering of musicians, clergy and lay leaders at The Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center from October 8 to 11 to recharge and renew your congregational song leading skills. A team of MMC's master teachers will lead worship, workshops, and conversation to help you add the valuable tool of paperless song leading to your community’s singing practice. Learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can enrich and expand your congregation's repertoire of sung prayer and praise. And enjoy beautiful fall foliage, hearty meals, an evening sing around the campfire, and hike the wooded shores of Otter Lake.

    See photos from last year's retreat!

    The workshop begins with dinner at 6 PM on Sunday, October 8 and ends with on Wednesday, October 11. Attendees will be able to check in starting at 3 PM on Sunday.

    The Conference Center is most convenient to the Manchester, New Hampshire airport (about a one hour drive) and is about two hours from Boston, MA and from Hartford, CT.

    Three kinds of rooms are available at the Conference Center. See photos of the rooms on the Conference Center website.

    Cabins: 3-4 people share a large room outfitted with twin beds and shared bathroom
    Early Bird Rate (before September 1): $450/person
    Regular Registration Rate (after September 1): $525/person

    Shared lodge: hotel-style rooms with two beds for two people to share (some are twin- and some are full-sized)
    Early Bird Rate (before September 1): $550/person
    Regular Registration Rate (after September 1): $625/person

    Single lodge: hotel-style rooms with two beds can be reserved for a single occupant
    Early Bird Rate (before September 1): $600/person
    Regular Registration Rate (after September 1): $675/person

    We are pleased to be able to offer scholarship to seminarians, students, and congregations with limited financial resources. Contact Paul Vasile to inquire if you or your congregation qualify for assistance.

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  • Music That Makes Community at Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center

  • Monday, October 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM through October 18, 2017
    Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center

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    Join a dynamic, three-day gathering of musicians, clergy and lay people to recharge and renew your congregational song leading skills. An inspiring team of Music That Makes Community presenters will lead worship, workshops, and conversation to help you add the valuable tool of paperless song leading to your community’s singing practice. Learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can enrich and expand your congregation's repertoire of sung prayer and praise.

    The three-day workshop begins at 10 am on Monday, October 16 and ends with lunch on Wednesday, October 18. Attendees will have the option at registration to check in early on Sunday, October 15. Otherwise check in begins at 9 am on Monday, October 16. See the registration page for lodging options and pricing.

    We're excited to gather at Cross Roads, a welcoming, ecumenical retreat center and camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and the NJ Synod of the ELCA. They are accredited with the American Camp Association.

    Cross Roads is most convenient to Newark International Airport (EWR), a one hour drive away. Participants are responsible for securing transportation from the airport to the retreat center. For those commuting by car, there is convenient parking on the Cross Roads property.

    The costs of the event are subsidized by a generous grant from Region 7 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

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  • Chapel Hill Community SING

  • Friday, November 10, 2017 at 07:00 PM

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    Join us for a Community SING at The Episcopal Church of the Advocate on Friday, November 10 at 7 p.m. Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to learn paperless songs from diverse spiritual traditions, languages, and cultures, led by a dynamic team of Music That Makes Community presenters including Marilyn Haskel and Paul Vasile.

    We'll gather in the historic, carpenter gothic church building that was moved, lovingly restored, and repurposed by the congregation in 2012. The acoustics inside the nave have been described as being “like in the inside of a guitar,” perfect for unplugged instruments and a cappella singing.

    The event is free; please RSVP below to let us know you're coming. 

    MMC will also host a One-Day Paperless Music Workshop at the church on Saturday, November 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the basics of paperless music, learn new songs to enrich your community's worship life, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy.

  • Music That Makes Community One-Day Workshop at The Episcopal Church of the Advocate

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 09:30 AM

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    Music That Makes Community is excited to make our first visit to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, sharing paperless music and leadership practices! Join presenters Marilyn Haskel and Paul Vasile for a one-day paperless music workshop at The Episcopal Church of the Advocate on Saturday, November 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the basics of paperless music, learn new songs to enrich your community's worship life, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy.

    We'll gather in the historic, carpenter gothic Episcopal church building that was moved, lovingly restored, and repurposed by the congregation in 2012. The acoustics inside the nave have been described as being “like in the inside of a guitar,” perfect for unplugged instruments and a cappella singing. 

    Register HERE!

    MMC will also host a free Community SING at the church on Friday, November 10 at 7 p.m. Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to learn paperless songs from diverse spiritual traditions, languages and cultures, led by a dynamic team of Music That Makes Community presenters.

    Registration Fee: $25
    Refreshments, a light lunch, and workshop materials are included.

    Discounts are available for students, seminarians and seniors. Contact Paul Vasile in the MMC office to learn more.

Music that Makes Community
paul@musicthatmakescommunity.org
(929) 266-4662
131 Odell Clark Place, Apt. 3A
New York, NY 10030