If you don't see any workshops in your area, and are interested in hosting one, please contact paul@musicthatmakescommunity.org.

Upcoming Events


    Advent Test Kitchen at Church of The Village

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 03:00 PM
    The Church of The VIllage in New York, NY

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    Music That Makes Community is excited to host our annual Advent Test Kitchen at The Church of The Village on Saturday, October 28 from 3 to 5:30 pm. 

    Jorge Lockward and Katie Reimer will facilitate a time of reflection on this bluesy and brooding season. We'll explore Advent scripture and prayers, then workshop your ideas - liturgy in process, unsung or new tunes, and other worship expressions that you want to try within a supportive, gracious community of learners. 

    And, it wouldn't be a test kitchen if we didn't enjoy sweets from a local bakery.

    Suggested donation: $10 

    Church of The Village is in Manhattan’s West Village on the corner of 13th Street and 7th Avenue. The 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, F, M, and L trains all stop a short distance away, as well as the PATH train from New Jersey.

    There is a wheelchair-accessible ramp on 13th Street for those who may have difficulty with stairs. An elevator provides access to church offices, meeting rooms, and gymnasium. Many restrooms are ADA-accessible.

  • 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 Beth Kelly 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, 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.  

    The workshop is generously sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and The Church of the Advocate (in memory of Kit Latimer).

  • Music That Makes Community One-Day Workshop at The Cathedral of the Incarnation

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 09:30 AM
    Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, MD

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    Music That Makes Community is excited to return to the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore for a one-day paperless music workshop on Saturday, November 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join musicians, clergy and lay leaders as we explore the basics of paperless music, learn new songs to enrich worship and community life, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy.

    The workshop includes an afternoon sectional for returning MMC participants who want to learn new repertoire and continue to hone their skills. 

    Individual Registration Fee: $75
    Group Registration Fee: $120 (two individuals from the same congregation/community)

    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.

    Click here for driving directions.

  • Music that Makes Community at The Bishop's Ranch

  • Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 06:00 PM through January 17, 2018
    The Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, CA

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    Music that Makes Community returns to the beautiful Bishop's Ranch in Sonoma County, CA for our fifth workshop over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, January 14-17. The Ranch is an ideal setting to spend three restful days singing, learning, and recharging for the year to come while enjoying the temperate climate of Northern California. 

    A dynamic team of MMC presenters including Donald Schell, Kerri Meyer, and Ben Groth will lead worship, plenaries, 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. Take a walk in the surrounding vineyards and enjoy breathtaking views of the Russian River threading through the valley. There's no better place to take some time to reconnect with the joy of singing in community, and we hope you will join us!

    Attendees can register to stay at the Ranch and enjoy delicious food prepared by the Ranch's chefs, or participate as a commuter. Take advantage of discounted early registration rates by reserving your spot before November 20!

    Track for Returning Participants
    We will again offer a special track for those who have attended a Music that Makes Community event but want to hone their skills and reconnect with other song leaders. And we are pleased to offer attendees from past MMC events a special 10% discount. Use the code SINGMORE at checkout. The offer expires November 20, so sign up today! 

    Group and Student/Seminarian Rates
    Members of a group of two or more receive $25 off tuition for each group member. Use the code GROUP to apply the discount when you register.

    Students and seminarians are welcome to attend Music that Makes Community at a 30% discount. Use the code STUDENT if you are a full-time student at a college, university, or seminary.

    The rates for our 2018 retreat are as follows:

    Single occupancy room: 
    Early Bird Rate (before November 20): $650 
    Regular Registration Rate (after November 20): $725

    Double occupancy room:

    Early Bird Rate (before November 20): $575
    Regular Registration Rate (after November 20): $650 

    Commuters: 
    Early Bird Rate (before November 20): $350
    Regular Registration Rate: (after November 20): $425

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


    How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    You can contact Paul Vasile with questions about the event! Email at paul@musicthatmakescommunity.org or call at (929) 266-4662

    What's the refund policy?

    We will provide a full refund before the registration deadline of January 5.

    Click here to register for Music that Makes Community at the Bishop's Ranch!

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