A message from Breen Sipes,
Chair of MMC's Board of Trustees
I am writing on behalf of the Board of Trustees of Music that Makes Community to let you know the bittersweet news that Paul Vasile, our Executive Director for the past eight years, has resigned. He has taken a position as Interim Director of Music at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, which begins in January of 2024, and we support and bless Paul in this new endeavor. Paul has given so freely of himself through his inspiring, gracious, and innovative presence among us. He has built deep networks and cares so very much for this work. Paul has set us up well for the excitement of what is next for Music that Makes Community. Paul’s last day with MMC will be December 1st, and we will provide a time for us to celebrate him together through two online good-bye events.
After several months of discernment, I notified the Board of Trustees that I will conclude my service as Executive Director on December 1, 2023. While it was not an easy decision to make, my heart overflows with gratitude for MMC’s practices of song sharing, listening, community building, and hospitality. My faith and vocation have been shaped by this work, the songs we have courageously created and shared, and the invitation to pay attention to our experiences and all they teach us. I have learned so much from each of you and the beautiful ways you've shared your gifts. Thank you so much!
As the Board has been planning for Paul’s departure and the organization enters this tender space of transition, the Board of Trustees has thought long and hard about how we can best care for our networks–for you. We are thrilled to also announce that we have hired long-time MMC leader, Conie Borchardt, into the position of Executive Director. Conie will lead us through our transition time with a three year renewable contract. You will hear more about and from Conie soon, but suffice it to say, we are excited to bridge this next transition in Conie’s capable hands.
We arrive at this moment with the knowledge that the last few years have been a time of upheaval, locally, communally, and globally. We look forward to a time to pause and deeply listen for where MMC is needed, wanted, and can make a difference in music and community making. During this time we will continue to offer programs in person, online, and in hybrid spaces in 2024 by drawing on our vibrant community of facilitators working together in brave shared leadership.
As we shift leadership and listen deeply to our community, please know that we are so very grateful for your continued support. Please reach out to me at [email protected]. We look forward to many more beautiful seasons of music and community making together.
Breen Marie Sipes, MMC Board President
p.s. Please plan to join us for two online thank you events in honor of Paul’s leadership on Monday, November 27th from 10-11 AM Eastern or 7:30-9:30 PM Eastern. Look for your invitation in your email or on social media next week!