There are three types of events listed on our calendar:

  • MMC Workshops planned collaboratively with hosts around the United States and Canada;
  • Local Practice Groups led by presenters and participants from the Music that Makes Community network, providing opportunities to hone our skills and support one another in song leading;
  • Community Events presented by organizations affiliated with MMC for the benefit of the wider musical community.

Upcoming Events


    Hudson Valley Interfaith Practice Group

  • Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 02:00 PM

    We're excited to announce a new Interfaith Practice Group in the Hudson Valley. We'll gather in the Rectory behind St. John's Episcopal Church. Bring a song to share and/or one that you'd like to learn to teach! 

    For more info, please call Ana Hernandez at (914) 357-0365 and leave a message.  

    The group meets monthly on the Sunday after the full moon (mainly the 3rd Sunday of the month).

  • Vancouver Sacred Song Circle

  • Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 02:00 PM
    St. Barnabas Anglican Church in New Westminster, BC, Canada


    Join Vancouver-area singers for a Sacred Song Circle in the sanctuary of St. Barnabas Anglican Church the last Sunday of the month. Led by Caitlin Riley Beck, Patti Powell, and Emilie Smith, everyone is welcome, from everywhere, and from any tradition or any place on the journey. No need to “know how to sing!”

  • Chicago Area Practice Group: Northside

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 04:00 PM
    Bethany UCC in Chicago, IL

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    Join our Chicago Area Practice Group: Northside for their quarterly gathering. All are welcome to sing with others, learn new tunes, and strengthen your song-leading skills! This month we'll meet in the backyard of the Bethany UCC parsonage with some refreshments (4250 N. Paulina). If inclement weather, we’ll meet in the sanctuary.

    Contact group organizer Spencer Foon with any questions!

  • One-Day Workshop at Waterville United Church of Christ

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 09:30 AM


    Music That Makes Community is excited to visit Mid Coast Maine, sharing paperless (oral/aural tradition) music and leadership practices. Waterville United Church of Christ will host this time of musical and spiritual nourishment as we join voices and hearts in song. MtMC's Executive Director, Paul Vasile will offer leadership, inviting participants into communal learning and reflection.

    All are welcome to share in a day-long workshop exploring how and why we sing together, noticing way our bodies and voices are present when we learn through thoughtful modeling and generous invitation. Together we'll experience how the energy we create through singing affects what we do in worship as a whole, as well as other parts of our human lives. Share in worship and participatory learning, and experience paperless songs and leadership practices you can share with your community!

    Vew the workshop schedule and register below!

    Paul will also offer musical leadership at Waterville UCC Sunday morning.

    Music That Makes Community encourages and support practices of communal singing and learning. Watch this short video to learn about the unique work we're doing around the United States and Canada.

    Individual Registration Fee: $50

    Scholarships are available for students, seminarians, seniors, and congregations with limited financial resources. Contact Paul Vasile in the MtMC office to learn more.

    Meals, refreshments, and workshop materials are included in the cost. Childcare will be provided for infants and children, though they are also warmly welcomed to sing with us. 

    The workshop is generously sponsored by Waterville United Church of Christ. 

  • Hudson Valley Interfaith Practice Group

  • Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 02:00 PM

    We're excited to announce a new Interfaith Practice Group in the Hudson Valley. We'll gather in the Rectory behind St. John's Episcopal Church. Bring a song to share and/or one that you'd like to learn to teach! 

    For more info, please call Ana Hernandez at (914) 357-0365 and leave a message.  

    The group meets monthly on the Sunday after the full moon (mainly the 3rd Sunday of the month).

  • Vancouver Sacred Song Circle

  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 02:00 PM
    St. Barnabas Anglican Church in New Westminster, BC, Canada


    Join Vancouver-area singers for a Sacred Song Circle in the sanctuary of St. Barnabas Anglican Church the last Sunday of the month. Led by Caitlin Riley Beck, Patti Powell, and Emilie Smith, everyone is welcome, from everywhere, and from any tradition or any place on the journey. No need to “know how to sing!”

  • Community SING in Roanoke, VA

  • Monday, December 09, 2019 at 07:00 PM


    All are welcome to a free Community SING at St. James Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Virginia! Community SINGs are for everyone – no musical experience is required! We'll share songs that enliven the spirit, nourish the soul, and remind us that we belong to each other. The evening of participatory singing will be led by organizers of our MMC Practice Group in Southwestern VA. 

    RSVP below to let us know you'll attend!

  • Hudson Valley Interfaith Practice Group

  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 02:00 PM

    We're excited to announce a new Interfaith Practice Group in the Hudson Valley. We'll gather in the Rectory behind St. John's Episcopal Church. Bring a song to share and/or one that you'd like to learn to teach! 

    For more info, please call Ana Hernandez at (914) 357-0365 and leave a message.  

    The group meets monthly on the Sunday after the full moon (mainly the 3rd Sunday of the month).

  • Winter Retreat at Ghost Ranch

  • Friday, January 31, 2020 at 06:00 PM through February 02, 2020
    Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM


    Share a weekend of singing, worship, and learning in community with Sylvia Miller-Mutia, David Poole, and Paul Vasile. Together we’ll explore the ancient and new practice of paperless (oral/aural tradition) music leadership, sharing songs as people did before music or words were written down.

    – Learn leadership skills and strategies for sharing paperless songs in your community;
    – Build a repertoire of songs that can be led with groups of varied ages and musical experiences;
    – Worship and reflect in community, deepening into spaces of listening and
    – Explore how the energy we create through singing affects what we do in worship as a whole, as well as other parts of our human lives.

    Registration Rates: 
    All Inclusive, Double Occupancy with Private Bath: $580.00
    All Inclusive, Double Occupancy with Shared Bath: $544.00
    All Inclusive, Double Occupancy with Communal Bath: $345.00
    Commuter: $265.00

    Click here to view lodging descriptions and learn more about traveling to this beautiful property in the high desert of New Mexico.

    REGISTER HERE!

    Music That Makes Community is a non-profit organization working with ecumenical communities and leaders to empower and liberate communities’ spiritual life through singing. For over twelve years we have developed and shared music leadership practices grounded in a theology of welcome and generosity for the benefit of musicians, clergy, and lay leaders throughout the United States and Canada. Our hope is that Music That Makes Community offerings supplement and enhance what congregations already do, offering repertoire and leadership skills that support vibrant, communal music making. Watch this short video to learn about the unique work we're doing around the United States and Canada.

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