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


    Vancouver Sacred Song Circle

  • Sunday, February 23, 2020 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!”

  • MMC Residency at Luther College

  • Friday, February 28, 2020 at 06:00 PM through February 29, 2020
    Luther College in Decorah, IA

    Music that Makes Community is excited to be in residence at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa this winter, sharing the ancient and new practice of paperless song leadership. Conie Borchardt, Monica Onyedika, and Paul Vasile will create a space for experiential learning where participants:

    • sing aural/oral tradition songs from diverse cultures, musical backgrounds, and faith expressions;
    • explore leadership skills that empower you to share song in your context;
    • worship and reflect together, deepening into spaces of listening and empathy;
    • experience how the energy we create through singing affects our human lives, with a specific focus on its role in worship and faith formation in the Christian and other traditions.

    You’re welcome to join us throughout the weekend. All events will be held at Luther College, 700 College Drive in Decorah, IA.

    Music that Makes Community is a non-profit that 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.


    Friday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m. - MORNING WORSHIP
    Chapel Center for Faith and Life

    Join the campus community for a brief worship service without paper. Experience how paperless singing can support our prayer and praise.


    Friday, February 28 - MINI-WORKSHOP for Luther Students
    Location and time TBD

    We’ll explore the basics of paperless singing in an intensive workshop geared specifically for Luther students. Sing with others and explore your innate leadership skills in a supportive, gracious space we will make together.

    FREE to Luther students, faculty, and staff.


    Friday, February 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. - COMMUNITY SING and Potluck
    Shirley Baker Commons

    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 are not alone. The potluck begins at 6 p.m. and the Community SING at 7 p.m.

    FREE; please bring a dish to share or a donation to cover the cost of food

    RSVP here to let us know you’re coming (and what dish you’re planning to bring if attending the potluck).


    Saturday, February 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - ONE-DAY WORKSHOP
    Shirley Baker Commons

    Join us for a deeper dive into paperless music with a one-day 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. We'll share morning prayer, participatory learning time, and reflect on paperless song forms and leadership practices.

    Registration fees are on a sliding scale, from $35 to $100/person for the day, including lunch. We ask you to pay what is generous and affordable for you and your family, with gratitude for the time and skill of our presenters.

    Register HERE by February 21!

     

  • Baltimore Practice Group

  • Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 05:30 PM
    Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, MD

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    Our Baltimore Practice Group meets again on Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m., hosted by the Cathedral of the Incarnation in downtown Baltimore. If you've been curious about paperless music traditions and practices or if you've attended many a time, you're all most welcome. 

    RSVP below. For more information, please contact coordinator Barbara Cates.

  • Eastern MA (Boston Metro) Practice Group

  • Wednesday, March 04, 2020 at 07:00 PM

     

    From L-R: Christiana Dutton, Rev. Nancy Wilbanks, Ken Livak, Fiona Vidal-White and Andrew Heintz.

    Interested singers in the area are welcome to join us the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Please come if you love to sing in a group in unison or improvised harmony, without printed words or music. Feel free to bring a song to teach.

    For more information contact organizer Fiona Vidal-White.

  • Heart Songs: Lament, Longing, and Love

  • Thursday, March 05, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Gather for an informal singing time to re-center our hearts in community. Simple songs will be led paperlessly/taught by ear by Conie Borchardt and other song leaders from the Tein Cities. Join us. Bring friends.

    This will be held weekly from March 5 through April 2, a season of reflection called in Lent in the church year. Songs will be spiritual in nature, but not specifically religious.

    Meeting will be in chancel at the front of the sanctuary.

    This is a space intended for self-care, however that shifts for you in every moment. Bring water. Come and go. Sit in a chair, lie on the floor, or stand as you need to. 

    RSVP on Facebook to let Conie know you're coming!

  • Songs and Stories of Salvation: Paperless Music for the Easter Vigil

  • Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    Trinity Episcopal Church in Haverhill, MA

    We're excited to join the Lower Merrimack Valley Collaborative for an intergenerational workshop exploring the practice of paperless (aural/oral tradition) singing, basic leadership skills in this style, and modeling how paperless music can be integrated into scripture reading and storytelling. Zachary Stephens-Walter and Paul Vasile will lead the group in participatory learning, and present paperless songs and leadership practices you can share in your community.

    We'll begin with a community lunch and spend an energizing afternoon of singing and learning. View the schedule and REGISTER HERE!

    Paul and Zachary will also offer musical leadership at congregations within the Lower Merrimack Valley Collaborative on Sunday, March 8.

    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: $25
    Free for LMVC parish members with promo code

    Meals, refreshments, and workshop materials are included in the cost. Childcare will be provided for infants and younger children; older children and young adults are warmly welcomed to sing with us. 

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

    The workshop is generously sponsored by the Lower Merrimack Valley Collaborative and Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

  • Heart Songs: Lament, Longing, and Love

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Gather for an informal singing time to re-center our hearts in community. Simple songs will be led paperlessly/taught by ear by Conie Borchardt and other song leaders from the Tein Cities. Join us. Bring friends.

    This will be held weekly from March 5 through April 2, a season of reflection called in Lent in the church year. Songs will be spiritual in nature, but not specifically religious.

    Meeting will be in chancel at the front of the sanctuary.

    This is a space intended for self-care, however that shifts for you in every moment. Bring water. Come and go. Sit in a chair, lie on the floor, or stand as you need to. 

    RSVP on Facebook to let Conie know you're coming!

  • Singing Spirit Interfaith Practice Group

  • Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 02:00 PM

    Singing Spirit: Interfaith Practice Group will be meeting every third Sunday of the month from 2-3:30 pm in Kingston, NY. Bring a song to share! We explore songs from all faith traditions and none, Music That Makes Community, Threshold Choir songs, Circlesinging, and whatever else you bring along!

    A description of the practice: "Come for a time of sharing songs to deepen our spirit and watch her fly, heal the planet, hold one another along the way, and bring peace to one another."

  • Heart Songs: Lament, Longing, and Love

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Gather for an informal singing time to re-center our hearts in community. Simple songs will be led paperlessly/taught by ear by Conie Borchardt and other song leaders from the Tein Cities. Join us. Bring friends.

    This will be held weekly from March 5 through April 2, a season of reflection called in Lent in the church year. Songs will be spiritual in nature, but not specifically religious.

    Meeting will be in chancel at the front of the sanctuary.

    This is a space intended for self-care, however that shifts for you in every moment. Bring water. Come and go. Sit in a chair, lie on the floor, or stand as you need to. 

    RSVP on Facebook to let Conie know you're coming!

  • Chicago Area Practice Group: Northside

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 04:00 PM
    Bethany UCC in Chicago, IL

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    Join our Chicago Area Practice Group: Northside for regular gatherings at Bethany UCC. All are welcome to sing with others, learn new tunes, and strengthen your song-leading skills! 

    Contact group organizer Spencer Foon with any questions!

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