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


    Paperless Music Test Kitchen at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church

  • Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM

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    Music That Makes Community is excited to host a Paperless Music Test Kitchen at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church on Saturday, August 25 from 10 am to 12 pm. 

    We'll sing together and 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. The session will be facilitated by MMC presenter Kerri Meyer, an inspiring liturgist and musician. 

    St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church is located at 500 De Haro Street on Potrero Hill. Street parking is available on weekends and evenings.  MUNI bus lines 10, 19, 22 and 55 stop within one block.

  • Intergenerational MMC Weekend at Camp Kirchenwald

  • Friday, September 21, 2018 at 05:30 PM through September 22, 2018
    Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon, PA

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    Music That Makes Community is excited to offer our first Intergenerational MMC Weekend on September 21 and 22, sharing paperless music and leadership practices with families at Kirchenwald in Lebanon, PA! Join Rebecca and Zachary Stevens-Walter (and their toddler!), and Paul Vasile as we explore the basics of paperless ('oral tradition') music making, learn new songs to enrich and strengthen intergenerational community, and reflect on ways to encourage participatory singing within our families and faith communities.

    We begin with family dinner and a Community SING on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m., sharing songs of justice, freedom and peace from many traditions, languages, and cultures.

    After breakfast on Saturday, we'll explore the basics of paperless ('oral tradition') music making, share new songs to enrich and strengthen intergenerational community, and reflect on practices that encourage participatory singing within and outside worship. The relaxed but thoughtfully structured day includes large and small group learning sessions, community art making, snacks and lunch, as well as worship services modeling how intergenerational community can gather. 

    We have reserved a group of 10 rooms at the camp for groups who would like overnight accommodations on Friday. Each room has 2 double beds and 2 single bunk beds and can comfortably sleep 4-6. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here for more information and photos of rooms at Kirchenwald. 

    Full Weekend Registration (Individual): $150
    Full Weekend Registration (Group of up to 4 individuals): $300
    Lodging is an additional $75 per room. If you are registering as an individual and would like a roommate, please contact Paul Vasile in the MMC office to learn more.

    Friday Dinner and Community SING Only (Individual): $40
    Friday Dinner and Community SING Only (Group of up to 4 individuals): $80

    Saturday Workshop and Meals Only (Individual): $110
    Saturday Workshop and Meals Only (Group of up to 4 individuals): $220

    Scholarships are available for individuals/families in congregations in the Lower Susquehanna Synod. Contact Paul Vasile in the MMC office to learn more.

    The workshop is generously sponsored by the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA.

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  • Community SING in Laconia, NH

  • Friday, September 28, 2018 at 06:00 PM

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    Music That Makes Community is excited to visit the Lakes Region of New Hampshire for a weekend of joyful singing and holistic learning. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Laconia will host this time of musical and spiritual nourishment as we join voices and hearts in song!  

    We begin on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with dinner and an intergenerational Community SING for individuals and families of all sizes and configurations. 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 MMC presenters Conie Borchardt and Jorge Lockward, and will include contributions from local leaders as well as attendees who have a tune to share.

    Conie and Jorge will also facilitate a workshop the following day and share worship leadership at Good Shepherd Lutheran on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. 

    Music That Makes Community is a non-profit organization 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 Registration Only (Pizza and Community SING) - Individual: $10
    Friday Registration Only (Pizza and Community SING) - Group/Family (2 adults, children or grandchildren): $15

    Friday and Saturday (Full Workshop, including dinner and lunch) - Individual: $20
    Friday and Saturday (Full Workshop, including dinner and lunch) - Group/Family (2 adults, children or grandchildren): $30

    This event is generously sponsored by a Grant for Congregational Renewal from The New England Synod of the ELCA.

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  • Workshop at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Laconia, NH

  • Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 09:30 AM

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    Music That Makes Community is excited to visit the Lakes Region of New Hampshire for a weekend of joyful singing and holistic learning. Join presenters Conie Borchardt and Jorge Lockward as we explore the basics of paperless ('oral tradition') music making, learn new songs to enrich and strengthen intergenerational community, and reflect on ways to encourage participatory singing within our families and congregations. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Laconia will host this time of musical and spiritual nourishment as we join voices and hearts in song!

    We begin on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with dinner and an intergenerational Community SING for individuals and families of all sizes and configurations. 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. 

    We'll continue on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with a 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 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.

    Conie and Jorge will help lead worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.

    Music That Makes Community is a non-profit organization 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 Registration Only (Pizza and Community SING) - Individual: $10
    Friday Registration Only (Pizza and Community SING) - Group/Family (2 adults, children or grandchildren): $15

    Friday and Saturday (Full Workshop, including dinner and lunch) - Individual: $20
    Friday and Saturday (Full Workshop, including dinner and lunch) - Group/Family (2 adults, children or grandchildren): $30

    This event is generously sponsored by a Grant for Congregational Renewal from The New England Synod of the ELCA.

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

  • Sunday, October 07, 2018 at 06:00 PM through October 10, 2018

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    Join us for our third gathering of musicians, clergy and lay leaders at The Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center from October 7 to 10 to recharge and renew your congregational song leading skills. Conie Borchardt, Chanda Rule, and additional MMC 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. 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 7 and ends with lunch on Wednesday, October 10. 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.

    There are three kinds of rooms 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 8): $475/person
    Regular Registration Rate (after September 8): $550/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 8): $575/person
    Regular Registration Rate (after September 8): $650/person

    Single lodge: hotel-style rooms with one queen-sized bed can be reserved for a single occupant
    Early Bird Rate (before September 1): $650/person
    Regular Registration Rate (after September 1): $725/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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    This event is sponsored, in part, by The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

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  • Chicago Mini-Workshop with Paul Vasile

  • Friday, October 12, 2018 at 07:00 PM

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    Join Paul Vasile for a mini-workshop in the Lincoln Square neighborhood sponsored by our new Chicago (North Side) Practice Group. We'll gather for pizza and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. then explore creative approaches to paperless music in liturgy, with a special focus on themes and scripture from the end of Ordinary Time into the Advent season.

    Berry United Methodist Church is close to the CTA Western Brown Line stop, and is served by the 81 (Lawrence), 49 (Western), and 49B (North Western) buses. The church offers offer bike parking immediately outside the Leavitt St. entrance. Limited parking is available on-street near the church.

    Cost: $20 (includes the cost of pizza and workshop)

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

  • Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM through October 17, 2018
    Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center

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    We're excited to gather at Cross Roads again for a three-day retreat focused on congregational song leading skills! MMC presenters Cricket Cooper, Jorge Lockward, Angela Morris, 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.

    Take a look at photos from last year's gathering!

    The three-day workshop begins at 10 am on Monday, October 15 and ends with lunch on Wednesday, October 17. Attendees will have the option at registration to check in early on Sunday, October 14. Otherwise check in begins at 9 am on Monday, October 15.

    Standard Double Occupancy: $422
    Hotel-style accommodations with linens provided. Toiletries are not provided.
    Upgrade to Single Occupancy +$40
    Early Check In (Sunday at 4 p.m.) +$30

    Dormitory-Style Lodging: $372
    Bunk beds and a shared bathroom. Linens and toiletries are not provided.
    Early Check In (Sunday at 4 p.m.) +$10

    Commuter/Off-Site: $317
    Individuals staying off site and commuting to the event. 

    Cross Roads is 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. It 
    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 partially subsidized by a generous grant from Region 7 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

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paul@musicthatmakescommunity.org
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