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


    Music That Makes Community at Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM through October 16, 2019
    Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center

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    We're excited to gather at Cross Roads for our annual three-day retreat focused on congregational song leading skills! 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.

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

    The three-day workshop begins at 10 am on Monday, October 14 and ends with lunch on Wednesday, October 16. Attendees will have the option at registration to check in early on Sunday, October 13. Otherwise check in begins at 9 a.m. on Monday.

    Standard Double Occupancy: $360
    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: $310
    Bunk beds and a shared bathroom. Linens and toiletries are not provided.
    Early Check In (Sunday at 4 p.m.) +$10

    Commuter/Off-Site: $260
    Individuals staying off site and commuting to the event. 

    Register for the workshop HERE!

    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 the ACTS/VIM Fund of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.

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  • 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. 

  • 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!

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