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 The Bishop's Ranch

  • Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 06:00 PM through January 23, 2019
    The Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, CA

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    Music that Makes Community returns to the beautiful Bishop's Ranch in Sonoma County, CA for our sixth retreat, January 20-23. The Ranch is an ideal setting to spend three restful days singing, learning, and recharging for the year to come while enjoying the beauty of Northern California. 

    A dynamic team of MMC presenters including Conie Borchardt, Nehemiah Luckett, Donald Schell, and Paul Vasile will lead worship, plenaries, 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 walk in the surrounding vineyards and enjoy breathtaking views of the Russian River threading through the valley. There's no better place to take some time to reconnect with the joy of singing in community, and we hope you will join us!

    Attendees can register to stay at the Ranch and enjoy delicious food prepared by the Ranch's chefs, or participate as a commuter. Take advantage of discounted early registration rates by reserving your spot before December 1!

    Student/Seminarian Rates
    Students and seminarians are welcome to attend Music that Makes Community at a significant discount. Please contact Paul Vasile if you are a full-time student at a college, university, or seminary and would like to attend.

    The rates for our 2019 retreat are as follows:

    Single occupancy room: 
    Early Bird Rate (December 10): $675
    Regular Registration Rate (after December 10): $750

    Double occupancy room:

    Early Bird Rate (December 10): $600
    Regular Registration Rate (after December 10): $675 

    Commuters: 
    Early Bird Rate (December 10): $375
    Regular Registration Rate: (after December 10): $450

    We are pleased to be able to offer scholarship to those with limited financial resources. Contact Paul Vasile to inquire if you or your congregation qualify for assistance.

    Click here to register for Music that Makes Community at the Bishop's Ranch!



  • Chicago Area Practice Group: Northside

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

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    Join our newly-formed 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! 

    Contact group organizer Spencer Foon with any questions!

  • Baltimore Practice Group

  • Tuesday, February 05, 2019 at 05:30 PM
    Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, MD

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    Our Baltimore Practice Group meets again on Tuesday, February 5 at 5:30 p.m., hosted by the Cathedral of the Incarnation in downtown Baltimore. This is a great opportunity for those who've attended MMC workshops to practice their song teaching skills and learn new paperless repertoire. While geared toward folks who’ve attended an MMC event, all are welcome to sing.

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

  • Community SING and One-Day Workshop at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church

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

    Music That Makes Community is excited to make our first visit to the Philadelphia area, sharing paperless music and leadership practices! St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Gladwyne 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.

    MMC presenters will also offer worship leadership at St. Christopher's on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

    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: $80
    Duo Registration Fee: $140 (two individuals)
    Family Registration Fee: $175 (up to four individuals)

    Meals, refreshments, and workshop materials are included in the cost.

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

    The workshop is sponsored, in part, by the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.



                                                            

  • Baltimore Practice Group

  • Tuesday, March 05, 2019 at 05:30 PM
    Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, MD

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    Our Baltimore Practice Group meets again on Tuesday, February 5 at 5:30 p.m., hosted by the Cathedral of the Incarnation in downtown Baltimore. This is a great opportunity for those who've attended MMC workshops to practice their song teaching skills and learn new paperless repertoire. While geared toward folks who’ve attended an MMC event, all are welcome to sing.

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

  • Baltimore Practice Group

  • Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 05:30 PM
    Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, MD

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    Our Baltimore Practice Group meets again on Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m., hosted by the Cathedral of the Incarnation in downtown Baltimore. This is a great opportunity for those who've attended MMC workshops to practice their song teaching skills and learn new paperless repertoire. While geared toward folks who’ve attended an MMC event, all are welcome to sing.

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

  • Baltimore Practice Group

  • Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at 05:30 PM
    Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, MD

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    Our Baltimore Practice Group meets again on Tuesday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m., hosted by the Cathedral of the Incarnation in downtown Baltimore. This is a great opportunity for those who've attended MMC workshops to practice their song teaching skills and learn new paperless repertoire. While geared toward folks who’ve attended an MMC event, all are welcome to sing.

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

  • Music That Makes Community Intensive at The United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

  • Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 06:00 PM through June 01, 2019

    Join a dynamic musical gathering at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities to recharge and renew your community song leading skills. Presenters Conie Borchardt, John Lee, Nehemiah Luckett, Andrea Sorum, and Paul Vasile will lead plenaries, sung prayer, reflection, and small groups to help you add the valuable tool of paperless (oral tradition) song leading to your community’s singing practice.

    We'll gather on the seminary's new campus in St. Paul to learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can enrich and expand your community's repertoire of sung prayer and praise. This workshop will also have a special focus on music to sustain and support justice and resistance work. Song sharing and composition workshops will provide a space to create and share new music to sing within and beyond the walls of our faith communities.

    The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 and will end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

    Individual Registration Rate: $350
    Group Registration Rate: $650 (Two individuals from the same congregation/community)

    Register HERE!

    The rate covers lunch on Friday and Saturday, dinner on Thursday and Friday, as well as workshop materials.The workshop is generously supported by the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and a number of scholarships are available for United Seminary students, faculty and alumni. Discounted rates are also available for individuals and faith communities with limited resources, students, and seniors. Contact Paul Vasile in the MMC office to learn more. 

    In January 2019, United Theological Seminary will relocating to Saint Anthony Park and will be at 767 Eustis Street. Click here for a map and directions. For those planning to traveling from out of town, United Theological Seminary is most convenient to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP).


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