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 Summer Intensive at The United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 06:00 PM through July 28, 2018

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    Join a dynamic gathering of musicians, clergy and lay people at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities to recharge and renew your congregational song leading. Presenters Conie Borchardt, John Lee, Nehemiah Luckett, Andrea Sorum, 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. 

    We'll gather in the Bigelow Chapel, a beautiful interdenominational worship space, to learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can enrich and expand your congregation'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 protest music. 

    The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 and will end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

    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 congregations with limited resources, students, and seniors. Contact Paul Vasile in the MMC office to learn more. 

    United is located at 3000 Fifth Street Northwest in New Brighton, a northwestern suburb of St. Paul. The seminary, which resides in a residential neighborhood near the intersections of I-694 and I-35W, is approximately 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis or downtown St. Paul. Click here for a map and directions. For those traveling from out of town, United Theological Seminary is most convenient to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP).

    Individual Registration Rate: $350
    Group Registration Rate: $650 (Two individuals from the same congregation/community)
    The rate covers lunch on Friday and Saturday, dinner on Thursday and Friday, as well as workshop materials.

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

  • Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 09:00 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 18 from 9 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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  • 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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  • 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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