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


    Healing Racism in Local Context

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 06:00 PM through June 01, 2019
    Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY

    How have you and your community been affected by racism and privilege? How do you talk about it? Do you have the skills to have conversations in your community across differences?

    Workshop Description:
    The workshop will focus on active listening skills 
    as well as how to engage in effective communications across cultural lines. We’ll engage in spiritual practice, and explore our capacities as gatekeepers in our communities.

    This workshop is important for anyone working with congregations, communities, and schools and is essential for anyone interested in healing racism and reconciliation work. Teams are encouraged to attend, as are commuters! All with a heart for healing and reconciliation are welcome. There will be much singing.

    About the Facilitator:
    Ana Hernandez is a workshop facilitator, author, and  composer/arranger working across the country (often in the Episcopal Church), focusing on participatory democracy, deep listening, dismantling racism, and reminding us all that we are beloved of God.

    For more information and to register, visit the event page.

  • 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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  • Hudson Valley Interfaith Practice Group

  • Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 02:00 PM

    We're excited to announce a new Interfaith Practice Group in the Hudson Valley. We'll gather in the Rectory behind St. John's Episcopal Church. Bring a song to share and/or one that you'd like to learn to teach! 

    For more info, please call Ana Hernandez at (914) 357-0365 and leave a message.  

    The group meets monthly on the Sunday after the full moon (mainly the 3rd Sunday of the month).

  • One-Day Workshop at Royal Lane Baptist Church

  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 09:30 AM


    Music that Makes Community is excited to make our first visit to Dallas, Texas, sharing paperless music and leadership practices before the Annual Conference of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada!

    We'll gather at Royal Lane Baptist Church to explore the basics of paperless (oral/aural tradition) music-making, share songs to enrich and strengthen your community, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy. Ana Hernández, Donald Schell, and Paul Vasile will lead morning prayer, participatory learning sessions, and small group breakout sessions. 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. You can see the schedule for the day here

    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: $75
    Duo Registration Fee: $130 (two individuals)

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

    Register HERE!

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

  • Community SING and One-Day Workshop at West Central Episcopal Mission in Spokane

  • Friday, July 19, 2019 at 06:00 PM through July 20, 2019


    Music That Makes Community is excited to spend a weekend in Spokane, sharing paperless (oral/aural tradition) music and leadership practices! West Central Episcopal Mission 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.

    We begin on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with a cookout and Intergenerational Community SING for individuals and families of all sizes and configurations. 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 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.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 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. We'll share morning prayer, participatory learning time, and reflection on paperless song forms and leadership practices. 

    Paul will also offer worship leadership at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Spokane on 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: $25
    Familty Registration Fee: $40 (two individuals)

    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 weekend's events are sponsored by The Episcopal Diocese of Spokane.

  • Music that Makes Community at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 06:00 PM through October 12, 2019


    Music that Makes Community is excited to return to Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for an intensive music workshop from October 10-12, 2019. An inspiring team of MtMC presenters will lead worship, plenaries, small groups, and reflection to help you add the valuable tool of paperless leading to your community’s singing practice. Learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can strengthen and enrich worship and community life.

    The event begins with dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday and ends with Eucharist at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The schedule offers optional evening activities to support the participation of local commuters.

    Individual Registration Rate: $375
    Duo Registration Rate: $700 (Two individuals from the same congregation/community)

    The rate covers lunch on Friday and Saturday, dinner on Thursday and Friday, as well as all workshop materials. Reduced workshop accommodation rates will be available at a nearby hotel; Airbnb options are also plentiful in the area.

    RSVP below to receive a registration link when the event is live!

    The workshop is generously supported by LSTC and discounted rates are available for students, faculty and alumni. Scholarships are also available for individuals and faith communities with limited resources and seniors. Contact Paul Vasile in the MtMC office to learn more.

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