Local Practice Groups are generally organized by participants of MMC events, to get together and practice their singing. You can use this calendar page to set up a new singing event near you, or get in touch with MMC to help you figure out the best way to organize other people in the community to form a local practice group.

Upcoming Events


    Monthly Albuquerque Song Circle

  • Tuesday, February 07, 2023 at 06:30 PM
    Location varies


    Join Sylvia Miller-Mutia, David Poole, and other lovers of singing from in and around Albuquerque, NM, for a monthly Music that Makes Community Song Circle. We sing together the first Tuesday of each month for 75 minutes, beginning at 6:30pm, with the option to gather for fellowship beforehand. We rotate locations and responsibility for "hosting" among interested participants. 

    We focus on teaching, learning, and sharing songs together in an "oral tradition" style of music-making.  We sing songs from a variety of traditions as well as songs of our own creation. We lean heavily on musical forms that lend themselves to learning by ear and singing from the heart, including: simple melodies, rounds, simple songs with layered harmonies, echo songs, and "call and response" songs.

    We take risks. We experiment. We make mistakes. We laugh. We learn. We encourage one another. We sing. We welcome you to join us! 

    Contact organizer Sylvia Miller-Mutia for more information or for the location of our next gathering!

  • Heart Songs: Lament, Longing, & Love

  • Monday, February 13, 2023 at 06:30 PM
    Zoom


    Gather for an informal singing time to re-center our hearts in community. Simple songs will be led paperlessly/taught by ear by Conie Borchardt, other song leaders, and you, if you have a song to share. Visit Conie's website for the Zoom link!

    Join us. Bring friends. (Signup for the email reminder here; select Heart Songs)

    Songs will be about the human experience and in that way, spiritual in nature, but not specifically religious. This is a space intended for self-care, however that shifts for you in every moment. 

  • Community SING in Columbus, OH

  • Friday, February 17, 2023 at 07:00 PM


    All are welcome to a free Community SING at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Columbus, OH! When we sing, we experience connection with one other and with something larger than our individual selves — whether it’s community or the sacred. Join us as we make music together using paperless songs from many musical and spiritual traditions.

    The evening of participatory singing will be led by Paul Vasile and facilitators of our paperless music workshop the following day. You're welcome to bring a song to share with the group!

  • One-Day Workshop in Columbus, OH

  • Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 09:00 AM


    Music that Makes Community is excited for a residency at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio, including a One-Day Paperless Music Workshop. We’ll gather on Saturday, February 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a renewing day of building community through singing, learning, and fellowship. During our time together we’ll: 

    • Explore a practice of paperless (oral tradition) singing leadership grounded in a spirit of welcome and generosity
    • Engage models of teaching and leading that welcome our bodies, hearts, and minds 
    • Experience music reflective of the growing diversity of our communities and celebrating our rich spiritual and liturgical traditions 
    • Build community and strengthen relationships through singing.

    Each person will leave with new music to share, as well as experiences of learning and teaching songs applicable to their context. Choir directors, clergy, cantors, lay leaders, and all who love to sing are warmly welcomed. 

    Registration:
    Thanks to the generosity of the Diocese of Southern Ohio and Saint Stephen's, the workshop is free, including workshop materials, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day. Use the Google form on the church's website to register and we'll be in touch before the workshop to check on dietary restrictions and any accessibility concerns.

    Register here!

    Please contact Paul Vasile at [email protected] or (929) 266-4662 if you have any questions. 

    COVID protocols:
    We will follow the guidelines at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in place at the time of the event and will take precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants. The room will be well-ventilated, we’ll take regular breaks, and follow the CDC's best practices for in-person gathering.

    Additional Learning Opportunities: 

    • We'll offer a Community SING at St. Stephen's on Friday, February 17 at 7 p.m. ET. This 75-minute event is free and open to all who love to sing.
    • MMC facilitators will share musical leadership at Sunday morning liturgies on February 19.
  • Heart Songs: Lament, Longing, & Love

  • Monday, February 27, 2023 at 06:30 PM
    Zoom


    Gather for an informal singing time to re-center our hearts in community. Simple songs will be led paperlessly/taught by ear by Conie Borchardt, other song leaders, and you, if you have a song to share. Visit Conie's website for the Zoom link!

    Join us. Bring friends. (Signup for the email reminder here; select Heart Songs)

    Songs will be about the human experience and in that way, spiritual in nature, but not specifically religious. This is a space intended for self-care, however that shifts for you in every moment. 

  • Monthly Albuquerque Song Circle

  • Tuesday, March 07, 2023 at 06:30 PM
    Location varies


    Join Sylvia Miller-Mutia, David Poole, and other lovers of singing from in and around Albuquerque, NM, for a monthly Music that Makes Community Song Circle. We sing together the first Tuesday of each month for 75 minutes, beginning at 6:30pm, with the option to gather for fellowship beforehand. We rotate locations and responsibility for "hosting" among interested participants. 

    We focus on teaching, learning, and sharing songs together in an "oral tradition" style of music-making.  We sing songs from a variety of traditions as well as songs of our own creation. We lean heavily on musical forms that lend themselves to learning by ear and singing from the heart, including: simple melodies, rounds, simple songs with layered harmonies, echo songs, and "call and response" songs.

    We take risks. We experiment. We make mistakes. We laugh. We learn. We encourage one another. We sing. We welcome you to join us! 

    Contact organizer Sylvia Miller-Mutia for more information or for the location of our next gathering!

  • Intergenerational Worship Webinar

  • Wednesday, March 08, 2023 at 03:00 PM
    Zoom

    Join us on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 for an Intergenerational Worship Webinar with Sarah Bentley Allred and Roberta Egli, two dynamic thought leaders who are developing and imagining creative ways to gather people of all ages to worship together. Sarah serves as the Coordinator of Pathways for Collaboration at Virginia Theological Seminary and is passionate about children’s spirituality, intergenerational worship, and small church formation. Roberta is the Executive Director of Messy Church USA, a church movement for children and adults that values and practices creativity, celebration, and hospitality.

    The 90-minute online gathering will be convened by MMC Board member Breen Sipes and Executive Director Paul Vasile, who will invite our special guests and participants to share songs and practices that engage the body, mind and spirit. Together we'll reflect on how we build congregational culture and think holistically about how we make worship a space that welcomes the voices, bodies, and experiences of all ages.

    The webinar is offered on a sliding scale, between $80 and $40. The registration fee includes a video recording and a link to songs and resources shared throughout the webinar. We ask you to pay what is generous and affordable for you, with gratitude for the time and skill of our presenters. Scholarship support is also available, if needed, so please reach out if cost will prevent your participation. 

    Register here!
  • Heart Songs: Lament, Longing, & Love

  • Monday, March 13, 2023 at 06:30 PM
    Zoom


    Gather for an informal singing time to re-center our hearts in community. Simple songs will be led paperlessly/taught by ear by Conie Borchardt, other song leaders, and you, if you have a song to share. Visit Conie's website for the Zoom link!

    Join us. Bring friends. (Signup for the email reminder here; select Heart Songs)

    Songs will be about the human experience and in that way, spiritual in nature, but not specifically religious. This is a space intended for self-care, however that shifts for you in every moment. 

  • Composing Ourselves: A Laboratory for Creating Congregational Songs

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 12:00 PM
    Zoom

    We're excited to offer another round of Composing Ourselves beginning in March 2023, with a special focus on writing congregational songs. Paul Vasile will facilitate in collaboration with special guest composers and text writers. We'll use an asynchronous structure that includes weekly video content, small group reflection spaces, and large group sharing time. 

    Check back soon for more details or email Paul to learn more!

  • Heart Songs: Lament, Longing, & Love

  • Monday, March 27, 2023 at 06:30 PM
    Zoom


    Gather for an informal singing time to re-center our hearts in community. Simple songs will be led paperlessly/taught by ear by Conie Borchardt, other song leaders, and you, if you have a song to share. Visit Conie's website for the Zoom link!

    Join us. Bring friends. (Signup for the email reminder here; select Heart Songs)

    Songs will be about the human experience and in that way, spiritual in nature, but not specifically religious. This is a space intended for self-care, however that shifts for you in every moment. 

Music that Makes Community
[email protected]
(929) 266-4662

PO Box 1031
New York, NY 10276-1031