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    Winter Retreat at Ghost Ranch

  • Friday, January 31, 2020 at 06:00 PM through February 02, 2020
    Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM


    Share a weekend of singing, worship, and learning in community with Sylvia Miller-Mutia, David Poole, and Paul Vasile. Together we’ll explore the ancient and new practice of paperless (oral/aural tradition) music leadership, sharing songs as people did before music or words were written down.

    – Learn leadership skills and strategies for sharing paperless songs in your community;
    – Build a repertoire of songs that can be led with groups of varied ages and musical experiences;
    – Worship and reflect in community, deepening into spaces of listening and
    – 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.

    Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. We'll begin on Friday evening and conclude with a Sunday morning Eucharist. Lunch on Sunday is not included in the registration fee, but guests may purchase an additional meal ticket if they wish to stay for lunch.

    Registration Fees: 
    Ghost Ranch offers rustic lodging accommodations that are reflective of its origins as a working ranch. Our rooms are basic – no frills – which allows you to focus on the natural beauty of the land and to delve fully into your workshop subject matter. While basic, our rooms are clean and comfortable and offer breathtaking views of the colorful vistas, sandstone cliffs, cottonwoods and distant mountains. At this time, daily maid service is not available. Click here to view lodging descriptions.

    All Inclusive, Double Occupancy with Private Bath: $580.00
    All Inclusive, Double Occupancy with Shared Bath: $544.00
    All Inclusive, Double Occupancy with Communal Bath: $345.00

    Commuter: $265.00

    REGISTER HERE!

    Air Travel and Shuttle 
    Ghost Ranch approximately 1.5 hours from Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF). 

    Transportation is offered from Santa Fe to Ghost Ranch for guests who are registered for a Ghost Ranch workshop or retreat. Shuttle service is provided only on the day of arrival, the first afternoon of the program week and on the day of departure, the last day of the program. Getting to Santa Fe from Albuquerque by shuttle.


    Music That Makes Community is a non-profit organization working with ecumenical communities and leaders to empower and liberate ommunities’ spiritual life through singing. For over twelve years we have developed and shared music leadership practices grounded in a theology of welcome and generosity for the benefit of musicians, clergy, and lay leaders throughout the United States and Canada. Our hope is that Music That Makes Community offerings supplement and enhance what congregations already do, offering repertoire and leadership skills that support vibrant, communal music making. Watch this short video to learn about the unique work we're doing around the United States and Canada.

  • Eastern MA (Boston Metro) Practice Group

  • Wednesday, February 05, 2020 at 07:00 PM

     

    From L-R: Christiana Dutton, Rev. Nancy Wilbanks, Ken Livak, Fiona Vidal-White and Andrew Heintz.

    Interested singers in the area are welcome to join us the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Please come if you love to sing in a group in unison or improvised harmony, without printed words or music. Feel free to bring a song to teach.

    For more information contact organizer Fiona Vidal-White.

  • Community Song Circle at Eden Seminary

  • Monday, February 10, 2020 at 05:45 PM
    Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO

    Join St. Louis-area singers for a Sacred Song Circle in the Werhli Chapel of Eden Theological Seminary. We'll gather two Mondays this winter to share song, practice our song leading skills, and hold supportive space for learning and discovery.  

    The circle is organized by members of the seminary community and everyone is welcome, from everywhere, and from any tradition or any place on the journey. There's no need to “know how to sing.”

    RSVP below to let us know you're coming!

    Directions: The Werhli Chapel is in Press Hall. Look for the building with the distinctive tall tower in the middle. There is parking on both sides of the building. Visitor parking is on the east side and is accessible from both Lockwood Avenue and Bompart Avenue. Handicap access is available through the main doors in the front of the building, under the tower. There is an elevator available on the first floor to the second floor, which is where Wehrli Chapel is located.

  • Vancouver Sacred Song Circle

  • Sunday, February 23, 2020 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!”

  • MMC Residency at Luther College

  • Friday, February 28, 2020 at 06:00 PM through February 29, 2020
    Luther College in Decorah, IA

    Music that Makes Community is excited to be in residence at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa this winter, sharing the ancient and new practice of paperless song leadership. Conie Borchardt, Monica Onyedika, and Paul Vasile will create a space for experiential learning where participants:

    • sing aural/oral tradition songs from diverse cultures, musical backgrounds, and faith expressions;
    • explore leadership skills that empower you to share song in your context;
    • worship and reflect together, deepening into spaces of listening and empathy;
    • experience how the energy we create through singing affects our human lives, with a specific focus on its role in worship and faith formation in the Christian and other traditions.

    You’re welcome to join us throughout the weekend. All events will be held at Luther College, 700 College Drive in Decorah, IA.

    Music that Makes Community is a non-profit that 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.


    Friday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m. - MORNING WORSHIP
    Chapel Center for Faith and Life

    Join the campus community for a brief worship service without paper. Experience how paperless singing can support our prayer and praise.


    Friday, February 28 - MINI-WORKSHOP for Luther Students
    Location and time TBD

    We’ll explore the basics of paperless singing in an intensive workshop geared specifically for Luther students. Sing with others and explore your innate leadership skills in a supportive, gracious space we will make together.

    FREE to Luther students, faculty, and staff.


    Friday, February 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. - COMMUNITY SING and Potluck
    Shirley Baker Commons

    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 are not alone. The potluck begins at 6 p.m. and the Community SING at 7 p.m.

    FREE; please bring a dish to share or a donation to cover the cost of food

    RSVP here to let us know you’re coming (and what dish you’re planning to bring if attending the potluck).


    Saturday, February 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - ONE-DAY WORKSHOP
    Shirley Baker Commons

    Join us for a deeper dive into paperless music with a one-day 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. We'll share morning prayer, participatory learning time, and reflect on paperless song forms and leadership practices.

    Registration fees are on a sliding scale, from $35 to $100/person for the day, including lunch. We ask you to pay what is generous and affordable for you and your family, with gratitude for the time and skill of our presenters.

    Register HERE by February 21!

     

  • Eastern MA (Boston Metro) Practice Group

  • Wednesday, March 04, 2020 at 07:00 PM

     

    From L-R: Christiana Dutton, Rev. Nancy Wilbanks, Ken Livak, Fiona Vidal-White and Andrew Heintz.

    Interested singers in the area are welcome to join us the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Please come if you love to sing in a group in unison or improvised harmony, without printed words or music. Feel free to bring a song to teach.

    For more information contact organizer Fiona Vidal-White.

  • Songs and Stories of Salvation: Paperless Music for the Easter Vigil

  • Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    Trinity Episcopal Church in Haverhill, MA

    We're excited to join the Lower Merrimack Valley Collective for an intergenerational workshop exploring the practice of paperless (aural/oral tradition) singing, basic leadership skills in this style, and modeling how paperless music can be integrated into scripture reading and storytelling. Zachary Stephens-Walter and Paul Vasile will lead the group in participatory learning, and present paperless songs and leadership practices you can share in your community.

    We'll begin with a community lunch and spend an energizing afternoon of singing and learning. View the schedule and REGISTER HERE!

    Paul and Zachary will also offer musical leadership at congregations within the Lower Merrimack Valley Collective on Sunday, March 8.

    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
    Free for LMVC parish members with promo code

    Meals, refreshments, and workshop materials are included in the cost. Childcare will be provided for infants and younger children; older children and young adults are warmly welcomed to sing with us. 

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

    The workshop is generously sponsored by the Lower Merrimack Valley Collective and Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

  • Chicago Area Practice Group: Northside

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 04:00 PM
    Bethany UCC in Chicago, IL

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    Join our Chicago Area Practice Group: Northside for regular gatherings at Bethany UCC. All are welcome to sing with others, learn new tunes, and strengthen your song-leading skills! 

    Contact group organizer Spencer Foon with any questions!

  • Community Song Circle at Eden Seminary

  • Monday, March 30, 2020 at 05:45 PM
    Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO

    Join St. Louis-area singers for a Sacred Song Circle in the Werhli Chapel of Eden Theological Seminary. We'll gather two Mondays this spring to share song, practice our song leading skills, and hold supportive space for learning and discovery.  

    The circle is organized by members of the seminary community and everyone is welcome, from everywhere, and from any tradition or any place on the journey. There's no need to “know how to sing.”

    RSVP below to let us know you're coming!

    Directions: The Werhli Chapel is in Press Hall. Look for the building with the distinctive tall tower in the middle. There is parking on both sides of the building. Visitor parking is on the east side and is accessible from both Lockwood Avenue and Bompart Avenue. Handicap access is available through the main doors in the front of the building, under the tower. There is an elevator available on the first floor to the second floor, which is where Wehrli Chapel is located.

  • Interfaith Paperless Music Workshop with Masterworks Chorale of Muncie, IN

  • Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 09:30 AM


    Music that Makes Community is excited to visit Indiana for a weekend of community singing with the Muncie Masterworks Chorale!

    Paul Vasile will lead an interfaith paperless music workshop on Saturday, sharing songs and leadership practices that help you add paperless (oral/aural tradition) music to your community’s singing practice. Learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless singing enhances listening, inspires collaboration, and creates connection through the deeply human act of singing. Educators, church musicians, clergy of all faith traditions, choir members, and anyone who loves to sing will find it a joyful, affirming day of learning and sharing.

    And on Saturday evening, the Masterworks Chorale performs Alice Parker's Melodious Accord cantata, and Paul will lead a Community Hymn SING on the second half of the program, inviting the audience and choir alike to raise their voices. Click here to purchase tickets for the evening performance.

    Registration Rate: Free for all. Please register in advance to let us know you'll attend.

    The workshop includes a light lunch and workshop materials. 

    The workshop is generously supported by the Masterworks Chorale, which exists to enrich our community with excellent cultural experiences through the promotion and the live performance of fine choral music.

    Music that Makes Community is a non-profit organization that encourages and supports 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.

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