If you don't see any workshops in your area, and are interested in hosting one, please contact paul@musicthatmakescommunity.org.

Upcoming Events


    MMC/Story Sharing Workshop in Norton, Virginia

  • Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM

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    Be with us for a daylong workshop at All Saints Episcopal Church in Norton, VA focusing on racial reconciliation and small parish ministry, bringing together paperless singing from Music That Makes Community and story sharing, a project of The Episcopal Church's Becoming the Beloved Community.

    The workshop is open to all - clergy, parishioners, church musicians, choir members and teachers from any denomination. We'll learn ways to share music that engage singers with varied musical experiences and training, and gain tools for sharing our stories across divisions to understand each other better. The day will include small and large group practice, lunch, and worship.

    ***While you are welcome to RSVP below, you must also REGISTER ONLINE to secure a place at the workshop***

    Registration Fee: $15 per person, $5 for students (can be waived if needed; email Melissa Hays-Smith at the address below).

  • MMC/Story Sharing Workshop in Lexington, VA

  • Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 09:00 AM
    Grace Episcopal Church

    Be with us for a daylong workshop at Grace Episcopal Church in Lexington, VA focusing on racial reconciliation and small parish ministry, bringing together paperless singing from Music That Makes Community and story sharing, a project of The Episcopal Church's Becoming the Beloved Community.

    The workshop is open to all - clergy, parishioners, church musicians, choir members and teachers from any denomination. We'll learn ways to share music that engage non-singers, and tools for sharing our stories across divisions to understand each other better. The day will include small and large group practice, lunch and shared worship.

    We will begin our day with a sung Eucharist - you are warmly invited to join that service as you are able, but if you have commitments at your own church, join us for workshops as soon as you are able to arrive.


    ***While you are welcome to RSVP below, you must also REGISTER ONLINE to secure a place at the workshop***

    Registration Fee: $15 per person, $5 for students (can be waived if needed; email Melissa Hays-Smith at the address below).

  • 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!



  • 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.



                                                            

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paul@musicthatmakescommunity.org
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