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

Upcoming Events


    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.

  • 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!

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Singing in Community Workshop at Ghost Ranch

  • Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 05:00 PM through July 18, 2020
    Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM

    Share a joyful week of worship, singing, composing, and learning in community with Conie Borchardt, 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 mutual support;
    • Compose paperless music to share with your community; – Develop your skills through small groups and one-on-one coaching;
    • Connect with like-minded leaders and find resources for creative worship and liturgy;
    • 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;

    The first and last dates of the workshop are considered travel days.Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Ghost Ranch orientation. The workshop begins Monday morning and ends Friday evening. Check-out time is 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

    The workshop will follow a general pattern of morning workshop time (9:00 a.m. to noon) with afternoons free or with optional afternoon open studio and then additional course time in the evenings (7:00–8:30 p.m.).

    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: Communal Bath: $1,195
    All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath: $1,465.00
    All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath: $1,540.00

    Camping - No Meals: $785.00
    Camping - Meals: $990.00
    Camping w/Electricity & RV - No Meals: $850
    Camping w/Electricity & RV - Meals: $1,055.00

    Commuter: $775.00

    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 communities' spiritual life through singing. For over ten 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 MtMC 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.

  • Seminar at Ring Lake Ranch: Before Words and Beyond Words

  • Sunday, August 09, 2020 at 06:00 PM through August 15, 2020
    Ring Lake Ranch in Dubois, WY

    MMC founder Donald Schell will lead a seminar at Ring Lake Ranch this summer, joined by Paul Vasile. You're welcome to join them in this special place of refreshment and recreation set high in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming.

    Find individual and family registration rates as well as information about Ring Lake Ranch on their website

    When anyone asked jazz trumpeter Clark Terry how he made jazz, he’d respond – “Simple – you imitate, assimilate, then innovate.” So it all begins, and so we began – shared attention, communication in listening, and imitation – not just music-making, but all the improvisations of our emergent humanity. This seminar’s playful practice of improvisational song, wordless storytelling, and shared experience-and-reflection noticing and wondering will point us toward rediscovery of ourselves as persons-in-community, shared conscious mind, the image of God that Gregory of Nyssa insists belongs to all of us together in our one humanity.

    Learn more and register here!

  • Music That Makes Community at Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center

  • Monday, October 12, 2020 at 10:00 AM through October 14, 2020
    Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center

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    We're excited to gather at Cross Roads for our annual three-day retreat focused on congregational song leading skills! 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.

    Take a look at photos from last year's gathering!

    The three-day workshop begins at 10 am on Monday, October 12 and ends with lunch on Wednesday, October 14. Attendees will have the option at registration to check in early on Sunday, October 11. Otherwise check in begins at 9 a.m. on Monday.

    Standard Double Occupancy: $360
    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: $310
    Bunk beds and a shared bathroom. Linens and toiletries are not provided.
    Early Check In (Sunday at 4 p.m.) +$10

    Commuter/Off-Site: $260
    Individuals staying off site and commuting to the event. 

    Registration will be live soon. Stay tuned!

    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 the ACTS/VIM Fund of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.

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