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

Upcoming Events


    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.

  • Vancouver Mini-Workshop

  • Tuesday, August 06, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    Diocese of New Westminster in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Join members of the Vancouver Practice Group and Paul Vasile for a mini-workshop focused on Songs for Healing and Wholeness. On the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, we'll explore what we sing when life is painful, anxious, and traumatic. How can the practice of singing together help comfort and mend our communities, and even inspire us to faithful response? 

    All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP below so we know to expect you!

    This event is generously sponsored by The Anglican Diocese of New Westminster. 

  • Songs of Healing and Wholeness Workshop with Paul Vasile

  • Monday, August 19, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Join MtMC's Executive Director Paul Vasile for a mini-workshop focused on Songs for Healing and Wholeness. We'll explore what we sing when life is painful, anxious, and traumatic, and together experience how singing can comfort and mend our communities, even inspiring us to compassionate response.

    The cost of the workshop is $20 (cash or check) at the door. Please RSVP below so we know to expect you!

    Paul will share song at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Eucharist at St. Mark's Episcopal Church and at a Community SING at the Uma Center.

    This event is graciously hosted by St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

     

  • Leadership Intensive at Hope Lutheran Church

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 07:00 PM through August 23, 2019
    Hope Lutheran Church in Bozeman, MT


    Music that Makes Community is excited to visit Montana, sharing paperless (oral/aural tradition) music and leadership practices! Hope Lutheran Church in Bozeman 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 7 p.m. with an introduction to paperless music and lots of singing together. We'll continue on Saturday from 9 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. 

    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. 

    $80 for clergy (including new to ministry) 
    $60 for lay people, LPAs and retired clergy

    Participants/Congregations will be responsible for their own lodging on Thursday night.

    The event is sponsored by the Northern Rockies Institute of Theology, a continuing theological education ministry of the Montana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. NRIT exists to provide and promote lifelong learning for the people of the Montana Synod (and their neighbors), for the purpose of equipping them in their lives of ministry.

  • Singing Beloved Community in Cincinnati

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 06:00 PM through September 28, 2019

    Music that Makes Community is excited to return to Cincinnati to offer a three-day song leader training workshop! St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, Lincoln Heights and Christ Episcopal Church, Glendale partner to host this inspiring gathering centered in African and African-American musical traditions and leadership practices. The workshop also includes story sharing inspired by Becoming Beloved Community, a national effort of the Episcopal Church to respond to racial injustice and grow a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers.

    Additional events are being planned around the workshop to deepen the conversation and inspire faithful action.

    Nehemiah Luckett, Chanda Rule, Paul Vasile, and local Music that Makes Community facilitators 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 workshop begins with dinner on Wednesday evening and ends with a Lunch Eucharist on Saturday. Christ Church, Glendale will host the workshop; special evening events for the wider community will be hosted by St. Simon of Cyrene (just 2.5 miles away).

    Click here to view the workshop schedule.

    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 Rate: $250
    Congregational Registration Rate: $500 (Up to 4 individuals from the same congregation)
    Congregational Sponsor: $1,000 (Up to 8 individuals from the same congregation)

    The rate covers continental breakfast and lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, dinner on Wednesday and Thursday, and all workshop materials. 

    There are several lodging options for out-of-town guests.

    • The Glendalia is a small hotel around the corner from Christ Church, Glendaleand features 6 small apartments;
    • Hyatt Place Sharonville is 1.8 miles from Christ Church, Glendale and has single and double hotel rooms;
    • Transfiguration Convent and Spirituality Center is a little more than a mile from Christ Church, Glendale. Single rooms/shared bathrooms are available for women only because of other retreats at that time;
    • Airbnb options are also plentiful in the area.

    The workshop is generously supported by the Diocese of Southern Ohio and discounted rates are available for churches in the Diocese. Scholarships are also available for individuals and faith communities with limited resources, as well as seniors. Contact Jane Gerdsen in the Diocesan office to learn more.

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

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 02:00 PM through October 12, 2019

    Music that Makes Community is excited to return to Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for an intensive workshop from October 10-12, 2019. Conie Borchardt, Paul Vasile, and Scott Weidler 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 at 2 p.m. on Thursday and ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The schedule offers optional evening activities to support the participation of local commuters, including a Community SING on Thursday evening and Dances of Universal Peace on Friday evening. Click here to view the workshop schedule.

    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 Rate: $350
    Duo Registration Rate: $650 (Two individuals from the same congregation/community)

    The rate covers continental breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, dinner on Thursday and Friday, and all workshop materials. 

    Use the discount code CGLSMU to recieve a discounted nightly rate of $169 at La Quinta Inn & Suites, just a short walk from the seminary. Free parking and breakfast are included. Airbnb options are also plentiful in the area. Please note, this is the weekend of the Chicago Marathon (on Sunday) and lodging options will fill up quickly. The hotel will release unbooked rooms in this block by August 26, 2019, so don't delay in reserving a room! 

    Our workshop is generously supported by LSTC and discounted rates are available for current 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 at Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM through October 16, 2019
    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 14 and ends with lunch on Wednesday, October 16. Attendees will have the option at registration to check in early on Sunday, October 13. 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. 

    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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  • Sharing the Song with Alice Parker and Paul Vasile

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 05:00 PM through November 02, 2019
    Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO

    Sharing the Song is designed for community song leaders seeking to strengthen and refine their skills so they can encourage beautiful music-making wherever they go. We're grateful you are planning to join us!

    WHAT WILL WE DO?

    • Sing and learn together, experiencing music from a wide range of musical traditions, cultures, and styles. 
    • Under the guidance of master teacher Alice Parker, explore how song leaders lift song off the page through careful study of melody, text, musical style, and historic context.  Learn more about Alice's sessions here. 
    • Reflect on the energetic and physical dimensions of song leadership with Paul Vasile, focusing on holistic leadership practices that support dynamic communication. Learn more about Paul's sessions here. 
    • Participants will practice leading the group in song and receive feedback and coaching from Alice and Paul.
    • Build a community of practice and support, as we connect with like-minded colleagues and peers from variety of contexts and musical backgrounds. 
    • Commit to serving as community builders and teachers in our home context, creating spaces where singing together is a beautiful, inclusive, and life-giving experience for all. 

    The individual registration rate for Sharing the Song is $600 per person. This includes all workshop materials, dinner on Wednesday evening, lunch on both Thursday and Friday, as well as refreshments throughout the workshop. The registration fee does not includes transportation or lodging.

    The rate for Auditors is $450 per person. Auditors are invited to participate in learning sessions but will not have the opportunity to lead the group in song or recieve personal coaching from Alice and Paul. The rate includes all workshop materials, dinner on Wednesday evening, lunch on both Thursday and Friday, as well as refreshments throughout the workshop. The registration fee does not includes transportation or lodging.

    APPLY HERE!

    We're grateful to again be hosted by Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, just west of the city of St. Louis,  MO. We'll gather in the Werlhi Chapel at the heart of the campus, a comfortable, acoustically resonant space for singing and learning. 

    Lodging is not included in the registration fee but we have secured a discounted rate of $159/night with the Homewood Suites by Hilton® St. Louis Galleria, a 10-minute drive from the seminary. Details will be provided upon acceptance to the program. Please note: we are not responsible for lodging participants and cannot guarantee the discounted rate if you fail to reserve a room in a timely manner. 

    Several meals are covered by your registration fee, including a welcome dinner on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m., lunch on Thursday and Friday, as well as coffee, tea, water, snacks and other treats during the day. Continental breakfast is provided by the hotel.

    Participants are responsible for dinner on Thursday and Friday evening. There are excellent, eclectic dining options a short walk (5-10 minutes) from the Eden campus. A list will be provided when you arrive. 

  • One-Day Workshop at Waterville United Church of Christ

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 09:30 AM


    Music That Makes Community is excited to visit Mid Coast Maine, sharing paperless (oral/aural tradition) music and leadership practices. Waterville United Church of Christ 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.

    All are welcome to share in a day-long 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. Share in worship and participatory learning, and experience paperless songs and leadership practices you can share with your community!

    Vew the workshop schedule and register below!

    Paul will also offer musical leadership at Waterville UCC 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: $50

    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 workshop is generously sponsored by Waterville United Church of Christ. 

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