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

Upcoming Events


    Music That Makes Community Intensive at The United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

  • Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 06:00 PM through June 01, 2019

    Join a dynamic musical gathering at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities to recharge and renew your community song leading skills. Presenters Conie Borchardt, John Lee, Nehemiah Luckett, Andrea Sorum, and Paul Vasile will lead plenaries, sung prayer, reflection, and small groups to help you add the valuable tool of paperless (oral tradition) song leading to your community’s singing practice.

    We'll gather on the seminary's new campus in St. Paul to learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can enrich and expand your community's repertoire of sung prayer and praise. This workshop will also have a special focus on music to sustain and support justice and resistance work. Song sharing and composition workshops will provide a space to create and share new music to sing within and beyond the walls of our faith communities.

    The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 and will end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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

    Register HERE!

    The rate covers lunch on Friday and Saturday, dinner on Thursday and Friday, as well as workshop materials.The workshop is generously supported by the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and a number of scholarships are available for United Seminary students, faculty and alumni. Discounted rates are also available for individuals and faith communities with limited resources, students, and seniors. Contact Paul Vasile in the MMC office to learn more. 

    In January 2019, United Theological Seminary will relocating to Saint Anthony Park and will be at 767 Eustis Street. Click here for a map and directions. For those planning to traveling from out of town, United Theological Seminary is most convenient to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP).


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  • One-Day Workshop at Royal Lane Baptist Church

  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 09:30 AM


    Music that Makes Community is excited to make our first visit to Dallas, Texas, sharing paperless music and leadership practices before the Annual Conference of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada!

    We'll gather at Royal Lane Baptist Church to explore the basics of paperless (oral/aural tradition) music-making, share songs to enrich and strengthen your community, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy. Ana Hernández, Donald Schell, and Paul Vasile will lead morning prayer, participatory learning sessions, and small group breakout sessions. 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. You can see the schedule for the day here

    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: $75
    Duo Registration Fee: $130 (two individuals)

    Meals, refreshments, and workshop materials are included in the cost.

    Register HERE!

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

  • 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. 

  • 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.

    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 all workshop materials. 

    A special hotel rate for out-of-town participants is available at La Quinta Inn & Suites, just a short walk from the seminary. 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. We strongly encourage you to not delay in booking housing once you have registered. 

    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.

    Registration and Lodging Rates will be available shortly! RSVP below to receive an email when registration goes live.

    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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