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 Workshop at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Laconia, NH

  • Friday, September 28, 2018 at 06:00 PM through September 29, 2018

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    Music That Makes Community is excited to visit the Lakes Region of New Hampshire for a weekend of joyful singing and holistic learning. Join presenters Conie Borchardt and Jorge Lockward as we explore the basics of paperless ('oral tradition') music making, learn new songs to enrich and strengthen intergenerational community, and reflect on ways to encourage participatory singing within our families and congregations. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Laconia 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.

    Conie and Jorge will help lead worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.

    Music That Makes Community is a non-profit organization 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 Registration Only (Pizza and Community SING) - Individual: $10
    Friday Registration Only (Pizza and Community SING) - Group/Family (2 adults, children or grandchildren): $15

    Friday and Saturday (Full Workshop, including dinner and lunch) - Individual: $20
    Friday and Saturday (Full Workshop, including dinner and lunch) - Group/Family (2 adults, children or grandchildren): $30

    Register HERE!

    This event is generously sponsored by a Grant for Congregational Renewal from The New England Synod of the ELCA.

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  • MMC/Story Sharing Workshop in Radford, Virginia

  • Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM
    Grace Episcopal Church in Radford, VA

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    Be with us for a daylong workshop at Grace Episcopal Church in Radford, 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 shared worship.

    We will end our day with dinner church.

    ***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 Roanoke, VA

  • Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 09:00 AM
    St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church - Roanoke

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    Be with us for a daylong workshop at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Roanoke 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 Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center

  • Sunday, October 07, 2018 at 06:00 PM through October 10, 2018

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    Join us for our third gathering of musicians, clergy and lay leaders at The Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center from October 7 to 10 to recharge and renew your congregational song leading skills. Conie Borchardt, Ana Hernández, and additional 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. And enjoy beautiful fall foliage, hearty meals, an evening sing around the campfire, and hike the wooded shores of Otter Lake.

    See photos from last year's retreat!

    The workshop begins with dinner at 6 PM on Sunday, October 7 and ends with lunch on Wednesday, October 10. Attendees will be able to check in starting at 3 PM on Sunday.

    The Conference Center is most convenient to the Manchester, New Hampshire airport (about a one hour drive) and is about two hours from Boston, MA and from Hartford, CT.

    There are three kinds of rooms available at the Conference Center. See photos of the rooms on the Conference Center website.

    Cabins: 3-4 people share a large room outfitted with twin beds and shared bathroom
    Early Bird Rate (before September 10): $475/person
    Regular Registration Rate (after September 8): $550/person

    Shared lodge: hotel-style rooms with two beds for two people to share (some are twin- and some are full-sized)
    Early Bird Rate (before September 10): $575/person
    Regular Registration Rate (after September 8): $650/person

    Single lodge: hotel-style rooms with one queen-sized bed can be reserved for a single occupant
    Early Bird Rate (before September 10): $650/person **Sold out**
    Regular Registration Rate (after September 1): $725/person **Sold out**

    We are pleased to be able to offer scholarship to seminarians, students, and congregations with limited financial resources. Contact Paul Vasile to inquire if you or your congregation qualify for assistance.

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    This event is sponsored, in part, by The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

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  • Chicago Mini-Workshop with Paul Vasile

  • Friday, October 12, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 5 rsvps

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    Join Paul Vasile for a mini-workshop in the Lincoln Square neighborhood sponsored by our new Chicago (North Side) Practice Group. We'll gather for pizza and fellowship at 7 p.m. then explore creative approaches to paperless music in liturgy, with a special focus on themes and scripture from the end of Ordinary Time into the Advent season.

    Berry United Methodist Church is close to the CTA Western Brown Line stop, and is served by the 81 (Lawrence), 49 (Western), and 49B (North Western) buses. The church offers offer bike parking immediately outside the Leavitt St. entrance. Limited parking is available on-street near the church.

    Cost: $20 (includes the cost of pizza and workshop)

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

  • Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM through October 17, 2018
    Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center

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    We're excited to gather at Cross Roads again for a three-day retreat focused on congregational song leading skills! MMC presenters Cricket Cooper, Jorge Lockward, Angela Morris, and Paul Vasile 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 15 and ends with lunch on Wednesday, October 17. Attendees will have the option at registration to check in early on Sunday, October 14. Otherwise check in begins at 9 am on Monday, October 15.

    Standard Double Occupancy: $422
    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: $372
    Bunk beds and a shared bathroom. Linens and toiletries are not provided.
    Early Check In (Sunday at 4 p.m.) +$10

    Commuter/Off-Site: $317
    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 Region 7 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

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  • 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!



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paul@musicthatmakescommunity.org
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New York, NY 10030