Hymn Sing at The Annual Conference of the Hymn Society
Jul
19
10:30 AM10:30

Hymn Sing at The Annual Conference of the Hymn Society

I'm honored to offer the final Hymn Sing of the Hymn Society's annual conference, using music and leadership practices inspired by my work with Music That Makes Community. We'll gather at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri to explore the intersection of sacred song, the church, and the public square.

Then festival is open to the public. Location and time TBA. 

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NEXT Church Add-On Gathering: Manna for the People
Feb
28
to Mar 1

NEXT Church Add-On Gathering: Manna for the People

In this 24-hour addendum to NEXT Church, we will explore together how improvisation and singing open up life-giving spaces for creative engagement with our sacred texts and the gathered community. We will delve into this year’s Eastertide passages from John. These stories offer a poetic telling of the mystery of the resurrected Christ and the embodiment of the Spirit.

We will use the tools of improvisation and the practice of paperless communal singing to break open these ancient stories, bridge the gap between our understanding of the Gospel and how we are called to live it out in the world, and provide space for worship leaders to get a jump start on planning for the season of Eastertide.

We will play, we will create, and we will reflect. Come prepared for an extraordinary time of learning and integration following the experience of the NEXT Church National Gathering.

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NEXT Church Workshop
Feb
26
to Feb 28

NEXT Church Workshop

I'm excited to offer a workshop for this year's NEXT Church gathering in Baltimore, MD focused on 'Renewing the Voice and Spirit of Choirs.'

Shrinking and aging choirs have left many congregations feeling insecure, anxious and de-energized. We'll reflect on strategies to renew the voices and spirits of smaller vocal ensembles, as well as organizational models and repertoire that can help choirs connect to the mission, schedules, and needs within their community.

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THE Inspire Conference
Feb
23
to Feb 24

THE Inspire Conference

  • St. Andrew's Wesley Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Music That Makes Community is pleased to offer worship leadership and a workshop for participants at THE Inspire Conference, a two-day event focused on connections and community building for those doing ministry with children, youth, young adults, and Contemplative Justice.  

I'll join my colleague Kerri Meyer to plan and lead daily worship gatherings, and we'll share a Monday afternoon workshop exploring the basics of paperless music leadership. 

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Interim/Transitional Musician at Park Avenue Christian Church
Feb
4
to Jun 17

Interim/Transitional Musician at Park Avenue Christian Church

  • Park Avenue Christian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I'll serve as interim/transitional musician at Park Avenue Christian Church from early February until the summer, directing the choir and organizing a team of musicians to lead a multilingual, intersectional, and theologically progressive worshipping community in New York City.

The work includes: 
- bringing more consistent thematic unity and focus to worship, especially in expressions of sung prayer and praise;
- continued integration of music from varied musical traditions and styles, including African-American, African, Latinx, and other global sources;
- training and mentoring music leaders in practices that engage and strengthen congregational participation;
- continued modeling of healthy, clear communication patterns between music staff and church staff, including planning processes and procedures that help alleviate anxiety and last-minute changes.

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Paperless Music Retreat at The Bishop's Ranch
Jan
14
to Jan 17

Paperless Music Retreat at The Bishop's Ranch

Music that Makes Community returns to the beautiful Bishop's Ranch in Sonoma County, CA for our fifth workshop over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, January 14-17. The Ranch is an ideal setting to spend three restful days singing, learning, and recharging for the year to come while enjoying the temperate climate of Northern California. 

I'll join Kerri Meyer and Donald Schell to lead worship, plenaries, and conversations that help participants add the valuable tool of paperless song leading to their community’s singing practice. 

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Workshop and Hymn Sing: Songs of Transformation, Reformation, and Liberation
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop and Hymn Sing: Songs of Transformation, Reformation, and Liberation

  • First Presbyterian Church of Essex Junction (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This year we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. As we look to songs of the past and music of today, what do they have to teach us about the power of music to liberate and transform our congregational life, especially our worship?

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Consultant at Westminster Presbyterian Church
Aug
30
to Nov 19

Consultant at Westminster Presbyterian Church

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I'll join a team of consultants from The Vandersall Collective to help the congregation notice ways Christ might be moving the congregation forward. I will help: 

• Facilitate a process of reflection, discernment and action; 
• Engage in and teach the spiritual practice of noticing; 
• Conduct a music and worship audit and assist in the upcoming search for a new musical leader. 

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Artist-in-Residence at Kirkwood United Church of Christ
Aug
20
to Nov 26

Artist-in-Residence at Kirkwood United Church of Christ

  • Kirkwood United Church of Christ (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I've been invited to journey alongside the congregation of Kirkwood United Church of Christ during their Pastor's sabbatical. During my visits twice a month we'll explore the spiritual practice of singing, experiencing new music and leadership practices. And we'll reflect together on what we're noticing, paying attention to the movement of Spirit in our midst. 

I will offer a choir retreat an dthis month that will be an opportunity for all of us to enjoy fellowship and music. Please save the dates on your calendar and details will be forthcoming.

Choir Retreat – Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Congregational Workshop: Sing God a New Song – Saturday, September 30 from 4–8 p.m.

Congregation Reflection Session - Sunday, November 12 from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

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Overnight Retreat & Paperless Music Workshop in Albuquerque, NM
Jun
16
to Jun 17

Overnight Retreat & Paperless Music Workshop in Albuquerque, NM

I'll join presenters Sylvia Miller-Mutia, David Poole, and Donald Schell for an overnight retreat and one-day paperless music workshop at Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey. Explore the basics of paperless music, learn new songs to enrich your community's worship life, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy.

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NEXT Church Workshop: Paperless Music - A Strategy for Enriching and Enlivening Worship
Mar
14
1:30 AM01:30

NEXT Church Workshop: Paperless Music - A Strategy for Enriching and Enlivening Worship

Explore the ancient and new practice of paperless music leadership, sharing songs as people did before music or words were written down. Experience how singing without hymnals or screens invites group learning, deepens connection to others, and helps us rediscover our innate musicality. Notice how singing by ear and by heart strengthens our ability to sing together with paper, and can become a powerful tool to empower and awaken congregational voices.

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NEXT Church Workshop: Sing God a New Song
Mar
13
10:30 AM10:30

NEXT Church Workshop: Sing God a New Song

Experience music that will expand and enrich your congregation’s repertoire of sung prayer and praise, including music from the Global Church, Jazz, Gospel, and newly written material with inclusive and expansive language for God. Leave with music samples, a bibliography, and practical guidance for introducing and incorporating new music into liturgy.

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Performances with The San Francisco Girl's Chorus
Feb
25
to Feb 27

Performances with The San Francisco Girl's Chorus

I'm excited for another collaboration with the San Francisco Girl's Chorus, serving as organist for two concerts focused on music for the Lenten season. Repertoire includes Mendelssohn’s epic “Three Motets,” Poulenc’s serene “Litanies a la Vierge Noire” and psalm settings by Brahms, Grieg, Arvo Pärt and others. 

Saturday,  February 25, 8:00 pm
Mission Dolores, San Francisco

Sunday, February 26, 4:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Oakland

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