While in residence at Valley Presbyterian Church, Paul will partner with The Rev. Jenny Warner, music staff, and congregational leadership to plan and assess worship each week; offer leadership coaching and creative resources to congregational music leaders; share in worship leadership on Sundays January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 2019; invite congregational reflection on the spirituality of singing through a weeknight or Sunday morning educational offering; facilitate a day-long worship workshop/retreat with the congregation to reflect on and articulate deeper values and priorities within the community’s worship life and engage in creative worship/liturgy planning for the Lenten season; and facilitate a congregational gathering (Sunday, February 3 after worship) where congregants share what they have noticed during the residency, holding space for communal listening, discernment, and dreaming together.
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!
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.
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
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.
Paul will join NYC-based theater director Karin Coonrod to complete an opera based on the apocryphal text Judith.
Professor Diana Henderson will host theater maker and artistic director Karin Coonrod at MIT to develop text-based theatrical works. At MIT, Coonrod will focus on crossing boundaries between the arts and humanities and working with old and new technologies and texts such as the Anglo-Saxon apocryphal companion manuscript to Beowolf, “Judith.”
“Judith” builds on Coonrod’s experience working with medieval mystery plays in Orvieto, Italy, from 2003 to 2006, which involved physical reclamation of a church tower and reinvigoration of a local performance tradition. This kind of community building and merging past and present to imagine new, more inclusive futures is at the heart of Colombari’s mission. Building on work for her play “texts and beheadings/ElizabethR” and extensive work in the Shakespeare canon, Coonrod is creating a text to be sung and spoken in Anglo-Saxon and in modern English rooted in Anglo-Saxon. Paul Vasile is composing the music for this new work, with whom Coonrod collaborated closely in the medieval mystery plays performed in Orvieto.
Paul will offer a workshop with Slats Toole entitled Sing the Circle Wider: Inclusive and Expansive Congregational Songs.
There is a growing body of congregational song inviting us to name God and God’s people in new ways. The workshop will reflect on song’s potential to include, name, and invite all to worship. We’ll explore ways sacred song can expand our language and imagery, inspiring an ever-widening understanding of the Sacred, both through what we sing and how/where/when we sing. We’ll sing music from a variety of traditions and styles and brainstorm contexts in which to use them.
Paul will join Music That Makes Community colleagues for a lively weekend of singing, learning, reflection on practices that strengthen and enrich congregational singing. We'll share a Friday evening Community SING, a Saturday workshop, and Paul will assist in worship leadership and preach on Sunday morning.
Paul will offer a summer course at the Sorrento Centre, an Anglican Retreat and Conference Centre that offers excellent, intergenerational summer programming. I'm excited to share a course entitled Songs of Transformation, Reformation, and Liberation.
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 shape congregational life, especially how we worship? In this interactive course, singers of all backgrounds and skill levels will be invited to experience music from a tapestry of cultures and musical traditions and reflect on:
- community singing as a practice that forms and transforms identity through listening and collaboration;
- holistic practices of music leadership that can help strengthen and liberate voices;
- teaching strategies useful for introducing music in worship, rehearsals, and other community contexts.
This years' Christmas Concert celebrates the prophetic voices of women woven through the story of Jesus’ birth. The Seminary Choir and guest musicians will offer texts and music written by women, including sacred songs and canticles from scripture, visions of saints and mystics, and poems by contemporary writers and activists. Join us for this annual event in the Werhli Chapel.
Jennifer Sanborn and I will offer an introduction to the work of Music That Makes Community at the AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME MISSION SOCIETIES' Space for Grace Conference in Philadelphia on November 16.
The conference features conversations with Christian leaders from across the United States and Puerto Rico about mission engagement, discipleship and church transformation in the 21st century—as well as seeking God’s leading for creating social transformation.
I'm pleased to visit Southern California to facilitate a day-long workshop focused on strategies for inspiring congregational singing. The event is sponsored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.
We'll explore leadership skills and strategies that help strengthen and inspire the singing voice of our congregations. Worship begins the day followed by sessions exploring a rich variety of repertoire (from classic hymnody to Global Song), noticing how practices of modeling and invitation help create space for holistic learning and engagement.
Session I: Imitation - Learning in Community
Session II: Invitation - Singing the Circle Wide
Session III: Integration - Worship: Where Theology and Practice Meet
$45.00 ($20 full-time students)
Join a dynamic gathering of musicians, clergy and lay people in northern New Jersey, and recharge and renew your congregational song leading skills.
Music That Makes Community is excited to offer our first Intergenerational MMC Weekend on September 21 and 22, sharing paperless music and leadership practices with families at Kirchenwald in Lebanon, PA! I'll be joined by Rebecca and Zachary Stevens-Walter (and their toddler!) to 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 faith communities.
We begin with family dinner and a Community SING on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m., sharing songs of justice, freedom and peace from many traditions, languages, and cultures.
After breakfast on Saturday, we'll explore the basics of paperless ('oral tradition') music making, share new songs to enrich and strengthen intergenerational community, and reflect on practices that encourage participatory singing within and outside worship. The relaxed but thoughtfully structured day includes large and small group learning sessions, community art making, snacks and lunch, as well as worship services modeling how intergenerational community can gather.
I'm excited to facilitate a weekend retreat at Eden Seminary where we'll explore the prophetic and poetic power of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Reflect on Revised Common Lectionary texts for the season (Year C) and gain insights that inspire compelling preaching and liturgy.
We'll sing together, experiencing how music from a breadth of traditions can enliven and enrich worship. And we'll share fellowship and meals together, building a community of mutual support.
Don't miss an opportunity to plan Advent and Christmas early in the liturgical year, and to be inspired and renewed through the process!
Eden Seminary students can also register to take the course as an IFL.
Join a dynamic gathering of musicians, clergy and lay people at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities to recharge and renew your congregational song leading. I'll be joined by MMC colleagues Conie Borchardt, John Lee, Nehemiah Luckett, and Andrea Sorum for worship, workshops, and conversation that helps you add the valuable tool of paperless song leading to your community’s singing practice.
We'll gather in the Bigelow Chapel, a beautiful interdenominational worship space, to learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can enrich and expand your congregation'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 protest music.
The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 and will end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
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 congregations with limited resources, students, and seniors.
Individual Registration Rate: $350
Group Registration Rate: $650 (Two individuals from the same congregation/community)
The rate covers lunch on Friday and Saturday, dinner on Thursday and Friday, as well as workshop materials.
The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Lutheran Summer Music, invites you to a four-day skill-strengthening gathering for church musicians at Valparaiso University from Monday, July 23 to Thursday, July 26, 2018.
This gathering aims to provide a rich variety of access points to effective music ministry with emphases on practical skills and the convergent, multi-disciplinary concerns of the life of the church musician. Chanda Rule and I will represent Music That Makes Community, serving on a faculty team comprised of ecumenical music leaders from around North America.
I'm honored to offer the final Hymn Sing of the Hymn Society's annual conference, using music and oral tradition 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.
The festival is open to the public.
Join Music That Makes Community we share paperless music and leadership practices before the Annual Conference of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada!
We'll gather on the campus of Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO to explore the basics of paperless music, learn new songs to enrich and strengthen your community, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy.
Individual Registration Fee: $80
Duo Registration Fee: $140 (two individuals from the same congregation/community)
Refreshments, a light lunch, and workshop materials are included.
Full and partial scholarships are available to Authorized Ministers in the United Church of Christ. Discounts and scholarship are also available to students, seminarians, seniors, and congregations with limited financial resources.
The workshop is generously sponsored by The Brown Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.