Prepare the Way: Advent Planning for Small and Medium-sized Congregations
Oct
17
9:30 AM09:30

Prepare the Way: Advent Planning for Small and Medium-sized Congregations

Prepare the way, O Zion, your Christ is drawing near.
Let every hill and valley a level way appear.
— Frans M. Franzèn, 1812 (Bereden väg för Herran)

Explore the prophetic and poetic power of the Advent and Christmas seasons through music and improvisation with sacred text.

We’ll explore Revised Common Lectionary texts for the season (Year A), seeking insights that inspire compelling preaching and liturgy, focusing especially on creative possibilities for small and mid-sized churches.

We’ll sing together, experiencing how music from a breadth of traditions can enliven and enrich worship.

And we’ll create in community, sharing newly written liturgy and worship ideas with each other in a supportive space.

Cost: $50/person, $90/congregation (2-4 individuals)

A light lunch and workshop materials are included in the cost

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Community SING
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Community SING

Join Paul Vasile and local song leaders for an Intergenerational Community SING in Portland, Maine! SINGs are for individuals and families of all sizes and configurations– 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.

More details to come!

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Music that Makes Community Workshop
Nov
16
9:30 AM09:30

Music that Makes Community Workshop

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

We'll gather at First Congregational Church in Waterville, Maine 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. 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. 

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Organ Recital and Christmas Carol SING at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dec
11
2:30 PM14:30

Organ Recital and Christmas Carol SING at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I’m excited to return to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to offer a pair of recitals and Christmas Carol SINGs on the recently-restored Appleton pipe organ. Concerts on December 11 or 18 are free to the public with museum admission; the program will be identical on both days. Seating is limited, so arrive early!

Join friends and strangers for a unique experience of singing together in the spectacularly resonant acoustics of the Medieval Arms and Armor gallery.

The organ represents the oldest extant product of the renowned craftsman Thomas Appleton (1785–1872) and is an iconic part of The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments.

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Organ Recital and Christmas Carol SING at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dec
18
2:30 PM14:30

Organ Recital and Christmas Carol SING at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I’m excited to return to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to offer a pair of recitals and Christmas Carol SINGs on the recently-restored Appleton pipe organ. Concerts on December 11 or 18 are free to the public with museum admission; the program will be identical on both days. Seating is limited, so arrive early!

Join friends and strangers for a unique experience of singing together in the spectacularly resonant acoustics of the Medieval Arms and Armor gallery.

The organ represents the oldest extant product of the renowned craftsman Thomas Appleton (1785–1872) and is an iconic part of The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments.

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Residency at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church
Feb
27
to Mar 1

Residency at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church

  • St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I’ll join The Rev. Miranda Hassett, musician Deanna Clement, and the St. Dunstan’s community for a lively weekend of singing, learning, reflection on practices that strengthen and enrich congregational singing. I’ll work with the choir, offer a Friday evening Community SING, lead a Saturday workshop, and share in worship leadership on Sunday.

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Co-leader at Ring Lake Ranch
Aug
9
to Aug 15

Co-leader at Ring Lake Ranch

I’ve been invited to collaborate with The Rev. Donald Schell at Ring Lake Ranch,  a special place of refreshment and recreation set high in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming.

The beauty of the mountains with their quiet lakes, wildlife, birds and flowers beckons the soul to celebrate creation in quiet and wonder. Features of the Ranch like ancient petroglyphs, a rock labyrinth and an outdoor prayer chapel invite all guests to contemplate the divine presence in a unique setting.

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Music that Makes Community Retreat
Oct
14
to Oct 16

Music that Makes Community Retreat

  • Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.
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 am on Monday.

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Music that Makes Community Intensive at LSTC
Oct
10
to Oct 12

Music that Makes Community Intensive at LSTC

  • Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Music that Makes Community is excited to return to Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for an intensive music workshop from October 10-12, 2019. An inspiring team of MtMC presenters 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 with dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday and ends with a participant-led Eucharist at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The schedule offers optional evening activities to support the participation of local commuters.

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Singing Beloved Community
Sep
25
to Sep 29

Singing Beloved Community

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.

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Guest Lecturer and  Worship Leader at Vanderbilt Divinity School
Sep
18
9:30 AM09:30

Guest Lecturer and Worship Leader at Vanderbilt Divinity School


I'll share worship leadership at Vanderbilt Divinity School, inviting the students, faculty, and staff to spaces of learning and singing in community. 

9:30am-11am “Engaging Voices, Spoken and Sung” (Suite 119, with Worship Committee and open to the community)

11:15am-12pm Worship (The Space, Paul will lead us in music)

1:15-2:25pm “Creative Ideas for Proclaiming Sacred Texts” (G-43, Prof. Budwey’s Intro to Worship class and open to the community)

The sessions will explore the use of paperless music in worship and the varied applications of oral tradition learning and how it can be used to strengthen congregational singing and deepen into spaces of embodied, communal song (within and outside church).

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Music that Makes Community Intensive
Aug
23
to Aug 24

Music that Makes Community Intensive

Join a dynamic musical gathering at Hope Lutheran Church in Bozeman, Montana to explore 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 in worship, participatory learning time, and reflection on paperless song forms and leadership practices. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to sing and to learn.

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Guest Musician at Holden Village
Aug
11
to Aug 17

Guest Musician at Holden Village

The summer season brings a robust lineup of visiting faculty to Holden Village. Specializing in a breadth of disciplines from ecology and art to theology and social justice, formal and informal teaching sessions present diverse perspectives on our world's most pressing issues.

I'm excited to lead music and collaborate with fellow leaders and learners to make a memorable week. 

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Songs of Transformation, Reformation, and Liberation.
Jul
28
to Aug 3

Songs of Transformation, Reformation, and Liberation.

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.

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Music that Makes Community Workshop
Jul
20
9:30 AM09:30

Music that Makes Community Workshop

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'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. 

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Community SING
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Community SING

Music that Makes Community will 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.

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Music that Makes Community One-Day Workshop
Jul
13
9:30 AM09:30

Music that Makes Community One-Day Workshop

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. 

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Community SING
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Community SING

Join song leaders Paul Vasile and Kerri Meyer for an Intergenerational Community SING in the South Bay! SINGs are for individuals and families of all sizes and configurations– 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.

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Village Fire
Jun
10
to Jun 13

Village Fire

Village Fire gathers singers from the Midwest and beyond to explore the ways that singing can deepen our sense of communion with each other and deepen our sacred wonder and respect in the face of all nature. We will sing easy-to-learn, playfully challenging songs that speak to critical themes—environmental, social, interpersonal—in a way that brings joy, a sense of success, and an expression of shared meaning. 

I'm excited to serve as a song circle host, leading a singing session and collaborating with others in the community to build a space for holistic learning and connection.

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Music that Makes Community Intensive Workshop
May
30
to Jun 1

Music that Makes Community Intensive Workshop

  • United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Workshop at Diocese of Southern Ohio's Convocation: Becoming Beloved Community
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop at Diocese of Southern Ohio's Convocation: Becoming Beloved Community

I'll offer a short workshop entitled Welcoming New Songs and New Leaders into Worship. We'll share in a time of singing and reflect on how we can expand our community’s repertoire of sung praise and prayer, as well as welcome diverse gifts and voices within our parishes. Explore how singing can help us become a more just, welcoming, and loving community.

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Residency at Southminster Presbyterian Church
May
3
to May 7

Residency at Southminster Presbyterian Church

  • Southminster Presbyterian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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. 

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Music That Makes Community Workshop
Apr
27
9:30 AM09:30

Music That Makes Community Workshop

  • St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We continue on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a workshop exploring how and why we sing together, noticing the way our bodies and voices are present when we learn through modeling and generous invitation. Centered in African and African-American musical traditions, 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. Lunch, refreshments, and workshop materials are included with a registration fee of $25 per person. Scholarships are available for students, seminarians, seniors, and congregations with limited financial resources.

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Music That Makes Community Community SING
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Music That Makes Community Community SING

  • St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Music That Makes Community will return to the Cincinnati area to share paperless music and leadership practices rooted in African and African-American musical traditions! The congregation of St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church hosts this time of musical and spiritual nourishment as we join voices and hearts in song. Worship and learning will be led by myself and Nehemiah Luckett, a dynamic song leader and composer from New York City.

The first event is Friday evening at 6 p.m. with dinner and an intergenerational Community SING for individuals and families from around the neighborhood. Community SINGs are free and everyone is welcome - no musical experience is required! We'll sing Spirituals, Gospel songs, folk songs, and oral tradition music from around the world that enlivens the spirit, nourishes the soul, and reminds us we belong to each other.

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