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
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 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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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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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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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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Music that Makes Community Intensive
Oct
10
to Oct 11

Music that Makes Community Intensive

  • 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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Music that Makes Community Intensive
Oct
14
to Oct 16

Music that Makes Community Intensive

  • 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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Community SING
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Community SING

Join Paul Vasile and local song leaders for an Intergenerational Community SING in the Portland! 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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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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NEXT Church National Gathering
Mar
11
to Mar 13

NEXT Church National Gathering

  • Seattle First Presbyterian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I’ll 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.

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Residency at MIT
Mar
1
to Mar 6

Residency at MIT

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I’ll join NYC-based theater director Karin Coonrod to complete an opera based on the apocryphal text Judith. The piece builds on our 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.

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Residency and Community Sing at St. Christopher's Church
Feb
14
to Feb 17

Residency and Community Sing at St. Christopher's Church

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

Paul will serve as a presenter for a Music That Makes Community workshop on February 16, spend an evening with the choir, serve as a Sunday morning music leader and preacher, and facilitate reflection with the congregation after worship.

For more details about the Community Sing, click here!

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Eden Seminary Christmas Concert
Dec
5
11:40 AM11:40

Eden Seminary Christmas Concert

  • Eden Seminary, Wehrli Chapel in Press Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Space for Grace 2018: Singing Together Heals the World
Nov
16
3:00 PM15:00

Space for Grace 2018: Singing Together Heals the World

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.

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ALCM Workshop in Torrance
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

ALCM Workshop in Torrance

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)

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Intergenerational MMC Weekend at Camp Kirchenwald
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Intergenerational MMC Weekend at Camp Kirchenwald

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. 

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LIFE at EDEN Advent/Christmas Planning Retreat
Sep
14
to Sep 15

LIFE at EDEN Advent/Christmas Planning Retreat

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. 

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Summer Paperless Music Intensive at United Theological Seminary
Jul
26
to Jul 28

Summer Paperless Music Intensive at United Theological Seminary

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

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.

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Hearts Hands Voices
Jul
23
to Jul 26

Hearts Hands Voices

  • Valpairaiso University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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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

  • Washington University Edison Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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One-Day Paperless Music Workshop at Eden Theological Seminary
Jul
14
9:30 AM09:30

One-Day Paperless Music Workshop at Eden Theological Seminary

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.

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