about the center
for congregational song

The Center for Congregational Song is the resource and outreach arm of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization seeking to encourage, promote, and enliven congregational singing. We are ecumenical, which means we work with folk from a variety of traditions and denominations to build deep and meaningful conversation, create useful resources, and help practitioners, poets, and composers build their skills.

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Hear from our director and some of our early supporters on what makes The Center for Congregational Song so special.

Connecting you to resources, creating meaningful conversation,

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Our upcoming events

Hymn Society Annual Conference

July 14, 2019 800 W Campbell Rd
Richardson,TX75080United States

The Hymn Society Annual Conference 2019 This year’s Annual Conference theme is “Each Breath Is Borrowed Air.” Join over 300 of the nation’s top hymn scholars, teachers, and practitioners to learn and sing together. Dallas, TX July 14-18, 2019   For more information about this amazing event, click here.    

Congregational Song Retreat

November 16, 2019 5690 Oak Leather Drive
Burke,VA22015-2236United States

Hosted by Burke Presbyterian Church in Burke, Virginia, this free half-day retreat will explore a variety of congregational song genres, delve into a theology of music-making in the church, and give people time and space to plan their Spring (Lenten and Easter) music. Join us as an individual or a team. The retreat will be

A Cappella Sunday 2020

March 01, 2020

A Cappella Sunday Hymn Suggestions YEAR A What: A Cappella Sunday is when worshiping communities from across the world commit to singing a cappella in their Sunday morning worship service. For communities where this is a new concept, it could just be one hymn, but for communities that are more comfortable singing unaccompanied, they are

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June 18, 2019
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Strong Black Lead: Power Gospel Soloists – Part I

Guest Blogger Joslyn Henderson is a full-time graduate student at Truett Seminary and Baylor School of Music, having first...

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Context Matters: A Case for “I” in Worship

Blogger David Bjorlin is a worship pastor at Resurrection Covenant Church (Chicago), a lecturer in worship at North Park...

May 30, 2019