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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Introduction Video

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,

and supporting hymn/song-writers.

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Our upcoming events

Centered in Song – Washington D.C.

April 07, 2018 945 G St NW
Washington DC, DC 20001 United States

Join us for a day of workshops on congregational song that will run concurrently with a children’s choir festival! This celebratory event will include an information session about the new Center for Congregational Song, a children’s choir master-class with composer and master conductor John Horman, and a session on children and hymns with children’s choir

Centered in Song – Ottawa

April 28, 2018 33 Leacock Dr.
Kanata, ON K2K 2B9 Canada

Early plans on being made for this event where we’ll learn about The Center for Congregational Song, hear from some of North America’s top song-leaders, and sing together with a closing hymn festival. Check back soon for updates on speakers and breakout session topics. Email ccs@thehymnsociety.org for more information. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Hymn Society Conference

July 15, 2018 1 Brookings Dr
St. Louis, MO 63130 United States

The Hymn Society’s Annual Conference is the premier conference focusing exclusively on congregational song in the U.S. and Canada. Each year it features top scholars from the U.S. and Canada as well as other international guests for plenary addresses, 5 hymn festivals planned and led by internationally recognized song-leaders, and over 30 breakout sessions on

A Cappella Sunday

March 10, 2019

Click Here For The 2019 A Cappella Resource Guide What: A Cappella Sunday is when worshiping communities across the United States 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,

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