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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Connecting you to resources, creating meaningful conversation,

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Our upcoming events

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

Student & Community Workshop – Saskatoon

March 19, 2020 1121 College Drive
Saskatoon,SaskatchewanS7N 0W3Canada

Free “Big Sing” Event Join Joslyn Henderson, Joshua Zentner-Barrett and Becca Whitla for an evening of singing together. We’ll learn the stories behind songs and enjoy the beauty of singing in community. “Big Sing” Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2020 Time: 7PM to 8PM Location: Saint Andrew’s Chapel at Saint Andrew’s College, 1121 College Drive, Saskatoon,

Post-Easter Retreat 2020

April 14, 2020

A 2 day musicians’ retreat in Baltimore, Maryland Click To Register Invitation Holy Week, especially Easter Sunday, can be the most wonderful and yet exhausting time of year for church musicians and worship leaders. Taking time away to rest, reflect, and re-inspire after the intensity of that week is important. Join host Brian Hehn for

Writing the Church’s Song 2020

May 27, 2020 2209 E Grace Street
Richmond,VA23223United States

3-day workshop from May 27 to May 30, 2020 in Richmond, VA Click To Register Invitation After the busy seasons of Lent and Easter, time away to rest, reflect, and re-inspire is important. Writing the Church’s Song is a three-day writing retreat for beginner and intermediate hymn writers. Two exceptional clinicians will challenge, inspire, and

Hymn Society Conference

July 12, 2020 MOUnited 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, 4 hymn festivals planned and led by internationally recognized song-leaders, and over 40 breakout sessions on

Our Recent News

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Wandering in the Wilderness

Author – Ginny Chilton Maxwell is Music Minister at Church of the Ascension in Norfolk, Virginia, where she serves...

February 24, 2020
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Why won’t people sit through my postlude?

Guest Contributor – Hannah Cruse is the founder of The Church Musician’s Assistant. She has been working in the...

February 13, 2020
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Album Review – His Mercy Is More: The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa

The Context Matt Boswell and Matt Papa have been cowriting hymns for over a decade, and this album represents...

February 03, 2020
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Album Review – Cardiphonia, “Hollow Square Hymnal”

The Context Cardiphonia is a collaboration of artists and musicians who give their first fruits to the church.  Bruce...

January 28, 2020