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,

and supporting hymn/song-writers.

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Our upcoming events

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

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

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November 04, 2019

Podcast Season 3 Now Available

The third season of our podcast, Voices United: A Congregational Song Podcast, is now available. Hosted by Ben Brody,...

October 31, 2019

5 Simple Answers

Blogger Brian Hehn is the Director of The Center for Congregational Song, adjunct professor of worship at Wingate University, and Director...

October 21, 2019

Recharge Your Light

Felicia Patton is a lifelong Chicago native and worship leader at Urban Village Church. Felicia received an undergraduate degree from North Park University...

October 15, 2019