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 – Toronto 2018

September 29, 2018 310 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, ON M4K 1N6 Canada

Invitation to Toronto Join us to learn about our ground-breaking new resource The Center for Congregational Song! You will hear from some of Toronto’s top song leaders and hymnologists and sing together in a “Big Sing,” celebrating the diversity of the church’s song. Registration Registration is free, but required so that we can make sure

Centered in Song – Brooklyn, NY

October 06, 2018 75 Hicks St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

INVITATION TO BROOKLYN The “Centered in Song” launch tour for The Center for Congregational Song is coming to Brooklyn! Join organist, composer, and master song leader Mark Miller for a day celebrating the importance and power of congregational song. There will be sessions on justice in music-making, introducing The Center for Congregational Song, and a closing


October 24, 2018 475 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119 United States

Invitation We invite you to participate in SHARING THE SONG, a workshop for song leaders excited to nurture and sustain singing in their communities. Experience three days of learning, reflection, and skill building with Alice Parker and Paul Vasile, and grow in your ability to inspire others to make beautiful music with their voices! Sharing the Song is

Veterans Day Hymn Festival

November 11, 2018 1445 N. Great Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454 United States

Invitation In collaboration with the Center for Sacred Music at Virginia Wesleyan University, we are excited to be singing together this Veterans Day. The festival, “In Times of Trouble, O God of Peace,” will include a hymn written during World War I, great hymns of the faith, and some new hymns written about God’s kingdom

Ambassadors Program – Nebraska Wesleyan

January 26, 2019 5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504 United States

Join two of our Ambassadors, Joslyn Henderson and Jonathan Hehn, as they teach a free workshop on church music. The sessions are designed for the students of the Nebraska Wesleyan, however it is free and open to the public. Come sing and learn with us!     More details to come soon.  

Our Recent News

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Relaxed and Re-tuned: Scott Chard’s album, Sanctus

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

September 10, 2018
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Music Makes Community

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

September 04, 2018
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An Incarnational Sound

Author – Adam Perez is a doctoral student in liturgical studies at Duke Divinity School.       Nevertheless, It...

August 13, 2018
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Navigating worship as Universal and Incarnational – The Worship Leader’s Challenge

Guest Blogger Tanya Riches has published a number of well-known songs through Hillsong Music Australia, including ‘Jesus What A...

August 07, 2018