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


October 24, 2018 475 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis,MO63119United 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,VA23454United 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,NE68504United 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.  

A Cappella Sunday

March 10, 2019 NCUnited States

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,

Writing the Church’s Song – Hymn Writing Retreat

April 25, 2019 4316 Abrams Rd.
Dallas,TX75214United States

CLICK HERE REGISTER Invitation After the busy season of Lent and all the blessings and hard work that Holy Week brings with it, time away to rest, reflect, and re-inspire is important. Writing the Church’s Song is a 3-day writing retreat for beginner and intermediate hymn writers. Two top-class clinicians will be provided, one focusing

Our Recent News

icon The Hymn Society, Director of Research, The Center for Congregational Song, Toronto

Interview with Lim Swee Hong

Introduction This episode is with composer, historian, and hymnologist Lim Swee Hong. Dr. Lim is the Deer Park Associate Professor...

October 18, 2018
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Album Review – Rend Collective, “Good News”

The Context Rend Collective, previously “Rend Collective Experiment,” hail from Northern Ireland and are known for their unique instrumentation...

October 17, 2018
icon Voices United, Ben Brody, Center for Congregational Song

Interview with Timothy Dudley Smith

Introduction This episode is the first of two interviews with Bishop Timothy Dudley Smith. The second interview will be...

October 11, 2018
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Introduction to Voices United: A Congregational Song Podcast

Introduction Welcome to our new podcast! We’re excited to launch our first season, starting with our first 2 episodes....

October 11, 2018