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

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 Workshop Join two of our Ambassadors, Joslyn Henderson and Joshua Zentner-Barrett, for a free workshop on congregational song. Date: March 19th and March 20th, 2020 Time: TBD Location: Saint Andrew’s College, 1121 College Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0W3 More details coming soon! For more information, contact Brian Hehn at brian@thehymnsociety.org  

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

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