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,

and supporting hymn/song-writers.

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Our upcoming events

Hymn Society Conference

July 15, 2018 1 Brookings Dr
St. Louis, MO 63130 United 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, 5 hymn festivals planned and led by internationally recognized song-leaders, and over 30 breakout sessions on

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. More Toronto Information More information including the plenary speaker and other guest

Centered in Song – Brooklyn, NY

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

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 hymn festival. Come

A Cappella Sunday

March 10, 2019 501 W 5th St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 United 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,

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A Profound Silence

Author – Brian Hehn is the Director of The Center for Congregational Song and not an expert in silence…but...

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Leading Through Generational Divides

Guest Blogger Ryan Flanigan is a liturgical folks artist and church music director at All Saints Church Dallas where this story of...

May 03, 2018
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Author – Ginny Chilton Maxwell is Music Minister at Church of the Ascension in Norfolk, Virginia, where she serves...

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