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19th of May 2021

Covid & Congregational Song – Update May 20, 2021

The CDC released updated guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals late last week (Thursday, May 13th, 2021). Below are the links to the newest information we’re aware of, screenshots from a CDC graphic that is included with their recent update, and then our renewed recommendations concerning congregational singing.   RECENT CDC UPDATE LINKS When You’ve Been […]


19th of April 2021

COVID-19 NFHS Study Update

As of today (April 19th, 2021), we have some important updates on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and congregational singing. Many of you will be aware that a large number of public education organizations have been sponsoring a scientific study out of the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Maryland. That […]


8th of March 2021

Covid Updates – Congregational Song

This page will be updated regularly as a count-down to when singing together is safe again based on current recommendations from the CDC and other public health institutions.   Total US Population Vaccination Percentage   Safe Congregational Singing: National Threshold = 70% to 85% of population fully vaccinated Current National Vaccination Rate = 47.6% (as […]


1st of March 2021

Ambassadors Program Applications Now Open

Become a Center for Congregational Song Ambassador Applications are now being accepted for the next class of Deborah Carlton Loftis Ambassadors. Ambassador Programs are free church music workshops for students at universities, colleges, seminaries and/or online groups on behalf of The Center for Congregational Song (CCS). The workshops are ideally free and open to the […]


22nd of January 2021

Accompaniment Tracks for Lent 2021

Introduction We know that planning worship during the global pandemic has not been easy. With all of the added stress, new skills (audio/video editing!!!), and constant curveballs, we know that you’re probably tired. With Easter just around the corner and plans being made, we hope that these accompaniment tracks will ease your burden a bit, […]


27th of December 2020

USCCB Committee On Doctrine Publishes Hymnology Document

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine recently wrote and distributed a document to their bishops, priests, and music ministers entitled “Catholic Hymnody At the Service of the Church: An Aid for Evaluating Hymn Lyrics”. While the document was referenced in a recent article by catholicnewsagency.com, it was not made publicly available […]


12th of October 2020

Free Christmas Resource Now Available

The Center for Congregational Song, in collaboration with Worship Design Studios and Marcia McFee, has just released a free resource for Advent & Christmas called “Park, Porch, and Sidewalk Sings.” This resource is an effort to equip people to sing this winter safely and with a new spirit. The resource includes 10 accompaniment tracks, a […]


8th of September 2020

Free Webinar Series Announced

**For Immediate Release**   Free Webinar Series   The Center for Congregational Song Ambassadors will be offering a free webinar series starting this month. Webinar topics will include: “Breaking Through The Traditional/Contemporary Divide” “The Hymnal Anthem Book” “Sing Praise At Any Moment: Paperless Music 101” “Black Hymnody Matters: The Music of Charles A. Tindley, C.P. […]


18th of August 2020

COVID-19 & Singing – An Update Based on Current Research

INTRODUCTION There are currently research teams across the world working on identifying how COVID-19 spreads and how to best protect the population from contracting the virus. Two ongoing studies are particularly focusing on music-making, which is what we will reference in this summary article. Before continuing, a few important considerations: The author of this article […]


9th of June 2020

Guia sobre la adoración durante la pandemia

Hemos elaborado un documento para ayudar a las iglesias a volver a celebrar juntos nuevamente. Haga clic aquí para descargar el documento.   El canto y la música La música es un regalo de Dios a toda la creación. Es un medio por el cual nos unimos a Dios y a nuestro prójimo, y conecta […]