We collaborate with university and college music departments to provide their students with workshops on church music. The Center for Congregational Song provides all of the programming, two clinicians, and all materials so that the workshops are free for the students and provided at no cost to the University/College. All students that attend receive a free 1-year membership to The Hymn Society and are provided with a packet of choral anthems that lend themselves to including the congregation’s voice.
The Ambassadors Program is designed to achieve 2 primary goals:
The Ambassadors Program provides:
Megan Mash began serving as the Music Minister at Sebastian United Methodist Church in August 2010 She attended Simpson College in Indianola, IA and graduated summa cum laude earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Religion In May 2010 Megan graduated magna cum laude with a Master’s of Sacred Music with a concentration in organ from Perkins School of Theology at SMU Here she studied with Larry Palmer, David R Davidson, Julie Scott and Michael Hawn and Christopher Anderson She served as Dean of the Treasure Coast Chapter of AGO for the 2017-2018 season
Jonathan Hehn, OSL, is a musician and liturgist currently serving as Choral Program Director and Organist at the University of Notre Dame He is a brother in the Order of Saint Luke and holds degrees in music (BM, DM) from the Florida State University and theology (MSM) from the University Notre Dame Additional time was spent at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria Jonathan has won prizes in both regional and national competitions in organ performance and remains active as a performer
A scholar in the area of sacred music and liturgy as well, Jonathan has presented at both national and international conferences, and his written work has appeared in The American Organist, The Hymn, These Days, Call to Worship, Doxology, and other print and online periodicals He currently edits Sacramental Life, a quarterly theological magazine published by the Order of Saint Luke
Jonathan resides in South Bend, Indiana with his wife, three children, and dog A passionate practitioner, writer, and thinker, you can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @JonathanHehn
Slats Toole is a musician, writer, educator, preacher and theater director/sound designer based in Minneapolis, MN They are an active member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and have had formative experience in Baptist (CBF and Alliance), United Methodist, Episcopal, and Reformed churches They hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a Master of Divinity and Certificate in Theology, Women and Gender from Princeton Theological Seminary They serve on the Friends of NEXT Church team, and are the resident sound designer for the In[heir]itance Project
Slats’ Lenten poetry series has been compiled in the collection Queering Lent, and their work has also been published in “History of Hymns”, Call to Worship, Sacramental Life, and The Presbyterian Outlook They have been a featured guest artist with A Sanctified Art Slats has led workshops on expansive language and queer theology (with a particular emphasis on gender identity) throughout the United States and Canada Slats’ work centers around creating space in the church where all are welcomed, embraced, and loved
Joslyn Henderson is a full-time graduate student at Truett Seminary and Baylor School of Music, having first earned her Bachelors of Vocal Performance from Spelman College in Atlanta She is a prolific gospel singer and worship leader In addition, Joslyn is also an active member of the Waco Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
Josh Zentner-Barrett is a dedicated church musician who serves as...
Josh Zentner-Barrett is a dedicated church musician who serves as Organist & Director of Music at Kanata United Church in Ottawa, Canada He holds degrees in organ and sacred music from Wilfrid Laurier University (BMus) and Southern Methodist University (MSMus), and is an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists Josh’s work seeks to enliven the song of the congregation, with a particular commitment to global music in the context of the church community His leadership fuses ancient and modern hymnody with innovative performance techniques, and he is particularly interested in song at the intersection of cultures and faiths At the core of Josh’s teaching is a response to the call to witness, where music engages the congregation in a full experience of the sacred and bridges the gap between diverse expressions of faith
If you would like The Center for Congregational Song to come to your University or College, please contact us so we can begin the scheduling process. We currently have openings for the Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Fall 2020 Semesters.
We are grateful to our partner organization for this program, Choristers Guild.