Music that Makes Community XXI - Sonoma Wine Country

January 20, 2013 - 5:00pm to January 23, 2013 - 2:00pm
Bishop's Ranch Retreat and Conference Center
5797 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Music that Makes Community renews ancient ways of singing together, sharing music as people did before music or words were written. New compositions by a wide range of composers, music from the church around the world, and new ways of using traditional tunes make this practice as traditional and contemporary as music can be.

Our skilled leaders who introduce the practice will coach everyone in this way of leading music. Workshop participants from the least experienced singers to professional, trained church musicians learn together by doing. Through the practice of generous leadership, singing this way builds community and supports healthy theology, full engagement and direct interaction among all participants in liturgy. Leaders will give witness and join in conversation exploring what this music practice brings to Sunday liturgies, and smaller gatherings, and share stories of it's power for congregational transformation.  See this music being taught in video clips from previous Music that Makes Community events.

The workshops equip music directors, organists, clergy and lay leaders of the church to lead music effectively without the use of screens, hymnals or other printed materials. Learning music by ear and by heart gives singing back to congregations with very limited resources. And for those with extensive choral and instrumental music programs, it's proven an effective tool for building congregational singing, freeing voices that never sang in church and encouraging people at every level of musical literacy to sing from their natural musical competence.

All meals and housing are included in the registration fee.

This event will take place in the wine country of California at the Bishop's Ranch Retreat and Conference Center in Healdsburg, CA. Watch the sun rise and set over hills covered with live oaks and vinyards. Convenient to San Francisco, this venue provides the opportunity for a deeper connection to the spirituality of singing. Those who visit consistently rate meals at Bishop's Ranch excellent.


Matthew Burt - Parish Musician - Palo Alto, CA

Rick Fabian - Priest and Composer - All Saints Company - San Francisco

Beth Kelly - Priest - St. Andrews Episcopal Church - Fullerton, CA

Michael Kleinschmidt - Canon of Cathedral Music - Trinity Cathedral - Portland, OR

Donald Schell - President - All Saints Company - San Francisco

Scott Weidler - Program Director for Worship and Music for ELCA - Chicago


Includes three nights lodging and all meals from Sunday Dinner thru Wednesday Lunch.

$545 Before 12/20/12
$595 After 12/20/12

Or - Reserve your spot with a non-refundable deposit of $150 before 12/20/12

Add $100 for single accommodations.

For special rates for groups of 3 or more: email

Online Registration is Closed. Call Dan Burner@ 415 558-6958 to inquire.


All Saints Company heavily subsidizes our events so that we can honor the hard work and budgets of churches and communities. Your contribution will make available the participation of seminarians and others who may need to attend at reduced rates.