Singing to Strengthen Community

Singing to Strengthen Community

Singing to Strengthen Community

These resources are recommended by Pam Blevins Hinkle, who facilitated the workshop Singing to Strengthen Community: Paperless Singing in Worship and Beyond in April 2019. For additional resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at

Allen, Yara & Charon Hribar.  We Rise: A Movement Songbook. Pdf. National Poor People’s Campaign.
This is a free collection of old and new social justice music produced by Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. From spirituals to labor songs, from freedom songs of the civil rights movement to the music rising up from our struggles today, this compilation of movement music is meant to give people ways to join.

Betinis, Abby. Justice Choir Songbook. Minneapolis, MN: Justice Choir, 2017.
Selected from a national Call for Songs, and distributed through a Creative Commons license, this repertoire is accessible to people everywhere, including families, congregations, classrooms, and other organizations working for change. The songbook is a copy-able, digital download available for a minimal contribution

Burns, Alison, and Gitika Partington. Community Voicesworks. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015. 
Includes 43 flexible songs from simple unison to four parts, by established writers and arranges. Songs range from traditional and pop, to rounds, protest songs, and contemporary works.

Eskenazi, Kay, editor. Pass it Around: Rounds from the Soul of the World. Pass It Around!: San Francisco, CA: 2003.
This collection of rounds includes melodies from South African, Renaissance Italy, Elizabethan England, France, Germany, Israel, Blank, contemporary North America, and more.

Kramarz, Ben. A Guide to Songleading and Communal Singing. Brooklyn, NY: Tuloumne Publishing, 2016.
This book reminds us why singing is one of the most important and meaningful human activities and shows how to make memorable musical moments come alive for your camp, school, church, synagogue, or community group.

Music by Heart: Paperless Songs for Evening Worship. New York, NY: Church Publishing, 2008. 
Accessible and beautiful songs for congregations of any size, including unison, simple harmony parts, and rounds. These are specifically geared to night-time liturgies.

Rise Again Songbook. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Corporation: 2015
Words, chords, and sources to 1200 new songs for group singing, including blues, country, jazz, motown, folk, ballads, gospel, and rounds.

Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Corporation: 2005 (revised edition)
Words, chords, and sources to 1200 songs for group singing.

Weber, Sol, editor. Rounds Galore: Captivating Rounds, Old and New.  New York, NY: Astoria Press, 1994.
This collection of 340 rounds includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, Purcell, Byr, Franck, Mahler, Gilbert & Sullivan, Sally Roger, Tom Chapin, Isaac Asimov, Peter Schickele, Jan Harmon, Joanne Hammil, Elliot Z. Levine, Linda Hirschhorn, Kristin Lems and many more.

Wiedler, Scott, Robert Farlee, Mark Sperle-Weiler, editors. Singing in Community: Paperless Music for Worship. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2017.
This collection of 50+ songs invites you to reconnect with singing and leading music as generations before us have done. Before Gutenberg made it possible to “put the music in people’s hands,” congregational song and folk hymns were led without printed music. We can learn to sing in this way – a practice that seems new, but is very old.