The bonds of our shared faith and community grow stronger when we sing together. Paperless singing is an inclusive, oral tradition practice that invites engagement of the whole person.
Because we aren’t holding paper music or looking at a screen, we can listen and connect more deeply to those around us, and we are free to embody the song and celebrate the beauty we co-create together. It not only enriches our worship, it can also nourish the spirit and strengthen our sense of belonging at meetings, youth groups, and more.
In this interactive workshop, composer and conductor Pam Blevins Hinkle will share best practices for effective facilitation of paperless singing. You will learn:
- where to find songs.
- how to prepare to teach paperless songs.
- what is needed to set the tone for effective group learning in the moment.
- tips and strategies to build confident leadership and joyous group participation.
- your diverse roles as leader, facilitator, listener, and enlivener.
- about resources, readings, and more.
Who should attend?
Anyone who is interested in leading paperless singing in their congregation is welcome, including clergy and staff as well as congregational leaders and lay members. No song-leading experience is necessary, nor is the ability to read music. Both seasoned musicians and novices will benefit from this workshop.
About the presenter
Pam Blevins Hinkle is a composer, song farmer, and choral conductor with more than 25 years of experience leading songs in congregational, college, and community settings. After completing the Community Choir Leadership Training Program of the Ubuntu Choral Network, she co-founded SongSquad, Indianapolis's only non-auditioned, paperless community choir. Since 2006, Pam has also led the Spirit & Place Festival, which builds community through collaborations among the arts, humanities, and religion.
This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Indianapolis. The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and workshop materials.
Workshops are limited to Indiana congregations.
How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."