Hilary has planned and led workshops,
worship services, plays, workshops, and hymn festivals
in churches and at conferences across North America.


"During our associational gathering, Hilary piqued the interest and obtained the respect of both those with a simple interest in congregational singing, as well as those with diverse theological perspectives (...) Hilary was able to experientially lead us to deepen our appreciation of congregational song … gently stretching our understanding of the Christian faith [in order to] glimpse a bit of eternity amidst our gathered community." - Tim Bancroft, Moderator, Allegheny Association of Seventh Day Baptist Churches

Selected Past Events

Song Teacher, Music that Makes Community

Hilary joined other skilled congregational song teachers such as Donald Schell, Marilyn Haskel, and Debbie Lou Ludolph in a three-day retreat exploring paperless song leading hosted by Music that Makes Community. These weekends were a wonderful way to gain music and worship leadership skills and explore song leading and writing in a supportive, relaxing environment, and  in a style that is fresh and engaging to people of all ages and levels of musical experience. 
St. Paul University, Ottawa

Presenter, Worship and Music Symposium

Hilary served as a teacher and presenter at Concordia's 2015 Worship and Music Symposium. The weekend featured lots of singing and learning about enlivening congregational song, as well as a lively hymn festival based on Hilary's free online web video series, Break into Song.
Concordia University College, Edmonton

Hymn Festival presenter: Woven of Vibrant Strands: A Hymn Festival of Emerging Song

In 2014, Hilary led this afternoon of song modelled after the closing hymn festival of the 2013 Annual Conference of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada: “Tree of Life and Love: The Blossoming of Congregational Song since Vatican II”
Royal York Road United Church, Toronto

Director, Tell it By Heart: An Inside-Out Christmas Story

In 2013, Hilary wrote and directed a rollicking, reflective and music-filled play in the tradition of ancient 'mystery plays'.
Eastminster United Church, Toronto

Teacher, Enliven Global Song Leader Training

In 2013, Hilary taught song leaders how to enliven their congregation's worship. Past Enliven teachers include: Mark Bowman, DeLyn Celec, Andrew Donaldson, Dr. C. Michael Hawn, Jorge Lockward, Greg Scheer, Rev. Debra Tyree
General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church, Richmond, VA

Presenter, Hymn Festival: New Shoots and Buds

Hilary co-led a hymn festival at the 2013 conference of The Hymn Society conference “Tree of Life and Love: The Blossoming of Congregational Song since Vatican II”, with co-presenter Tony Alonso |
The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, Richmond, Virginia

Leader, Sectional Workshop: New Horizons and New Dimensions in Congregational Song

Hilary presented a sectional workshop at the 2013 conference of The Hymn Society conference “Tree of Life and Love: The Blossoming of Congregational Song since Vatican II”

Panel Discussion - The Congregational Experience: Musicians Respond

July 2013, Summer Institute of Church Music, Whitby, ON
Discussion exploring how congregational musicians respond to the divergent assumptions and experiences of worshippers. Participants: Ruth Watson Henderson, Stephanie Martin, Hilary Seraph Donaldson; Moderator: Gordon Adnams

Leader, Workshop: Cyclic Song, or, Will the Circle be Unbroken?

July 2013, Summer Institute of Church Music, Whitby, ON

Leader, Hymn Festival 

February 2013
Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society, in association with Emmanuel College
Psalmfest - Introducing the resource Psalms for All Seasons
Co-presenting with Dr. Swee Hong Lim and Becca Whitla

Leader, Worship Service and Workshop: Why must the church sing?

October 2012, Assembly Meeting, Allegheny Association of Seventh-Day Baptists, Little Genesee, New York

Worship leader: A Service of Evening Prayer in Reverence for the Earth

A Lenten service of prayer and reflection, engaging with contemporary concerns for stewardship of creation. Featuring spoken word drama, hymns ancient and modern, musical soundscapes, and melodies from contemporary Canada, the Dakota tradition, and the Iona Community.

Worship leader: All Earth is Waiting: A Family Festival of Carols /
Toda la tierra espera: un festival de canciones navideƱas para la familia

A cross-cultural celebration of Advent crafted to celebrate two congregations sharing a church building. An intergenerational, bilingual service.

Presenter: Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb: a lecture for choirs

An engaging and educational talk to enable choristers to connect with this fascinating and complex work, a beloved selection from the choral repertoire. Historical, contextual and musical analysis laced with humour and moments of wonder.