Break into Song
Break into Song
Hilary Seraph Donaldson's ministry of fostering community through congregational singing.


Partnering with groups across North America to empower song leaders and build a tradition of congregational singing. 

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Music that Makes Community

As a teacher for Music That Makes Community, Hilary has joined other practitioners to empower and liberate communities’ spiritual life through singing. At workshop retreats across North America, she teaches worship leadership skills and explores 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.


Eastminster United Church

Hilary is Pastoral Musician and co-leader of the music programme at Eastminster United Church, an Affirming Congregation in the United Church of Canada located on Toronto’s vibrant Danforth, and a member of the East End United regional ministry.

The musical life of East End United is eclectic, reflecting the diversity of God’s Creation: We sing music from South America, South Africa, Southern Ontario, and more. The choir has been proud to premiere newly commissioned music from members of our own community and beyond, and serves as an ambassador to the wider community.


The Hymn Society

As a frequent workshop presenter and song leader at the Hymn Society’s annual conferences, Hilary is an advocate for the Society’s mission to strengthen congregational singing and to equip present and future song leaders. Hilary was the Programme Committee Chair for the 2017 Annual Conference, and host of the 2018 Toronto launch for the Center for Congregational Song.


Other communities

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

  • Allegheny Association of Seventh-Day Baptists, Little Genesee, NY

  • General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church, Richmond, VA

  • Summer Institute of Church Music, Whitby, ON

  • Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

  • Worship and Music Symposium, Concordia University, Edmonton, AB


“Hilary was able to experientially lead us to deepen our appreciation of congregational song … gently stretching our understanding of the Christian faith, to glimpse a bit of eternity amidst our gathered community.”

— Tim Bancroft, Moderator, Allegheny Association of Seventh Day Baptist Churches