OM Arts - HSI Songwriting Workshop, Recording Engineer: India

Heart Sounds International (HSI) is a ministry of OM Arts that focuses on encouraging indigenous worship around the world. As an HSI team, participants will facilitate several worship workshops to encourage the local people to worship God in indigenous styles, leading to a live concert for the community of indigenous worship.

The location is in a small town with multiple surrounding villages. Our host, based out of the town, leads evangelism teams regularly into these villages, and now there are new churches growing. The team will facilitate a workshop to include instruction on biblical theology of worship and songwriting in indigenous music styles and forms. Toward the end of the trip, the local participants will perform an outreach concert in the community, featuring local music and dance.

Dates:Sat 13 Jan 2018 – Sat 20 Jan 2018
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Cost:800 USD (participants from United States)
single people welcome married couples welcome sorry, no families sorry, no groups

Ministry Details

Prior to entering the country, the team will engage in research of the community and prepare workshop materials. Once in country, the team will facilitate the workshop sessions. The team will need to make simple recordings of new songs for the participants and videotape their dances.

Participant Profile

Ethnodoxologist: Those with experience leading a songwriting workshop are welcome to apply. Academic training in ethnomusicology or the equivalent in experience is required. 

Ethnodoxologist Trainee: Prior training and experience in ethnodoxology or ethnomusicology is required. Applicants must be flexible and able to adapt.  

Recording Engineer: Applicants should have the ability to produce a simple, demo level recording of songs composed during the workshop. They will need to have and be comfortable using a 4-channel (or more) recorder with a shotgun mic, a couple omni-directional mics, and a good dynamic mic. They should be able to adapt to whatever the needs are during the trip and be culturally sensitive to musical aesthetics that are different than their country of origin. 


Team will stay in host homes. If a hotel is preferred, that can be arranged, but extra funds would be needed.


Our local host will provide most of the team’s food. Other meals will be in area restaurants. Please advise of any dietary restrictions.


After acceptance, you will be advised as to which airport to fly into. Our host will meet the team at the airport.


The workshop location is in a small town with some access to medical care in an emergency. However, overall good health is necessary for this trip.


Visas must be applied for in advance of the trip. Please consult your local embassy.