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Pre-convention Events
Monday, July 10
Tuesday, July 11
Wednesday, July 12
Thursday, July 13
Friday, July 14
Hotel Information
Registration Information

Cincinnati, Ohio

July 10 - 14, 2017



Casting of the NPM Bell
Sunday at 4:00 pm

Verdin Bell begins the process of casting a bell for NPM. NPM leaders will drop ingots into the furnace for the pouring and casting of the bell.

NPM Bell “Break Away”

Monday at 8:00 am

Before participating in the Institutes, Master Classes, and Clinics, join the NPM President and other VIPs as they assist with breaking the mold for the specially-forged NPM Bell so that it can be cleaned and readied for the Opening Event.

New Music Review

Sponsored by the Composers Forum

A panel composed of members of the Composers Forum, coordinated by Tom Kendzia, will perform and review selected unpublished liturgical music in two sessions (B-07 and D-08). Composers submitting pieces for review should follow these guidelines:

1. Music must be unpublished and written for the liturgy.

2. The submitted composition must be legible and reduced to one or two pages—mainly refrain/verse or two or three stanzas.

3. Only one piece may be submitted per composer; any submission that contains more than one piece will not be considered.

4. The submission deadline is May 15, 2017.

5. Composers whose pieces have been selected will be notified by email by June 1, 2017. Please provide your email address.

6. Do not send recordings.

7. Do not phone or email.

8. You will be notified only if your composition has been selected.

9. Full convention registration is required.

Send submissions to: New Music Review, 962 Wayne Avenue, Suite 210, Silver Spring, MD 20910-4461.

More Prayer Possibilities

Note these additional opportunities for personal prayer and ritual participation in Cincinnati.

Sacramental Reconciliation
During the convention, priests will be available for individual sacramental reconciliation on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Times will be listed in the convention book.

Priests participating in the convention are invited to concelebrate all of the Masses onsite and at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. Visiting priests must povide a letter of good standing from their diocese or religious community.

Prayer Room
An easily accessible room will be set aside for personal prayer during the convention week


About the 2017 NPM Youth Music Ministry Institute . . .

Teri Larson and Walter Tambor are the choral directors for the NPM Youth Music Ministry Insitute (July 10–13), which replaces the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Laudate program for 2017. This Institute, coordinated by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in cooperation with NPM, gathers teen music ministers with their peers in a formational and educational experience that furthers vocational discernment, enhances the music skills of young music ministers, and engages them in NPM, its mission, and its activities. High school students in the graduating classes of 2017–2021 are invited to attend. This program will be housed at Xavier University, where many of the activities will take place. Participants will also share in in the NPM Convention. More details...

Convention Schedule

Saturday, July 8
Wednesday, July 12
7:00 am Mass Available: Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains
7:00 am “Ring the NPM Bell” Fun Run/Walk
8:30 am Morning Prayer
9:15 am Members’ Meeting and Awards
10:30 am Exhibits Open
10:45 am Breakout B
Institutes Continue
10:45 am NPM Council Meeting and Lunch
12:30 pm Lunchtime Piano Recital
12:30 pm Lunchtime Organ Recital
12:30 pm Cantor Singing Adjudications
12:30 pm Basic Organ Certificates
1:30 pm Plenum Showcase II: GIA
3:00 pm Breakout C
Institutes Continue
3:00 pm Organ Master Class (until 5:30 pm)
4:30 pm Music Industry Showcase III
4:30 pm How to Form an NPM Chapter
7:00 pm Events IV
9:00 pm Events V
10:30 pm Taizé Prayer

Thursday, July 13 - Clergy Day
8:15 am Morning Prayer
9:00 am Plenum: Union of Voices, Unity of Hearts
10:00 am Exhibits Open
10:30 am Breakout D
Institutes Continue
noon Pastoral Musicians' Luncheon
1:30 pm Plenum Showcase III: OCP
2:30 pm “Last Chance” – Exhibit Hall
3:00 pm Cantor Adjudications
3:45 pm Events VI
8:00 pm Convention Eucharist

Friday, July 14
8:15 am Morning Prayer
9:00 am Plenum: Sing as Wayfarers Do. Move, but Keep on Singing!
10:30 am Breakout E
Institutes Conclude
noon Closing and Re-Commissioning

Registration Hours

Sunday: 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
Monday: 7:00 am–3:00 pm, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am–9:00 am

Exhibit Hours

Monday: 10:00 pm – midnight
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am–6:30 pm

9:00 am Handbell Festival Begins

Sunday, July 9

9:00 am Handbell Festival Continues
4:00 pm Casting of NPM Bell
4:00 pm Registration Opens

Monday, July 10

8:00 am NPM Bell "Break Away"
8:00 am Organ Crawl (board buses at 7:30)
8:00 am Liturgical Space Tour (board buses at 7:30)
9:00 am

Pastoral Liturgy Institute Begins
Children's Choir Director Institute Begins
Master Classes and Clinics
Leadership Retreat
Young Adult Retreat

NPM Youth Music Ministry Institute

10:00 am Chapter Directors' Meeting and Lunch
10:00 am Music Industry Showcase I
noon Orientation for First-Time Attendees
noon Cantor Certification Written Tests
2:00 pm NPM Interest Section Meetings

~ Opening of the Convention ~

3:00 pm

Blessing and Ringing of the NPM Bell
Blessing of the New NPM President
Roll Call of States
Opening Procession for Mass
Plenum Eucharist: with Keynote Homily
5:00 pm College-Age Gathering I
5:00 pm Fostering the Art
7:00 pm Events I
8:30 pm Events II
10:00 pm Exhibits Opening Gala/Late-Night Expo

Tuesday, July 11 - T-Shirt Day
7:00 am Mass Available:
Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains
8:15 am Morning Prayer
9:00 am Plenum: Challenges to Unity
10:00 am Exhibits Open
10:30 am Breakout A
Institutes Continue
DMMD Institute Begins
noon Cantor Brown Bag Lunch Q & A
noon DMMD Members' Meeting
12:30 pm Lunchtime Piano Recital
12:30 pm Lunchtime Organ Recital
1:30 pm Plenum Showcase I: WLP
3:00 pm Music Industry Showcase II
3:00 pm Piano Certificates
3:00 pm Cantor Singing Adjudications
4:30 pm Plenum: Uniting the Body of Christ
5:30 pm Solemn Evening Prayer
6:30 pm Events III: A Musical Safari–Cinci Style



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