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Friday, July 18: An NPM Sampler
8:15 am Morning Prayer
9:00 –10:00 am Plenum:Inspiring Commitment to Participation
10:30 - 11:30 am Breakout F
Institutes Conclude
Plenum Colloquium
12:00 - 12:30 pm Closing and Re-commissioning
1:00 - 3:00 pm A Taste of Grand Rapids

Morning Prayer
8:15 am
"Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! / Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee."

Plenum | Inspiring Commitment to Participation in Liturgy and Life
9:00 am
Kathleen Harmon, SND de N

We are called to inspire commitment with our volunteers, growing choirs, youth, and other ministers—including the assembly. Participating in Liturgy inspires commitment to Church, worship, social outreach, living our faith: evangelization, in other words. Examine what we do and why we do it to renew our own commitment.

Breakout F
10:30 - 11:30 AM

F-01 Lectionary Anthem Project Year C, Part 2
Tim Dyksinski

Anthems and Motets in a variety of styles will be sung. This session will include music for Lent, Easter, and Ordinary time.


F-02 How to Prepare the Wedding Liturgy to Change Couples and Communities into Disciples
Diana Macalintal

Will a new Marriage rite make a difference to increased divorce and fewer Catholic weddings? To change the outcome, we need to change more than the liturgy. Discover six powerful, doable steps to revolutionize how your parish prepares the wedding liturgy.


F-03 Chant 101
Lowell Davis

Liturgical chants; how a parish choir can teach new English and perennial Latin texts to unite a whole assembly, adults and children, multicultural members into one voice, one heart, one prayer.


F-04 Clergy and Musician Communication
Steven Janco

Excellent music and presiding are esential to effective liturgical celebration. Yet at times musicians and clergy seem to talk past each other. How can we foster communication that keeps theassembly's needs and solid liturgical principals front and center?


F-05 Ministry to and with Young Adults
Angela Stramaglia

Young Adult Ministry

F-06 Dialogue with the Executive Director of the BCDW
Michael Flynn

An overview of current projects and developments at the Secretariat of Divine Worship provided for all in attendance at the convention.


F-07 Conducting Technique to Manage Time and Singers
Christine Jordanoff

Enliven your rehearsal and motivate your singers! Emphasis on vocal skills.

Children’s Choir

F-08 Liturgy and the “Eighty Percent”
Michael Ruzicki

As pastoral musicians, how are we called to invite our missing (inactive / fallen away) brothers and sisters back to into the life of the Church? 


F-09 Techniques of Music Therapy for Our Elders in Prayer & Ritual
Lindsey Perrault

Using music therapy techniques in comforting our elders both in elder - care and in adapting to our prayer rituals. 


F-10 Conducting from the Organ
Lynn Trapp

A practicum for leading ensembles from the organ console.


F-11 How to Build a Congregational Repertoire
Jennifer Kerr Breedlove-Budziak

Explore long-term stategies for building a repetoire that works for your assembly. Strengthen existing repetoire, introduce new music effectivly, and plan for large parish gatherings.

Music Director

F-12 Music Ministry with the Vietnamese Comunity; Resources for Multicultural Liturgies
Rufino Zaragoza, ofm, and Paul Nguyen

As a bridge-builder between mainstream American and Vietnamese communities, what resources do you need?  This session will review a newly released document on church music from the Vietnamese Bishop’s Conference and compare/contrast with Sing to the Lord.  A bilingual (Vietnamese/English) Mass setting and other songs will be introduced as repertoire to bring your communities together.

Asian Pacific

F-13 Crafting Texts for Worship
Alan Hommerding

For those who craft words for worship; particularly sung texts. Practical techniques and excercises will be offered in this session for composers, poets and liturgists.


F-14 Cantor Techniques in Just One Session


F-15 A Plenum Colloquium: Continuing the Dialogue
Kathleen Harmon, SND de N

After the Plenum session, continue the dialogue with Sister Kathleen Harmon. Join in guided roundtable discussion with other participants and with Sister Kathleen.                     



Closing and Re-commissioning
12:00 PM

As this year's convention closes, we bless one another's ministry and commit ourselves to another year of faithful service. We ask God to lead us in the way of peace and bring us back to our homes safely and gladly.


An NPM Sampler
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians offers this special one-day program for those unable to join us for the whole convention week. Join us on Friday for a day that begins with optional early-morning Mass and includes Morning Prayer, a challenging plenum presentation by Sister Kathleen Harmon, a choice of workshops, participation in the special re-commitment to service that concludes each NPM convention week, and a chance to meet with NPM leadership and find out about the Association and its work while tasting some of the special food and drink that Grand Rapids has to offer.

This one-day special program is just $85.00 and includes the "Taste of Grand Rapids." You do not need to be an NPM member to share in this "Sampler."

If you are registered for the full convention, you are already registered for the Friday program. No additional registration or fee is required.

A Taste of Grand Rapids
1:00 - 3:00 pm

In our week together, we're in what wallethub.com has designated as one of the top "most affordable foodie cities" in the United States. And a USA Today poll named Grand Rapids the country's "best beer town." Take time for food and fellowship at the convention's close before you return home. Sample some of what the folks in Grand Rapids are pleased to brag about in the town that Lonely Planet travel publications dubbed the "number one travel destination" in the United States in 2014. If you have to run to make your flight or to get on the road, there will be "grab and go" options. Those participating in the "NPM Sampler" will receive vouchers to share in this meal.

Farewell to Grand Rapids

3:00 pm

As our tasting comes to an end, we are blessed with a song of farewell from our hosts in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.


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