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Pre-convention Events
Monday, July 14
Tuesday, July 15
Wednesday, July 16
Thursday, July 17
Friday,July 18
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July 14 - 18, 2014
America's Center

Proclaim Good News

We take our focus for this NPM Convention from Jesus’ description of his own ministry (Luke 4:18). Called by the Spirit, using the talents we possess, we proclaim Good News to the poor, liberty to the captives, sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed, and a year acceptable to the Lord.

We do this through the gifts we have received and developed: our love for the Church’s liturgy and the communities that gather to sing God’s praise, skills in music and pastoral preparation for worship, talents in music education, and service in preaching and presiding.

We come to St. Louis in the thirty-seventh year of such gatherings to celebrate, to learn, and to re-dedicate ourselves to our shared ministry so that the coming year—and every year in which we minister in the power of the Spirit—may be acceptable to the Lord.


If you...

  • ...are a pastoral musician who wants to gather with other people who share your ministry, come to St. Louis.
  • ...are a director of music ministries and you want to deepen your own understanding of the seasons while finding tools to pull everything together for the glory of God, come to St. Louis.
  • ...are a psalmist and cantor who wants to deepen your understanding of the Scriptures and polish your proclamation skills, come to St. Louis.
  • ...are a bishop, priest, deacon, or seminarian who wants to enrich your understanding and practice of the ars celebrandi, come to St. Louis.
  • ...are a choir director or ensemble leader who wants to improve the blending of voices to support the congregation and enrich the celebration, come to St. Louis.
  • ...are an organist or keyboardist or guitarist, or if you play another instrument looking for ways to add variety and colorful dimensions to the song of the assembly, come to St. Louis.
  • ...are a young pastoral musician who needs to learn basic skills, or to develop advanced skills, and you want to do it in a friendly and trusted environment with other young musicians, come to St. Louis.
  • ...are a music educator who recognizes that all music ministry is music education, but good music ministry needs a solid grounding in musical training, come to St. Louis.
  • ...are any of these people who needs time away in a retreat environment filled with prayer, filled with music, filled with the support of other ministers, come to St. Louis.
  • ...believe, as the bishops teach us in Sing to the Lord, that “God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song” and that “music is a way for God to lead us to the realm of higher things;” if you believe that the “Paschal hymn...leads us through the church doors to the whole world, with its joys and hopes, griefs and anxieties,” come to St. Louis.

We'll look for you in St. Louis!


Don't Miss the 2014 NPM National Convention!

• New Music and Resources

• Spiritual and Professional Renewal

• Singing and Praying

• Inspirational Events

• Workshops, Master Classes

• Gathering with colleagues and peers!


New This Year: Electronic Program Book!

We are offering you an option to help save the planet and take $20 off your registration fee! If you are one of the many who can’t go anywhere without your tablet device, and would like to download the program book before the convention, please indicate your choice on the registration form.

If you choose to go paperless, deduct $20 from your registration fees (no matter what type of registration except complimentary) and you will receive a special link to download the program book at least two weeks prior to the convention. At registration you will NOT receive a book, thus saving us the cost of printing, and you the weight of carrying it around. Go Green!


Convention Schedule

Sunday, July 13
Wednesday, July 16: Deacon Day, Youth Day, T-Shirt Day
7:00 am Daily Eucharist
8:15 am Morning Prayer
9:00 am Plenum: Embracing Good News: The Call to Conversion
10:00 am Exhibits Open
10:45 - noon Breakout C
Institutes Continue
12:30 - 1:00 pm Lunchtime Organ Recital, Christ Church
12:30 - 3:00 pm Cantor On-Site Singing Adjudications
1:30 - 2:30 pm GIA Showcase
3:00 – 5:00 pm Organist Master Class
3:15 - 4:30 pm Breakout D
3:15 - 5:15 pm Institutes Continue
4:45 - 5:45 pm How to Form a Chapter
7:00 - 8:00 pm Evening Events 05
9:00 - 10:00 pm Evening Events 06
10:00 pm Exhibits Open: Late-Night Expo II

Thursday, July 17
8:15 – 9:30 am Pastoral Musicians’ Breakfast
10:00 am Morning Prayer
10:45-11:45 am Plenum:Vatican II and the Church as Bearer of Good News
11:45 am Exhibits Open (Final Session)
12:00 - 3:00 pm Cantor On-Site Singing Adjudications
12:15 - 12:45 pm Lunchtime Organ Recital, Christ Church
1:00 - 2:00 pm OCP Showcase
2:30 - 3:15 pm Music Industry Showcase III
3:45 - 5:00 pm Breakout E
3:45 - 5:15 pm Institutes Continue
6:00 - 7:00 pm DMMD Social
6:00 - 7:00 pm Youth Gathering 2
8:00 pm Convention Eucharist
10:00 pm - 12 m Big Band, Cake, and Lights of the City!

Friday, July 18
7:00 am Daily Eucharist
8:15 am Morning Prayer
9:15 –10:30 am Breakout F
Institutes Conclude
11:15 am–12:30 pm Plenum: Go and Proclaim the Gospel of the Lord
Closing and Re-commissioning
4:00 pm–8:00 pm Registration Opens

Monday, July 14

8:00 am

Organ Crawl (board buses at 7:30)
Religious House Tour (board buses at 7:30)
Pilgrimage: Hellriegel, Duchesne (board buses at 7:30)

9:00 am–12:00 noon

Scripture Institute
Keyboard Institute

Catholic Liturgical Ministry Boot Camp
Composer and Text Writers Institute
Master Classes and Clinics
Music Education Morning
Music Ministry Leadership Retreat
Music Ministry Retreat for Youth

10:00 am–12:00 noon Chapter Directors' Leadership Retreat
10:00 - 10:45 am Music Industry Showcase I
11:00 am–12:00 noon Orientation for First-Time Attendees
noon - 1:00 pm Chapter Director Luncheon
noon - 1:00 pm Cantor Certificate Written Adjudications

~Opening of the Convention~

1:30 pm

Gathering and Annual Members’ Meeting
Plenum: Good News for a Wounded People
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Breakout A
Institutes Continue
5:30 - 6:30 pm Youth Gathering I
7:00 - 8:00 pm Evening Events 01
9:00-10:00 pm Evening Events 02
10:00 pm - 12:00 M Exhibit Hall Grand Opening: Late Night Expo I

Tuesday, July 15
7:00 am Daily Eucharist
8:15 am

Morning Prayer

9:00 am Plenum:Claim Your Art, Proclaim Good News
10:00 am Exhibits Open
10:45 am - noon Diocesan Directors of Music
Breakout B
Institutes Continue
12:30 - 1:00 pm Lunchtime Organ Recital, Christ Church
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm DMMD Members' Meeting
1:30 – 2:30 pm WLP Showcase
3:00 - 4:15 pm NPM Interest Section Meetings
4:45 - 5:30 pm Music Industry Showcase 2
7:00 - 8:00 pm Evening Events 03
9:00 - 10:00 pm Evening Events 04
10:15 pm Taizé Prayer

Convention Logo Designer: Kathy Czopek

Registration Hours

Sunday: 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
Monday: 7:30 am–1:30 pm, 3:30 pm–7:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am–5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am–9:00 am

Exhibit Hours

Monday: 10:00 pm – midnight
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, 10:00 pm – midnight
Thursday: 11:45 am–6:00 pm



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