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Monday, July 6
Tuesday, July 7
Wednesday, July 8
Thursday, July 9
Friday,July 10
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Monday, July 6

1:30 pm

Convening, Celebrating, and Learning
Plenum: Progressing the Reform
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Interest Section & Division Meetings
5:15 - 6:00 pm
Youth Gathering I
5:15 pm
Picnic at Lyons Square
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Evening Events 01
9:00-10:00 pm
Evening Events 02
10:00 pm - 12:00 am
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening, Late Night Expo

Convention Opening

CALLED: Convening, Celebrating, and Learning
1:30 - 3:30 PM

We gather as the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. We are welcomed to this Thirty-Eighth Annual Convention by representatives of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, by the Convention Core Committee, and by the leadership of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. We learn and celebrate our diversity in the roll call of the states and nations.

Plenum | Progressing the Reform: Less Pomp, More Prayer
Richard Fragomeni

Liturgy done well, according to our tradition, is transformative. Liturgy is not self-serving or its own end. Liturgy is an act that engages us all and sends us out attentive to the needs of all, especially the poor and the marginalized. Pope Francis offers an example of this vision that we can follow.

Rev. Richard Fragomeni is a presbyter of the Diocese of Albany, New York, and has been a faculty member of the Catholic Theological Union since 1990. He currently serves as professor of liturgy and preaching at CTU. He also serves as the rector of The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, an Italian-American spiritual center in Chicago's historic Little Italy.

Interest Section Meetings
4:00 - 5:00 PM

Gather with members and colleagues who share one of your areas of interest or experience for a conversation about ways in which NPM is addressing your concerns and how the association might serve you more effectively. Choose your interest section and plan to join in the dialogue:

African American Musicians • Asian Pacific Musicians • Campus Ministers • Cantors • Chant • Choir Directors • Clergy • Composers
Diocesan Directors of Music • Ensemble Musicians • Musicians Serving Religious Communities • Hispanic Musicians • Music Education
Musicians in the Military • Organists • Pastoral Liturgy • Pianists • Youth *

Picnic at Lyons Square
5:15 PM

Gather at Lyons Sqaure, between the DeVos Center and the Amway Grand, for our version of a "parish picnic." Enjoy fried chicken, fresh salads, desserts, beverages, and entertainment by Son de Mexico Mariachis of Holland, Michigan. Ticketed event. Enjoy your picnic for $25.00.

* Youth Gathering I

Before joining the picnic, young pastoral musicians and other leaders in high school and college will gather to learn what the convention has to offer and how it will challenge them. Join Rachelle Kramer to meet your peers in pastoral music ministry.

Evening Events One

7:00 – 8:00 pm

National Catholic Handbell Festival Performance 01-01
Directed by Philip Roberts

A highlight of any NPM convention is the concluding performance of a pre-convention festival. Join the members of this year's National Catholic Handbell Festival in a rousing massed ensemble of handbell musicians under the direction of Philip Roberts. Come and hear "the tintinnabulation that so musically wells/from the bells, bells, bells, bells" (as Poe described it) and imagine their sound in your community's worship. Generously supported by GIA Publications.

Rockin' Rosa Parks Circle 01-02
A Contemporary Music Event with Jaime Cortez and the Cortez Family Band

The 3.5-acre park, named after the civil rights heroine, is just down Monroe Avenue from the Convention Center. It was designed as a living sculpture by artist Maya Lin, who also designed the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC. This contemporary music event in and with the community at large features the talented Cortez Family Band, coordinated by Jaime Cortez. Generously sponsored by OCP. Note: This concert continues until 9:00 pm.


Evening Events Two

9:00 pm–10:00 pm

Building Up the Kingdom: A Gospel Music Concert 02-01
M. Roger Holland II and Friends

M. Roger Holland—a vibrant voice and authentic witness—will take you to church in this concert of his soul stirring music. Incorporating an eclectic fusion of styles from gospel to R & B to jazz and more, this concert is sure to ignite the fire of the Holy Spirit in your heart, inspire you to raise your voice, clap, stomp, and bring the house down.

M. Roger Holland served for twelve years as minister of music for Our Lady of Charity Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, New York, and he is currently the Minister of Worship and Christian Arts at Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens, New York and artist-in-residence at Union Theological Seminary. Generously sponsored by GIA

O Greenest Branch 02-02
The Hildegard Singers

Based in Grand Rapids, each member of The Hildegard Singers has an outstanding solo career. Linn Maxwell, Barbara McCarger, Diane Penning, and Lisa Walhout have come together to celebrate the hauntingly beautiful music of Hildegard of Bingen. Listen as they perform selections from their new recording, O Greenest Branch, featuring liturgical chants in addition to Hildegard's own compositions, including the entire opus for the Feast of St. Ursula. Additionally, hear select medieval vocal music from Spain and France plus Gregorian chant.


Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
10:00 pm –12:00 am

Gather at the Exhibit Hall for its gala opening at the end of this first convention day.Enjoy a complimentary selection of snacks plus a cash bar as you check out the incredible variety of products and services to assist your ministry. Place your first bids in the NPM Silent Auction.


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