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Thursday, July 14: T-Shirt Day
8:15 am Morning Prayer
9:00 am Plenum:Transformation through Mission/Transformación a través de la misión
10:30 am Music Industry Showcase 3
noon Pastoral Musicians’ Lunch
2:30 pm Showcase III: GIA
4:00 pm Breakout E
5:15 pm Youth Gathering 2
7:00 pm Convention Eucharist
9:00 pm A Texas Celebration!



Thursday is T-Shirt Day!

Celebrate our presence in Houston by wearing the NPM Convention T-shirt on Thursday, July 14. Purchase a T-shirt when you register, then pick up your pre-ordered T-shirt at the NPM Booth during exhibit hours. Shirts will also be for sale on-site while supplies last. $15 per shirt (S–XL); $18 (XXL–XXXL) 


Morning Prayer 8:15 am

Let all gathered into the Church from every nation, tribe, and tongue magnify the Lord in one great canticle of praise!

9:00 am
Plenum | Transformation through Mission/Transformación a través de la misión

Dr. Carolyn Woo



As a Pilgrim people, we are on the journey to incarnate the presence of God in us. How does this transformation inform our worship and our mission.

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Prior to CRS, Carolyn served from 1997 to 2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business; and prior to that Dr. Woo served as associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue University.


Music Industry Showcase 3
10:30–11:30 am

S3-01 Playing and Singing as the Beloved of God: Make Music with The Emmaus Center
David Haas
Come and explore new music (with free samples!) to serve the sung prayer of the Church, with David Haas and friends. Emmaus Center/ Music Ministry Alive!

S3-02 Children’s Choir Music and Resources Plus a Few Mixed Voice Anthems
Jim Rindelaub
Find your children's, youth and mixed voice choir anthems for the year at this reading session. New rehearsal resources including curriculum and musicals highlighted. Choristers Guild.

S3-03 Take Your Liturgy to the Next Level with the Music of Joe Mattingly and the Newman Singers
Joe Mattingly
Energize your liturgy with the music of Joe Mattingly and the Newman Singers, new music, The Art of the Psalm, The Mass of Kindly Light, On That Holy Mountain, and many more!

S3-04 Requiem for the Innocents with Franciscan Ministry of Peace
Louis Canter
Come, experience a work that reflects the cry of Rachel and the loss of children, to the reflections of women who had abortions, to the hope of reconciliation.

S3-05 An Easier Way to Schedule Ministry with Ministry Scheduler Pro
Patricia Such
Learn how to leverage technology to get more people involved in ministry, reduce no-shows, and free up your staff’s time to focus on liturgy.

S3-06 The Bees Are Back with Marklin Candle
Martin Marklin
Learn about the meaning of the Exsultet, the candle it praises, and the creature it honors. This lively presentation will brighten your appreciation of Easter and deepen your respect for bees.

S3-07 Sing of God’s Mercy with Lumen Christi Ministry
Terry Piontkowski
Each liturgy is a new celebration of God’s gift. Come and sing the beautiful liturgical music you have been looking for but haven’t been able to find. A gift certificate will be raffled off at each showcase.

S3-08 New Choral Music from Hope Publishing Company
Jane Holstein
Join us for an exhilarating session of singing sacred anthems for choirs of all sizes: two part, SAB, and SATB. A complimentary packet will be provided!

S3-09 New Mass Settings for the Singing Assembly with International Liturgy Publications
Vincent Ambrosetti and Friends
Discover the Mass settings that will keep your assembly and choir singing throughout the seasons. Choral packet provided.

S3-10 Combine Bells and Organ with The Verdin Co.
Duane “Dewey” Kuhn
Technology of today provides the ability to combine traditional cast bell sounds with MIDI-equipped pipe or digital organ consoles.

S3-11 New Music for the Parish Choir with MorningStar Music
John Romeri
MorningStar presents new music for the church year. Selections will represent a variety of styles, voicings, instrumentations, and difficulty levels.

S3-12 Music for Advanced Choirs with ECS Publishing
Mark Lawson
Experience music for the intermediate to advanced choir from this leading publisher of classical repertoire.

S3-13 Five Compelling Ways To Get More Out of Your iPhone/iPad in Your Music Ministry with Digital Hermosa
Peter Brockmann
That picture-taking, text-messaging, phone-answering, internet-searching instrument can be a real boon to your music ministry. Explore the options.

S3-14 2016 New Choral Music for the Liturgical Year with Concordia Publishing House
David Johnson
Find out what’s new from a publisher of choral music with a proven—and highly praised—track record.

S3-15 Celebrate, Remember/Celebrar, Recordar Bilingual using Psallite with Liturgical Press
Paul Inwood
Refresh your parish repertoire for weddings and funerals with bilingual music from Psallite! Come and experience additional bilingual music that Psallite has to offer.

S3-16 Year A Psalms and Celebrations with Songs in His Presence
Jane Terwilliger, Amy Righi & Friends
Distinctive, lyrical settings of liturgical texts featuring Psalms in His Presence three-year-cycle collection. Antiphons, Masses, titles for funerals and weddings. Refreshing and reverent. Music sampler.

S3-17 New Choral Music for Liturgical Choirs: Fred Bock Music Company
Christopher Walker
Chris Walker leads a showcase of new choral music for your church choir.

S3-18 The Grateful Life with Cards by Anne
Anne Kertz Kernion
A life of gratitude is full of joy, benefiting our physical, psychological, and spiritual health. Come, explore simple ways to enhance the blessing of gratitude.

S3-19 Music from the Royal School of Church Music
Bert Landman
Come, sing through a selection of some of the best titles from The Royal School of Church Music.

S3-20 A Music Sampler with Walton Music
Michael Silhavy
In 2012, GIA Publications acquired the legendary Walton Music. We are now happy to introduce this new line of high quality music to you.


Pastoral Musicians Luncheon
noon - 1:30 pm

Gather. Remember. Give Thanks. These elements of our Eucharist shape our daily lives and our convention. Gather at this special meal to remember, honor, and give thanks for outstanding leaders and generous scholarship donations.
• The Jubilate Deo Award will be presented to Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo
• The Pastoral Musician of the Year Award will be given to Jaime Cortez
• NPM Awards will include DMMD Member of the Year, Chapter and Chapter Leader, and others
• Scholarships for academic pastoral music studies and program participation will be announced and presented
All this at a festive lunch! Sign up for the luncheon on the Registration Form.
Pre-registration required. Fee: $30.

2:30 pm


Sing with GIA composers and friends from across the nation. Together we will explore a variety of GIA’s newest liturgical music, anthems, and ritual music with the best choir in the country—YOU!

Breakout E
4:00 - 5:00 PM

E-01 Lectionary Anthem Project: Lent and Easter Year A, Part Two
Tim Dyksinski
We will sing through anthems and motets in a variety of styles. This session will include music for Lent and Easter as well as music for Ordinary time.


E-02 Red, Black, Green, and Catholic
Donna Toliver Grimes
From 1565, when Spain established a military outpost at St. Augustine in present-day Florida, people of African descent have been in the United States and in the Catholic Church. We have come this far by faith: Share what we’ve learned on the journey and how we blend our African, African American, and Catholic heritage today.


E-03 Inculturation: How to Maintain Unity in a Diverse Parish
Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP
How do multiple cultures get along within one parish? Mixing bowl? Seven-layer salad? Separate shifts worshiping apart from each other and using the church’s facilities in turn? Look for the best ways to be different and yet together.


E-04 If You Want Cultural Diversity, Take a Look at Los Angeles!
Chris de Silva
This workshop explores the planning and preparation of intercultural liturgies reflective of the many ethnic communities of Los Angeles. Join Chris as he celebrates culture and sings of the church of diverse beauty.

de Silva

E-05 Mercy in Worship, Word and Music
Michael Joncas/Tony Alonso/Marty Haugen
Supporting Pope Francis’ call for a “Jubilee Year of Mercy,” this workshop will explore issues such as: 1) the biblical meaning(s) of mercy, especially in the Psalms; 2) mercy in the life of Jesus; 3) mercy in the texts and actions of Roman Rite worship; 4) the music of mercy in psalmody and hymnody. 

Joncas Alonso Haugen

E-06 Reverse Thinking: Implementing the Joy of the Gospel
John Angotti
If we keep doing things the way we always have, we will only get the results that we always have. Something more is required. Come and explore how to rethink, reimagine, and renew what the liturgy is and can be (while still being licit) so that our prayer becomes relevant to all and we become renewed in the mission of Jesus.


E-07 Choir/Ensemble: Techniques to Improve Singing as a Group
Estella García López
Come and explore ideas and tips on how to get a good singing sound when working with contemporary ensembles.


E-08 The Cantor Animates the Assembly, Part 1: Eye Contact, Facial Expression, and the importance of rehearsing/knowing your music
Dan Girardot
If you’re glad to be performing this ministry, inform your face and the rest of your body! Being a cantor is an incarnate ministry, and we need to know how best to use our whole selves in this ministry. Part 1 of 2.


E-09 The Liturgical Toolbox
Rachelle Kramer
Do you lead or help select music for your community’s liturgies? Learn the important church documents that should guide your informed choices when planning worship. Practical application and current experiences will be shared.


E-10 NPM Listens: African American Interest Section
Valerie Lee-Jeter
Let the dialogue be open! The best way to an answer is through an open exchange of ideas. How can NPM best serve the needs of the African American Interest Section in today’s Church? Come share your stories and ideas.


E-11 Spirituality: Seeing the Divine in Yourself and Others
Mark Hayes
Discover more fully that image of the Divine that lives in each one of us through guided meditation, experimental exercises, and music.


E-12 Youth: Rockin’ the Classics
Chris Estrella
The repertoire of sacred music has a value in every generation. Go in-depth with several music examples and voices to show how this treasury can be incorporated into today’s liturgy in a balance with recently composed songs to make one, whole, multi-generational voice raise by the people of the Book and the Table.


E-13 Organ Certification—NPM and AGO
Preston Dibble
Certification is a wonderful tool to help us in our ministry as organists. AGO and NPM offer 5 different different certificates. Learn about them and how to achieve success.


E-14 Creative Ringing in Worship
Philip Roberts
Explore new and exciting methods of implementing handbells and hand chimes into meaningful and enriching worship.


E-15 Music for Weddings/Music for Funerals
Alan Hommerding
In light of the new English translation of the Rite of Matrimony, how should we enrich or revise our wedding repertoire? What should we offer families and communities to encourage singing the threefold funeral liturgy?



Convention Eucharist
7:00 PM

We gather to celebrate the Sacrament of Sacraments, foundation of our life of worship, and the greatest act of evangelization we have.
“Who will teach me what is most pleasing to God, that I may do it?”
~Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Celebrant and homilist: Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo


Multicultural Intensive

Houston is a city of diversity. NPM and the Houston Core committee committed from the beginning not to ignore the diversity, but to embrace it. The Multicultural Intensive that begins this evening is about our Mission to foster the art of musical liturgy in the United States. We welcome those who are joining us tonight, and wish them the best as they spend the next days in song, praying and learning. Full Convention Registrants may add this Intensive on the registration form. Bienvenida! Chào mừng!.



A Texas Celebration!
9:00 PM

One, holy, catholic, apostolic – we’ve studied it, we’ve prayed it … now, let’s CELEBRATE it!

It’s time to put on your boots and join us at a local church for a multicultural celebration with true ethnic foods prepared by NPM members. No “Convention Center” tacos here, folks!

In true NPM Koinōnia and Texas spirit we will festively share the ethnic foods, music, and entertainment that Houston hospitality provides. Make new friends, catch up with acquaintances made over the past 40 years, eat, drink, dance to a different drummer tonight!

Sign up for the Texas Celebration on the registration form (includes transportation and freshly prepared local ethnic foods). A cash bar will be available. Fee: $20.


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