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


8:15 am





Celebrate the ministry of pastoral musicians and the work of NPM by joining your colleagues and friends for a breakfast celebration.

  • The Jubilate Deo Award will be presented to Paul Westermeyer
  • The Pastoral Musician of the Year Award will be given to Rory Cooney
  • NPM Awards will include DMMD Member of the Year and other honors
  • Scholarships for pastoral music studies totaling more than $30,000 will be announced and presented.
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast and celebrate excellence and service in our association! Sign up for the breakfast on the Registration Form. Pre-registration required, Fee: $25.

Morning Prayer
10:00 am

“Cry out with joy to the Lord all the earth!” (Psalm 100)

Plenum Address 10:45 - 11:45 AM
Vatican II and Church as Bearer of Good News
Honora Werner, OP

Vatican II gave us an image and a mandate for being Church. Original excitement over that vision has given way in recent years to tension over interpreting what Vatican II means. With advanced degrees in music, scripture, theology, and preaching, Sister Honora Werner, OP takes a clear-eyed look at what the Council says about who we are as a Christian people and as leaders of worship, especially in the documents Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes. How does the unfolding of the Council’s mandate call us to be bearers of the Good News of the Gospel?



Lunchtime Organ Recital 12:15 - 12:45 pm

Organist: Andrew J. Peters


Cantor Certificate On-Site Singing Adjudications
NOON - 3:00 PM

This is the second session of the singing portion of the BCC, ICC, and CCC Cantor certifications that are being adjudicated during the 2014 Annual Convention.

Exhibits Open

Final Exhibits
11:45 AM - 6:00 PM

Take advantage of the outstanding variety of products and services for your ministry available in the Exhibit Hall. Today is the final day to take advantage of this wonderful resource.

OCP Showcase
In Your Choirs, Bless God (Psalm 68:27)
1:00 - 2:00 PM

Come lift your voice in prayer and praise to God. Join OCP Staff and composers as together we sing through music that will lead your communities in worship. A generous selection of music is our gift to you for attending.

Music Industry Showcase III

2:30 - 3:15 pm

S3–01 MorningStar Music for the Church
Mark Lawson, Kelly Dobbs-Mickus, and John Romeri

S3–02 You Are the Vine: Songs for People of Prayer
Feargal King and Breda Barry King (Kingsfold Music)

S3–03 Children’s Choir Music and Resources, Plus a Few Mixed Voice Best Sellers
Jim Rindelaub (Choristers Guild)

S3–04 Hope Publishing Choral Reading Session
Joel Raney and Jane Holstein

S3–05 One Heart, One Mind: Make Music with the Emmaus Center!
David Haas, Lori True, and Friends

S3–06 New Sounds & Psalms—Exciting New Music from the Newman Singers
Joe Mattingly and the Newman Singers

S3–07 The Liturgical Church and the Modern Organ
Dan Miller (Rodgers Instruments Corporation)

S3–08 Music for the More Advanced Choir
Mark Lawson and Charles Peery (ECS Publishing)

S3–09 Youth Choirs Are Invited to Sing with Pope Francis!
John Hale (Corporate Travel Service)

S3–10 Ministry Scheduling: Traditions Don’t Change. Technology Does
Maxwell Garcia (Ministry Scheduler Pro)


S3–12 Celebrating Christ in Music
Terry Piontkowski (Lumen Christi)

S3–13 Creativity and the Artist/Musician
Anne Kertz Kernion (Cards by Anne)

S3–14 The Bees Are Back
Martin Marklin (Marklin Candle Design)

S3–15 New Settings for Sung Gospels and More!
Paul Inwood (Liturgical Press)

S3–16 New Choral Music for Liturgical Choirs
Chris Walker (Fred Bock Music Companies)

S3-17 Proclaim Good News: Misa de Renovacion and other titles in both Spanish and English
David Kauffman and William Gokelman (Good for the Soul Music)

Breakout Sessions 3:45 - 5:00 pm

Scripture, Keyboard, Composer & Text Writers Institutes and Catholic Liturgical Ministry Boot Camp continue from Monday morning pre-convention sessions; however, this breakout ends at 5:15 PM for those Institutes.

E-01 Lectionary Anthem Project Year B, Part 2
Tim Dyksinski

A reading session with anthems for Advent, Christmas, and Ordinary Time that will serve and challenge your choirs!


E-02  Pastoral Musicians Claim Your Art: Tools For Better Musicianship
Kathleen DeJardin

Musicianship takes discipline and attention. Discover tools that will help you grow as musicians and claim the art that you share in your ministry.

Music Directors

E-03  Introducing Chant into the Parish Repertoire
Charles Thatcher

Tools and resources to help you introduce the singing of chant into your parish musical repertoire.


E-04  Music and the Shape of the Liturgy
Steve Janco

Reflect on how music serves and expresses the shape of the liturgy that we pray.

Liturgical Formation

E-05  Mentoring Principles and Strategies
Michael Smith

What is mentoring? How do you mentor? How do these skills apply to liturgical music ministry? These questions will be explored with much, much more.


E-06  Tools For Full, Conscious, and Active Participation by All of the Assembly
Tom Kendzia

An experienced pastoral musician and composer shares tools that will help your assembly sing the liturgy more fully.

Music Directors

E-07  Sight Singing
Jennifer Kerr Breedlove-Budziak

 Connect the dots that comprise the music on the page with your mind, your voice, and more.

Beginning Choir Directors

E-08  Working With Children: Repertoire
Lee Gwozdz

A master choral conductor shares tried and true resources for working with youth choirs of all ages.

Advanced Choir Directors

E-09  Writing Parts for Hispanic Music and Musicians
Peter Kolar

Tools to facilitate your arranging skills .

Ensemble Musicians

E-10  Organ Repertoire for the Liturgical Year
Preston Dibble

Repertoire that will help you serve your assembly throughout the entire liturgical year.


E-11  Plan, Study, Create: The Heart of a Successful Handbell Ministry
Philip Roberts

This session will focus on rehearsal planning, score study, creative beginnings and endings that engage your instrument (your body), musicality, and artistry, focusing on the aural and visual art of ringing.


E-12  Many Yet One: Expanding Our Vision and Resources for Bilingual Liturgy
Bob Hurd and Jaime Cortez

What are the theological and pastoral understandings that ground bilingual liturgy? What strategies are most useful in enabling different language groups to celebrate as one? How does one compose/choose music for these liturgies?


E-13  Spirituals in the Warp and Weave of Catholic Worship
M. Roger Holland and Kim Harris

Black Catholics and the wider Catholic community make use of spirituals as a part of Catholic liturgy. In the 1940s and again since the Second Vatican Council, composers and liturgists have used the idiom as source material for Mass settings. Composers Kim R. Harris and M. Roger Holland II propose a deeper relationship between the music and the liturgical text. Quoting the spirituals fully for the melodies of Mass settings, African-American experience in slavery and freedom is more completely expressed and honored in celebrating the Eucharistic liturgy.

Clarence Joseph Rivers

E-14  Basic Techniques: Microphone, Presence, Praying the Psalms
Olfary Gutierrez

We are how we lead. Come and explore the basics you need to lead your assembly in prayer.


E-15  Music for Processing: Entrance, Preparation, Communion Antiphons, and More
Kathleen Harmon, SND DE N

What are the options for musical choices that are part of the Introductory, Offertory, and Communion rites during the Mass? History, reasons, and options will be discussed.

Liturgy: The Rites

E-16  Feeding Our Souls to Proclaim Good News in Our Ministry
Honora Werner, OP

Whether we are presiding or preaching or involved in another form of pastoral care, we can only share what we have to give. Feed your spirit so that you contemplate the Word of God and the realities of life in ways that will help you be fed and better able to share the fruits of your contemplation.


E-17  Planning Liturgy and Music in Times of Crisis, Tragedy, and Trauma
Bryan Schamus

How can we engage the feelings and needs that accompany the experience of crisis, tragedy and trauma in our world and in our communities? How can our music and prayer help promote peace and prevent violence? While we pray that tragedy does not visit us, we take time to prepare by thinking and praying through what will help our communities pray when evil impacts our lives.  

Liturgy Planners

E-18  How Technology Helps the Music Director, Part 2: From Social Networking to Software
Joseph Balistreri

A continuation of D-18.


Youth Gathering II
Rachelle Kramer
6:00 pm –7:00 pm

For Youth Only. As the week draws to a close, gather to unpack what you’ve experienced and learned, foster the relationships that you’ve developed, and prepare to say good-bye.

DMMD Social

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Gather for light snacks, fellowship, and a cash bar with other members of the Director of Music Ministries Division. Enjoy a time of sharing with friends both new and old.


Convention Eucharist 8:00 PM

At the heart of the convention is our gathering for a festive and solemn celebration of the Eucharist.

Join the convention community as we gather around the Tables of Word and Sacrament under the leadership of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

We gather as Pope Francis reminds us in Evangelii Gaudium: “In union with Jesus, we seek what he seeks, and we love what he loves. In the end, what we are seeking is the glory of the Father; we live and act ‘for the praise of his glorious grace’ (Ephesians 1:6).”

Nourished by this union, we go forth to “Proclaim Good News” to a hungry and thirsty world.


Big Band, Cake, and Lights of the City!

Crystal Ballroom

A ticketed event with food, coffee, tea, and cash bar, at the top of the Renaissance Hotel, offering an opportunity to enjoy one another’s company. Come enjoy a slice of our own St. Louis 250th Anniversary Cake and check out the lights and sights of the city from a wonderful and unique perspective. Music, food, cake, drinks & NPM friends – a perfect evening! Sign up for “Big Band, Cake, and Lights of the City!” on the registration form. Fee: $20


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