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Pre-convention Events
Monday, July 11
Tuesday, July 12
Wednesday, July 13
Thursday, July 14
Friday,July 15
Saturday,July 16
Hotel Information
College Internships
Registration Information
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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

We are a pilgrim people, but we are also a people on mission, seeking to incarnate the presence of our loving and redeeming God. In that process, the world is transformed by the Church-on-mission, but the church is also transformed as we live that mission. How does this process of transformation involve pastoral musicians, and how is our own sense of our ministry changed by our participation in this mission?

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the offi cial 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 aff airs at Purdue University.


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.



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

S3-02 Children’s Choir Music and Resources Plus a Few Mixed Voice Anthems
Jim Rindelaub

S3-03 Take Your Liturgy to the Next Level with the Music of Joe Mattingly and the Newman Singers
Joe Mattingly

S3-04 Requiem for the Innocents with Franciscan Ministry of Peace
Louis Canter

S3-05 An Easier Way to Schedule Ministry with Ministry Scheduler Pro
Max Garcia

S3-06 The Bees Are Back with Marklin Candle
Martin Marklin

S3-07 Sing of God’s Mercy with Lumen Christi Ministry
Terry Piontkowski

S3-08 New Choral Music from Hope Publishing Company
Jane Holstein

S3-09 New Mass Settings for the Singing Assembly with International Liturgy Publications
Vincent Ambrosetti and Friends

S3-10 Combine Bells and Organ with The Verdin Co.
Duane “Dewey” Kuhn

S3-11 New Music for the Parish Choir with MorningStar Music
Mark Lawson

S3-12 Music for Advanced Choirs with ECS Publishing

S3-13 Five Compelling Ways To Get More Out of Your iPhone/iPad in Your Music Ministry with Digital Hermosa
Peter Brockmann

S3-14 2016 New Choral Music for the the Liturgical Year with Concordia Publishing House
David Johnson

S3-15 Celebrate, Remember/Celebrar, Recordar Bilingual using Psallite with Liturgical Press
Paul Inwood

S3-16 Year A Psalms and Celebrations with Songs in His Presence
Jane Terwilliger, Amy Righi & Friends

S3-17 New Choral Music for Liturgical Choirs: Fred Bock Music Company
Christopher Walker

S3-18 The Grateful Life with Cards by Anne
Anne Kertz Kernion

S3-19 Music from the Royal School of Church Music
Bert Landman

S3-20 A Music Sampler with Walton Music
Michael Silhavy

Cantor Certificates: Singing

12:00 – 3:00 pm

For details see Preconvention.

Pre-registration required; space is limited; no on-site registration. Application deadline: June 15, 2015. More information and applications for certification at the convention.

Plenum | WLP Showcase

One in Faith
2:00–3:00 pm

Join your voice with World Library Publications composers and friends to sing through a diverse selection of musical offerings that express our faith and will work for choirs of all sizes and skill levels. You are sure to find quality music in many styles that will engage and inspire your choirs, your ensembles, and the assembly! All attendees will take home a resource packet filled with full-size octavos and other great samples, as well as a copy of the brand new One in Faith hardbound hymnal from WLP. Come sing with us!

Breakout E
3:45 - 4:45 PM

E-01 Lectionary Anthem Project Year C, Part 1
Tim Dyksinski

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


E-02 Marriage at Sunday Mass: Blending Rites, Considering Options
David Anderson

Come explore and sing as we consider celebrating the Rite of Marriage at Sunday Mass.


E-03 Introducing Chant into Your Parish: The Communion Antiphon and Psalm, Part 2
Charles Thatcher

The Communion chant should express unity and show gladness of heart [GIRM 86]. Learn how good choices and sensitive singing of a variety of antiphons and psalms can achieve this goal.


E-04 Dialogue with the Executive Director of the BCDW
Michael Flynn

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


E-05 Challenges Facing Campus Ministry, Different from Parish Ministry
Angela Stramaglia

Campus Ministry

E-06 It’s Not All the Same! The Different Skills Required of Liturgical Keyboardists
Kelly Dobbs-Mickus

Liturgical keyboardists need to be skilled in several disparate areas when it comes to being an effective liturgical musician. Discover the varied aspects of "service playing" and learn steps to skill building.


E-07 Children’s Choir Basics: Techniques, Repertoire, Rehearsal
Christine Jordanoff

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

Children’s Choir

E-08 Liturgy at Multiple Sites, Closed Churches, and Ritual for Merging Communities
Gordon E. Truitt


E-09 Funeral Rites: Mourning and Celebration of Resurrection
Kathleen Harmon, SND de N

From Mourning to Resurrection: how the funeral rites, and how we celebrate them, can help those grieving move through loss to the new life promised by the Risen Christ.


E-10 Effective Organ Practice Techniques
Huw Lewis

Beginning Organist

E-11 Liturgical Moments Beyond the “Big 4” Processions
Christopher Walker

Explore the musical opportunities for involving the assembly and the choir at key liturgical moments of the mass beside the ‘big four’.

Music Director

E-12 Music to Celebrate Filipino Traditions during the Liturgical Year
Ricky Manalo, csp

This workshop examines how we could place Sunday Eucharist in dialogue with popular religious practices, without disrupting the primacy of the liturgy.

Asian Pacific

E-13 Managing a Large Music Program
Curtis Stephan

Managing the music program of a large parish is a unique challenge. Learn tips for organization, for calling forth volunteers, for scheduling and more.

Music Director

E-14 Alexander Technique for Singers
Barbara McCargar

Many vocal techniques help us to develop our abilities as singers.  Focus on sound development alone without attention to the whole body (including body balance and the breathing system) can lead to an inconsistent or unreliable vocal quality at best.  In this session, participants will be introduced to and have experiences with some of the most effective and current approaches to breathing, freeing the voice, gaining greater poise, and vocal health.


E-15 Music to Accompany Healing and Dying
Miranda Eden

Using  techniques of music therapy to encourage those facing death. 



Youth Gathering II
5:30 pm
Meet with peers and members of the NPM Youth Steering Committee to review the week, share what's been learned, look at how to take the convention home, and plan for future NPM Youth programs.

DMMD Social
6:00 PM
Relax with other members of NPM's professional division, celebrate last night's performance with the Grand Rapids Symphony, and begin to slow down as we come to the end of our convention week..


Plenum | Mass with Bishop David J. Walkowiak
8:00 PM

Led by Bishop Walkowiak, the clergy, music staff, and other ministers of the Diocese of Grand Rapids offer us the hospitality of Word and Altar in the Eucharist. "Grant, we pray, that we may be aware of [Christ's] presence among us and, in truth and charity, experience in our hearts an abundance of grace, mercy, and peace" (from Mass for a Spiritual or Pastoral Gathering).

The collection taken up at this Mass will benefit the NPM Scholarship Fund, which provides academic scholarship assistance for the education of future pastoral musicians..


NPM Cabaret at the Amway
10:00 PM

Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome . . . At the end this final full day of the convention, local NPM acts peform in a fun cabaret-style setting with hors d'oeuvres, a dessert bar, and a cash bar because, after all, "life is a cabaret!" Your hosts for the evening are Rick Hardy and Peter Maher. Sign up for the Cabaret at the Amway on the registration form. Fee: $20.


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