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Monday, July 6
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Tuesday, July 7
8:00 am Mass, Msgr. Rick Hilgartner presiding
9:30 am Plenum:Raising an Echo in the Christian Heart
10:30 am Exhibits Open
10:45 - 11:45 am Breakout A: "In Conversation with..."
10:45 am - noon Institutes Continue
noon - 1:00 pm Cantor Brown Bag Q & A
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm DMMD Members' Meeting
12:30 - 1:00 pm Lunchtime Organ Recital, Christ Church
1:30 – 2:30 pm GIA Showcase
3:15 - 4:15 pm Breakout B
3:15 - 5:15 pm Institutes Continue
5:00 - 5:45 pm Music Industry Showcase 2
7:00 - 8:00 pm Evening Events 03
9:00 - 10:00 pm Evening Events 04
10:30 pm Taizé Prayer

Plenum | Mass and Breakfast
8:00 am

"Pour out on us, O Lord, we pray, a spirit of truth, understanding, and peace . . . " as we begin our first full day. Msgr. Richard Hilgartner will be the priest celebrant, and Mass will be followed by coffee and doughnuts in the DeVos Atrium.

Plenum | Raising an Echo in the Christian Heart

Music that Names, Defines, and Unites Our Human Experience
9:30 am
Rufino Zaragoza, ofm, Pedro Rubalcava, Diana Macalintal, and Barbara Tracey

Being different from one another doesn't always mean being divided, and being the same isn't a guarantee of being united. So how do we find that sacred balance between the oneness we have in Christ and the beautiful variety that we find in God's creation? Does difference play a role in our striving for unity? The beginning of Gaudium et Spes shows the way when it says that "nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo" in the hearts of those who follow Christ.

Breakout A: "In Conversation With"

10:45 am

During this hour, participants have an opportunity to meet with prepared representatives of selected interest sections. These representatives will share with the participants what their constituents—pastoral musicians, clergy, and congregations—need or want from us in order to celebrate the liturgy appropriately. They will begin a dialogue with participants about how to achieve those goals, and they will suggest resources to help us get to where we want to be. The hope is that this dialogue will develop and continue beyond the convention, moving us beyond guesswork about what "those people want" and into a genuine understanding of gifts, needs, and hopes. This breakout session will build on what we heard at the morning's plenum.







A-02 Hispanic/Latino/Latina Musicians and Communities
While preserving their own linguistic and ethnic heritage, many people are also trying to fit into the evolving (English-speaking) American culture. Edna Argüello-Hitchner.

A-03 African and African American Musicians and Communities
African immigrants and clergy are now joining and serving African American communities. Each group has its own stories and songs. Our communities struggle with various stories of oppression and freedom. Valerie-Lee Jeter.


A-04 Asian Pacific Musicians and Communities
Many of our communities have been here for a while; some are very new. Some are large enough to form their own parishes; some are smaller and don't "play well" with other ethnic groups. Maria Nieva.

A-05 Youth Musicians and Worshipers
Well, you know some of the issues. Remember: Vatican II is ancient history; these are the wired-in children of St. John Paul II and contemporary culture. Rachelle Kramer.


A-06 Young Adult Musicians and Worshipers
Single, independent, "religious" but not necessarily institutionally so, raised on "Hi, God!" and LifeTeen but looking for more. Children of St. John Paul II, making accommodations with the culture in which they were raised. Angela Stramaglia.


Lunchtime on Tuesday

Cantor Brown Bag Q & A

12:00–1:00 pm

Bring your lunch and join in a discussion of the cantor/psalmist ministry and the resources and certificates that NPM offers.

DMMD Members' Meeting
12:15–1:15 pm

Share lunch as you review the past year's work of NPM's professional pastoral musicians' division and plan for the future.

Lunchtime Organ Recital

12:30–1:00 pm

Visit beautiful St. Mark Episcopal Church for a performance by Peter Kurdziel, organist at the Basilica of St. Adalbert, Grand Rapids, on the wonderful Walker tracker organ.

Plenum | GIA Showcase
1:30–2:30 pm
Sing Joy, Sing Hope!

Join your voices with those of GIA composers and friends as we sing songs that call and challenge us to serve with joy and hope. Experience GIA's newest liturgical music with the best choir in the country—YOU!

Breakout B
3:15 - 4:15 PM

B-01 DMMD Institute Continues
Pearl Shangkuan

DMMD Institute: Rehearsal for Wednesday Night Performance with the Grand Rapids Symphony


B-02 The New Rite of Marriage: What's New & What's Not
Richard B. Hilgartner

There are new elements and new options in the Rite of Marriage, Second Edition.  There are also old elements still hidden or still waiting to be implemented fully.  We will discuss ways to celebrate Marriage that encourage the “full, conscious, and active participation” of the couple and the gathered assembly.


B-03 The Role of Chant in Parish Liturgies
Lowell Davis

New Chant psalm tones to pray Vespers and Compline in the parish setting. What an assembly can sing, hear, and pray to be united in the paschal mystery of the Holy Trinity.


B-04 Echoing Your Experience: Continuing the Conversation with the Plenum Panel
Macalintal, Zaragoza, Rubalcava, Tracey

Let’s break open Tuesday’s plenum and explore examples of how parishes heal divisions and unite as one through music, liturgy, and communal life together. We will share real stories and concrete examples that will assist and inspire you in your own communities.


B-05 The Liturgical-Pastoral-Musical Judgment: More Than a Guide for Repertoire—a Path for Charting our Minstry and Growth
David Haas

These well known judgments that continue to be a herald as a criteria for repertoire (Sing to the Lord), also provide a path for discerning our groundings as pastoral musicians.


B-06 Keyboard Praise
Elaine Rendler-McQueeney

For those who play piano, organ or both. Adapting music for piano and/or organ; accompanying worship; foundational improvisation. Participants are requested to prepare 3-4 pieces of service music they would like help with, and one more instrumental favorite to share. Also, add a selection from your dream list. Enrollment limited. Not for music majors only! 


B-07 Techniques to Produce Choral Sound & Prayer
Paul French

Discussed will be the usual suspects: breathing, diction, vowel unification, as well as myriad less obvious things that inhibit beautiful choral tone and rich prayer.


B-08 Music to Celebrate the Easter Vigil and the Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation
Jerry Galipeau

Service of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Celebration of the Sacraaments of Initiation, Liturgy of the Eucharist: what a power-packed ritual we musicians are called upon to invigorate! Discover ways to bring these ritual movements to life and draw the singing assembly into a powerful celebration of the paschal mystery.


B-09 Beyond the Singing: Are We Engaged in the Message?
Lori True

Beyond the notes and diction and the proper vocal production - how well are we communicating the meaning the meaning and prayer of the text?


B-10 Organ Repertoire for the Liturgical Year
Lynn Trapp

Select organ repertoire and resources for the organist.

Advanced Organ

B-11 Five-Year Strategy to a Fully Singing Parish
Jennifer Kerr Breedlove-Budziak

Singing assemblies aren't just built, they are grown over time; this workshop will explore a whole system approach to cultivating a strong singing parish.


B-12 Let the Church Say: Liturgical Documents on African American Worship Style
M. Roger Holland II, Kim Harris

Liturgical documents written from both within and beyond the Black Catholic community have influenced the shape of Black worship in the Roman Catholic context. In this workshop we will explore ways in which, historically and currently, these documents encourage and at times challenge key elements of African-American worship style.

African American

B-13 Composers' Forum Part 1
Tom Kendzia and Panel

See Composer's Forum


B-14 NPM Cantor Certificates: Basic, Intermediate, Colleague
Mary Lynn Pleczkowski

Everything you always wanted to know about NPM Cantor Certificates and time to practice! Come prepared to sing! More details...


B-15 Obstacles to Full, Conscious, and Active Participation
Tony Alonso

Why does the “full, conscious and active participation” envisioned by the council seem so illusive in many Roman Catholic parishes across the country? This workshop will explore a series of challenges, liturgical, pastoral and cultural, which may inhibit rather than encourage the sung prayer of the liturgical assembly.



Institutes Continue
3:15–5:15 pm
Cantor, Choir Director, DMMD Read more.

Composers' Forum

A panel of members of the Composers' Forum, coordinated by Tom Kendzia, will perform and review selected unpublished music in two sessions (B-13 and C-12). Composers submitting pieces for review should follow these guidelines:

  1. Music must be unpublished and written for the liturgy.
  2. The submitted composition must be legible and reduced to one or two pages—mainly refrain/verse or two or three stanzas.
  3. Only one piece may be submitted per composer; any submission that contains more than one piece will not be considered.
  4. The submission deadline is May 1, 2015.
  5. Composers whose pieces have been selected will be notified by email by June 1, 2015.
  6. Do not send recordings.
  7. Do not phone or e-mail.

Send submissions to: New Music Review–NPM, 962 Wayne Avenue, Suite 210, Silver Spring, MD 20910-4461.


Music Industry Showcase 2
5:00–5:45 pm

S2-01 Joe Mattingly and the NewmanSingers: Music for Liturgy and Life.
Take your sound to the next level with the exciting sounds of the Newman Singers. New Titles and Classics from Joe Mattingly and the Newmnan Singers.

S2-02 Maximizing Our Creativity.
Neuroscience reasearch has discovered some very effective ways to enhance our creativity. Come learn these simple techniques that get our juices flowing! Anne Kernion, Cards by Anne.

S2-03 New Choral Music from Hope.
Join us for an exhilarating session of singing sacred anthems for two-part, SAB, SATB choirs. A complimentary packet will be provided. David Weck and Jane Holstein, Hope Publishing Company.

S2-04 A Song for Every Reason and Season.
Discover the industry gem that everyone has been taolking aboout! Come and sing the beautiful liturgical music you have been looking for but haven't been able to find. - A gift certificate will be raffeled off at each showcase. Terry Piontkowski, Lumen Christi Ministries

S2-05 New Music for the Parish Choir.
MorningStar presents new music for the Church Year. Selections will present a variety of styles, voicings, instrumentations, and difficulty levels. Mark Lawson, Morning-Star Music Publishers.

S2-06 Music for Advanced Choirs.
Experience music for the intermediate to advanced choir from this leading Publisher of classical repertoire. Paul French, ECS Publishing.

S2-07 Celebrate, Remember/Celebrar, Recordar: New Music for Weddings and Funerals.
Refresh your parish repertire with beautiful music for marriages and funerals-and its all bilingual! New in Liturgical Press's Psalliteline. Paul Inwood, The Liturgical Press.

S2-08 A Light for My Path: Praying the Psalms on the Way to the Cross.
Come explore this fresh approach to the Stations of the Cross, connecting the Book of Psalms and the Gospel of Christ's Passion and Death. Michael Ruzicki, Liturgy Training Publications.

S2-09 An Easier Way to Schedule Ministry.
Learn how to leverage technology to get more people involved in ministry, reduce no-shows and free up your staffs' time to focus on liturgy. Max Garcia, Ministry Scheduler Pro.

S2-10 Five Compelling Ways to Get More Out of Your iPhone/iPad.
iPhones and iPads are powerful digital tools, but how can they make a difference for a pastoral musician. Come meet the developer of NPM's convention app and learn how. Peter Brockman, Digital Hermosa.

S2-11 Songs in His Presence: Year C Psalms and Celebrations.
Refreshing lyrical responsorial Psalmody. Join in the prayerfulness of beautifully crafted lectionary Psalm settings and other unique titles by the composer group Songs in His Presence. Jane Terwilliger, Songs in His Presence.

S2-12 Choral Music for the Church Year.
Come to a choral reading session for the Church year with Concordia Publishing House. Concordia Publishing House.

S2-13 I Will Live On: Music for Ritual Celebration& Spirituality.
Come join David and other composer friends of the Emmaus Center to pray and sing through new liturgical songs, psalms, hymns, and other ritual pieces to serve the prayer of the body of Christ. David Haas, Lori True, Zach Stachowski, Emmaus Center.

S2-14 New Choral Music for Liturgical Choirs.
Presenting new and inspiring choral resources for liturgical choirs. Fred Bock Music Company.


Evening Events Three
7:00 pm–8:00 pm

Music for God's People 03-01
Pedro Rubalcava and Friends

Pope Francis challenges us to look at the diversity of the Church: "We would not do justice to the logic of the Incarnation if we thought of Christianity as monocultural and monotonous (Evangelii Gaudium, 117). It is the Spirit that allows the rich expression in music, sights, and sounds of the diversity that forms the Church in the United States. Come, join in sung prayer and celebrate the multifaceted unity that invites harmony. Generously sponsored by OCP.


Joy and Hope: Music with the Grand Rapids Men and Boys Choir 03-02
Directed by Scott Bosscher

Their performances are characterized by the weaving together of Scripture, poetry, and art with music that is both tender and triumphant so that, in the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Grand Rapids Men and Boys Choir can both "comfort the troubled and trouble the comfortable."


Evening Events Four
9:00 pm–10:00 pm

The Healing Power of Music 04-01
Steve Warner and the Notre Dame Folk Choir

Music touches the soul and brings peace to the hurting heart. Join Steve Warner and his world-renowned choir for an evening of song that will console and inspire. Generously sponsored by WLP.

Beyond the Manger: Lessons and Carols 04-02

Michael Burkhardt and Sr. Kathleen Harmon

The Incarnation is an ongoing mystery. In his birth Jesus took on human flesh. In daily living we, the Body of Christ, continue to incarnate Jesus' saving presence in the world. Readings, reflections, and Advent-Christmas carols invite us to celebrate the mystery and answer the call. Music led by Michael Burkhardt at the organ with accompanying instruments. Reflections by Sr. Kathleen Harmon. Generously sponsored by MorningStar Music Publishers.


Taizé Prayer
10:30 pm

Gather in joy and hope around the cross and icons of the Divine Presence to sing God's praise at the end of this day.


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