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Monday, July 6
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Friday,July 10
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National Catholic Handbell Festival

Join ringers from around the country in the National Catholic Handbell Festival! Learn ringing styles and techniques while preparing repertoire for a festival performance on Monday night. Rehearsals are 9:00 am–5:00 pm on Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5. (There will be special opportunities to view the fireworks on Independence Day and celebrate Mass on Sunday.) The clinician is Philip H. Roberts, director of community choirs at Community Presbyterian Church in Lombard, Illinois. With more than thirty years of handbell and choral conducting, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, a member of the editorial staff for GIA Publications, and arranger for the popular books Hymns for Handbells.

The repertoire list will be distributed prior to the festival, and all ringers will be expected to arrive knowing their parts. For more information contact the NPM National Office, 962 Wayne Avenue, Suite 210, Silver Spring, MD 20910-4461. Phone toll-free: 1 (855) 207-0293; fax: (240) 247-3001. Pre-registration required; no on-site registration. Application deadline: May 1, 2015. More information...

Institute Participation

Participation in these institutes requires full convention registration. The institutes begin on Monday morning and continue through and beyond all breakout sessions and intensives, as noted below. Opportunities for liturgical prayer and formation will take place as part of the convention liturgies, plenum presentations, and events.

Schedule for each Institute:
Monday, July 6: 9:00 am–12:00 noon
Tuesday, July 7: 10:45 am–12:00 noon, 3:15–5:15 pm
Wed., July 8: 10:45 am–12:00 noon, 3:15–5:15 pm
(DMMD Institute ends with performance on Wednesday evening.)
Thursday, July 9: 3:45–5:15 pm
Friday, July 10: 10:30–11:30 am

Week-long institues provide 13 contact hours with clinicians.




I-01 Cantor Institute
Clinicians: Joanne Werner and Joe Simmons
Spend convention week deepening your ministry as psalmist and cantor while participating in major convention events. Explore ways to empower the voice through sessions on the cantor's role as a servant-leader of prayer, proclaimer of the Word, and pastoral minister. Lab sessions include voice class and individual coaching. Please bring two copies of a responsorial psalm to sing. Pre-registration required; space is limited. No on-site registration. Fee: $90


I-02 Choir Director Institute
Clinicians: Kathleen DeJardin, Rob Glover, and Rex Rund
For the experienced, full-time director or one newly appointed, the Choir Director Institute has something for everyone. This institute will address choral warm-ups, practice and score study, large- and small-group conducting opportunities, new choral music, singing and conducting in a variety of styles and voicings from easy to difficult—with music planning and rehearsal, too! Pre-registration required; space is limited. No on-site registration. Fee: $90.


I-03 DMMD Choral Institute
Clinician: Pearl Shangkuan
Members of the Director of Music Ministries Division sing under the direction of acclaimed choral conductor Pearl Shangkuan and learn new skills in conducting and vocal coaching. Concludes with the Wednesday night choral and instrumental performance with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Pre-registration required; no on-site registration. Free to DMMD members. Read More...


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