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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
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July 10, Sunday/Domingo/chủ nhật
4:00 - 8:00 pm

July 11, Monday/Lunes/thứ hai
7:30 am
Liturgical Space Tour - St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica & Johnson Space Center
8:00 am
Organ Crawl
9:00 am Piano and Organ Institute
Composer and Text Writer Institute
Master Classes and Clinics
Music Education Morning
Leadership Retreat
Youth Retreat
10:00 am Music Industry Showcase I
noon First-Timer’s Orientation
noon Cantor: Written Tests
1:00 pm NPM at Forty Performance
2:30 pm NPM Interest Section Meetings
~ Opening of the Convention ~

Pre-Convention Tours
Pre-registration required for each tour; space is limited. Limited on-site registration (if available).

Liturgical Space Tour
Monday, July 11, 7:30 am—12:30 pm
Buses begin loading at 7:00 am and depart promptly at 7:30 am.

Open Wide the Doors! Come visit churches with historical or cultural significance.

  • Our Lady of La Vang Parish—the largest Catholic Vietnamese Parish in the Archdiocese, it features a sacred shrine that is considered one of the most beautiful in the U.S.
  • Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church and Shrine—Principal Church of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The Neo-Gothic church includes fixtures from France, Spain, Colombia, and the U.S.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe—the original church for the Hispanic Community in Houston. This parish is considered the “Mother Church” of the Archdiocese for the Mexican American population.
  • St. Nicholas Catholic—Established in 1887 as Houston’s first Black Catholic parish, St. Nicholas is still a thriving part of the Third Ward community.

Fee: $30; on-site $50.

Organ Crawl
Monday, July 11, 8:00 am—12:00 noon
Buses begin loading at 7:30 am and depart promptly at 8:00 am.

  • Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart—Pasi Opus 19, IV/P, 75 stops, 106 ranks
  • Trinity Lutheran - Holtcamp 1954/ Reuter 2016 - 50 Ranks
  • University of St. Thomas— Schoenstein & Co., Opus 131, II/P, 15 stops, 17 ranks
  • Villa de Matel - Convent Chapel - Visser - Rowland - 1979 - 28 - ranks

Fee: $30; on-site $50.

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica/Johnson Space Center
Monday, July 11, 7:30 am—2:00 pm
Buses begin loading at 7:00 am and depart promptly at 7:30 am. No on-site registration for this tour. Fee $40; includes admission ticket and lunch.
St. Mary's
  • Johnson Space Center
    For more than 50 years, NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston has led our nation and the world on a continuing adventure of human exploration, discovery and achievement. The center has played a vital role in powering our country into the 21st century through technological innovations and scientific discoveries.
  • St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica
    Named in 1847 as “the Mother Church” of the newly-established Catholic Diocese of Galveston, St. Mary’s Cathedral was one of the Galveston landmarks to survive the Great Storm of 1900.
  • Reedy Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
    Established in 1848 when Black slaves were given the land by their white owners for a place of worship, Reedy Chapel stands today in all her beauty and majesty as a symbol of liberation, longevity and faithfulness in God.


Master Classes and Clinics


Ensemble Clinic: Putting it All Together MC-01
Monday, July 11, 9:00 am Clinicians: John Angotti, Jaime Cortez, Bonnie Faber, Steve Petrunak

Come watch and see and participate as four veterans of the NPM Guitar Ensemble Institute show how we "Put it all together." See how to build an ensemble from a single piano or guitar up to a full ensemble. Receive tips on how you can do less with more and more with less, how to arrange for your ensemble and how to lead your assembly in sung prayer.
Space is limited. Pre-registration required, Fee $30.
Limited on-site registration (if available): Fee $50.

  Cantor Master Class MC-02
Monday, July 11, 9:00 am Clinician: Lou Valenzi
This group class is for both new and experienced cantors. The master clinician will offer practical suggestions to improve your ability to lead the assembly as a cantor and to proclaim the Word of God in song. Time permitting, attendees may play or sing one selection for the group and receive coaching from the clinician. Please bring a copy of the score for the clinician. No audition required.
Space is limited. Pre-registration required, Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available): Fee $50.
  Organ Master Class MC-03
Wednesday, July 13, 3:30–5:30 pm Clinician: Ken Cowan
This master class takes place on Wednesday at 3:30 pm.
Space is limited. Pre-registration required, Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available): Fee $50.
Jordanoff Music Education Morning: Start at the Very Beginning—How to Form a Children’s Choir ME-01
Monday, July 14, 9:00 am Clinician: Christine Jordanoff

For almost 30 years, Christine Jordanoff has been shaping the voices of young singers. Through practical and time-tested lessons and examples, she offers techniques to help form a children’s choir, keep it going, and find its place in the worship life of the community. Space is limited. Pre-registration required, Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available): Fee $50.


Music Ministry Retreats

Leadership Retreat
Monday, July 11, 9:00 am ▪ Leader: Trevor Thomson

Prayer transforms the person praying and then transforms the world. We need time for prayer, song, and meditation to do its transforming work. Take that time at the beginning of this busy and exciting week. Space is limited. Pre-registration required, Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available): Fee $50.

Retreat for Youth: Does God Tweet? PC-02
Monday, July 11, 9:00 am ▪ Leader: Sr. Roselle Haas, rc
Haas For Youth Only. How can I connect with God in this noisy, jumbled, high-maintenance world? How is God trying to connect with me? What is God’s digital shorthand? Is it ICU or I♥U? What device gives me the best connections? What network gives me the broadest coverage? Our prayer life needs to keep growing, becoming deeper than words as we build our relationship with God. What kind of prayer life works for me? In this retreat we’ll be exploring and trying out answers to some of these questions. Pre-registration required, Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available): Fee $50.

Music Industry Showcase I

Monday, July 11, 10:00–11:00 am

S1–01 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!

S1-02 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!

S1-03 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.

S1-04 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.

S1-05 Accessible Music for Parish Choirs with MorningStar Music
Kelly Dobbs-Mickus
Music for use with modest choral resources. Selections in a variety of styles and instrumentations that will cover the Church Year.

S1-06 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.

S1-07 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.

Orientation for First-Time Convention Participants
Monday, July 11 | noon-1:00 pm
Anne Ketzer

First time at an NPM Convention? Overwhelmed by the options? Confounded among choices?
Meet with a veteran of all things NPM to explore what you need to know to get the most out of your first NPM convention experience.



Cantor Certificates: Written
noon–2:30 pm
NPM offers certification for its cantor and psalmist members at three levels: basic (BCC), intermediate (ICC), and colleague (CCC). These certificates affirm that a candidate has achieved the skills expected of cantors/psalmists serving Roman Catholic parishes. Each level includes a written exam, and a singing exam which demonstrates skills needed for leading a congregation. Members may complete requirements for all the NPM Cantor Certificates during the convention with the exception of the CCC Liturgy Exam—written tests on Monday, and singing on Tuesday and Wednesday. Registrations are limited. Pre-registration required; no on-site registration. Deadline: application must be postmarked by June 20, 2016. More information....

Basic Organist Certificate
The NPM Basic Organist Certificate exam will be offered on-site in Houston during the Convention. The Basic Organist Certificate is available for members of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians in order to certify a musician’s achievement of the fundamentals of organ service playing that are expected of musicians serving Roman Catholic parishes. More information....

“For the Breadth and Depth of Catholic Music”

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians:
Our Fortieth Year Performance of Musical Commissions
and Premières at NPM Conventions

Monday, July 11 1:00–2:00 pm
Bring a lunch and enjoy this celebration of NPM and its musical leadership.



NPM Interest Section Meetings
Monday, July 11 2:30–3:30 pm

Gather with members and colleagues who share one of your areas of interest or experience for a conversation about ways in which NPM is addressing your concerns and how the association might serve you more effectively. Choose your interest section and plan to join in the dialogue:

African American Musicians • Asian Pacifi c Musicians • Campus Ministers • Cantors
Chant • Choir Directors • Clergy • Composers • Diocesan Directors of Music • Ensemble Musicians • Musicians Serving
Religious Communities • Hispanic Musicians • Music Education • Organists • Pastoral Liturgy • Pianists • Youth


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