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Pre-convention Events
Monday, July 6
Tuesday, July 7
Wednesday, July 8
Thursday, July 9
Friday,July 10
Hotel Information
College Internships
Registration Information
Early Registration Discount


Saturday, July 4
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Handbell Festival

Sunday, July 5
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Handbell Festival
4:00 pm–8:00 pm Registration

Monday, July 6
7:30 am - 1:30 pm Convention Registration Open
8:00 am

Organ Crawl
Liturgical Space Tour

9:00 am–12:00 noon

Service Opportunity
Cantor Institute
Choir Director Institute
DMMD Choral Institute

Master Classes and Clinics
Music Educators Morning
Music Ministry Leadership Retreat

10:00 - 10:45 am Music Industry Showcase I
10:00 am–12:00 noon Chapter Directors' Meeting
11:00 am–12:00 noon Orientation for First Time Participants
noon - 1:00 pm Chapter Directors' Luncheon
noon - 1:00 pm Cantor Certificate Written Tests

Pre-Convention Events

Master Classes and Clinics

Note: Time permitting, some master classes and clinics (*) invite participants to play or sing one selection for the group and receive coaching from the master teacher or clinician. Please bring a copy of the score for the clinician. No audition required.


Advanced Guitar Master Class* MC-01
Monday, July 6 | 9:00 am - noon - Clinician: Bobby Fisher.
A group class for experienced guitarists. Learn practical skills from a master guitarist to improve your guitar playing and your ablility to play "liturgically," i.e., leading an assembly in prayer with your guitar. Bring your guitar, two pieces of music, and a folding stand. Pre-registration required; space is limited. Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available) $50.


Piano Master Class* MC-02
Keyboard Praise: Leading a Variety of Styles, and More
Monday, July 6, 9:00 am–12:00 noon. | Clinician: 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! Pre-registration required; space is limited. Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available) $50.

Hispanic Piano Master Class MC-03
Playing Hispanic Rhythms and Styles on the Keyboard
Monday, July 6, 9:00 am–12:00 noon. | Clinician: Peter Kolar.
For pastoral musicians serving Hispanic/Latino communities. Learn proven techniques that emulate authentic Hispanic rhythms and styles while leading from the keyboard. Sponsor: World Library Publications. Pre-registration required; space is limited. Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available) $50.

Chant Clinic MC-04
Forming a Chant Schola or Choir
Monday, July 6, 9:00 am–12:00 noon. | Clinician: Rev. Columba Kelly, osb.
Practical session on how to form a chant choir/schola and what to do with them. Pre-registration required; space is limited. Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available) $50.

Gospel Piano Clinic MC-05
Imagine That . . .
Monday, July 6, 9:00 am–12:00 noon. | Clinician: M. Roger Holland II
Imagine this: "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" in gospel style. Playing in a gospel style while keeping true to the context of Catholic Liturgy requires following some guiding principles. This session highlights music using those principles and demonstrates how to inspire choir and congregation. Sponsored by GIA Publications. Pre-registration required; space is limited. Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available) $50.


Liturgy Master Class MC-06
The Gospel of Luke (Year C) for Pastoral Musicians
Monday, July 6, 9:00 am–12:00 noon. | Clinician: Diane Zerfas, op.
An opportunity to spend significant time reflecting on the Gospel of Luke in Year C with a renowned scholar and teacher. Pre-registration required; space is limited. Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available) $50.

Organ Master Class MC-07.
This master class takes place on Wednesday at 3:15 pm.| Clinician: Huw Lewis
Pre-registration required; space is limited. Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available) $50.


Music Educators Morning ME-01
Orff-Schulwerk in Your Music Program
Monday, July 6, 9:00 am–12:00 noon. | Clinician: Dr. Judy Bond.
"Orff-Schulwerk"is a developmental approach that enables people of all ages and abilities to participate in music making together. Singing, movement, drama, and speech are used, along with an array of instruments, to lead children and adults into a world of music making through play. Join a past-president of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and learn how she has developed ways to incorporate the Orff-Schulwerk process into liturgy and music making for worship. Pre-registration required; space is limited. Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available) $50.

Music Ministry Leadership Retreat

Music Creating Faith, Hope, and Love in Action
Monday, July 6, 9:00 am–12:00 noon. | Leader: TBD
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. Pre-registration required; space is limited. Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available) $50.

Chapter Directors' Meeting and Luncheon
Monday, July 6, 10:00 am–12:00 noon
Doug Small

Chapter directors are invited to a dynamite dialogue and discussion that will address the reality that all Chapter directors should continue to grow and flourish in skills and formation. Ideas and practical suggestions will be presented in areas such as motivation, organization, programming, recruiting, sustaining membership, spirituality, efficiency, technology, funding, and building and maintaining successful, flourishing, functional chapters.

Doug Small is the President & Chief Executive Officer for Experience Grand Rapids, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, with 32 years experience in the hospitality, tourism and destination marketing industries.

Monday, July 6, 12:00 noon–1:00 pm. | Chapter Directors' Luncheon. Join members of the National Committee for Chapters and your Chapter director colleagues for an informal yet informative luncheon after the meeting.

Service Opportunity

Monday, July 6, 9:00 am–12:00 noon
"Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me." How often do we sing, hear, and pray these words? How often do we take them to heart? There is a prayer of offering used by some Christian traditions: "All things come from you, O Lord, so we return to you what is already yours." NPM is offering a unique opportunity to put our words into action. Partnering with the Grand Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau and Heartside Volunteer Coordinators, we will spend a few hours before the convention begins by volunteering at a local charity in the city. Transportation will be provided. Dress for manual labor in clothes that you won't mind getting dirty.

Tours and Crawl
Pre-registration required for either event; space is limited. Fee $30. Limited on-site registration (if available) $50.

Liturgical Space Tour

Monday, July 6, 8:00 am—12:00 noon
Buses begin loading at 7:30 am and depart promptly at 8:00 am.

Visit four sites to tour beautiful and exciting renovated, rebuilt, and new Catholic spaces for worship:

  • St. Patrick, Ada (Parnell)
    A newly renovated (2014) parish church

  • The Chapels at Marywood
    Three Chapels - the renovated (1985) Dominican Chapel, St Catherine of Sienna Chapel (1967) and the new (2005) Chapel of the Word

  • St. Mary Magdalen, Kentwood
    New church construction following a devastating 2012 fire

  • St. Sebastian, Byron Center
    A new (2007) parish church

Organ Crawl
Monday, July 6, 8:00 am—12:00 noon
Buses begin loading at 7:30 am and depart promptly at 8:00 am.

Grand Rapids is noted for its many outstanding organ installations. We will visit five examples of the "King of Instruments," including a fully restored 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer at the Public Museum.

  • St. Mary Church
    1993 Skinner, Op. 686; 3 manuals, 22 ranks

  • Grace Episcopal Church
    1981 Fritz Noack tracker; 3 manuals, 40 stops

  • Mayflower Church
    1968/2007 Tellers/Lauck, Op. 1054/48; 5 manuals, 94 ranks

  • St. Mark Episcopal Church
    2004 J. W. Walker & Sons tracker; 4 manuals, 70 ranks

  • Grand Rapids Public Museum
    1928 Mighty Wurlitzer, Op. 1836, fully restored; 3 manuals, 33 ranks

Music Industry Showcase I

Monday, July 6, 10:00–10:45 am

S1-01 Joe Mattingly and the Newman Singers: 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.

S1-02 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, Inc.

S1-03 Accessible Music for Parish Choirs.
Music for use with modest choral resources. Selections in a variety of stylles and instrumentations that will cover the Church Year. Mark Lawson, MorningStar Music Publishers.

S1-04 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.

S1-05 Five Compelling Ways to Get More Out of Your iPhone/iPad in your Music Ministry.
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.

S1-06 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 Jane Terwilliger, Songs in His Presence.

S1-07 The Rosary with St. James— A New Communal Contemporary Celebration.
Join David to actually pray a new communal and contemporary version of the Rosary. If you do not have rosary with you - we will have one for you! David Haas, Emmaus Center.

Orientation for First-Time Convention Participants
Monday, July 6 | 11:00–12:00 noon
Anne Ketzer

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

Cantor Certificates: Written
Monday, July 6, 12:00 noon–1:00 pm

NPM offers certificates for its cantor and psalmist members at three levels: basic (BCC), intermediate (ICC), and colleague (CCC). These certificates affirm that a candidate has achieved fundamental or developed skills expected of cantors/psalmists serving Roman Catholic parishes. Each level includes a written exam and an exam demonstrating skills at singing and leading a congregation. Members have the opportunity at this convention to complete both tests. The written test will be administered on Monday, and singing adjudication will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

Pre-registration required; space is limited; no on-site registration. Application deadline: June 15, 2015. More information....



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