Pre-Convention Events~Monday, July 15, 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Jeannie Downey-Vanover, David Pennington, Bob McCarty, and Michael Ruzicki

Focused on supporting professional musicians who are new to ministry, this Institute provides knowledge and skills needed to serve their assemblies effectively. We will anchor our leadership in a theology of ministry, identify the core tasks of pastoral leadership, and introduce them to tools which will help to make them successful!

Mega Breakout Reprise~Monday, July 15, 4:30 pm–5:45 pm

Presented by Bob McCarty

In their study Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics, St. Mary’s Press provides extensive research on young Catholics who have left the Church, identifying the underlying dynamics that lead to disaffiliation. Now we need to identify the practical pastoral responses and strategies that can enhance affiliation and engagement with the faith community and examine implications for parish and school life, vocational discernment, liturgy, and pastoral ministry. Come ready to enter into discussion as together we explore what it means to accompany young people on their spiritual journeys.

Handout: Going, Going, Gone-Now What? An encore presentation of the most highly attended Mega Breakout from the 2018 Annual Convention, with additional content and updates!

Key Changes 1~Tuesday, July 16, 11:15 am–11:30 am

Jennifer Kerr Breedlove-Budziak

Learn how to teach this valuable skill in just seven minutes a day!

Note: This Key Change is repeated on the following days/times

Key Changes 2: Wednesday, July 17, 11:15 am–11:30 am
Key Changes 3: Thursday, July 18, 10:15 am–10:30 am

Breakout A~Tuesday, July 16th~4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Leda Scearce

How to keep your voice healthy for a lifetime. This presentation on vocal health and wellness will include discussion of voice problems, what can go wrong with the voice, and prevention of vocal injury, including special precautions and recommendations for liturgical singers.

Jennifer Kerr Breedlove-Budziak

We all know that beautiful choral singing goes far beyond singing the right notes at theright times—a healthy vocal technique is crucial for the rich and lovely sound we all seek to bring out in our choirs. This workshop will explore the healthy use of the vocal mechanism, supportive breathing, vowel formation and matching, and other aspects of solid choral/vocal technique, helping conductors to achieve almost immediate improvement in the sound of their choirs.


Breakout B~Friday, July 19, 9:00 am–10:00 am

 Jennifer Kerr Breedlove-Budziak

The role of the cantor in Catholic worship is fairly new, and has been evolving since itsemergence shortly after the Second Vatican Council. This breakout will explore how the cantor can most effectively minister in relationship with the singing assembly of today, particularly with regard to body language, gesture, microphone use, and other elements of the cantor’s art.