2018 Convention


NPM 18 Opening Ceremony

2018 Members Meeting

Encountering Jesus: A Heritage of Touch, Gaze, Communion
Joyce Ann Zimmerman

Liturgy and the Church’s Mandate to Grow
Robert Feduccia

The Gifts We Have Been Given - Our True DNA
Thom Winninger

Praise - Yesterday, Today, and Forever
ValLimar Jansen

Let the Word of God Grow in Our Hearts, So That We Can Proclaim a Message of Good News to the World
Frank Caggiano


Igniting Choral Rehearsals with Efficiency, Artistry, and Motivation
Michael Kemp
Learn how to prepare rehearsals in such a way as to inspire your singers and increase the beauty of their sound. While it is commonly thought that the more you sing through an anthem the better it gets, the truth is that simply singing through anthems repeatedly does not necessarily improve accuracy or quality. Examine sample anthems with annotations that help show how to attain dynamic improvements in your choirs, creating an intriguing experience for choir members, and a tremendous boost to skill-building.

In Splendid, Varied Ways: Preparing Music for Intercultural Worship
Tony Alonso
“Intercultural Worship” is comprised of several critical dimensions of music: what it sounds like, who holds the power, who is leading it, how it is prepared, and how it is evaluated. Grounded in pastoral practice in Latino/Anglo communities, and in the guiding documents on multicultural worship, we will discuss how far we have come, and how far we have to go, to embrace the rich diversity of the contemporary landscape in our sung prayer.

Adoration & Exposition
Fr. James Burkart
How do we celebrate this devotion in a way that accords with the Church’s rites and that unites them to Mass and the liturgical year?

The Liturgical Composer’s Tool Kit
Francis Patrick O’Brien
Writing for worship is more than just creating a great tune and text. Explore the different musical, liturgical, and theological elements that go into shaping the assembly’s song.

Sacramental Preparation: Music and Catechesis
Gerard Chiusano
When working with young people there are few things more powerful than the union of music and catechesis. Learn how music and catechetical ministries can work together to create meaningful moments for the young of your parish communities, as well as whole parish events.

Organizational Development in the Parish, Part 1
Kathy Bartlett
Who are you, and how do others see you? How effective are you? We will explore some fundamentals for developing and growing in organizational effectiveness. Discover and understand who you are as a leader, and the gifts, talents, and strengths that you bring to the table. Then, explore how you can purposely strengthen your areas of giftedness, including discerning God’s purpose for your life, so that you may have greater impact in your ministry while minimizing weaker areas and/or forming complementary relationships to enhance your overall effectiveness.

Where Have All the Children Gone?
John Angotti
Beyond the oft-cited complaints about music, what are the real reasons young people are leaving their faith behind? Join John and a panel of young people, lay adults, and clergy, to discuss a variety of questions received from social media, recorded video from people across the country, and those present. We will expand the discussion beyond music issues in an effort to unveil reasons as to why people are leaving the faith. 

Serving at the Liturgy: Assessing Talents and Training Ministers
Victoria M. Tufano
As pastoral staffs change and evolve, more musicians are being tasked with greater liturgical responsibilities, including the recruitment and training of liturgical ministers, not just musicians, and the training of all who serve in liturgical roles to obtain the necessary skills to perform them effectively. Learn how to identify members of the parish community to serve the liturgy, assess their talent, and discern their possible involvement and commitment. Pastoral suggestions will be offered and discussed, and participants will learn the essential elements of ministerial formation and best practices for recruitment, skills assessment, and volunteer management. Fundamentals of training liturgical ministers will also be introduced, including history, theology, and practical skills, and an examination of the role of lay (liturgical) ministry as explained in Sacrosanctum Concilium and Christifideles Laici.

The Liturgical-Pastoral-Musical Judgments: Not Just For Our Repertoire, But For Our Competencies!
David Haas
These well-known judgments which first came to us in 1972’s Music in Catholic Worship, and were strengthened in Sing to the Lord (STL), can also be a prophetic banner for us to wave with commitment, to discern and examine our competencies as pastoral musicians. We will explore these three judgments as an “examination of conscience,” as we evaluate the present, and challenge ourselves for the future.

Answer the Call—Ritual Music and Youth
Tom Kendzia
Practical ideas for enabling music to express the beauty and power of our rituals for the community’s prayer, especially at teen-centered liturgies. Explore music that speaks to everyone.

Pray Always and in Many Way
David Anderson
Learn to prepare many types of prayer in the parish including Liturgy of the Hours, communal contemplative prayer experiences, and services of prayer for meetings and outreach. Ideas and resources will be provided to enhance the daily prayer and seasons of parish life. 

Honoring Our Musical Diversity - Negotiating the Style Wars
Dan Schutte
Explore how music directors can integrate a variety of genres, including chant, contemporary, and traditional hymnody, to celebrate the richness of our sacred music heritage in the liturgy.

Broken But Not Divided: Connecting Sacraments and Service
Ronald Raab
When we make music, we draw others into a prayerful experience of the living God. Our own personal prayer needs to be nourished so that our music-making inspires others. When we make music, we live out our own prayer. Fr. Ron Raab’s ministry is one of living out prayer among the marginalized. His ministry among people living in poverty forms his faith, his life, and his service in the Church. We will take an honest and genuine look at our communal and personal prayer to help us make tangible connections between the Eucharist we share and the service we offer to others on a mission toward justice. How can our common faith become a source of healing for all?

The Signs and Symbols of Catholic Liturgy
Michael Ruzicki and Victoria M. Tufano
This session (a para-liturgical prayer experience) is equally formational and catechetical, as well as uplifting and inspiring. Catholic liturgy is a rich language composed of music, spoken word, si- lence, symbols, signs, postures, gestures, and ritual actions. Each of these elements serves to open our hearts, minds, and bodies to the presence of God, allowing us to deepen our participation in the mystery we celebrate. In this session, participants will explore the various elements of the liturgy, focusing on the role of the human body in our liturgical prayer.

Eucharistic Adoration: A Communal Invitation to Mission
Rick Hilgartner and Lorraine Hess
Eucharistic Adoration is a traditional Roman Catholic devotion. Vatican II’s emphasis on the ecclesial and missional nature of all worship invites us to re-imagine a reformed version of Adoration. This session offers historical, theological, liturgical, and musical suggestions for communities who wish to shape vibrant experiences of Adoration that will nourish a truly Eucharistic vision of Church.

Organizational Development in the Parish, Part 2
Kathy Bartlett
How well are we leading and developing others? To be effective leaders, we need to understand where we are as a ministry, and where and how we need to grow to develop the ministry and others—all while focusing on our own effectiveness as a leader, mentor, coach, manager, teacher, and spiritual leader by setting achievable and measurable goals.

Bi-Cultural Communities Celebrate Feasts, Solemnities, and Seasons
Jaime Cortez
When bi-cultural communities gather at Masses on Christmas, Easter, and other Feasts and Solemnities, particular challenges face the pastoral musician. These moments are often governed by tradition. How do we merge the traditions of different cultures and create a new tradition that all will find meaningful?

Breath of God, Breathe Through Me
ValLimar Jansen
We are more than ministers of music, we are ministers of God’s love. Music is comprised of both sound and silence. This session will focus on the music between the breaths. We often focus on the power of music to bring love and true conversion to the people to whom we minister. But, how does music transform us as ministers of music? As the “Breath of God” breathes through us, in the form of sound and silence, we are invited to deepen our own growth toward spiritual maturity and holiness. 

How Can I Keep From Singing?
Bishop Mark Seitz
At the introductory Dialogue of the Preface, as the Body of Christ, the Church, prepares to enter into the very core of the Paschal Mystery, the priest intones, “Lift up your hearts.“ The assembly responds, “We lift them up to the Lord.“ But have they? Has he? This presentation will propose that sacred music is not just nice “window dressing” for the Liturgy, but rather a critical and essential element. It is inhuman to try to lift up our hearts without raising our voices in prayerand praise. In this talk learn not only the importance of sacred song, but also some principles that the Church outlines for the use of music in the Liturgy. 

So You Think You Know the Documents?
Paul Inwood
Even the most experienced practitioner can benefit from reminders about what is in the primary liturgical documents. Come and explore texts, paragraphs, and sentences that you may have over- looked or forgotten, guided with good humor and pastoral experience by an expert in the field.


2017 Opening Plenum
Richard Hilgartner

Engaging Youth in Ministry
Teri Larson and Walter Tambor

Exploring the New Marriage Rite
Paul Turner

Hymns Every Parish Should Use
Lynn Trapp and Jennifer Pascual

Keeping the Vision
Diana Macalintal

Sing as Wayfarers Do. Move, but Keep on Singing!

Union of Voices, Unity of Hearts
Tony Alonso

Uniting the Body of Christ
Kelly Adamson

Using Technology in Music Ministry
Amanda Bruce

Vision and Transition
Stephen Petrunak

Plenum - Challenges to Unity
Tim O’Malley


May the Peoples Praise You, God; May All the Peoples Praise You
Rev. Paul Turner
There is an urgency in finding ways to do what we’ve been talking about— em- bracing diversity within the one Faith, celebrating the rich diversity that gives us so many ways to praise God. The text of Fr. Turner’s presentation will also be projected in Spanish and Vietnamese.

Transformation through Mission
Dr. Carolyn Woo
As a Pilgrim people, we are on the journey to incarnate the presence of God in us. How does this transformation inform our worship and our mission?

Holiness, Beauty, and Sacrament
J. Michael Joncas
Pope Benedict XVI is quoted as saying that “I have often affirmed my conviction that the true apology of Christian faith, the most convincing demonstration of its truth . . . are the saints and the beauty that the faith has generated.” Humans need beauty; our senses long for beauty. Beauty can be a vehicle for holiness, and the arts within liturgy express the beauty that evokes or leads to holiness: signs, symbols, music.

Spirituality: Many Paths, One God
Dr. C. Vanessa White
God is one, but God is also infinite. There are multiple paths to the one God, even within the one faith that we embrace. And, as Vatican II reminded us, there are paths to God beyond our faith. But we are incarnate beings, limited, seeking. We need to embrace the path that we have found, but we also need to recognize the existence, reality and validity of other paths that lead people to union with God and therefore, in God with us.

One Song, Many Voices/Many Songs, One Voice
Rev. Tony Ricard
Come together, Church, and hear the message of Hope, the message of Love, the message of Jesus, from the perspective of Song as the voice of the Church. Song is the voice of the Church in praise, in petition, in thanksgiving. The Church expresses gratitude for this Voice that embraces varieties of language, of tone, of dialect, bringing to our worship the rich and multiple heritages of music in our various cultures. While it is a challenge sometimes to find ways to bring those voices together, it is a challenge worth accepting.