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Plenum 1:  Veni Creator Spiritus: Renew the Face of the Earth
Bishop Mark J Seitz

Bishop Mark J Seitz

Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso since July 9, 2013. He was Auxiliary Bishop of Dallas from 2010 to 2013. On July 18, 2017, he issued a pastoral letter on immigration.
It is the Spirit’s sweet and powerful song that removes our sadness and overcomes our fear.  It is the Spirit who allows us to encounter our brothers and sisters and to listen that we may truly encounter the ones we considered to be other.  That same Spirit will set our hearts on fire with a love that will transform this wounded world.
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Plenum 2: Living Your Discipleship: Our Calling to Prophetic, Pastoral Ministry
Laura Fanucci

Laura Fanucci

Laura Kelly Fanucci is a writer, speaker, author, and retreat leader from St. Michael, Minnesota. She earned her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her M.Div. from Saint John's School of Theology. Drawing from over a decade of ecumenical work on calling with the Collegeville Institute, she has written several books on vocation including Living Your Discipleship: 7 Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling (23rd Publications, 2015, co-authored with Kathleen A. Cahalan) and To Bless Our Callings: Prayers, Poems, and Hymns to Celebrate Vocation (Wipf and Stock, 2017).

Laura is an award-winning columnist for Catholic News Service, and her nationally syndicated "Faith at Home" column runs monthly in Catholic newspapers across the U.S. Her writing has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, On Being, and the Christian Century, and in popular outlets including People magazine and the Kelly Clarkson Show. Laura has authored seven books, including Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting (Liturgical Press, 2014) and Grieving Together: A Couple's Journey through Miscarriage (Our Sunday Visitor, 2018). She and her husband live in Minnesota with their five sons.

In the Gospels we find seven ways that Christ calls us to live our discipleship: as follower, worshiper, witness, neighbor, forgiver, prophet, and steward. How does pastoral ministry invite us into these 7 modes of discipleship—and how can our encounters with those we serve open a way into everyday evangelization? Through stories from Scripture and our own lives, we will come to see how our calling as disciples is lived out through song, Sacrament, and service of our faith communities.
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Plenum 3: The Church: Divided Tongues Like Fire
Brenda Noriega

Brenda Noriega

Brenda Noriega is a young minister committed to accompaniment and evangelization. She has been serving God's people and influencing her community from an early age at the parish, diocesan, regional and national level. Brenda earned a Master's Degree in Pastoral Ministries from the University of Santa Clara. Brenda collaborates in multiple national and international committees representing young people, including the International Youth Consultative Body for the Dicastery of Laity and Family Life. She is passionate about holistic and transformational ministry including life, dignity, justice, and mission. Brenda is currently pursuing her Ph.D. In Theology and Education at the School of Theology and Ministry in Boston College.

Brenda Noriega es una joven comprometida al acompañamiento y la evangelización de jóvenes. Obtuvo una maestría en ministerios pastorales de la Universidad de Santa Clara. Brenda colabora en múltiples comités nacionales e internacionales incluyendo el Organismo Consultivo Internacional de la Juventud para el Dicasterio de los Laicos y la Vida Familiar en Roma. Brenda es apasionada por una pastoral holística y transformacional que incluye la vida, la dignidad, la justicia y la misión. Ella es actualmente una estudiante del programa de doctorado en Teología y Educación en la Escuela de Teología y Ministerio en Boston College.

Acts 2 narrates the coming of the Holy Spirit as tongues of fire upon the disciples that gifted them with speaking in different languages. Today, we have the responsibility of creating a Pentecost in our Church appreciating and embracing the gift of diversity as divided tongues of holy fire. Join us in a reflection on the importance of incorporating the heart language/s of God’s people in faith encounters for the renewal of the Church as the body of Christ.
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Breakout A01*: Serving a Hispanic Community When You're NOT!
The church in the US is blessed to have many parishes increasing rapidly in size thanks to growing Latino communities. As more and more native English-speaking music ministers are called to fully serve bilingual communities, what do we need to know and understand in order to inform our hearts, mind, and ministries to best serve our Latino/a sisters and brothers.

  Director       General       Ministry       Multi-cultural    


Jaime Cortez

Jaime Cortez

Jaime Corte has served as a pastoral musician for over 30 years in the Diocese of Phoenix. He currently serves as the director of music and liturgy at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Scottsdale, AZ where he has served since July of 2020. As a clinician Jaime has dedicated his ministry to promoting better Hispanic liturgies and bringing cultures together for worship. He is a teacher of instruments and of music ensembles, and gives several workshops on pastoral music ministry and presents parish missions in English and in Spanish. Primarily a guitarist, he is proficient in piano and string instruments, including carango, vihuela and bass guitar. He lives in Mesa, AZ with his wife Kari (a pastoral musician) and their three sons (also pastoral musicians).

Angela Flynn

Angela Flynn

Angela has served in pastoral ministry at multiple parishes in eastern North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in Pastoral Liturgy from the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy and had the opportunity to learn from Sr. Marilyn Schauble, OSB, Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, Fr. Richard Fragomeni, and Dr. Richard McCarron, to name a few. Angela has extensively studied the history and data surrounding the restored order of the sacraments of initiation, and her research on the topic has been included as recommended reading at the annual conference of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and has been published in Catechumenate: a Journal of Christian Initiation. She has written for NC Catholics and Pastoral Liturgy and hosted or been presenter at various conferences and gatherings. Angela has served alongside Franciscan friars of Holy Name Province in the bilingual community of Immaculate Conception Church in Durham, NC for 11 years, where she is Director of Liturgy and Music. She first studied Spanish in high school, continuing in college and then as an adult learner, but she credits the community as her primary source of formation and is blessed to have friends from across Central and South America as well as Spain. She feels her gap in perfect Spanish fluency, but her communication motto is: “si me comprenden, todo está bien!”
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Breakout A02: Activating the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to enjoy the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in Ministry
Lorraine Hess

Lorraine Hess

Lorraine Hess is a nationally published Catholic singer, songwriter, and recording artist with World Library Publications, a division of GIA Publications. Born and raised in New Orleans, she grew up in an environment of Jazz, Cajun, Gospel, and Classical musicians, and her writing is strongly influenced by her eclectic background. She has a BS from Louisiana State University, and her Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans. She has served the church in music since age 16, and she is the Director of Music Ministry at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She has released six solo albums of original liturgical and sacred music, and she has performed at multiple national Catholic conferences and events. Lorraine has also performed in John Angotti’s original musical, JOB, The NOW Testament, and has appeared on the nationally televised shows The Power of Love hosted by the late Fr. Michael Manning, SVD and Live With Passion with Fr. Cedric Pisegna, C.P. Lorraine and her husband, Rob, have been married since 1990, and are proud parents of four sons, her greatest vocation. lorrainehess.com.
How can we use the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit to carry out the mission of Christ as pastoral musicians so that the results of our efforts are not simply good liturgical music, but a ministry of love, joy, peace , patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

  General       Ministry       Spirituality    

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Breakout A03*: The Art of Gregorian Chant
Anthony Ruff OSB

Anthony Ruff OSB

Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, is a monk at St. John’s Abbey in Minnesota. He teaches liturgy, liturgical music, and Gregorian Chant at Saint John’s University and School of Theology. He is the author of Sacred Music and Liturgical Reform (LTP), a 720-page study of the musical reforms of the Second Vatican Council. He chaired the committee which wrote the chants for the 2011 Roman Missal. He is the founder of the National Catholic Youth Choir summer camp and blogs at Pray Tell.
A presentation on Gregorian chant to include how to read it, including demonstrations of the more difficult neumes; Chironomy and how to prepare a chant for teaching and conducting; and teaching chant to children and/or inexperienced singers.

  Cantor       Choir       Director       General       Liturgy    

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Breakout A04*: Ministering in "Espanglish": An Exploration of Effectively Serving Spanish and English Speaking Communities
Peter Kolar

Peter Kolar

Peter Kolar is the Editor for Spanish and Bilingual Resources at GIA Publications. An accomplished composer and pianist, his works include the bilingual mass setting, Misa Luna, sung at the papal liturgy in Philadelphia, and a solo classical piano CD Variations. Known for his creative use of both classical and Latin-American musical forms, Peter holds a masters degree in music composition from Northwestern University and sits on the board of directors for the Southwest Liturgical Conference. He resides in El Paso, TX, where he is the Director of the El Paso Diocesan Choir.
Emerging generations of Latino/as are changing the church! Within a single home - even with a single sitcom -Spanish, English, and Espanglish can co-exist with ease among different generations! What does this mixing mean for the church? What does it mean to minister not exclusively in Spanish or in English, but to minister in the in-between? This workshop will explore these questions through story, song, and prayer.

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Breakout A05*: Spirituals for the Liturgical Year
M. Roger Holland

M. Roger Holland

M. Roger Holland, II is Teaching Assistant Professor in Music and Religion and Director of The Spirituals Project at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he received the Master of Divinity degree, Roger also served as Artist-in-Residence and director of the Union Gospel Choir for over 13 years. In 2015 Union awarded him the Trailblazers Distinguished Alumni Award, the first given to a graduate whose ministry is music, for his contributions to the legacy of African American music. He received a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, also in New York, and completed his undergraduate work at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he majored in Music Education with a concentration in piano and voice. Roger is Liturgical Music Consultant for the Archdiocese of New York Office of Black Ministry and Music Director for their special masses at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Commissioned works include The Dream and The Dreamer, The Tribulation Suite, and The Call. Original music collections published by GIA include “Building Up the Kingdom,” featuring the single “Worthy God,” and his recent collection, “Honey from the Rock, Vol. 1-4” He has played for the Broadway productions of Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple and the Tony award winning show, Memphis. In November 2016 Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York presented Roger with the Pierre Toussaint Medal for service.
African American Spirituals are a rich and inviting resource of culture, history, and theology intended to uplift and engage the community in song. The number of spirituals is so vast and the biblical topics so varied, it is possible to sing spirituals all year long, not just during the month of February! Come sing this music and see how you can program them for your liturgies.

  Choir       Director       General       Multi-cultural    

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Breakout A06: Resources in Celebration of Simbang Gabi
The presence of Filipino communities in American churches/parishes are steadily growing. First generation Filipinos who immigrated to the United States brought with them religious traditions and customs in the different times of the Liturgical Year. One of them is the celebration of the Simbang Gabi, a novena of Masses in preparation for Christmas. The session will be composed of a presentation of musical settings of psalms, hymns for the celebration and liturgical and pastoral considerations.

  Ministry       Multi-cultural    


Ariel Almazan Mayormita

Ariel Almazan Mayormita

Mr. Ariel Almazan Mayormita is the Director of Music Ministries at St. Joachim Church in Hayward CA, Diocese of Oakland for the past 21 years. He is also a faculty member of the St. Joachim School as a Music Teacher to Kindergarten up to Fifth Grade students. Ariel has led the music ministry for diocesan events such as the Annual Simbang Gabi Kick-off as well as the recently concluded Diocese of Oakland’s celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines. Ariel has been involved in liturgical music in the Philippines since the 1980’s and continues to share this gift of faith-filled musicianship here in the United States. Ariel is an active member of the NPM since 2003 and serves as a Board Member for the NPM Oakland Chapter.

Fr. Ricky Manalo

Fr. Ricky Manalo

Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Ph.D. is a Paulist priest, a composer, theologian, and author. He is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Catholic Music Composer of the Year Award by the Association of Catholic Publishers, and the 2018 Pastoral Musician of the Year Award by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He studied composition and piano at the Manhattan School of Music, theology at the Washington Theological Union (WTU), and liturgy, culture, and sociology at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley, CA. Fr. Manalo is a theological consultor for the USCCB and a co-author of the national pastoral plan for U.S. Asian Pacific Catholics, Encountering Christ in Harmony (2018), as well as the recent USCCB statement on Racism and Xenophobia (May 5, 2020). He remains an advisor to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and the Committee on Divine Worship. As a missionary priest, Fr. Manalo has been to 6 of the 7 continents to do a variety of presentations, from academic lectures, keynotes, and pastoral workshops, to preaching, presiding, and giving concerts. In addition to 48 U.S. states, he has been invited to the following international cities: Abu Dhabi, Al-Ayn, Amsterdam, Auckland and Wellington (New Zealand), Beijing, Dubai, Guam, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Hua Hin (Thailand), London (UK), London (Ontario, Canada), Manila and Malolos (The Philippines), Nairobi (Kenya), Niagara Falls (Canada), Sidney, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and Wurzburg (Germany). When he is not traveling throughout the world, he resides at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New York City.
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Breakout A07: Higher Praise: Forming Spirit-Filled Contemporary Ensembles
Craig Colson

Craig Colson

Music & Liturgy Director at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Featured speaker for LifeTeen music conferences and NPM conventions.
Explore effective tools to recruit and form musicians for a contemporary Ensemble that does not over-power or distract from the Mass, but rather, inspires the full, conscious, and active participation of the assembly.

  Choir       Contemporary       Director       Spirituality    

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Breakout A08: The All Volunteer Parish & Accountability
Kathleen Basi

Kathleen Basi

Author and liturgical composer Kathleen M. Basi is mother to three active boys (read that: always breaking something) and one chromosomally-gifted daughter. Because she doesn’t have enough to do in COVID world, this year she published her debut novel, A SONG FOR THE ROAD, which follows a pastoral musician on a road trip across America. Her books on faith formation are available from Liguori and Our Sunday Visitor, and her music for Catholic worship is available through WLP/GIA and Simply Liturgical Music. She is the founder of intentional-catholic.com, a web-based ministry seeking to connect our Catholic faith to the real, practical situations of daily life. If, after attending her presentations, you still think she has her act together, invite her to share an evening of prayer, reflection, and song at your parish. www.kathleenbasi.com/
How to hold volunteers accountable in their music ministry even though they're "just volunteers".

  Choir       Director       General       Ministry    

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Breakout A09: Handbell Techniques from A to Z
Dave Harris

Dave Harris

David M. Harris is in his 33nd season as the music director of The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally-recognized touring handbell ensemble based in Raleigh, NC. David was instrumental in the formation of this auditioned choir in 1990. Under his leadership, The Raleigh Ringers have performed in France and England; on International Television on the "Hour of Power" program; as a showcase choir for the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar and Area Festivals; with the North Carolina and Virginia Symphony Orchestras; and as special guest performers at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. The Raleigh Ringers are in constant demand as featured guest performers for various artist series and handbell festivals around the country. The Raleigh Ringers have premiered hundreds of handbell compositions by nationally-known handbell composers including William Payn, Hart Morris, Arnold Sherman, Karen Buckwalter, Kevin McChesney, Cathy Moklebust, Bill Griffin, and Fred Gramann. The group has worked with major handbell publishers to produce both "The Raleigh Ringers Series", and "The Legacy Series"; sets of handbell publications intended for advanced choirs. To date, The Raleigh Ringers have released seven very popular CDs and two full-length DVDs. Both DVDs have been featured in PBS Holiday specials syndicated across 250+ PBS stations and affiliates in 45 states. The Raleigh Ringers also record demonstration music several times a year for some of the largest handbell publishers. David is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has studied conducting privately with Dr. William A. Payn (Bucknell University). He has served The Handbell Musicians of America in several capacities: as All-Star Conductor, Ringing Track Conductor and Instructor for the National Seminar; as clinician for numerous Local and Area Festivals and Workshops; as North Carolina State Chairman; and as Area III Treasurer. Because of his strong interest in the development of community handbell programs, David served as chairman for the first ever Handbell Musicians-sponsored event for community ringers entitled, "Pinnacle 2000", held in Las Vegas. David and The Raleigh Ringers developed and sponsor the biennual event, "Virtuoso", a performance-focused event for advanced ringers. In addition, David has led well over 200 handbell festivals and workshops in 36 states as well as in England, Puerto Rico, Canada and the Caribbean. He has also been the primary handbell clinician for several denominational music events, including Montreat (NC), Lake Junaluska (NC), Lutheridge (NC), Mo-Ranch (TX) and Massanetta (VA). David is also one of the co-founders of the very successful Capital Area Handbell Festival, held annually in Raleigh. He has written several articles for Overtones, the national publication of The Handbell Musicians of America. After growing up in the Northeast, David moved to Raleigh with his wife, Kristina. Dave and Kris have three grown children and one granddaughter.
This session covers every one-bell technique we know of, starting with the proper ringing stroke.  This is a good class for beginning ringers or ringers who may not have been exposed to many of the different techniques. 

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Breakout A10: Psalms beyond the Response: Integrating Psalmody into Our Liturgy and Lives
So often we think of psalmody only in the form of the Responsorial Psalm. This session will explore opportunities to integrate psalms into Sunday worship beyond just the Liturgy of the Word and demonstrate accessible ways to cultivate a spirituality of psalm singing within the greater parish community.  

  Cantor       Choir       Director       Liturgy       Ministry       Spirituality    


John Kyler

John Kyler

John T. Kyler serves as General Editor for Parish Resources at Liturgical Press in Collegeville, Minnesota. In addition to experience in parish faith formation and high school and collegiate campus ministry, John is an active liturgical musician, composer, author and speaker, focusing on the intersection of liturgy, justice, and healthy vulnerability in pastoral ministry. An instructor in the Emmaus Institute for Ministry Formation and a regular contributor to GIA Quarterly, John holds a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Theological Studies from Saint John's University. John is the author of Holy Week at Home: Adaptations of the Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Rituals for Family and Household Prayer.

Karen Schneider Kirner

Karen Schneider Kirner

Karen Schneider Kirner of South Bend, IN joyfully serves the Sisters of the Holy Cross at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto in Notre Dame, IN as a Music & Liturgy Assistant Director. She served on the staff of Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame from 1997-2020 as a Choral Program Director and Organist, working primarily with the Notre Dame Folk Choir and Handbell Choir. She has also served as a music minister in Manhasset, NY and at St. Albert the Great in Kettering, OH. She holds degrees from Ball State University (B.M.) and Yale University (M.M./M.A.R.), with further studies in voice, harpsichord, piano, organ and conducting from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. Fostering liturgical musicians for the Church has been a treasured part of her career. Touring with ensembles at Notre Dame and as an organ recitalist has taken Ms. Schneider Kirner across the U.S. and globally, including China, Australia, East Africa, Canada, Mexico, Western Europe and the U.K. She has many published choral and handbell works through World Library Publications/GIA. In the Summer of 2021, a thirty-psalm collection was released by The Liturgical Press: Let the Peoples Praise You: Psalms for the Liturgical Year. She especially enjoys opportunities to serve as a music minister with husband Scott, a tenor and liturgical guitarist, twin daughters and violinists Emma and Claire who are sophomores at the University of Notre Dame, and 16-year old son Joe, a cellist.
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Breakout A11: Sound Reinforcement for Liturgical Musicians
Ciro N. Ramírez

Ciro N. Ramírez

Dr. Ciro Ramirez is a lifelong liturgical musician, and currently serves as an instrumentalist and cantor at St. Helen Parish, Georgetown, Texas. His involvement in church music began at age eight when he joined a children’s choir. Over the years, he has made music in Gospel trios, folk choirs, chamber trios, quartets, and orchestras, contemporary ensembles, classic rock bands, country and bluegrass, diocesan choirs, and symphony orchestras. His commitment to music ministry was cemented when he married his choir director, Denise Etter, in 1975. Dr. Ramirez holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His professional career, which spanned five decades, included positions as a design engineer, analyst, and consultant. He was President and owner of Ramirez and Long Forensics until his retirement in 2019.
Many liturgical musicians use sound systems in their ministries, but often have little training in the nuts and bolts of how they work.  This session will cover the basics of these systems and will help the attendees understand how best to use microphones, mixers, and speakers to enhance liturgy.  The information provided can also help musicians provide input to the specification and installation of new equipment in their churches.

  General       Liturgy       Technology    

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Breakout A12: What I Wish I Knew Then... Tips for New Music Directors
Holly Smith-Brooks

Holly Smith-Brooks

Dr. Holly Smith-Brooks is the Director of Liturgy & Music at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Parish in Louisville, KY. Holly has experience directing vocal and instrumental ensembles of all ages and has been serving in liturgical ministry since she was thirteen, playing piano and organ, singing, directing instrumental ensembles, choirs, and musical programs. She loves learning and has extensive training and experience in various styles of worship, church music, and Catholic liturgy.
Do you have questions about managing rehearsals, developing and organizing a music library, recruiting new choir members and keeping the ones that you have? New directors (and not so new!) are always looking for some guidance. Join this director as she shares her experiences and offers suggestions for building successful music ministers. 

  Director       General       Ministry       New to ministry    

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Breakout B01: What does representation look like in our liturgies? And why does it matter?
This session explores the hopeful yet challenging question of representation in the music we sing and the ways we pray as communities of faith. What does authentic representation and the elevation of women's voices, black voices, non-English-speaking voices, mean for our worship and our Church? How do we incorporate without appropriating? What do we risk and what do we lose when we let passive familiarity and fear win? Come discover a richness of repertoire and new ways we can be living waters of hope for all.

  Cantor       Director       General       Liturgy       Ministry       Multi-cultural    


M. Roger Holland

M. Roger Holland

M. Roger Holland, II is Teaching Assistant Professor in Music and Religion and Director of The Spirituals Project at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he received the Master of Divinity degree, Roger also served as Artist-in-Residence and director of the Union Gospel Choir for over 13 years. In 2015 Union awarded him the Trailblazers Distinguished Alumni Award, the first given to a graduate whose ministry is music, for his contributions to the legacy of African American music. He received a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, also in New York, and completed his undergraduate work at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he majored in Music Education with a concentration in piano and voice. Roger is Liturgical Music Consultant for the Archdiocese of New York Office of Black Ministry and Music Director for their special masses at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Commissioned works include The Dream and The Dreamer, The Tribulation Suite, and The Call. Original music collections published by GIA include “Building Up the Kingdom,” featuring the single “Worthy God,” and his recent collection, “Honey from the Rock, Vol. 1-4” He has played for the Broadway productions of Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple and the Tony award winning show, Memphis. In November 2016 Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York presented Roger with the Pierre Toussaint Medal for service.

Peter Kolar

Peter Kolar

Peter Kolar is the Editor for Spanish and Bilingual Resources at GIA Publications. An accomplished composer and pianist, his works include the bilingual mass setting, Misa Luna, sung at the papal liturgy in Philadelphia, and a solo classical piano CD Variations. Known for his creative use of both classical and Latin-American musical forms, Peter holds a masters degree in music composition from Northwestern University and sits on the board of directors for the Southwest Liturgical Conference. He resides in El Paso, TX, where he is the Director of the El Paso Diocesan Choir.

Kate Williams

Kate Williams

Kate is the Vice President of Sacred Music at GIA Publications, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Music Composition degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois as well as a Masters of Arts in Liturgical Studies degree from Catholic Theological Union in Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago where it was her privilege to study as a distinguished Bernardin Scholar. She serves as workshop leader, consultant, and musician in the Archdiocese of Chicago and abroad, following a passion to serve in multicultural, multigenerational communities, while mentoring young voices and building bridges through music ministry.
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Breakout B02*: Dare to Love: How to move forward when our church is divided on issues beyond musical styles
John Angotti

John Angotti

John Angotti is a full time music missionary who travels throughout many parts of the world providing inspirational music and faith witness to all ages through concerts, workshops, retreats, missions, conferences, and worship. He is originally from Clarksburg, West Virginia, and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and the U.S. Military School of Music, where he was a member of the U.S. Navy Band as lead vocalist. John received his Master's Degree in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in 2013.
Breaking bread is the central place where we can dialogue in peace to lay down our pride and focus on the mission of Jesus to go forth to love and serve the Lord through loving and serving each other. Even with the difficult divisions, Jesus still dares us to love anyway.

  Ministry       Self care       Spirituality    

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Breakout B03*: Signs and Symbols of the Initiation Sacraments: Lessons on Discipleship from the Ritual
Michael Ruzicki

Michael Ruzicki

Michael Ruzicki is the director of music ministry at St. John Berchmans Parish in Chicago and serves as the training and events manager at Liturgy Training Publications. He is the coordinator and emcee of the National Gathering on Christian Initiation and frequent presenter on the topics of liturgy, catechumenal ministry, music, and evangelization. Prior to these roles, he served as a parish pastoral associate, the diocesan director of music ministry in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and a team member on the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. Michael is the author and composer of A Light for My Path: Praying the Psalms on the Way of the Cross (LTP, 2015) and the author of Guide for Training Initiation Ministers: An Introduction to the RCIA (LTP, 2018). Michael studied at The Catholic University of America and the Washington Theological Union.
As we celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation, we experience the transformative power of the ritual. The signs and symbols of the liturgy "touch and move a person to conversion of heart and not simply to enlightenment of mind". How do they form us as disciples? What do they call us to be and to do? How can we use them in celebration so that they may "strengthen faith and lead people to God"? (Built of Living Stones, 26)

  Liturgy       Ministry       Spirituality    

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Breakout B04: Pastoral Lessons from Fr. Clarence Joseph Rivers
The 2020 murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, and the similar stories of so many unarmed people of color, sparked a racial reckoning in the United States and beyond. But it also created at least a moment of greater space for and interest in the Black perspective among American Whites. As a graduate student at the University of Dayton, in 2002 - long before I’d ever heard of George Floyd - I was given the opportunity to study, interview and be mentored by Fr. Clarence Joseph Rivers, a Black priest, liturgist and composer who made a career breaking through barriers of race and worship culture, innovating a new kind of soul-full worship, modeling the spirit of the second Vatican Council. Inspired by the renewed interest in Black perspectives, I have, along with fellow Rivers mentee Eric Styles, conducted a number of fascinating interviews with Rivers’ students and collaborators, scholars of Black Catholic history, and musicians who’ve been inspired by his career. This session shares the insights gleaned from these interviews, seeking to introduce participants (of whatever color or identity) to this essential yet obscure figure in American Catholic history and the gift of blackness he sought to share with the Church. We hope to lead participants in reflection on both the timeless wisdom of this important figure from the past and the urgency of his legacy for the Church today.

  General       Ministry       Spirituality    


Emily Strand

Emily Strand

Emily Strand is author of Mass 101: Liturgy and Life (Liguori, 2013), Your Baby’s Baptism (Liguori, 2014) and numerous articles on pastoral liturgy. She served as Campus Minister and Director of Liturgy at the University of Dayton from 2004-2011 and has taught religion and liturgy on the collegiate level for over 15 years. She speaks at parishes, conferences and festivals about liturgy, sacraments, and the theology of popular entertainment. Emily serves NPM as Chair for the Forum on Communication, her diocese of Columbus, Ohio as a Master Catechist and her parish as a lector, cantor and ensemble director.

Eric Styles

Eric Styles

Mr. Eric T. Styles, a Chicago native, holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Loyola University Chicago. He met Rev. Dr. Clarence Joseph Rivers while in Cincinnati, learned at his feet, and became a collaborator and friend. Eric worked as a Parish Liturgy Coordinator at Saint Benedict the African Catholic Church in Chicago and as a House Manager for the Theatre School of DePaul University. He discerned religious life for seven years with the Society of Jesus before finding his way to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, where he worked as Campus Minister for Liturgy and Faith Formation. Since 2016, he has served as the (lay) Rector of Carroll Hall at the University of Notre Dame. Eric remains active in the performing arts and writes about theology and contemporary culture for publications like America, Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal, and U.S. Catholic.
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Breakout B05*: Liturgy and New Parish Structures: Pastoral Music in Merged and Clustered Communities
Michael Silhavy

Michael Silhavy

Michael Silhavy has worked in the school, parish, cathedral, university, and diocesan setting. Since 1995, he has worked at the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis where his responsibilities have included serving as Associate Director of the Worship Center, Director of Music for the Archdiocese, and conductor of the Archdiocesan Choir. His academic background includes training in music, theology, and liturgy.
The new realities of changing parish structures - closings, mergers, clusterings, and more - have a profound impact on the liturgical life of affected communities. What's more, the health and vitality of the liturgical life in these communities can make the difference between successful cohesion and transition and discord, division, and decline. In this workshop, hear first-hand experience and best practices as you envision the liturgical and pastoral music programs in your changed parish structures. 

  Liturgy       Ministry    

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Breakout B06: Good bilingual liturgical songs - truly accessible music that ensures full participation
Santiago Fernández

Santiago Fernández

Santiago Fernández has been active in parish ministry for more than 30 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University in Detroit and is certified in both Pastoral Ministry and Liturgical Ministry, locally by the Archdiocese of Detroit and nationally by the USCCB's Commission on Certification and Accreditation. A member of the National Advisory Council to the USCCB from 2000 to 2004 and Liturgy & Prayer coordinator for the First National Encuentro for Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry 2006, Santiago is currently music director for the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM). Through OCP, Santiago has released three solo albums: Ven y Sígueme in 2006, Un Canto Nuevo in 2010 and Salgamos a Llevar el Evangelio in 2015. He has also collaborated with other talented OCP artists including Pedro Rubalcava (Everyone's Invited) and Jesse Manibusan on the 2012 album Unidos. Dozens of his Spanish songs have also been included in various OCP collections, including, most recently, Bendito, Bendito, a compilation album with songs for adoration; Entre Tus Manos, a healing and comfort collection and most recently, in El Señor Nos Invita Volume 3. Santiago is author of the bilingual book Un Hermoso Intercambio Cultural/A Beautiful Cultural Exchange, offering ideas, reflections and suggestions to open doors and broaden horizons within the multicultural integration of pastoral work in the United States. A talented musician and speaker, Santiago is actively involved in regional and national Hispanic ministry. He is an excellent choice for workshops on music ministry and concerts. He has also participated at various events of the Archdiocese of Detroit as guest conductor, cantor and consultant. Santiago also participated in several concerts, catechetical sites and events during World Youth Day Panama 2019. Currently Santiago serves at Holy Family Catholic Church in Novi, Michigan, where he directs both the English and Spanish choirs.
If we ever wonder whether or not our gathered assembly is truly being empowered to participate fully, consciously and actively by the music we sing at our bilingual liturgies we must always ensure that music is accessible to all. In this session, Santiago will talk about the characteristics that a good bilingual liturgical song should have, such as a memorable melody and a simple refrain. He will also talk about how we must always be judicious, careful, informed, pastoral and deeply spiritual when selecting the songs that will unite the assembly and foster their participation. Needless to say, the three judgments as presented to us by our U.S. Bishops must always be applied: that our Catholic liturgical music be liturgically, pastorally and musically correct. Come learn new bilingual songs to help you unify your multicultural communities... songs that are accessible, liturgically sound, useful and engaging!

  Choir       Director       General       Ministry       Multi-cultural    

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Breakout B07: Choral Anthem Project: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time
Dr. Henry Bauer

Dr. Henry Bauer

Director of Music, The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane, Washington; Chair of Review Committee for Lay Ecclesial Certification of Directors of Music; 2018 DMMD Member of the Year; master degree in liturgical music, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
We will sing through choral repertoire of newer compositions and some standards for the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Ordinary Time Cycle A.

 

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  Choir       Director    

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Breakout B08: Listening to the Voice of the Spirit / Escuchando la Voz del Espiritu
Julio DeLeon

Julio DeLeon

Julio De León is a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of our Lady of the Angels. He has extensive experience as a music educator, music director and workshop presenter in different Catholic institutions and parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is a composer of Spanish liturgical music with OCP, holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, and is currently studying a master’s degree in Pastoral Theology at the University of Loyola Marymount. His thesis work is focused on the Role of Music in Eucharistic Celebrations within the U.S. Hispanic Community and its theological implications. Julio has been awarded the NPM academic scholarship La Beca Juan XXIII, for three consecutive years since 2018.
Sometimes it's easy to forget the third person of the Trinity - the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit, however, that moves and gives us life. The Spirit can be unwieldy and unpredictable. It does not wait for a schedule to show up, but can be powerfully present at the most unexpected times, leading us to the most profound experiences. How can we balance rubrics and ritual with listening to the voice of the Spirit in our ministry?

  Multi-cultural    

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Breakout B09: Are You Grateful? The Power of Gratitude
Recent studies laud the transformative power of gratitude. How it improves our spiritual, physical, emotional, and social well-being. How it builds greater optimism, happiness and self-esteem. How it strengthens our bonds and feelings of connection to God and one another. How it enhances our health, heart and immune system. How it decreases stress, anxiety, depression, and headaches. The list goes on. Please join Meredith and Lorraine in this gratitude workshop as they unearth both the scriptural and physical roots of gratitude and discover the inner "soul" of gratitude, what "makes it tick,"  and how it can reveal your deepest resources and transform your life. 

  General       Ministry       Self care    


Meredith Augustin

Meredith Augustin

Meredith is the Director of Music at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. A native of Morgantown, West Virginia, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York, she holds a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University.

Lorraine Hess

Lorraine Hess

Lorraine Hess is a nationally published Catholic singer, songwriter, and recording artist with World Library Publications, a division of GIA Publications. Born and raised in New Orleans, she grew up in an environment of Jazz, Cajun, Gospel, and Classical musicians, and her writing is strongly influenced by her eclectic background. She has a BS from Louisiana State University, and her Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans. She has served the church in music since age 16, and she is the Director of Music Ministry at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She has released six solo albums of original liturgical and sacred music, and she has performed at multiple national Catholic conferences and events. Lorraine has also performed in John Angotti’s original musical, JOB, The NOW Testament, and has appeared on the nationally televised shows The Power of Love hosted by the late Fr. Michael Manning, SVD and Live With Passion with Fr. Cedric Pisegna, C.P. Lorraine and her husband, Rob, have been married since 1990, and are proud parents of four sons, her greatest vocation. lorrainehess.com.
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Breakout B10: Improve Your Accompanying Skills
Bill Gokelman

Bill Gokelman

William Gokelman is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, where he directs the Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers, teaches vocal coaching, diction for singers, and collaborative piano. He has served as pianist with the San Antonio Symphony, New Jersey’s Pro Arte Chorale, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Texas Choral Directors' Association, and the New Jersey Opera. William has been a frequent presenter for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, where he helps coordinate piano certification. William's choirs have performed for national and regional conferences, and in venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Tobin Center. William's compositions are published by Good For The Soul Music, GIA Publications, OCP Publications, and Northwestern Publishing House, and include works for piano, voice, choir, musical theater, and liturgy. William serves as director of the San Antonio Police Department's "Blue Line Choir" and has enjoyed singing and collaborating with the San Antonio Chamber Choir. He holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Incarnate Word College.
Best practices for accompanying your choirs, song leaders and assembly.

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Breakout B11: Making Excellent Rehearsals Happen (directed to Directors)
Dave Harris

Dave Harris

David M. Harris is in his 33nd season as the music director of The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally-recognized touring handbell ensemble based in Raleigh, NC. David was instrumental in the formation of this auditioned choir in 1990. Under his leadership, The Raleigh Ringers have performed in France and England; on International Television on the "Hour of Power" program; as a showcase choir for the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar and Area Festivals; with the North Carolina and Virginia Symphony Orchestras; and as special guest performers at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. The Raleigh Ringers are in constant demand as featured guest performers for various artist series and handbell festivals around the country. The Raleigh Ringers have premiered hundreds of handbell compositions by nationally-known handbell composers including William Payn, Hart Morris, Arnold Sherman, Karen Buckwalter, Kevin McChesney, Cathy Moklebust, Bill Griffin, and Fred Gramann. The group has worked with major handbell publishers to produce both "The Raleigh Ringers Series", and "The Legacy Series"; sets of handbell publications intended for advanced choirs. To date, The Raleigh Ringers have released seven very popular CDs and two full-length DVDs. Both DVDs have been featured in PBS Holiday specials syndicated across 250+ PBS stations and affiliates in 45 states. The Raleigh Ringers also record demonstration music several times a year for some of the largest handbell publishers. David is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has studied conducting privately with Dr. William A. Payn (Bucknell University). He has served The Handbell Musicians of America in several capacities: as All-Star Conductor, Ringing Track Conductor and Instructor for the National Seminar; as clinician for numerous Local and Area Festivals and Workshops; as North Carolina State Chairman; and as Area III Treasurer. Because of his strong interest in the development of community handbell programs, David served as chairman for the first ever Handbell Musicians-sponsored event for community ringers entitled, "Pinnacle 2000", held in Las Vegas. David and The Raleigh Ringers developed and sponsor the biennual event, "Virtuoso", a performance-focused event for advanced ringers. In addition, David has led well over 200 handbell festivals and workshops in 36 states as well as in England, Puerto Rico, Canada and the Caribbean. He has also been the primary handbell clinician for several denominational music events, including Montreat (NC), Lake Junaluska (NC), Lutheridge (NC), Mo-Ranch (TX) and Massanetta (VA). David is also one of the co-founders of the very successful Capital Area Handbell Festival, held annually in Raleigh. He has written several articles for Overtones, the national publication of The Handbell Musicians of America. After growing up in the Northeast, David moved to Raleigh with his wife, Kristina. Dave and Kris have three grown children and one granddaughter.
How do you make the most of the precious rehearsal minutes you have with your handbell group? We'll discuss thorough planning before rehearsal, efficient execution and strong leadership during rehearsal, and analysis after rehearsal. This session is mainly geared towards directors/leaders of handbell ensembles. 

  Director       Handbell    

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Breakout B12: Welcome All as Christ: Reimagining Parish Hospitality
John Kyler

John Kyler

John T. Kyler serves as General Editor for Parish Resources at Liturgical Press in Collegeville, Minnesota. In addition to experience in parish faith formation and high school and collegiate campus ministry, John is an active liturgical musician, composer, author and speaker, focusing on the intersection of liturgy, justice, and healthy vulnerability in pastoral ministry. An instructor in the Emmaus Institute for Ministry Formation and a regular contributor to GIA Quarterly, John holds a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Theological Studies from Saint John's University. John is the author of Holy Week at Home: Adaptations of the Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Rituals for Family and Household Prayer.
St. Benedict implores us to "welcome all as Christ," but what does this mean for a 21st century parish? In this session we will examine the essence of hospitality in Christ and provide concrete and practical ways to live this hospitality in our local communities through language, ritual, and representation. 

  General       Ministry       Spirituality    

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Breakout B13*: The Intangibles of a Successful Choral Program, Part 1
Paul French

Paul French

For over three decades PAUL FRENCH has worked in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago, and since 2001 he has been the Director of Music at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where he leads a thriving choral program of adult and children's voices. He served as Music Director of the William Ferris Chorale from 2005-2016, in that time establishing it on the professional choral scene as the premier ensemble for breathing life into works of lesser-known and living composers. His 2015 performances of the early 20th century Requiem Masses of Ildebrando Pizzetti and Bonventura Somma were hailed as one of the Top Ten Performances of the Year by the Chicago Classical Review, with critic Lawrence Johnson proclaiming. "French and his singers provided glowing and deeply felt advocacy to these beautiful, neglected works". Mr. French studied composition, conducting, chant and organ at St. John’s University, Northwestern University, the Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra in Rome, and privately with William Ferris. A composer of more than 200 instrumental and choral works, he was the Director of Choral Recordings for World Library Publications for 20 years and is also the editor of a series of choral works for children’s choirs, under the distinguished banner of the American Federation Pueri Cantores and published by GIA-WLP). Mr. French also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the American Federation Pueri Cantores, the official student-choral organization of the Roman Catholic Church. For over ten years he served as a faculty member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Choir Director Institutes. Stepping in at the last moment for an indisposed Christopher Bell, Mr. French conducted a concert of the Grant Park Apprentice Chorale, a program which was webcast world-wide by radio station WFMT on their Dame Myra Hess Concert Series. Mr. French was commissioned to create Fanfares and Alleluias for the recent papal visit of Pope Francis to the U. S. in 2015. Another of his works, Concertato on Grosser Gott, was performed for the papal visits of both Pope Francis (2015) and Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. Mr. French’s published music is available through MorningStar Music, Paraclete Press, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, CanticaNOVA Publications, World Library Publications, GIA Publications, and Oregon Catholic Press.
From Assessments/auditions to Warm-up strategies, and so much in between (recruitment/retention, creative repertoire selection, navigating relations with the pastor and prickly personalities, intonation issues, balancing the musical/spiritual/social dimensions, budgets/funding, the challenges of involving professionals in an essentially volunteer environment, etc.) These workshops will explore the myriad big and little things that help to create a 'culture of success'.  

  Director       Ministry    

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Breakout B14: God Has Breathed the Creative Spirit: The Liturgical Composer
Frank Klose

Frank Klose

Dr. Frank Klose is Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies at Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pa., and Music Director at St. Katherine of Siena Parish in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Klose serves NPM as Region 3 Representative on NPM Council.
Sing to the Lord notes that “in every age, the Church has called upon creative artists to give new voice to praise and prayer.” While the Church has recognized the work of the “musicians’ hearts and hands”,  Sing to the Lord mentions that this work is the God at work, continuing to “breathe forth” God’s “creative Spirit”.  This session examines the role of the liturgical composer, particularly in light of the Second Vatican Council, highlighting how the Spirit has inspired music that has brought many to faith. 
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Breakout C01*: Songs of Unity and Diversity
ValLimar Jansen

ValLimar Jansen

Blessed with an extraordinary voice, ValLimar Jansen is a highly regarded inspirational/catechetical speaker, singer, composer and recording artist. She is also a college professor, a leader of worship and prayer, and a workshop presenter at conferences across the US and abroad. ValLimar has a long history of singing sacred music, starting from the age of five. She received most of her training in music and performance from Howard University in Washington, DC. She holds professional degrees in the arts from California State University, San Bernardino, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. ValLimar sings a broad range of styles from traditional to contemporary. In 2005, she released her first solo collection, You Gotta Move. Other collections include Anointing, Psalms from the Soul and Give God the Glory. Her most recent collection, Spirit & Soul, features popular contemporary songs from fellow Spirit & Song composers produced and sung with ValLimar's signature style. ValLimar tours regionally, nationally and internationally as an inspirational speaker, author, storyteller, psalmist, song leader, principal vocalist and emcee. ValLimar has been a keynote speaker and presenter at many major events. She participated in several events, concerts and catechetical sites during World Youth Day 2019, which took place in Panama City, Panama. ValLimar is an excellent choice for concerts and faith formation workshops. She works with youth and educators on the subjects of music and liturgy. ValLimar composes much of her music with the help of her husband, Frank. They live in California and have three children.
What are some of the gifts Black Catholic composers offer our Church? Come and see! Come and sing! At the Fr. Clarence Rivers Institute/ Lyke Conference/ Unity Explosion, singing through the hymnal, "Ring Shout" was truly a sublime experience. "Ring Shout" is a resource of music written by Black liturgical composers and used in Black Catholic worship throughout the USA and Canada. Learn more about and celebrate the unity of our diversity.

  Choir       Director       General       Multi-cultural    

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Breakout C02*: The Intangibles of a Successful Choral Program, Part 2
Paul French

Paul French

For over three decades PAUL FRENCH has worked in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago, and since 2001 he has been the Director of Music at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where he leads a thriving choral program of adult and children's voices. He served as Music Director of the William Ferris Chorale from 2005-2016, in that time establishing it on the professional choral scene as the premier ensemble for breathing life into works of lesser-known and living composers. His 2015 performances of the early 20th century Requiem Masses of Ildebrando Pizzetti and Bonventura Somma were hailed as one of the Top Ten Performances of the Year by the Chicago Classical Review, with critic Lawrence Johnson proclaiming. "French and his singers provided glowing and deeply felt advocacy to these beautiful, neglected works". Mr. French studied composition, conducting, chant and organ at St. John’s University, Northwestern University, the Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra in Rome, and privately with William Ferris. A composer of more than 200 instrumental and choral works, he was the Director of Choral Recordings for World Library Publications for 20 years and is also the editor of a series of choral works for children’s choirs, under the distinguished banner of the American Federation Pueri Cantores and published by GIA-WLP). Mr. French also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the American Federation Pueri Cantores, the official student-choral organization of the Roman Catholic Church. For over ten years he served as a faculty member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Choir Director Institutes. Stepping in at the last moment for an indisposed Christopher Bell, Mr. French conducted a concert of the Grant Park Apprentice Chorale, a program which was webcast world-wide by radio station WFMT on their Dame Myra Hess Concert Series. Mr. French was commissioned to create Fanfares and Alleluias for the recent papal visit of Pope Francis to the U. S. in 2015. Another of his works, Concertato on Grosser Gott, was performed for the papal visits of both Pope Francis (2015) and Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. Mr. French’s published music is available through MorningStar Music, Paraclete Press, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, CanticaNOVA Publications, World Library Publications, GIA Publications, and Oregon Catholic Press.
From Assessments/auditions to Warm-up strategies, and so much in between,
(recruitment/retention, creative repertoire selection, navigating relations with the pastor and prickly personalities, intonation issues, balancing the musical/spiritual/social dimensions, budgets/funding, the challenges of involving professionals in an essentially volunteer environment, etc.) These workshops will explore the myriad big and little things that help to create a 'culture of success'.  

  Director       Ministry    

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Breakout C03: Incorporating Modern Music in Catholic Liturgy 
Holly Smith-Brooks

Holly Smith-Brooks

Dr. Holly Smith-Brooks is the Director of Liturgy & Music at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Parish in Louisville, KY. Holly has experience directing vocal and instrumental ensembles of all ages and has been serving in liturgical ministry since she was thirteen, playing piano and organ, singing, directing instrumental ensembles, choirs, and musical programs. She loves learning and has extensive training and experience in various styles of worship, church music, and Catholic liturgy.
This breakout session will feature a discussion and demonstration on ways to incorporate modern music and instrumentation in Catholic liturgies, while maintaining the role and purpose of the Mass, Adoration, Liturgy of the Hours, etc. 

  Contemporary       Liturgy       Ministry    

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Breakout C04: We have to do bilingual Masses at my parish... now what?
Santiago Fernández

Santiago Fernández

Santiago Fernández has been active in parish ministry for more than 30 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University in Detroit and is certified in both Pastoral Ministry and Liturgical Ministry, locally by the Archdiocese of Detroit and nationally by the USCCB's Commission on Certification and Accreditation. A member of the National Advisory Council to the USCCB from 2000 to 2004 and Liturgy & Prayer coordinator for the First National Encuentro for Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry 2006, Santiago is currently music director for the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM). Through OCP, Santiago has released three solo albums: Ven y Sígueme in 2006, Un Canto Nuevo in 2010 and Salgamos a Llevar el Evangelio in 2015. He has also collaborated with other talented OCP artists including Pedro Rubalcava (Everyone's Invited) and Jesse Manibusan on the 2012 album Unidos. Dozens of his Spanish songs have also been included in various OCP collections, including, most recently, Bendito, Bendito, a compilation album with songs for adoration; Entre Tus Manos, a healing and comfort collection and most recently, in El Señor Nos Invita Volume 3. Santiago is author of the bilingual book Un Hermoso Intercambio Cultural/A Beautiful Cultural Exchange, offering ideas, reflections and suggestions to open doors and broaden horizons within the multicultural integration of pastoral work in the United States. A talented musician and speaker, Santiago is actively involved in regional and national Hispanic ministry. He is an excellent choice for workshops on music ministry and concerts. He has also participated at various events of the Archdiocese of Detroit as guest conductor, cantor and consultant. Santiago also participated in several concerts, catechetical sites and events during World Youth Day Panama 2019. Currently Santiago serves at Holy Family Catholic Church in Novi, Michigan, where he directs both the English and Spanish choirs.
Many of us work in parishes where everyone has to come together for bilingual Masses regularly, like for Holy Week, First Communions, Confirmations, Pentecost and other solemnities.  In this session, Santiago will share valuable insight and make practical pastoral reccommendations so that we don't think of this as something we "must do" but rather as a wonderful blessing and opportunity to celebrate our unity in Christ as a parish family. When we approach these opportunities with a humble and open heart, we realize that we need one another and that we can benefit greatly from the gifts that the other cultural group brings to the Lord's table during the celebration of the Eucharist. Santiago will also showcase some wonderful bilingual music and lead us in a reflection on the joy of being in the presence of one another as the body of Christ.

  Director       General       Ministry       Multi-cultural    

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Breakout C05: United in One Spirit / Unidos en un Mismo Espiritu
Julio DeLeon

Julio DeLeon

Julio De León is a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of our Lady of the Angels. He has extensive experience as a music educator, music director and workshop presenter in different Catholic institutions and parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is a composer of Spanish liturgical music with OCP, holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, and is currently studying a master’s degree in Pastoral Theology at the University of Loyola Marymount. His thesis work is focused on the Role of Music in Eucharistic Celebrations within the U.S. Hispanic Community and its theological implications. Julio has been awarded the NPM academic scholarship La Beca Juan XXIII, for three consecutive years since 2018.
Whether teaching in school or directing a music ministry in a parish, we are all music educators. Forming the minds of our assemblies in faith - especially those of  our young people - is an immense responsibility. Music has the power to educate and evangelize -- to share the gifts of diversity while also unifying our communities -- and finally, to make a life-long impact by empowering those who engage with it. 

  Ministry       Multi-cultural       Spirituality    

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Breakout C06: Playing Hymns on Piano
Bill Gokelman

Bill Gokelman

William Gokelman is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, where he directs the Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers, teaches vocal coaching, diction for singers, and collaborative piano. He has served as pianist with the San Antonio Symphony, New Jersey’s Pro Arte Chorale, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Texas Choral Directors' Association, and the New Jersey Opera. William has been a frequent presenter for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, where he helps coordinate piano certification. William's choirs have performed for national and regional conferences, and in venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Tobin Center. William's compositions are published by Good For The Soul Music, GIA Publications, OCP Publications, and Northwestern Publishing House, and include works for piano, voice, choir, musical theater, and liturgy. William serves as director of the San Antonio Police Department's "Blue Line Choir" and has enjoyed singing and collaborating with the San Antonio Chamber Choir. He holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Incarnate Word College.
Looking for great ways to support your singing community as you play 4 part hymns on piano? This is your session!

  Director       Keyboard    

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Breakout C07: Repertoire Reading Session
Donna Kinsey

Donna Kinsey

Mrs. Kinsey has served for over 30 years as the pastoral musician for St. Francis De Sales Parish and has taught music for public and Catholic schools in both Morgantown, WV and PA. Her music ministry and school performance groups have included: children, middle /high school, and adult choirs, instrumental ensembles, African drum and dance groups, and handbell choirs from elementary through adults. Donna has served in West Virginia as: chair of the diocesan Music Commission, on state boards for choral and handbell organizations, and in addition to teaching music education clinics and conducting children’s choral director programs nationwide, has developed a private music teaching and coaching studio. Donna is Head of Faculty for the National Pastoral Musicians Music with Children Institute and has been awarded the National Catholic Music Educator award for 2001.
In this session we'll sightread a variety of handbell pieces, both original pieces written for handbells as well as arrangements.

  Cantor       Choir       Contemporary       Director       Handbell       Keyboard       Ministry    

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Breakout C08: Shine Like Gold Tested in Fire
Lorraine Hess

Lorraine Hess

Lorraine Hess is a nationally published Catholic singer, songwriter, and recording artist with World Library Publications, a division of GIA Publications. Born and raised in New Orleans, she grew up in an environment of Jazz, Cajun, Gospel, and Classical musicians, and her writing is strongly influenced by her eclectic background. She has a BS from Louisiana State University, and her Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans. She has served the church in music since age 16, and she is the Director of Music Ministry at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She has released six solo albums of original liturgical and sacred music, and she has performed at multiple national Catholic conferences and events. Lorraine has also performed in John Angotti’s original musical, JOB, The NOW Testament, and has appeared on the nationally televised shows The Power of Love hosted by the late Fr. Michael Manning, SVD and Live With Passion with Fr. Cedric Pisegna, C.P. Lorraine and her husband, Rob, have been married since 1990, and are proud parents of four sons, her greatest vocation. lorrainehess.com.
Struggles in life can make us "bitter" or "better". As Christians, how we carry our crosses can be opportunities for evangelization. Like gold in the fire, we are purified until the gold reflects the image of its creator. Through storytelling, faith-sharing, and music, we will explore how we can allow the Holy Spirit to purify us, so we can shine with the light of Christ and help others in their times of suffering.

  General       Ministry       Self care       Spirituality    

Breakout C
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All sessions marked 'To Be Recorded' are available to be viewed on the Convention Web Platform through September 30, 2022.
Breakout C09*: By Our Love: Living the Message of our Ministry
Tom Kendzia

Tom Kendzia

Liturgical musician, composer, speaker, performer, author, and music director at Christ the King Catholic Church in Westerly, Rhode Island.
Through sung ritual prayer we are nourished to lift up those we minister with. Shared experiences will be offered to assist in this process of "living the words" that we sing!

  Choir       General       Ministry    

Breakout C
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These events will not be recorded for future viewing.
Breakout C10: Choral Anthem Project: Lent, Easter, Ordinary
Dr. Henry Bauer

Dr. Henry Bauer

Director of Music, The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane, Washington; Chair of Review Committee for Lay Ecclesial Certification of Directors of Music; 2018 DMMD Member of the Year; master degree in liturgical music, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
We will sing through choral repertoire of newer compositions and some standards for the seasons of Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time Cycle A.

 

Handouts for this session is limited to 75 participants, and the music handouts will not be provided on the convention mobile app.

  Choir       Director    

Breakout C
To be recorded   ?
All sessions marked 'To Be Recorded' are available to be viewed on the Convention Web Platform through September 30, 2022.
Breakout C11*: Lord, Send Out Your Spirit and Renew Parish Confirmations
Like on the day of Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at confirmation "unites us more firmly to Christ" and his Church (CCC 1303).  The "sacrament of confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace" (CCC 1285). With an overview of the newly translated texts of the Order of Confirmation, this workshop provides musicians and liturgists with ideas for a collaborative approach to catechizing about and preparing for the Confirmation liturgy. Participants will learn about best practices for celebrating the rite, guidance on selecting Scripture readings, prayer texts, and music.

  Liturgy       Ministry       Spirituality    


Timothy A Johnston

Timothy A Johnston

Editor and Liturgical Training Consultant for Liturgy Training Publications. Former Worship office Director and national workshop presenter.

Michael Ruzicki

Michael Ruzicki

Michael Ruzicki is the director of music ministry at St. John Berchmans Parish in Chicago and serves as the training and events manager at Liturgy Training Publications. He is the coordinator and emcee of the National Gathering on Christian Initiation and frequent presenter on the topics of liturgy, catechumenal ministry, music, and evangelization. Prior to these roles, he served as a parish pastoral associate, the diocesan director of music ministry in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and a team member on the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. Michael is the author and composer of A Light for My Path: Praying the Psalms on the Way of the Cross (LTP, 2015) and the author of Guide for Training Initiation Ministers: An Introduction to the RCIA (LTP, 2018). Michael studied at The Catholic University of America and the Washington Theological Union.
Breakout C
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These events will not be recorded for future viewing.
Breakout C12: Obbligato instruments in liturgical music
Kathleen Basi

Kathleen Basi

Author and liturgical composer Kathleen M. Basi is mother to three active boys (read that: always breaking something) and one chromosomally-gifted daughter. Because she doesn’t have enough to do in COVID world, this year she published her debut novel, A SONG FOR THE ROAD, which follows a pastoral musician on a road trip across America. Her books on faith formation are available from Liguori and Our Sunday Visitor, and her music for Catholic worship is available through WLP/GIA and Simply Liturgical Music. She is the founder of intentional-catholic.com, a web-based ministry seeking to connect our Catholic faith to the real, practical situations of daily life. If, after attending her presentations, you still think she has her act together, invite her to share an evening of prayer, reflection, and song at your parish. www.kathleenbasi.com/
Orchestral instruments (string, woodwind, brass) can greatly enhance our communities' sung prayer. While many of our hymnals now offer instrumental parts for C and B-flat instruments, this session will go a step further. We'll discuss range; how to pick lines from choral and keyboard parts; when to double melody and when to get out of the way; and (time permitting) fundamentals of improvisation. If you play from the instrumental parts in your worship resource, but have always wanted to take it to the next level, this is the session for you.

  Contemporary       Director