July 27
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Broken Christ on Death Row: Moving Toward Restorative Justice
Sr. Helen Prejean

Sr. Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty. She has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping the Catholic Church’s vigorous opposition to all executions. Born on April 21, 1939, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1957. She worked as a high school teacher and served as the Religious Education Director at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in New Orleans before moving into the St. Thomas Housing Project in the early ’80s. In 1982, Sister Helen began corresponding with Patrick Sonnier, who had been sentenced to death for the murder of two teenagers. Two years later, when Patrick Sonnier was put to death in the electric chair, Sister Helen was there to witness his execution. In the following months, she became spiritual advisor to another death row inmate, Robert Lee Willie, who was to meet the same fate as Sonnier. After witnessing these executions, Sister Helen realized that this lethal ritual would remain unchallenged unless its secrecy was stripped away, and so she sat down and wrote a book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. That book ignited a national debate on capital punishment and spawned an Academy Award winning movie, a play, and an opera. Sister Helen’s second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, was published in 2004; and her third book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey, in August, 2019.
The very broken Body of Christ is what Sr. Helen Prejean witnessed with the state execution of Patrick Sonnier in 1984.  A very broken legal and penal system allows the state to torture and murder those who are deemed “the worst of the worst”.  Sr. Helen’s life as a Christian religious woman began to change course as she has made it her life’s work to abolish the death penalty in the United States.  As a natural born southern storyteller, she realized that what the state did in secret had to be exposed and then, and only then, would the heart and soul of the US begin to change in favor of abolition.  Sr. Helen’s life and story are a testimony to what happens when the broken body of Christ sends us forth toward activism on behalf of justice.  We become what we share.  A movement from prayer to action on behalf of all those marginalized in society is the evolution her life’s path, her own River of Fire.  This is sacrament in its fullest sense. 
July 28
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Living as a Eucharistic People
John Thomas Lane SSS

John Thomas Lane SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane currently pastors his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He has degrees in music, education, divinity and liturgy. He has served as a diocesan director of worship (Salt Lake City), the SWLC and FDLC boards and also in vocation ministry. Since 1998, he is a columnist for Emmanuel Magazine. He authored Guide for Celebrating Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass, Daily Prayer 2019, and was a collaborator with Sourcebook for Seasons (2012, 2013 & 2017) by LTP as well as other periodical articles over the years. Father Lane professed religious vows in 1988 and ordained as presbyter in 1992.
How do we take our life, our brokenness and recognize the presence of Christ in others? We are on our own Emmaus Journey. We are called to live the Mass, serve the liturgy and witness as a disciple of Christ. We will explore our Eucharistic spirituality that the Mass offers us as we make it more part of our lives and our ministry in service to the Body of Christ. 
July 29
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Christ of the Fringes
As Pope Francis has stated though his various communications, Chris can be found in the fringes (peripheries) of society.  It is there that we discover how our society is BROKEN.  It is when we encounter the BLESSED people on the fringes, that we tend to encounter Christ himself.  It is also on these populations on the fringes, that Christ has SENT us, not to save, but to encounter and journey, to be saved.  In this workshop Richard Cheri and Dr. Ansel Augustine will share their unique experiences as Black Catholics from New Orleans and how this has impacted their faith and how their respective communities and demographics challenge the Church to be One Body of Christ.

Ansel Augustine

Ansel Augustine

Dr. Ansel Augustine is the Executive Director of Cultural Diversity and Outreach for the Archdiocese of Washington. He is the former Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Previously he served as the Associate Director/Coordinator of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the CYO Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office. He is also on the C&E Faculty of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. Ansel has served on the board of directors for the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA) and the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). He has worked in Campus Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, and St. John's University in Queens, NY. He began his career in ministry over 20 years ago when he became the youth minister at his home parish of St. Peter Claver in the Treme area of New Orleans, which he helped to rebuild following hurricane Katrina. He has presented workshops and keynotes around the country and has written various pieces related to ministry. Ansel has worked in prison ministry for over 25 years in various capacities. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of Peter Claver, and the Wild Tchoupitoulas (Black Masking) Mardi Gras Indians. He is also an Associate Member of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans.

Richard Cheri

Richard Cheri

Richard Cheri lives with his wife Cynthia, and son, Richie, in Montz, Louisiana, near his place of birth, New Orleans. Richard has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Theology and a Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics. Formerly an adjunct professor of theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, a mathematics professor at St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, Louisiana, a member of the faculty at the Xavier University’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies and a high school teacher (retired May 2018), Richard is currently an adjunct professor of mathematics at Loyola University in New Orleans and South Central Louisiana Technical College. He also serves as the Director of Liturgy and Music at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, the coordinating director of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir, and the Executive Director of the Lyke Foundation which sponsors the Archbishop James Patterson Lyke Liturgical Conference. He has toured with the Moses Hogan Chorale and is a composer, arranger, and producer with World Library Publications, division of GIA.
July 30
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Singing the Lord's Song in Time of Trouble: How Can the Eucharist Be a Celebration of Reconciliation, Hope and Joy?
John Baldovin SJ

John Baldovin SJ

John F. Baldovin is Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He is a priest of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus. He received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross, an MDiv from Weston School of Theology, an MA, MPhil and PhD from Yale University. Fr. Baldovin has taught at Fordham University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and, since 1999 at Weston and now BC’s STM. He has also been visiting professor at The University of Notre Dame and St. John Vianney National Seminary in Pretoria, South Africa. He served on the advisory committee for the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy of the USCCB (1989-1993) as well as the advisory committee of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) from 1994-2002. His fields of expertise are the history and theology of the liturgy, sacramental theology and the theology of ministry ordained and lay. Fr. Baldovin has a number of presentations with Now You Know Media, the latest of which, The History of the Mass, has recently been released as a DVD. His latest books are Living Bread, Saving Cup: Understanding the Mass (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), Reforming the Liturgy: A Response to the Critics (Liturgical Press, 2008) and Catholic Sacraments, edited with David Turnbloom (Paulist Press, 2015). He has also co-edited a commentary on the revised Order of Mass with Mary Collins, Edward Foley, and Joanne Pierce (2009).
We need to look to the liturgy for guidance, inspiration, and strength in these tumultuous times. How can we celebrate to let Christ’s presence and work in us shine forth in our world today?
July 27
2:00 PM - 3:10 PM
Don't Give Up! Eucharist and Reluctant Catholics
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.
There are a number of reluctant Catholics who still return to our parishes for Sunday liturgies, sacraments, and funerals. How can our careful and deliberate words and actions foster an environment of love and welcome? In which ways can our music ministry programs express the hospitality and compassion of Christ? Participants in this session will examine a full-community approach and practical steps needed to reach out, listen to, heal, and celebrate the return of our brothers and sisters.
July 27
2:00 PM - 3:10 PM
Using an ABUNDANCE of God's Gifts at ONE MASS!
How and why inculturation can and should be used in any liturgy?What is the difference between multicultural and inculturation? This panel, representing speakers from three varied cultures, will discuss how liturgical rituals can be enhanced by cultural traditions. the panel will explore cultural traditions and other musical and prayer-filled nuances that can enhance any liturgy.

Rufino Zaragoza

Rufino Zaragoza

Nurtured in Franciscan spirituality for more than forty years, Brother Rufino Zaragoza is one the leading experts on liturgical inculturation in the Church today. He publishes articles on Vietnamese Catholicism, pioneers multilingual song collections in English, Spanish and Vietnamese and prepares worship resources drawing from each of those traditions. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has a bachelor’s in church music from Mount St. Mary’s College and a master’s in theological studies from the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, California. Rufino has published popular collections of instrumental music (A Sacred Place, Longing Heart/Con Tim Khát Khao), liturgical music (Love's Radiant Light) and has served as a consultant for OCP’s Vietnamese worship resources, including Thánh Ca Dan Chúa, the first Vietnamese Catholic hymnal published in the US, Đồng Tâm, Chon Ngài and Chung Loi Tan Tung. In collaboration with Viatorian Father Mark Francis, Rufino was a contributor to Liturgy in a Culturally Diverse Community, the revised document on multicultural liturgies published by FDLC. His song "Sacred Creation" is included in OCP’s Our Common Home, a collection of songs inspired by Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ encyclical. When in the US, Rufino offers workshops and retreats to parish choirs as well as presentations and liturgical preparation for diocesan and national gatherings. He is an excellent resource for multicultural parish communities. Currently, Brother Rufino spends half the year based in Saigon, Vietnam, developing English worship resources and supporting English Mass choirs throughout Southeast Asia. He spends the other half in residence at Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside, California, serving as a liturgical music consultant on the West Coast.

Valerie Lee-Jeter

Valerie Lee-Jeter

Valerie is 100% born and bred Philadelphian with over 16 years of Catholic education holding a Masters in Theology and Pastoral Studies with a concentration in Liturgy from LaSalle University. She also holds a certificate in African American Studies from the DeSales School of Theology, Washington, D.C. Valerie teaches Theology at Mercy Career and Tech High School as well as coordinates liturgies and special events for the student population. For the past 39 years, Valerie has served as the music director for St Vincent de Paul Parish in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, PA. St Vincent’s is an intentional community that gathers people from over 67 zip codes in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. She has also served as an adjunct professor at LaSalle University working with adults in certificate programs as well as graduate students. As a Black, Catholic woman I have been blessed in my life experiences and opportunities that have formed me as a pastoral practioner. My education in Theological Praxis and Liturgical Studies, have supported my gifts and enhanced my ability to bridge diverse communities enhancing worship in parishes across the United States. In this time of uncertainty and change, I believe NPM has a responsibility to meet people in their lived condition, providing resources and modeling prayer that empowers those preparing liturgies in their own parishes. I have the passion and drive to assist in making this vision a reality for the church.

Paul Nguyen

Paul Nguyen

Born and raised in Vietnam, Paul Nguyen is bilingual and bicultural; he serves as a bridge between the first and second Vietnamese generations, as well as between the mainstream American liturgical musicians and their Vietnamese counterparts through his workshops, compositions and community-building events. He is a trilingual cantor, accompanist, choir director, composer, recording artist and workshop presenter. He has worked in various bilingual (English and Spanish) and trilingual (English, Spanish and Vietnamese) parishes for the Diocese of Orange in California, for nearly 20 years. His emphases in college were vocal performance and music education, as well as in business administration. He served a three-year term on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and is a long-time member of the Music Advisory Board for the Diocese of Orange. He has presented workshops for NPM, the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and various dioceses around the country. He discusses best practices for different communities in a parish to come together for fellowship before worship, the unique gifts that Vietnamese-American Catholics have to offer and introductory musicianship for volunteer choirs. He also leads the workshop, Be Not Afraid: Vietnamese diction for non-Vietnamese speakers.
July 27
2:00 PM - 3:10 PM
Let ME Tell My Story
ValLimar Jansen

ValLimar Jansen

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.
July 28
2:00 PM - 3:10 PM
Online & Onsite: Liturgical Hybridity and the Future of Liturgy
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.
Whether we embrace them or not, livestream masses are here to stay. The question is to what extent do our online worship practices interconnect (or dare I suggest, integrate) with our onsite liturgies. There is a bold new world before us and we need not be fearful of what the future holds. This dynamic presentation will point us towards the future.
July 28
2:00 PM - 3:10 PM
Liturgy as the Primary Tool for Catechists
Catechists are not teachers of a subject but rather, are facilitators of an encounter. The key to facilitating encounters with the Divine is to rely on a “language of mystery” which is the language of liturgy. One of the basic principles of Catholic liturgy is that our rites and rituals shape us and form us. They tell us who we are, what we believe, and they give direction for how we are to “live, move and have our being.” In this engaging workshop, participants will be led in exploring the formational power of liturgical rites, music, text, actions and the cycles and seasons of the liturgical year, which all serve to create a climate of prayer in the faith formation setting.

 


D. Todd Williamson

D. Todd Williamson

D. Todd Williamson is the Director of the Office for Divine Worship, Archdiocese of Chicago. He has been involved in liturgical ministry and formation for over 15 years.

Joe Paprocki

Joe Paprocki

Joe Paprocki, D.Min., is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts. Joe has more than 40 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 150 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of over 20 books, including the best sellers The Catechist’s Toolbox and A Well-Built Faith, as well as A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, Living the Sacraments, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe also served as the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his catechetical experiences in faith formation at catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com.
July 28
2:00 PM - 3:10 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: Know the History as You Enter the Mystery
Why has adoration become the choice over mass for many? The conversation begins with the question: What are you looking for?

Studies have shown that today’s youth encounter God during adoration but lack this encounter at mass. The observation from a theological perspective is that mass is the place where heaven meets earth. The Liturgy is the place where we receive the risen Christ and become the risen Christ to the world. It is to be the source and summit of our lives. But the reality is that adoration has become the choice for many. Especially many of the youth. This workshop will create a dialogue to discuss how this reality may affect the church in the future. What are we really looking for?


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.

Rick Hilgartner

Rick Hilgartner

Pastor St. Joseph Parish, Cockeysville, Maryland; Past President/CEO NPM; Past Executive Director, Office Of Divine Worship, USCCB.

Ansel Augustine

Ansel Augustine

Dr. Ansel Augustine is the Executive Director of Cultural Diversity and Outreach for the Archdiocese of Washington. He is the former Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Previously he served as the Associate Director/Coordinator of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the CYO Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office. He is also on the C&E Faculty of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. Ansel has served on the board of directors for the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA) and the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). He has worked in Campus Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, and St. John's University in Queens, NY. He began his career in ministry over 20 years ago when he became the youth minister at his home parish of St. Peter Claver in the Treme area of New Orleans, which he helped to rebuild following hurricane Katrina. He has presented workshops and keynotes around the country and has written various pieces related to ministry. Ansel has worked in prison ministry for over 25 years in various capacities. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of Peter Claver, and the Wild Tchoupitoulas (Black Masking) Mardi Gras Indians. He is also an Associate Member of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans.
July 29
2:00 PM - 3:10 PM
Reinventing the Classic Choral Canon
Tim Sharp

Tim Sharp

Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association, the world’s largest association of choral conductors, teachers, students, scholars, composers, and choral industry representatives. Dr. Sharp has pursued an aggressive agenda of strategic planning and progressive and innovative initiatives to keep the American Choral Directors Association energized and relevant in the 21st century. He represents choral activity in the United States as a member of the Board of the International Federation for Choral Music, and is Vice-President of Musica International. Sharp appears regularly as guest conductor and clinician throughout the world, with recent performances in Austria, Thailand, Greece, Italy, Ireland, England, and China. Tim is approaching his ninth season as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Tulsa, OK, where critics characterize his performances as “impressively polished”, and having “stunning power” and “great passion and precision”. In a recent review of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus’ performance of Mozart’s Requiem, arts critic James Watts stated, “The Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, prepared by its artistic director Tim Sharp, was in excellent form, summoning up rafter-shaking power…and showing great sensitivity ….” In the summer of 2016, Sharp conducted the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus as the Festival Choir for the 28th International Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. In 2011, Sharp served as Principal Guest Conductor at the International Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece, where TOC was the featured chorus in the production of Verdi’s La Traviata, and performed Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. He made his New York City Alice Tully Hall debut in 2014 conducting Handel's Messiah. Tim returned to Carnegie Hall in May of 2015 for the seventh time conducting his own composition Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass resulting it what one critic called a “dynamic, crowd-pleasing performance”, and characterized the composition as “…unfailingly true to itself, lacking in pretense, simple, direct, and heartfelt.” In 2016 Tim conducted the work at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Before coming to ACDA, Sharp was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, where he conducted the Rhodes Singers and MasterSingers Chorale. In 2003, Sharp’s production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi won an Ostrander Award, Memphis’ annual award for excellence in theater. Prior to his position in Memphis, he conducted the Belmont University Chorale and Oratorio Chorus, Nashville, TN, where he received choral credits on the Grammy Nominated and Dove Award winning recording, A Glen Campbell Christmas. Dr. Sharp’s publications include Mentoring in the Ensemble Arts, Precision Conducting, Up Front! Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor, Achieving Choral Blend and Balance, Memphis Music Before the Blues, Nashville Music Before Country, Jubilate! Amen!, The German Songbook in the 19th Century, A Short History of the American Choral Directors Association, Collaborative Creativity, and a wide variety of published articles, essays, and CD liner notes for recordings by Helmuth Rilling, Iona Brown, Neville Marriner, and The King’s Singers. His most recent book publications include the historical-critical edition Johannes Herbst: Hymns to be Sung at the Pianoforte, published by Steglein, and Collaborating in the Ensemble Arts: Working and Playing Well With Others, published by GIA. In 2017, GIA released Tim’s third book in his ensemble series, Innovation in the Ensemble Arts: Sustaining Creativity.
This presentation highlights the pivotal moments of choral music expression and highlights the theological and musical objectives achieved within these choral landmarks. This presentation offers practical application of choral works to contemporary worship.
July 29
2:00 PM - 3:10 PM
Songs of the Soil and the Soul
Bishop Fernand Cheri

Bishop Fernand Cheri

Bishop Fernand Cheri is the Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans. A Franciscan Friar of the St. Louis Province for 25 years, he has been ordained for 39 years. He served at Our Lady of Lourdes, NO; St. Joseph the Worker, Marrero, LA; St. Francis de Sales, NO; and St. Vincent de Paul, Nashville, TN. He taught at St. Augustine High School, NO; Hales Franciscan HS, Chicago; and at Althoff Catholic High, Belleville, IL. He was a Campus Minister at Xavier University and at Quincy University, Quincy, IL. He is the Episcopal Moderator for the Catholic Campus Ministry Association; the Episcopal Liaison for the Black & Indian Mission Office African American Newsletter; and the convener of the African American Bishops. He received his M. Div from Notre Dame Seminary, and a M.Th from Xavier University. He is an archivist of Black religious music with over 6,000 recordings of gospel music with books and files of gospel music. He wrote "Songs of the Soul and the Soil: the History of Black Religious Music;" compiled two 9-volume Gospel Music Discographies; wrote "Black Catholic Liturgy" in the book TELL IT LIKE IT IS; "Mass of Thanksgiving" in FREEING THE SPIRIT magazine; and the contributing author to SWEET, SWEET SPIRIT: Prayer Services from the Black Catholic Church. Due to his great interest in liturgy, Bishop Cheri served on the Bishops' Subcommittee on Black Catholic Worship. He works with the Archbishop James P. Lyke Liturgical Conferences; and is a member of the Lyke Foundation, dedicated to the development of Black Catholic Worship. He began the Youth Gospel Choirs at Our Lady of Lourdes; St. Joseph the Worker; the Althoff Gospel Crusaders, and at St. Augustine of Hippo, East St. Louis, IL. He served as a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commissions of Nashville, TN and of Belleville, IL. He is the convener of Go Down Moses Retreats for African American Young Men and worked with KUJENGA Youth Leadership in Chicago and the St. Louis/Belleville area. He is a revivalist and preacher, whose testimony is, "My grace is enough for you, for in weakness power reaches perfection" (2Cor 12:9).
This workshop will lead participants through the development of the Black Religious Music tradition.  It will show how the values of African and African American Catholic Spirituality are expressed in our musical heritage.  It will trace the richness of Black folklore from the field songs, to church hymnody, anthems and gospel tradition.  It will investigate the development of gospel music – traditional gospel, contemporary gospel and gospel rap as it continues to address the Black experience today.  Come and be blessed to learn how we tell the story of the sojourn with God through our songs.
July 27
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
How to Pray While I'm Working
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/
Whether we’re paid or volunteers, leading music for worship means we are “on the job” when we’re at Mass. Too often, we get so caught up in the “work,” we’re too busy to actually pray! Explore ideas to help you worship better while ministering.
July 27
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
The Song of the Lord in an Alien Land
Paul Inwood

Paul Inwood

Paul Inwood is an internationally known composer and workshop presenter. After working for 14 years at the St. Thomas More Centre for Pastoral Liturgy in England, Paul served five years as a cathedral organist, and another five years as a diocesan director of music. From 1991 to 1995 he called Southern California home, but returned to England as director of music for the cathedral in the Diocese of Portsmouth, England. He graduated summa cum laude from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Many of his compositions, including “Center of My Life,” were originally published by OCP in the St. Thomas More Group collections. In 2015 Paul was invited to participate in an international competition. Composers were asked to provide a hymn setting of a text by Eugenio Costa, SJ, for the Holy Year of Mercy. Paul’s submission was selected as the winning entry for the worldwide Church. Paul is the author of the hymn book Come, Praise the Lord, A Collection of James Quinn Hymns, released in 2018. Paul has extensive liturgical knowledge and experience, dynamic musical skills, and a commitment to a wide range of styles in liturgy and liturgical music. He offers events exploring many aspects of music and liturgical ministry in the parish. In addition to his workshops, he is available for choir festivals. Paul lives in England with his wife, Catherine Christmas, an accomplished organist and choir director.
How can we sing when we are scared of singing? What can we sing when we ave been changed, both in ourselves and in our attitudes to those around us? A short meditation on the deeper questions that are so important today.     
July 27
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Inclusion and Diversity in the Parish Choir
Trish Foti

Trish Foti

A New Orleans native, Trish has served in music ministry for the Archdiocese of NO for 35 years and counting. Currently, she serves as Director of Music at St. Ann Church and National Shrine in Metairie, La where she serves as cantor and directs the Festival Choir. Most notably, she has also served as Cantor at St. Louis Cathedral and Director of Music at Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church in NOLA. She began recording 20 years ago with 7 national releases. God willing number 8 is on the way! She has enjoyed sharing her gift at many national conventions including LA Religious Congress and NPM. Trish is also the go to vocal coach for movies in the New Orleans area working for Warner Bros, Fox, Disney and many others. She also maintains an active voice studio. She is happily married to her husband and best friend Matthew de Blanc they share four grown children and a beautiful grandson. More info at Trishfoti.com.
Reconsider structuring of the age requirements of memberships of a choir to reflect musical task and skill set. An experiment of including teens in our traditional choir by invitation provided an exciting avenue for evangelization of our youth and increased musicianship in our elders.
July 30
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Hispanic, Latino, Latina, Latinx. . . What's in a Name?
Yurida Ramírez

Yurida Ramírez

Yuridia Ramírez is a Ford Foundation Fellow and Assistant Professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ramírez earned her PhD in history from Duke University with a certificate in Latin American Studies. She also holds a BA in history and journalism from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and an MA in history from Duke University. Currently, Ramírez is working on her book manuscript, tentatively titled Indigeneity on the Move: Transborder Politics from Michoacán to North Carolina, a historic and interdisciplinary analysis of a diasporic indigenous community and their transforming sense of indigeneity.
Decoding the names. The title says it all. 
July 30
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
15 Minutes of Mindfulness
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.
This 15 minute meditation incorporates a variety of  techniques to help expand our awareness of the present moment. It addresses the physical body, the mental body, and the breath - as well as sounds that arise in the present moment. 
July 30
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
The Divine Mercy Chaplet in Song
Matt Maher

Matt Maher

Since his 2008 major label debut, Matt Maher has become a staple in the artistic and songwriting community. An eight time-GRAMMY nominee, he has garnered multiple radio successes writing and recording songs like 'Lord, I Need You,' 'Hold Us Together,' 'Christ Is Risen,' 'Because He Lives (Amen)' and 'Your Grace Is Enough.' Maher has penned songs recorded by Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Third Day, Matt Redman, Hillsong, Casting Crowns, Jesus Culture and Bethel among others. Matt has written or co-written five No. 1 radio singles. In 2013, Maher had a career highlight performing in Rio in front of Pope Francis and a crowd of 3 million people, as well as performing in 2015 in downtown Philadelphia as part of the World Meeting of Families with The Fray, Aretha Franklin, Juanes, Jim Gaffigan, among others. In 2015, Maher was awarded his first RIAA Gold certification for his popular single 'Lord, I Need You.'
Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with Matt Maher and cast the burden of your sins into God's inexhaustible ocean of grace and mercy. 
July 27
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
African American Music Reading Session
Join voices as we read some excellent African American pieces.

Lynné Gray

Lynné Gray

Lynné Gray is a respected liturgist, arranger, director, and composer. Her keen understanding of faith and worship is clearly prevalent in her Psalm settings and energetic spirit. She holds the Bachelor degree and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from The Catholic University of America, with additional training in voice and organ. As a respected vocal coach and accompanist, Ms. Gray shares her love for voice in ministry throughout the United States. And as a liturgist and worship leader, Ms. Gray has had the privilege of serving on the Archdiocese of Washington Liturgical Music Committee, and has given numerous workshops on spirituality, liturgical music ministry, proclamation of Word, and the importance of music within the liturgical experience. Ms. Gray is currently the Director of Music Ministry at St. Anthony of Padua in Washington, D.C., and is the Director of the Archdiocese of Washington Gospel Mass Choir who were blessed to sing during the Papal Mass for Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. Ms. Gray has a passion also for education, serving as a full-time instructor and coordinator of music theory at The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. Ms. Gray gives all glory to God for the wonderful works He continues to do through her.

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.
July 27
6:00 AM - 11:59 AM
The Beauty of the Liturgy/La Belleza de la Liturgia
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.
A session unpacking the beauty of the liturgy for the Latino community, including the role that music and music ministers (cantors, choir, music leaders, choir directors, etc.) play in the liturgy.
July 28
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Aprendamos a Leer Música - Canto a Primera Vista - Reading Music - Learning to Sight Sing - taught in Spanish
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.
This break out session will be geared toward the Hispanic members of NPM, and thus will be presented completely in Spanish. A skill-building session which includes learning to read simple melodies and rhythms and sight-singing.
July 27
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
A History of the Mass
Rita Thiron

Rita Thiron

Rita Thiron is the Executive Director of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions in Washington, DC. Prior to arriving at the FDLC, she served for twenty years as the Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Lansing (Michigan). She also served for a decade as the Director of Adult Education and the Catechumenate at Holy Family Parish and as an adjunct professor at Siena Heights University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theology with a Concentration in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio). She is the author of seven books and countless articles. She is a frequent presenter in dioceses across the United States.Rita serves as a consultant to the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She and her husband have two grown children and three exceptional grandchildren.
How did our current Eucharistic Celebration take shape?What rich traditions have remained unchanged
July 28
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
A History of the Eucharistic Prayers
Rita Thiron

Rita Thiron

Rita Thiron is the Executive Director of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions in Washington, DC. Prior to arriving at the FDLC, she served for twenty years as the Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Lansing (Michigan). She also served for a decade as the Director of Adult Education and the Catechumenate at Holy Family Parish and as an adjunct professor at Siena Heights University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theology with a Concentration in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio). She is the author of seven books and countless articles. She is a frequent presenter in dioceses across the United States.Rita serves as a consultant to the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She and her husband have two grown children and three exceptional grandchildren.
The Eucharistic Prayer is central to our celebration. How did these ancient anaphoras shape our current texts? Examine the rich eucharistic theology which they contain.
July 29
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Beyond the Three Judgments: Selecting Music, Building a Repertory
Dr. Steven R Janco

Dr. Steven R Janco

Steven Janco is Liturgy Resources Specialist at World Library Publications. He served as Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church in Prospect Heights, Illinois, from 1995 to 2005. In addition to his full-time work, Janco also serves as interim director of the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy, the graduate program of Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. The Rensselaer Program offers MA degrees in church music and pastoral liturgy that can be completed in four or five summers. Janco also has been an institute faculty member for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate since 1998 and serves on the music staff of the Chicago Office for Divine Worship. He is a clinician at conferences and workshops around the country. Janco is a well-known composer of liturgical music. Mass of the Angels and Saints, published by GIA in 1996, and Mass of Redemption, published by World Library Publications in 2000, are sung widely in the United States and beyond. He has had articles and reviews published in Pastoral Music, AIM, Modern Liturgy, New Theology Review, and GIA Quarterly. Janco earned master's degrees in theology and church music and recently completed the doctor of ministry degree at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He lives in Forest Park, Illinois.
Though the “three judgments” have provided a simple tool for evaluating music for particular liturgies, they were developed 50 years ago and are limited in scope. Explore additional issues that also need careful consideration, including the theology and quality of sung texts and the development of a repertory that reflects the breadth of Catholic teaching and spirituality and inspires active discipleship.
July 27
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Voice Technique 101: The Semantics of Singing
David Sievers

David Sievers

A church musician since the age of 12, David Sievers is the Pastoral Associate of Music and Liturgy at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Beavercreek, Ohio. He has been a member of NPM (and the DMMD) since 1997. Prior to working at St. Luke, he served at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Franklin, Indiana, and St. Joseph Parish in his hometown of Kennewick, Washington. Dr. Sievers is also an Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Music at the University of Dayton. At UD, he teaches private voice, English and German diction and literature for singers, voice pedagogy, and other related courses, including a course on the intersection of faith traditions and music. He also conducts the UD Opera Workshop. An active tenor, Dr. Sievers has performed in recital and onstage in Italy and Germany as well as in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. He has sung many of the character tenor roles in the operatic canon and is equally comfortable on the musical theater stage. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the New York Singing Teachers Association, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the National Opera Association (where he is a member of the Sacred in Opera Initiative Task Force), and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned the Doctor of Music degree (Voice Performance and Literature) from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the Master of Music degree (Voice Performance and Pedagogy) from Boise State University, and the Bachelor of Music degree (Voice Performance) from Washington State University. What is the importance of music in sharing Christ to a broken world? For me, Aldous Huxley said it best: “After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Our world needs Christ now more than ever, and music helps lead us closer to Christ and his redeeming sacrifice when words simply are not enough.
What we say matters in a choir rehearsal. Learn a common pedagogical language that the typical choir member can understand and utilize in rehearsal and in liturgies, improving their technique along the way.
July 28
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Christ Broken, Shared and Sent in the Liturgy of the Hours
Christopher Ferraro

Christopher Ferraro

Christopher Ferraro is the Director of Music at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Lindenhurst, NY and directs the Liturgical Music Institute at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY. Chris has served NPM in many capacities. He was the director of the Rockville Centre Chapter for four years and has been as an at-large member of the NPM Council, member of the National Committee for Chapters, chair of the Pastoral Liturgy Interest Section and recently chaired the NPM 2.0 committee that redesigned NPM’s Structure and Governance. He is also a frequent presenter at NPM conventions. Chris also serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions where he also represents Region 2, New York State.
The Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist have a complementary relationship as the Hours extend the praise, thanksgiving and petition offered in the Mass. And, both the Hours and the Eucharist are rooted in the prayer of Christ. We'll explore how parish communities can offer opportunities to pray the Liturgy of the Hours in person and virtually.
July 29
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
"Gracias & Maraming Salamat" - Adventures of a Music Minister in Multiculturalism
Anthony Sievert

Anthony Sievert

Anthony Sievert is the Director of Music Ministry at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Land O' Lakes, Florida. In addition to coordinating the liturgical music for a 3000+ family parish, Anthony is also active with the Tampa AGO chapter and the Diocesan NPM chapter. He's a graduate of the Rensselaer Program of Liturgy and Music at St. Joseph's College. He and his wife live in Land O' Lakes with their three children.
The Catholic Church has done a great deal to recognize the importance of multicultural liturgy, as an opportunity to promote unity  and collaboration in our communities of faith.  In this session, Mr. Sievert shares his experiences collaborating on liturgies with the Filipino and Hispanic communities in his parish, and offers practical musical suggestions for celebrating "Simbang Gabi", "Birhen Ng Antipolo", as well as a bi-lingual celebration of the  Paschal Triduum.  Enriched by the cultural influences of your parish, and grateful for a successful musical collaboration, you will find yourself saying, "Gracias" and "Maraming Salamat"!    
July 27
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Taking the Fear Out of the Intermediate Cantor Certificate Essays
Dr. Hartin and Ms. Gondek will lead you through the in’s and out’s of writing the two essays needed to complete the Intermediate Cantor Certificate.

Rosemarie Gondek

Rosemarie Gondek

Rosemarie Gondek, recently appointed administrator for the Intermediate Cantor Certificate and former administrator of the Basic Cantor Certificate for the Association of National Pastoral Musicians from 2015. While a member of the NPM Cantor Steering Committee, we designed musical and spiritual instruction, information, and provided techniques on cantor skills for the certificate process. I organized, implemented, and adjudicated NPM members for certificates, along with other committee members as well as maintained the certificate registry and managed documents while doing my day-job as (twice-earned National Board) Certified elementary school teacher. I began singing for Masses as cantor or in choirs while in second grade, thanks to several women that saw God’s gifts in me! Most recently, I served as principal cantor and pastoral associate to the rector of the Cathedral of St. Ignatius, Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Through much study and prayer, I earned the CCC, Cantor Colleague Certificate as well as Designated Cantor Trainer Certificate thanks to the support of an amazing mentor. Since moving to Georgia in 2018, I have found a home as cantor at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Roswell. But sadly since the pandemic I have not been able to share my gift often. I have published articles for the national publication, “The Liturgical Singer” and hope to contribute more as I mold into what God intends.

Gail Hartin

Gail Hartin

Dr. Gail Hartin is a cantor in the Diocese of Dallas and a member of the Board of NPM Dallas. Gail’s background is in education, as a teacher, principal, and professor of educational leadership. Now retired from her full-time career, she currently focuses on coaching and mentoring educational leaders and doctoral students. Gail has been actively involved in a leadership role in the ongoing development of NPM’s cantor certificate program and has earned the Cantor Colleague and Cantor Trainer certificates.
July 28
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Master Classes for Young Cantors
So many of us began serving as cantors when we were young. Geared toward high school aged cantors, this presentation will make sure the cantors are equiped with all the necessary skills to serve as cantor.

Tammy Schnittgrund

Tammy Schnittgrund

Tammy Schnittgrund teaches elementary through high school orchestras in the Rapid City Area School District and conducts the orchestra at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. In addition, she has worked as an adjudicator and clinician in both South and North Dakota and Wyoming. In 2009, Ms. Schnittgrund joined the NPM Cantor Steering Committee and became chair of thecommittee in 2017. She aided in the development of the cantor certificates and the formation of on-site adjudications. Ms. Schnittgrund continues to pursue new avenues of training for cantors.

Rosemarie Gondek

Rosemarie Gondek

Rosemarie Gondek, recently appointed administrator for the Intermediate Cantor Certificate and former administrator of the Basic Cantor Certificate for the Association of National Pastoral Musicians from 2015. While a member of the NPM Cantor Steering Committee, we designed musical and spiritual instruction, information, and provided techniques on cantor skills for the certificate process. I organized, implemented, and adjudicated NPM members for certificates, along with other committee members as well as maintained the certificate registry and managed documents while doing my day-job as (twice-earned National Board) Certified elementary school teacher. I began singing for Masses as cantor or in choirs while in second grade, thanks to several women that saw God’s gifts in me! Most recently, I served as principal cantor and pastoral associate to the rector of the Cathedral of St. Ignatius, Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Through much study and prayer, I earned the CCC, Cantor Colleague Certificate as well as Designated Cantor Trainer Certificate thanks to the support of an amazing mentor. Since moving to Georgia in 2018, I have found a home as cantor at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Roswell. But sadly since the pandemic I have not been able to share my gift often. I have published articles for the national publication, “The Liturgical Singer” and hope to contribute more as I mold into what God intends.
July 29
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
The Hidden Gems of the Roman Missal
Christopher Ferraro

Christopher Ferraro

Christopher Ferraro is the Director of Music at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Lindenhurst, NY and directs the Liturgical Music Institute at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY. Chris has served NPM in many capacities. He was the director of the Rockville Centre Chapter for four years and has been as an at-large member of the NPM Council, member of the National Committee for Chapters, chair of the Pastoral Liturgy Interest Section and recently chaired the NPM 2.0 committee that redesigned NPM’s Structure and Governance. He is also a frequent presenter at NPM conventions. Chris also serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions where he also represents Region 2, New York State.
 While the third edition of the Roman Missal has been in use for a decade now, many its beautiful ritual options go unnoticed and unused. We'll explore how a parish's worship life can be invigorated by creatively utilizing some of the hidden gems and ritual options of the Roman Missal. 
July 29
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
The Cantor as Pastoral Musician
The cantor's role in the liturgy has many layers. Each of these roles depends on our ability to be a dedicated pastoral musician. Come learn how these roles relate to each other and how they impact our leadership to the assembly.

Gail Hartin

Gail Hartin

Dr. Gail Hartin is a cantor in the Diocese of Dallas and a member of the Board of NPM Dallas. Gail’s background is in education, as a teacher, principal, and professor of educational leadership. Now retired from her full-time career, she currently focuses on coaching and mentoring educational leaders and doctoral students. Gail has been actively involved in a leadership role in the ongoing development of NPM’s cantor certificate program and has earned the Cantor Colleague and Cantor Trainer certificates.

Ben Boeshans

Ben Boeshans

Ben Boeshans is an expert in audio and acoustics for liturgical spaces. A senior consultant at Idibri, Ben specializes in the design of high-performance audio systems for venues where people gather to share an experience. On the weekends, Ben directs the contemporary ensemble at Mary Immaculate Church in Farmers Branch, TX and serves several Dallas-area churches as a cantor and audio engineer. He is active in the Dallas chapter of NPM and has earned the Cantor Colleague certificate.
July 27
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Liturgy in a Cultural Diverse Community: Advanced Topics
For those who are well seasoned in intercultural celebrations and already familiar  with the 2012 FDLC document by Mark Francis. A deeper exploration of models, techniques, and approaches in current use by liturgists and musicians who prepare celebrations with multiple cultures and languages. Music examples will focus on celebrations including English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Rufino Zaragoza

Rufino Zaragoza

Nurtured in Franciscan spirituality for more than forty years, Brother Rufino Zaragoza is one the leading experts on liturgical inculturation in the Church today. He publishes articles on Vietnamese Catholicism, pioneers multilingual song collections in English, Spanish and Vietnamese and prepares worship resources drawing from each of those traditions. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has a bachelor’s in church music from Mount St. Mary’s College and a master’s in theological studies from the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, California. Rufino has published popular collections of instrumental music (A Sacred Place, Longing Heart/Con Tim Khát Khao), liturgical music (Love's Radiant Light) and has served as a consultant for OCP’s Vietnamese worship resources, including Thánh Ca Dan Chúa, the first Vietnamese Catholic hymnal published in the US, Đồng Tâm, Chon Ngài and Chung Loi Tan Tung. In collaboration with Viatorian Father Mark Francis, Rufino was a contributor to Liturgy in a Culturally Diverse Community, the revised document on multicultural liturgies published by FDLC. His song "Sacred Creation" is included in OCP’s Our Common Home, a collection of songs inspired by Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ encyclical. When in the US, Rufino offers workshops and retreats to parish choirs as well as presentations and liturgical preparation for diocesan and national gatherings. He is an excellent resource for multicultural parish communities. Currently, Brother Rufino spends half the year based in Saigon, Vietnam, developing English worship resources and supporting English Mass choirs throughout Southeast Asia. He spends the other half in residence at Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside, California, serving as a liturgical music consultant on the West Coast.

Paul Nguyen

Paul Nguyen

Born and raised in Vietnam, Paul Nguyen is bilingual and bicultural; he serves as a bridge between the first and second Vietnamese generations, as well as between the mainstream American liturgical musicians and their Vietnamese counterparts through his workshops, compositions and community-building events. He is a trilingual cantor, accompanist, choir director, composer, recording artist and workshop presenter. He has worked in various bilingual (English and Spanish) and trilingual (English, Spanish and Vietnamese) parishes for the Diocese of Orange in California, for nearly 20 years. His emphases in college were vocal performance and music education, as well as in business administration. He served a three-year term on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and is a long-time member of the Music Advisory Board for the Diocese of Orange. He has presented workshops for NPM, the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and various dioceses around the country. He discusses best practices for different communities in a parish to come together for fellowship before worship, the unique gifts that Vietnamese-American Catholics have to offer and introductory musicianship for volunteer choirs. He also leads the workshop, Be Not Afraid: Vietnamese diction for non-Vietnamese speakers.
July 28
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Basics: Praying the Liturgy of the Hours
Janét Sullivan Whitaker

Janét Sullivan Whitaker

Janèt Sullivan Whitaker is a lifelong music minister for the Diocese of Oakland. In addition to her work as a composer and recording artist, Janèt is a dynamic cantor, pianist, arranger, percussionist, workshop presenter and retreat leader. For almost two decades, she has served on the catechetical music staff for the One Bread, One Cup Summer Liturgical Leadership Conferences at St. Meinrad Archabbey in Southern Indiana. She holds a BA in music from California State University, Hayward (CSUEB), and a master of theological studies from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Her most beloved songs are “In Every Age,” “Here at This Table,” “The Least of These,” “Christ Before Us” and “Day of Peace.” She has three solo collections of liturgical music, including Tryin’ to Get Ready (for Advent), These Forty Days (for Lent) and Land of the Living. This Place of Perfect Peace, features music from her years with One Bread, One Cup. Her most recent collection Plenty brings a message of hope to people struggling with depression or anxiety and allows us all to celebrate God’s many graces. She recently collaborated with fellow composers on Our Common Home, a collection inspired by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical, offering timely music touching on themes of care for creation, poverty and solidarity. Janèt presents workshops on cantor dynamics, lector formation, parish repertoire, song of the assembly and keyboard improvisation. Currently residing in Hayward, California, Janèt serves as full-time director of music and liturgy at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in San Ramon.
The Liturgy of the Hours unites the global Church and enables her to “pray continually.” (1Thess 5:16) This workshop offers a practical introduction to this prayer form, using the book “Shorter Christian Prayer.” Geared toward lay leaders, musicians, presiders, and preachers, this workshop will also include tips on building an accessible repertoire of chant tones for singing the psalms and canticles.
July 28
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Re-forming Your Choirs in a Post-COVID Age
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.
Calling our choirs back to their ministerial roles after being inactive for more than a year will be challenging. Tips for negotiating a smooth transition to get back to singing, and to engage/motivate new members to join the ministry of music. For directors of both adult and children's choirs.
July 29
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
The Choral Conductor as Problem Solver
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.
Twenty-five absolutely practical and immediate solutions to help your choirs sing better. (For directors of both adult and children's choirs.)
July 28
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Get Literary With It: Discerning Strong Liturgical Texts
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.
This session will encourage pastoral musicians, tasked with the important job of selecting (and sometimes crafting) liturgical texts, to polish their literary skills and put them at the service of our worship. In the session we’ll look at literary aspects of text like point of view, poetics and narrative arc to help us grow in our ability to select and craft pastorally effective texts for liturgy.
 
July 27
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
"I Have Come to Make All Things New," Liturgical Life After COVID-19
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.
What have we lost? What have we gained? How to keep your assembly engaged, informed, and safe. John brings his experience as Director of Music and Liturgy from one of the most active parishes in the Nashville, TN area.
July 27
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Broken to Be Shared and Sent
We may have felt broken over the last year, with the pandemic, abuse revelations, racial unrest, and all the challenges and difficulties from those events. Through our trials, we share our faith in Christ through song, gaining strength to be sent out as Christ's disciples, taking the Good News to a world in need of hope and comfort. Join us in singing songs and prayers that can sustain us in times of trial.

Carol Browning

Carol Browning

Carol Browning is a long-time pastoral musician and liturgist, mainly in Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and Presbyterian settings, although she is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). She is a liturgical composer, published by GIA Publications, World Library Publications (now a division of GIA), and MorningStar Music, and an independently published inspirational songwriter. She enjoys working with other composers and text writers. As a member of the Collegeville Composers Group, Carol and fellow composers (Anna Betancourt; Catherine Christmas; Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam.; Dr. Paul Ford; and Paul Inwood) created a new music program, entitled Psallite and published by Liturgical Press, written in a truly collaborative manner. The heart of her music comes from listening to the Spirit and crafting singable, accessible melodies and beautiful choral arrangements for worship and prayer. Carol leads music for contemplative services on a monthly basis, in the traditions of the Taizé and Iona communities.

Bex Gaunt

Bex Gaunt

Bex Gaunt is a Saint Paul-based performer, composer, and conductor. In addition to performing regularly at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Bex writes and performs with several ensembles, leads music clinics for youth, and sings with the Minneapolis-based choir, VocalEssence. She has songs published by the Justice Choir Songbook and GIA publications. Previously a touring fiddle player for a GRAMMY Award-winning band, Bex is currently the Director of Music and Liturgy and St. Catherine University.

Zachary Stachowski

Zachary Stachowski

Zack Stachowski is currently the Director of Music at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Rochester, MN. As a liturgical composer with GIA Publications, Zack released his first collection in 2017, “God Never Tires”. Zack can be heard on violin, guitar, and vocals on many recordings released by GIA. In May of 2017, Zack, along with Matthew Reichert, launched the successful podcast “Open Your Hymnal” which breaks open the most enduring and consequential songs of the Catholic liturgical repertoire through interviews with composers and commentary. OYH can be found on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. Zack, along with colleagues Matt Reichert and Jes Garceau founded the One Call Institute June of 2018. OCI is a yearly summer institute dedicated to the engagement and formation of young liturgical musicians and their adult advocates. As an author, Zack has published several resources with Twenty-Third Publications on the topics of prayer, youth engagement, and sacramental formation. In the winter of 2020, the Archdiocese of Chicago adopted The Fire of Your Love, a virtual Confirmation retreat resource, co-authored with Matt Reichert, for use in parishes and schools throughout the diocese.
July 27
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Eucharist and Justice: How the Church's Prayer Calls Us to Mission
As liturgists and music ministers, we find ourselves in a privileged place to help facilitate healing and promote justice within our parishes through ritual and music. In this session, by exploring the church’s euchology, we will examine how the liturgy calls us to be people of mercy and justice so that “hatred is overcome by love, revenge gives way to forgiveness, and discord is changed to mutual respect” (EPII for Reconciliation).

Timothy A Johnston

Timothy A Johnston

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

Danielle Noe

Danielle Noe

Danielle A. Noe is an editor at Liturgy Training Publications. She holds a master of divinity from St. John’s University School of Theology and Seminary (Collegeville, MN) and bachelor of arts degrees in English and Theology from King’s College (Wilkes-Barre, PA). Her areas of liturgical interest and focus include the pastoral implementation of ritual texts, the liturgical year, and the connection between liturgy and Catholic Social Teaching. She is the former co-host of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s radio show Focus on the Liturgy. Danielle has presented nationally and virtually on a variety of liturgical topics and has been active in many liturgical ministries for over twenty years. She resides in Naperville, IL, with her husband, Brian, and their beloved animals.
July 27
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Singing Body of Christ: Men Wanted
Janét Sullivan Whitaker

Janét Sullivan Whitaker

Janèt Sullivan Whitaker is a lifelong music minister for the Diocese of Oakland. In addition to her work as a composer and recording artist, Janèt is a dynamic cantor, pianist, arranger, percussionist, workshop presenter and retreat leader. For almost two decades, she has served on the catechetical music staff for the One Bread, One Cup Summer Liturgical Leadership Conferences at St. Meinrad Archabbey in Southern Indiana. She holds a BA in music from California State University, Hayward (CSUEB), and a master of theological studies from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Her most beloved songs are “In Every Age,” “Here at This Table,” “The Least of These,” “Christ Before Us” and “Day of Peace.” She has three solo collections of liturgical music, including Tryin’ to Get Ready (for Advent), These Forty Days (for Lent) and Land of the Living. This Place of Perfect Peace, features music from her years with One Bread, One Cup. Her most recent collection Plenty brings a message of hope to people struggling with depression or anxiety and allows us all to celebrate God’s many graces. She recently collaborated with fellow composers on Our Common Home, a collection inspired by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical, offering timely music touching on themes of care for creation, poverty and solidarity. Janèt presents workshops on cantor dynamics, lector formation, parish repertoire, song of the assembly and keyboard improvisation. Currently residing in Hayward, California, Janèt serves as full-time director of music and liturgy at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in San Ramon.
On average, our assemblies are just 39% male, placing male voices in the minority in our communal song. This workshop will explore ways of engaging and empowering he men in our assemblies to sing. In doing so, the the worship of the community is energized. Addressing this imbalance can lead to more inclusivity in all lay ministries. 
July 27
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
How the Music We Sing Forms Our Communities
The songs we sing stick with our parishioners through the week, shaping us in our faith lives—and, by extension, the kind of parish community we become. That means WHAT we sing matters. We’ll consider the many types of music and texts available and how each, in harmony with others, can contribute to making our communities vibrant, living mirrors of Christ—and the danger of a steady diet of using only one.

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/

Luke D Rosen

Luke D Rosen

Luke D. Rosen is a composer (published with OCP, WLP, and Santa Barbara), conductor, singer, pianist, and educator from Toledo, OH. Originally from Cincinnati. He has served as Director of Music Ministry at Corpus Christi University Parish (Toledo) since 2000, and Director of Choral and Liturgical Music at St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy (Toledo) since 2004. He received his BA in Choral Music Education and his MM in Choral Conducting Performance both from Bowling Green State University.
July 28
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Balancing Music, Ministry, and Motherhood: PART DEUX
Join Meredith and Lorraine for a continuation of the popular 2020 workshop:  Balancing Music, Ministry, and Motherhood. (Although participation in last year's session is not required). Through music, faith-sharing, and story telling, we will explore ways to strengthen your inner self, set realistic goals and establish a plan for change that leads to a stronger domestic church and vibrant music ministry, while maintaining good spiritual and physical health.

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.
July 28
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Text Painting Through Ensemble Texture
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/
Varying the musical texture within individual pieces of pastoral music deepens the prayer experience by highlighting phrases or verses of the text. This allows the text to come alive for the praying, singing assembly in a fresh way. We will use familiar hymns and songs to demonstrate how to layer accompaniment and obbligato instruments and vary vocal textures.
July 28
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Voice for Instrumentalists
David Sievers

David Sievers

A church musician since the age of 12, David Sievers is the Pastoral Associate of Music and Liturgy at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Beavercreek, Ohio. He has been a member of NPM (and the DMMD) since 1997. Prior to working at St. Luke, he served at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Franklin, Indiana, and St. Joseph Parish in his hometown of Kennewick, Washington. Dr. Sievers is also an Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Music at the University of Dayton. At UD, he teaches private voice, English and German diction and literature for singers, voice pedagogy, and other related courses, including a course on the intersection of faith traditions and music. He also conducts the UD Opera Workshop. An active tenor, Dr. Sievers has performed in recital and onstage in Italy and Germany as well as in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. He has sung many of the character tenor roles in the operatic canon and is equally comfortable on the musical theater stage. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the New York Singing Teachers Association, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the National Opera Association (where he is a member of the Sacred in Opera Initiative Task Force), and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned the Doctor of Music degree (Voice Performance and Literature) from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the Master of Music degree (Voice Performance and Pedagogy) from Boise State University, and the Bachelor of Music degree (Voice Performance) from Washington State University. What is the importance of music in sharing Christ to a broken world? For me, Aldous Huxley said it best: “After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Our world needs Christ now more than ever, and music helps lead us closer to Christ and his redeeming sacrifice when words simply are not enough.
This interactive presentation will include pedagogical exercises to improve vocal technique from an instrumentalist's perspective as well as assist instrumentalists n developing a vocabulary to improve the singing of their choir members.
July 28
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Music for the Journey
Paul Inwood

Paul Inwood

Paul Inwood is an internationally known composer and workshop presenter. After working for 14 years at the St. Thomas More Centre for Pastoral Liturgy in England, Paul served five years as a cathedral organist, and another five years as a diocesan director of music. From 1991 to 1995 he called Southern California home, but returned to England as director of music for the cathedral in the Diocese of Portsmouth, England. He graduated summa cum laude from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Many of his compositions, including “Center of My Life,” were originally published by OCP in the St. Thomas More Group collections. In 2015 Paul was invited to participate in an international competition. Composers were asked to provide a hymn setting of a text by Eugenio Costa, SJ, for the Holy Year of Mercy. Paul’s submission was selected as the winning entry for the worldwide Church. Paul is the author of the hymn book Come, Praise the Lord, A Collection of James Quinn Hymns, released in 2018. Paul has extensive liturgical knowledge and experience, dynamic musical skills, and a commitment to a wide range of styles in liturgy and liturgical music. He offers events exploring many aspects of music and liturgical ministry in the parish. In addition to his workshops, he is available for choir festivals. Paul lives in England with his wife, Catherine Christmas, an accomplished organist and choir director.
We have become painfully aware of how vital music is in the healing process and in marking the turning-points in our lives. Come and sing pieces that will feed your soul and rest deep in your heart. 
July 28
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
How to Lead Modern Worship Music at Mass
What does it mean to worship? A worship leader is called to facilitate an encounter with Christ and increase prayer. Since God deserves our very best, all pastoral musicians require intentional and prayerful preparation.

Chris Nolin

Chris Nolin

Chris holds a Masters in Sacred Music from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX and brings over 20 years of experience as a Director of Worship leading various styles of ensembles from traditional to contemporary and Hispanic choirs. Chris also brings over 15 years of corporate Sales & Marketing experience to his role as VP of Relationship Management at WorshipNOW Publishing and is currently serving as the Modern Worship Music Director at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe, TX. Both he and his wife, Nancie, currently reside in Conroe, Texas with their four children.

Gabriel Wanous

Gabriel Wanous

Gabriel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Technology and has been leading liturgical music in the Catholic Church for over 20 years. In 2013, after a long discernment of God’s will, Gabriel and his wife decided to leave his secular career of 13 years to take a full-time job in music ministry and live a life completely surrendered to Christ. Due to the lack of Catholic resources for new music, Gabriel began creating custom arrangements for his music ministry team and worship aids for his congregation including publishing the very first WorshipNOW Hymnal. In 2017, at the prompting of the Holy Spirit, Gabriel founded WorshipNOW Publishing, a new Catholic publishing company with a mission to evangelize and help other parishes integrate modern worship music into their liturgies with an inspiring, engaging, and balanced approach. Gabriel and his wife, Katie, currently reside in Panama City Beach, Florida with their four children.
July 28
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Virtual Choirs for Dummies
Teresa Yoder

Teresa Yoder

Teresa Cobarrubia Yoder was born in Virginia where she pursued studies in Music Composition and Theory. She taught AP Music Theory, Chorus and Madrigals at the high school level at Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg, VA and is the soon to-be retired director of music ministries (May 2021) at Immaculate Conception Church, Hampton, VA. Her choruses performed internationally - including China, Canada, Vatican City, Italy, Ireland and England. She served on boards in a number of music professional organizations and the Diocese of Richmond Liturgical Commission. Ms. Yoder’s compositions reflect an eclectic range of musical styles and levels. She incorporates her expansive pedagogical knowledge as a teacher and pastoral musician to compose music promoting the works of love, mercy, peace, justice and the environment. She and her husband, Gene, live in Williamsburg, in their home they built together. Upon retirement, they will begin an extensive road trip in their RV of many of the national and state parks in the USA. Ms. Yoder is published with GIA/WLP, Oregon Catholic Press, and Paraclete Publications. Additionally, she has a number of self-published works for pianists, string quartets/orchestras and brass ensembles. Her hymns, Mass of the Chesapeake and Mass of Divine Love are available for assembly reprint on One License.
Virtual choirs began as a novelty, but now they are common practice. At their best, virtual choirs create opportunities to make music together in large groups despite the limitations of rehearsal and worship spaces. But, as anyone who has attempted a virtual choir knows, they are a lot of work and require strategic thinking and technical skill. Come and learn about best practices for designing virtual choir experiences, discover resources and software solutions and resources, and more!
July 29
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Hospitality: Our First Priority
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.
Hospitality should be part of everyone's ministry. Yet, how do we, as ministers of music, keep hospitality in our parish communities and in our liturgies when we are socially distanced; while there is no physical sign of peace; and, despite the challenge of communicating while wearing masks? Come explore creative ways to keep hospitality at the forefront of our mission, our music, and our liturgies, so that all who gather in our churches feel loved and welcomed.
July 29
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Vocal Coaching for Cantors (and Accompanists)
Barbara Leyden

Barbara Leyden

Dr. Barbara Stahl Leyden recently retired as Director of Music Ministry for St. Joseph Catholic Church, a large parish in the Kansas City metropolitan area. She began playing the organ every Sunday at her small rural church as a teen, and has since played keyboards, sung, or directed liturgical music in nearly every conceivable setting. In addition to her broad experience in Catholic and other Christian music, Dr. Leyden has lived and taught music from ages preschool through college in places as varied as Lenexa, Kansas, an inner-city school outside Washington, DC; Arizona, Hawaii, Korea and Germany. She has taught in public and private schools, colleges, universities, community education programs, workshops, state music conventions and in her own private studio. While working, she also sang in community amateur and semi-professional groups of varied sizes, musical styles and location, ranging from symphony choruses to a vocal jazz ensemble. She has earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Sacred Music Conducting from the American Conservatory, a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona and a BS in Music Education degree from North Dakota State University. Her doctoral conducting included a well-received series of five concerts featuring classical choral works sung in a liturgical setting using singers recruited from the entire Kansas City metro area. Her doctoral paper is a complete reference guide to music in Catholic liturgy, including hymn and choral suggestions for the entire 3-year scriptural cycle. Her master’s paper on the child voice is one of the most complete references to be found on that topic. Her husband is COL Richard Leyden, U.S. Army (Retired) and Dr Leyden is retired as a LTC in the U. S. Army Reserve. They have three adult children, Cassandra, Brianna and Nicholas.
Using vocal coaching techniques to improve communication, diction, body language, and interpretation. Building a coaching/communicative relationship between cantor and instrumentalist.
Coaching Demonstration. Continuation. Focusing on applying singing diction and ensemble musicianship within the music ministry. Coaching demonstration
July 29
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Unity in Our Diversity
ValLimar Jansen

ValLimar Jansen

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 Jansen will share practical methods pastoral musicians can employ to encourage diversity, inclusivity and racial justice, in liturgical settings.
July 29
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Leading the Hispanic Community When You are Not Hispanic
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!”
This session is addressed to music directors and leaders who are not Hispanic or whose first language is not Spanish but are called to minister to Hispanic communities. Oftentimes, language barriers or cultural differences make it challenging for those in leadership to serve and guide their communities. Come and explore ways to connect, understand, and become a source of support and leadership to Hispanic pastoral musicians by overcoming these barriers.
July 29
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
A Directory for Masses with Children Crash-Course
The Directory for Masses with Children reminds us to ensure that children don't feel "neglected" in parish Eucharist and that "some account should be taken of their presence." This workshop will explore topics such as creating family-friendly liturgies, planning vibrant liturgies for Catholic schools, taking advantage of First Communion to incorporate liturgical formation, and more!

Michael Mangan

Michael Mangan

Michael Mangan is a composer, teacher, performer and liturgist who is based in Brisbane, Australia. A former specialist music teacher, he has composed over 250 pieces which are widely used in Liturgy and Religious Education programmes in schools and parishes throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. His compositions are known for their "singability" and suitability for liturgical celebrations, especially with children. Michael's music is published in North America by GIA/WLP. Michael tours extensively each year presenting concerts and workshops for students, teachers and parish musicians and speaks and performs at conferences throughout Australasia and North America including annual presentations at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress since 2007. His vibrant liturgical music leadership sees him regularly engaged as a Musical Director and Liturgy Consultant for major national and international Church and Catholic Education conferences and events. Michael's qualifications include: BA (Music), GradDipEd (Arts Ed), MTheol (Liturgical Studies). He is National Chair of the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network, a member of the Australian Academy of Liturgy and on the editorial board of the journal, "Pastoral Liturgy." Michael is honoured to lead the Music Ministry team at All Saints Catholic Parish, Albany Creek (Brisbane, Australia.)

James Wahl

James Wahl

James Wahl was first inspired to write Catholic children's music when his two oldest children were in preschool. His desire to pas son the faith to his sons in a lively, energetic way led to the composition of his first original song, "Jonah". Fifteen years later, he is now recording and presenting with WLP Music as well. James currently serves as the Coordinator of Music and Liturgy at the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, NC, where he resides with his wife, Tami, and four sons. Before moving to the east coast, he ministered at parishes in California and Arizona, including the Cathedral of Phoenix. When he is not studying to complete his Master's of LIturgical Music Composition from St. John's University in Minnesota, James can be found hiking, enjoying the Carolina coastline, and watching Lakers games and West Wing reruns.

Andrew Chinn

Andrew Chinn

Andrew worked as a classroom teacher in Catholic Primary Schools in Sydney, Australia for nearly twenty years before moving into his full time music ministry. Andrew has visited more than one thousand Catholic primary schools, performing in two thousand concerts across Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada sharing his music and his faith with children, teachers and parents. He has released ten CDs, five DVDs and five picture books, which are used widely by teachers and catechists in the faith development of children.
July 29
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Vibrato and Breaks: Tips to Improve These Vocal Challenges
Barbara Leyden

Barbara Leyden

Dr. Barbara Stahl Leyden recently retired as Director of Music Ministry for St. Joseph Catholic Church, a large parish in the Kansas City metropolitan area. She began playing the organ every Sunday at her small rural church as a teen, and has since played keyboards, sung, or directed liturgical music in nearly every conceivable setting. In addition to her broad experience in Catholic and other Christian music, Dr. Leyden has lived and taught music from ages preschool through college in places as varied as Lenexa, Kansas, an inner-city school outside Washington, DC; Arizona, Hawaii, Korea and Germany. She has taught in public and private schools, colleges, universities, community education programs, workshops, state music conventions and in her own private studio. While working, she also sang in community amateur and semi-professional groups of varied sizes, musical styles and location, ranging from symphony choruses to a vocal jazz ensemble. She has earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Sacred Music Conducting from the American Conservatory, a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona and a BS in Music Education degree from North Dakota State University. Her doctoral conducting included a well-received series of five concerts featuring classical choral works sung in a liturgical setting using singers recruited from the entire Kansas City metro area. Her doctoral paper is a complete reference guide to music in Catholic liturgy, including hymn and choral suggestions for the entire 3-year scriptural cycle. Her master’s paper on the child voice is one of the most complete references to be found on that topic. Her husband is COL Richard Leyden, U.S. Army (Retired) and Dr Leyden is retired as a LTC in the U. S. Army Reserve. They have three adult children, Cassandra, Brianna and Nicholas.
Using a master class format, the presenter will demonstrate how adjusting the soft palate and tongue postition and reducing tongue tension combined with balanced air pressure/vocal cord support improves vocal tone in singers. Development in this area will be particularly helpful for women's and aging voices. Many workshops give an opportunity of healthy vocal production; this presentation will focus intently on two aspects that often result in immediate blossoming of and flexibity in tone qualtiy.
July 29
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
At the Digital Banquet of the Lord: Livestreaming Masses with Sacramental Integrity
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.
How do we better liturgically form online presiders, lectors and musicians to promote liturgical engagement, as distinct from serving as online entertainers. This presentation provides a methodology for joining technology with the liturgy and online prayer
July 29
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Don't Just Do Something, Sit There!
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.
Some find silence awkward, yet silence at strategic times during the liturgy can enhance the liturgy and draw attention to "what just happened." Learn how to use silence in music ministry to say something profound!
July 29
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
But I Don't Get Anything Out of Mass: Helping Parishioners Appreciate Liturgy
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.
Whether we are celebrating the Sacraments, Holy Week, or the Sundays of Ordinary Time, we must consider that there may be many in our congregations that lack the ability, through no fault of their own, to connect the liturgy to their daily lives. This session will offer suggestions that will help “make Mass matter” in the parish community. Simply: prepare, celebrate, reflect. The Catechism states that “the liturgy is the privileged place for catechizing the people of God.” How do we make this a reality so that all may understand the power of the liturgy?

 

 

 

July 29
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Preparing Eucharistic Liturgies with Non-Liturgists
Timothy A Johnston

Timothy A Johnston

Editor and Liturgical Training Consultant for Liturgy Training Publications. Former Worship office Director and national workshop presenter.
Whether we are collaborating with wedding couples, funeral families, school teachers, or religious educators, we have all experienced the joys and struggles of preparing various liturgies. This session will provide some basic tips and ideas on how to express the vision of the rites, communicate the importance of full community participation, and explain the significance of the rubrics.  Furthermore, we will discuss ways in which liturgical celebrations can be appropriately adapted to meet the needs and desires of your community. 

 

July 27
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
In Spirit and Truth
Open the gift of African American sacred music! This evening of song offers the opportunity to sing along with a selection of rich, deeply felt music, built on good ground, that has transformed the way so many Catholic parishes worship and live their faith./Songs of our brokenness, our shared humanity and companionship on the formative journey, with Jesus and one another.

July 27
8:45 PM - 9:45 PM
Stations of the Cross: In Atonement for Abuse and for the Healing of All
When one member of the Body of Christ suffers, we all suffer. This is one of the reasons Bishop Johnston asked Fr. Paul Turner to craft a service of prayer for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph that specifically addressed the reality of clerical sexual abuse. While this is certainly not an easy topic, it is one that we must continue to bring to our communal prayer. Join us in praying The Stations of the Cross in Atonement for Abuse and for the Healing of All, a prayer experience that invites a wounded church to contemplate the Passion, death, and resurrection of Christ through the experience of clerical abuse survivors.

July 28
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
New Faces in Liturgical Music
Experience a powerful afternoon of new inspiritng liturgical music from today's top Catholic worship leaders/songwriters from around the country and beyond.

July 28
8:45 PM - 9:45 PM
Catholic Music Like Gumbo
New Orleans is a melting pot of music from all over the world. Catholic recording artists from around the country collaborate in a melting pot of diverse music from the parts of the country they call "home." The theme of this concert is Eucharist as "Thanksgiving," grateful for all the genres of music that help us worship. A high energy, participative concert with each artist singing original sacred music and one song from the genre of their home (Cajun, Gospel, Jazz, Bluegrass, Latin, Rock, etc.).

July 29
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Music of Women: Bringing Healing & Unity
Music of female composers , in different styles and languages, inspiring peace, unity, hope and healing.

July 29
8:45 PM - 9:45 PM
An Evening of Fun and Humor
A time of laughter and joy exploring different facets of our faith lives as only Oddwalk (and friends) can. 

Shannon Cerneka

Shannon Cerneka

Shannon is originally from Belleville, Illinois. Although his family did not have much material wealth as Shannon was growing up, there was always lots of love and humor, and support from a large and loving extended family. The Church, through Boy Scouts, TEC, CYO, his home parish, and the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows also played a big part in Shannon's formation. Ever the extrovert, Shannon loved singing and performing and acting silly for people. Shannon taught himself to play guitar and began writing songs in high school. He would play for CYO event and began offering his gifts to the local TEC center as weekend music directors and playing for parish liturgies. When he graduated from high school, Shannon joined the Illinois Air National Guard and served for four years. He stayed involved with these groups and continued to grow in his love of the Lord and realization of His good gifts. Soon after being discharged from the Guard, Shannon felt the call to ministry and enrolled in the Youth Ministry Certificate program offered by the Center for Ministry Development. Upon completion of the program in 1999, the Lord called Shannon to move to mid-Missouri and serve His Church there. Today he fills several pastoral roles at St. Peter Catholic Church in Fulton, MO, where he lives with his wife and four children.

Orin Johnson

Orin Johnson

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.

 
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