Convention Review: NPM Sponsorship Sessions & Events

The 2017 National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Convention was a busy and successful event for MorningStar Music. It was great to meet new colleagues and to see familiar faces! For a review of sessions led by President Mark Lawson and Editor Kelly Dobbs-Mickus, along with the corresponding repertoire featured at each session, check out the list below. Click the links for handouts and more information about featured works performed and highlighted at the convention, including PDF and audio samples.

Showcases

Accessible Music for Parish Choirs with MorningStar Music
Kelly Dobbs-Mickus; Accompanist Preston Dibble
Music for use with modest resources. Quality selections in a variety of styles, voicing, and instrumentation that cover the church year.
Click here for a list of music featured at this reading session.

New Choral Music from MorningStar
Kelly Dobbs-Mickus; Accompanist Preston Dibble
MorningStar presented quality music for the church year in a variety of styles, voicings, and instrumentation.
Click here for a list of music featured at this reading session.

Music for Advanced Choirs with ECS Publishing Group
Mark Lawson; Accompanist Jennifer Pascual
Music for the intermediate to advanced choir from this leading publisher of classical repertoire.
Click here for a list of music featured at this reading session.

The Five Graces Psalter by Luke Mayernik: A Unique New Resource for Lectionary Psalms
Luke Mayernik, Kelly Dobbs-Mickus, Joe Simmons, Kassidy Mayernik
Participants sang through several psalms, heard from Luke about his composing work, and learned about the new publishing approach.
Click here to learn about The Five Graces Psalter.
Click here for the session handout.

Breakout Sessions

Jack of All Trades vs. King of Instruments, Part 1 & 2
Kelly Dobbs-Mickus
A two-part session for beginning and intermediate organists with a focus on repertoire for manuals and minimal pedal as a tool for developing skills for more effective playing, from hymns and service music to organ solo pieces.
Click here for the session handout.

Christ Will Be Your Way, Your Truth, Your Life
Lynn Trapp
Repertoire for the Sacraments and Rites of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.
Click here for a list of music featured at this session.

Choral Classics Every Choir Should Know
Mark Lawson and Panel
Panelists Tony DiCello, Jennifer Pascual, Rick Gibala, and Preston Dibble—moderated by Mark Lawson—discussed sacred choral staples, including what makes a classic a classic, what pieces they return to year after year and why, and what choirs can learn from classics.
Click here for a list of music featured at this session.
Click here for the session handout.

Evening Concert

University of Notre Dame Children’s Choir, Mark Doerries, Conductor

Notre Dame Children’s Choir
Conducted by Mark Doerries
Mark and the Notre Dame Children’s Choir (who participated all week in the Children’s Choir Director Institute) performed an ecumenical program highlighted by a participatory Vespers service for congregation, choir, cantor, and jazz trio.
Click here for information about our University of Notre Dame Children’s Choir Series.

New Lectionary Psalms Volume

The Five Graces Psalter: Lectionary Psalms by Luke Mayernik
This complete set of Responsorial Psalms for the 3-year Lectionary cycle from award-winning composer Luke Mayernik is an essential new resource for both traditional and contemporary parish music programs. The settings are memorable, infused with harmonic freshness and melodic appeal. The Psalm tones are crafted for SATB choir as well as cantors. Separate choral editions are available in print and download versions. Vocal or instrumental descants enhance many refrains. Effective accompaniments for piano or organ, with optional guitar. Available in both print and download editions.
80-416, $39.95
New!
Click here for more information about this work.

Opening hymn at Thursday’s Eucharist

Our Many Voices and Each Heart by James Biery
Scored for SATB, Assembly, Brass Quartet, Organ with opt. Timpani
This hymn setting was commissioned for Thursday’s Convention Eucharist and features a new text by Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB. James Biery’s creative arrangement of the well-loved tune KINGSFOLD for assembly, choir, organ, brass and timpani was perfect for this “big” liturgy, but it is also suitable for “smaller” situations.
60-6018, $1.95
New!
Click here for more information about this work.

 

 

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