Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gearing Up for the NPM Convention

I hope you are enjoying another Spring day. It is raining once again here in Chicago. It has been an unusually rainy Spring for us here in the Midwest.

As you can imagine, for a Catholic music publisher, this is high preparation season for us. The national convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians is just around the corner. It is being held in Rosemont, Illinois, just up the road, a few miles from our offices here at J. S. Paluch/World Library Publications. We approach the NPM convention in a number of ways. First of all, we sponsor speakers who give master classes and workshops at the event. I have been asked to present two workshops; one on the challenges and opportunities the new translation of the Missale Romanum will present to us; and the other on music for the Liturgy of the Hours. We are sponsoring several other presenters, including Thomas Jefferson, Paul Tate, Charles Thatcher, Peter Kolar, Rev. Richard Fragomeni, Jennifer Pascual, Steven Janco, Norma Garcia, Rev. Jim Marchionda, OP, Lee Gwodz, Jeffrey Honore, Mary Beth Kunde-Anderson, Jennifer Kerr-Budziak, Lynn Trapp, Ed Bolduc, Paul French, and Steve Warner. Some of our performing artists will be there as well, including Meredith Augustin, John Angotti, Aaron Thompson, and Noelle Garcia. We are also co-sponsoring an event at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, featuring Rory Cooney, Terry Donohoo, Paul Tate, and Deanna Light. As you can see, this is no small undertaking on behalf of Catholic music publishers.

We are also given the opportunity to present a choral music showcase. I can proudly say that WLP is publishing the best choral music for Catholic parishes today. I have peppered this blog post with photos of some of WLP's dedicated staff members from each of our departments, chipping in to help create the choral packets for the music showcase at NPM. We publish music in a variety of styles. We hope that the fine music that our composers create will help enhance the liturgical experience of the Church. We hope that what we do will deepen people's relationship with the Lord Jesus, the eternal Song of the Father. 

The NPM convention is a great opportunity for musicians, clergy, and liturgists to gather to learn, to share, and to make music. It helps all of us realize that we gotta sing and we gotta pray.

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