There is a buzz of activity here at World Library Publications as we make our final preparations for next week's annual convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, to be held this year in Pittsburgh.
WLP Project and Music Editor Ed Bolduc will be leading the Ensemble Intensive master class on Monday morning. Also on Monday, music editor Keith Kalemba will lead his first of four NPM workshops: "Electronic Keyboard and Integrating Technologies, Part 1." In that same Monday afternoon time slot, Peter Kolar, WLP's Senior Editor of Hispanic Music and Publications, will lead a workshop entitled "Playing Hispanic Rhythms and Styles." (This is an area where I need a lot of help myself!)
On Tuesday, as the convention really gets into full swing, Keith presents "Electronic Keyboard and Integrating Technologies, Part 2." At the same time, Peter Kolar kicks it up a notch with "Accompaniments that Wed Musical Style and Worshipping Assembly," and Ed Bolduc presents "Instrumental Arranging for Ensembles." On Tuesday afternoon, Ed continues his work by presenting "Contemporary Ensemble: Who? What? How? And More!" At that same time, I will be presenting "Music for the RCIA."
Wednesday is dedicated to music showcases, with WLP's being the one that occurs in the early evening. On Thursday, workshops begin again in earnest, with Peter Kolar presenting "Leading the Assembly from the Keyboard." Our own Alan Hommerding, Senior Liturgy Publications Editor, will lead a workshop entitled "Organ Basics: Hymn Playing, Registration, and Practice Techniques." Keith Kalemba makes another appearance as he presents "Music Theory Basics for Composers."
Later on Thursday afternoon, WLP's own Mary Beth Kunde-Anderson, Director of Publications, will provide nourishment to musicians with her workshop, "Spiritual Spa: Time Management for Pastoral Musicians." At that same time slot, I will present "The Reception of the Newly Translated Texts;" and Keith wraps up his four workshops with "Composing Basics." WLP's Mike Novak, Bulletin and Parish Resources Editor, will lead a workshop for cantors: "How To Sing From the Heart." Anyone who has ever heard Mike cantor at Mass knows that he is an ace at singing from the heart!
Finally, on Friday morning, Alan is back at the podium (and the bench!) with his "Literature for the Liturgical Year," a workshop for the beginner organist, while Mary Beth leads "Praying the Liturgical Year in Song" in the same time slot.
Whew! And this just represents the workshops and master classes being given by WLP employees. Kind of looks like we could do a convention ourselves! At NPM, we as a publisher sponsor other events, including a concert by the Jacob and Matthew Band and Danielle Rose, and a concert by Jorge Rivera and friends. We also sponsor other speakers, including John Angotti, Paul French, Lee Gwozdz, Mary Prete, among others.
In addition to all of these fine musicians, members of WLP's marketing team, led by Director of Marketing Jennifer Odegard will also be on hand to assist those in attendance. If you are going to the convention, make it a point to ask this fine team about our helpful resources. Didi Garcia is our Online Marketing and Trade Accounts Specialist. Raquel Hernandez is WLP's Programming and Artist Relations Coordinator. Gina Buckley is our Promotions and Advertising Specialist. You will definitely want to meet the newest addition to the WLP marketing team, Dawn Szymanek, WLP's Worship Resources Specialist. And rounding off the marketing team's presence is Lisa Bagladi a specialist in Public Relations and Marketing.
So, it will be a week filled with prayer, music-making, lots of running to and fro, lots of speaking, lots of singing, lots of playing of lots of instruments, lots of connecting with friends and colleagues, and lots of fun.
Like last year, if you are at NPM, find me in the WLP booth (you can't miss us) and just say "Gotta sing. Gotta pray" to me and you will get a little surprise gift.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.