Sunday, July 17, 2016

From Houston to Hamilton

Sunday greetings from beautiful Hamilton, Ontario, where I will be teaching most of the week for the Summer School for Liturgical Musicians and Parish Initiation Leaders here in the Diocese of Hamilton.

The NPM  convention last week in Houston was inspiring, uplifting, and definitely exhausting, all at the same time. I led three workshops, played two little mini-concerts in our WLP exhibit booth, helped with two industry lab sessions, rehearsed and sang in our great WLP choral music showcase, helped set up and tear down our exhibit booth, met friends and colleagues old and new, and helped people find the resources they needed for their ministry.

Here's the before and after of our booth:

I was so proud of our WLP staff on site and back at home for their hard work in creating these resources and in setting them up for display.

The opening event of the convention:

I have to say that I was so disappointed in the number of attendees at NPM this year. We work as hard when 4,000 are in attendance. Estimates ranged from 1000 to 2000; in my own personal opinion, it seemed there were closer to one thousand. Just being honest. Way too often the exhibit area was nearly empty; in stark contrast to years gone by. Hopefully the leadership of NPM, as well as publishers like WLP, will find ways to boost attendance for what is a GREAT convention!

Here are photos of John Angotti and Mary Beth Kunde-Anderson leading terrific workshops:

And yours truly practicing for my performances of Ed Eicker's piano works:

WLP sponsored two major events. Lee Gwozdz brought his choirs from Corpus Christi, Texas and they sang a wonderful concert in Houston's co-Cathedral. At the very same time slot, we sponsored many of our contemporary artists in a concert in the main ballroom at the Hilton Hotel.

It was wonderful to be able to sponsor these quite distinct events.

All in all, a good week in Houston.

Now I am gearing up for the summer school here in Ontario. We will be located on the diocesan grounds where the cathedral and chancery are located. Scoped out the area this morning when I arrived:

More as the week unfolds.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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