Our acting editor, Rita Ferrone, has suggested that it might be of interest to readers of Pray Tell to hear about some events involving liturgy and music to be held this summer. The following are Liturgy and Music events at which I will be present. I look forward to other members of the Pray Tell community informing us of other events at which they will be present that may be of general interest. Following Fr. Anthony Ruff’s lead, I hope to provide some succinct reports of what takes place at these events when they transpire.
The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada will be holding its annual conference in Richmond, VA 14-18 July 2013. The overarching theme — “The Blossoming of Song Since Vatican II” — will be addressed especially in four plenary sessions: “The Roots of Reform: Context and Background for Vatican II” by John Baldovin, SJ; “Catholic Branchings: Congregational Song and the Legacy of Vatican II” by J. Michael Joncas; “Protestant Branchings: Congregational Song and the Legacy of Vatican II” by Victoria Sirota; and “New Shoots from Old Roots”, a panel presentation by Anthony Ruff, OSB, Emily Brink, FHS, Ruth Duck, Michael Hawn, FHS, and David Music, FHS. The conference will also include festivals, showcases, sectionals, a masterclass by Michael Hawn, and worship. For further information and to register see their website.
Music Ministry Alive! will hold its 15th annual summer music ministry Institute for young adults and adult leaders 23-28 July 2013 at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN. The institute consists of two tracks: one for musically gifted student leaders entering 10th-12th grade or their first two years of college; the other for adult music directors, teachers, religious educators, youth ministers, clergy, and all who mentor youth in ministry leadership roles. Further information is available here.
The National Association of Pastoral Musicians will hold its 36th annual convention “Participation: Liturgy, Life, Mission” 29 July – 2 August 2013 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The convention will especially focus on the fiftieth anniversary of the promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. The plenary sessions consist of: “The Call to Participation” by Rita Ferrone; “The Contexts of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy” by John Baldovin, SJ; “Inculturating Inculturation: Examining the Past, Glimpsing the Future” by Ricky Manalo, CSP; “Heritage and Renewal” by Paul Turner; and “Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord” by Bernadette Farrell. In addition there will be master classes, clinics, intensives, chapter meetings, music industry showcases, evening events, and daily experiences of worship, both the Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist. For further information and to register see the NPM website.
Universa Laus, a primarily European gathering of liturgical music theoreticians and practitioners founded around the time of the Second Vatican Council and doing its work mostly in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish an Slovak, will be gathering at Worth Abbey in Sussex from 4 PM on Monday 19 August through lunchtime Friday 23 August 2013. The overall title of the congress will be “Sacrosanctum Concilium: Perspectives and Possibilities.” Principal speakers will be: Mgr. Giuseppe Ruggieri [It] on the theology of SC; Fr. Aidan Peter Rossiter, CJ [UK] on SC and its influence on the pastoral life of the Church; Fr. J. Michael Joncas [USA] on SC and its influence on liturgical music and musicians: retrospectives and prospectives. Jo Akepsimas [Greece and France] and Chris Walker [UK] will lead two workshops. For further information and to register contact Fr. Rossiter.