Some Liturgy and Music Events: Summer, 2013

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.


  1. Thank you for this, Michael.

    In case anyone thinks that Universa Laus, being “primarily European”, is not interested in other parts of the world, it has held its international meeting in Stamford, CT, and Montréal, PQ in the past, and both Americans and Russians (the latter Catholic, not Orthodox) are regular participants in the work. UL also has occasional participants from South America and Africa. Although most participants are Roman Catholic, members of other Christian denominations are also most welcome occasional visitors.

  2. Thanks for the post, Michael!

    I have a correction to the title of my NPM plenum listed above: it’s suppose to be “Interculturating Inculturation: Examining the Past, Glimpsing the Future” (not Inculturating Inculturation). I see this was a typo in the NPM Facebook page as well. Oh well. I’m looking forward to this!

      1. @Charles Culbreth – comment #3:

        Thanks, Charles! So glad you liked it. I composed that hymn (“That All May Be One In Christ”) for a competition sponsored by NPM and the Greymoor Friars back in 2007. I finally published and recorded the hymn through OCP last year. Thanks for the affirmation!

  3. Re: Paul’s comment at #1. I hope you didn’t take my comment about UL’s membership being “primarily European” as a negative. From my perspective, part of UL’s great strength is its ability to bring people of distinct linguistic and cultural group together to discuss liturgical music with real seriousness and openness. I only wish that its work were more widely known in the English-speaking world.
    Re: Ricky’s comment at #2. Thanks for the correction of the title of your plenary address; I simply copied it from the information I had from the NPM Facebook page.

  4. Thank you! I would love to attend them all, but alas, I must choose. I will be in DC at the NPM national convention and I hope to see/meet some of you there!

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