with Bob Batastini
An NPM-GR Chapter Event
A 3-part Workshop | Being offered in two different locations!
Mondays: June 4 - 11 - 18 | 7:00-9:00 pm | at Prince of Peace Parish, Muskegon
Tuesdays: June 5 - 12 - 19 | 7:00-9:00 pm | at GR Catholic Central High School
The sessions will be identical in both locations, so that participants who must miss a session can attend the corresponding session on the previous or following day in the alternate location.
Church choirs typically consist of a diverse group of folks with varying degrees of singing ability and experience, and most are amateur singers. It’s the job of the director to form this group into a choir that is worthy of its place in the liturgy. This workshop will focus on the basic skills for achieving this goal.
It is a workshop primarily for choir directors, with accompanists, section leaders, and parish music coordinators also welcome. Participants are expected to have basic music reading skills. The class will form a choir for the three nights of this presentation. Participants from all churches are heartily welcome.
Session I: How do we sing? Vocal basics for amateur singers, simple approaches to achieving good blend, dealing with “problem” singers in a non-confrontational manner, plus successful methods for recruiting.
Session II: What do we sing? A focus on choosing and rehearsing appropriate repertoire that is well-suited to the resources of your particular group.
Session III: Why do we sing? The role of the choir in the worship. The choir as a source of inspiration and artistic beauty. Using the choir to stimulate and enhance congregational song without becoming a substitute for congregational singing.
Cost: $30 for the first participant from a parish; $20 for the second, and only $10 for each additional participant. All music included.
To register, send an email with the participants' names and parish, plus which location you'd like to attend, to Aline at email@example.com. Please register by May 7th, 2012.
Make checks payable to "Grand Rapids Chpt NPM." Please mail the payment to:
Grand Rapids Chpt NPM
c/o Aline Snoeyink
922 Beech SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
Prince of Peace is located at 1110 Dykstra Rd., N. Muskegon, MI 49445-2014. [MAP] The church is located N. from Causeway 6/10 mile W. on Dykstra.
GR Catholic Central High School is located at 319 Sheldon Blvd., Grand Rapids, MI 49503. [MAP]
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Bob Batastini is the retired vice president and senior editor of GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago. Though retired from management, he maintains an active role at GIA. Bob has over fifty-five years of service in pastoral music ministry, having served several parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago and one in the Diocese of Joliet. He served as executive editor and project director for the Worship hymnals (three editions), Gather hymnals (three editions), Catholic Community Hymnal, and as executive editor of RitualSong. Since retirement, he has continued as project director for Lead Me, Guide Me—Second Edition, and served on the editorial committees for Worship—Fourth Edition, and Oramos Cantando.
In 1993 he became the first recipient of the Father Lawrence Heiman Citation for lifetime contribution to church music and liturgy in the U.S., awarded by St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana, and was named "Pastoral Musician of the Year-2000" by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). At its 2006 conference, he was named a Fellow of the Hymn society in the United States and Canada.
Bob is past-president of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, served as a member of the Council for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and was a member of the Music Advisory Committee of the Bishops Committee on the Liturgy which drafted the Bishops’ document, Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship.
He is active in the music ministry of St. Francis de Sales Parish, Holland, MI.