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Program Change - Breakout F

Paul Mason - Sunday, August 11, 2019


Due to a family illness, Fr Elio Capra has had to withdraw from the conference. His workshop is the most popular in Block F. Diana Macalintal has graciously agreed to cover this workshop topic in addition to her own workshops in Breakout A and E.


Early Bird Extended

Paul Mason - Monday, July 01, 2019


The Early Bird ticket pricing for the conference in Melbourne has been extended to 31 July. Take advantage of the $50 early bird discount. Discounts up to $95 for early bird and APMN membership!

Conference 2019 Program Changes

Paul Mason - Tuesday, June 18, 2019



There are three changes to the breakout program announced today (16 June 2019).


Unfortunately Christopher Willcock and Angela McCarthy have had to withdraw from the presenter program due to changes in their respective schedules.


Christopher's presentations in breakout A-4 and breakout F-8 were focused on the role of the Composer for Catholic Worship, with a hands-on focus for composers. We are fortunate to have secured Tony Alonso to replace Chris in breakout F-8. Tony will present "The Work of Our Hands: Composing for the Catholic Church." We are also most fortunate in securing Peter Wardrobe, Dorico Education Specialist at Yamaha Music Australia, who will present "Dorico for Composers," providing a composer's expose of Dorico, the new notation software that is being enthusiastically embraced by composers all around the world.


Angela's presentation in breakout E-6 is a unique review of current research work in W.A. We hope Angela will be able to present this at a future event.


2019 Conference Program Brochure Now Available

Paul Mason - Monday, May 13, 2019

The APMN Conference Brochure, including full program details, is now available here.


Early Bird discount on tickets is available until 30 June. There are a limited number of student discount tickets also available.


Registrations Now Open for the 2019 Conference

Paul Mason - Thursday, April 04, 2019

Registrations Now Open

The APMN 4th National Conference, Listen to the Spirit and Sing, to be held in Melbourne 1-3 October 2019, is now open for registrations. Please go to the Conference Website and check out the program and breakout options.

Once you have made your breakout choices go to the Register page, review the registration process and press the "Register Now" button.

2019 Conference Website Launched!

Paul Mason - Tuesday, April 02, 2019


The 2019 Conference Website is now available to access. Checkout the Program, Keynotes, Breakouts, Venue and Registration process.


Registration opens later this week. Go to the site:




Paul Mason

Secretary, APMN

UPDATE! New Venue for Melbourne Conference

Paul Mason - Sunday, March 10, 2019



The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network is pleased to announce a new venue for its 4th National Conference, 1-3 October, 2019. The new venue is the Catholic Leadership Centre in Victoria Parade, East Melbourne.


Unfortunately, the ACU campus in Melbourne will be undergoing major construction works in the September-October timeframe. To avoid any conflicts with our conference operations, we recently decided to change venue. We had already booked some facilities there for the conference, so we extended our arrangements and have secured the entire facility for the week of the conference.


Celebrating liturgical, catechetical and religious music for parishes, schools and beyond, the bi-annual conference is intended for all musicians, cantors, conductors, composers, choristers, teachers, catechists, campus ministers, clergy, liturgy teams ... and all who love sung prayer.


The conference features 3 keynote presentations, 2 plenary workshops, 47 breakout workshops, exhibitions, showcases, conference liturgies, conference Mass and conference dinner.


Note the dates in your diary! Due to the change of venue and the necessary change in graphics, the conference website has been delayed until the end of March. Registrations will open 1 April, 2019. Early Bird discount will close 30 June, 2019.


We look forward to seeing you there.


Paul Mason


APMN Executives Reappointed to National Liturgical Music Council

Paul Mason - Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Bishops Commission for Liturgy has reappointed two APMN executives to the National Liturgical Music Council (NLMC) for three year terms commencing November 2018 and ending November 2021.


The appointments of Fiona Dyball and Paul Mason to the NLMC provide for close working relationships between the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network.




Presenter Expressions of Interest Now Open

Paul Mason - Wednesday, January 09, 2019



We are now seeking expressions of interest to present a Breakout Session at our 2019 conference - Listen to the Spirit and Sing! The 4th national conference for the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network (APMN) will be held in Melbourne at the Australian Catholic University, October 1-3, 2019. More information is available on our website.

Here is a list of suggested topics; but other topics are also invited: please name your own Breakout Session title and focus in the Expression of Interest Form. The closing date has been extended to Friday 25 January, 2019.


In keeping with the aims of the APMN, Breakout Session Leaders will open ways to

“actively assist parishes, schools and other Church agencies to have educated, skilled musicians and composers available for the vital ministry of providing suitable quality music for worship, church life and religious education.”


There are three primary Breakout Session formats - Workshop, Masterclass, and Showcase.


A Workshop will generally have a strong practical music-making component that invites and supports participation by all attendees. All music used in a Workshop must speak to the context for which it is most suited and explain why (E.g. Mass, Adoration, Praise and Worship, Prayer Service, RE Classroom Catechetics, possible crossover points if any, etc). One composer’s work may be used to demonstrate a concept or theme in a Workshop but active promotion of works for sale is suited to a Showcase format and/or a booth in the Exhibitor Hall. Workshops that suggest music appropriate for the Catholic Mass must also refer to Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 1963), Musicam Sacram (Instruction on Music in the Liturgy, 1967), and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (2011).


A Masterclass will be led by an acknowledged music ministry professional in the instrument/area that is highlighted. It allows participants to engage in practical opportunities to upskill in a practical music area, as applied to music ministry (E.g. Choir Director, Psalmist, Composer, Cantor, Leader of Song, Guitarist, Organist, Pianist, Percussionist, etc). Places may be limited for some Masterclasses.


A Showcase provides an opportunity for a composer or commercial publisher to present a range of their works or products in an interactive format for commercial purposes and promotion. Preference will be given to presenters of Showcases who have purchased a sponsorship / booth in the Exhibitor Hall, as Showcase sessions are strictly limited. All music used in a Showcase must specify the context for which it is most suited and explain why (E.g. Mass, Adoration, Praise and Worship, Prayer Service, RE Classroom Catechetics, possible crossover points if any, etc). A Showcase that suggests music appropriate for the Catholic Mass must refer to the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the Instruction on Music in the Liturgy, and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.


For All Breakout Sessions:


  • Sessions will run a maximum of 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Sessions will adhere to copyright law. Please see Guidelines: Copyright in Parish and School Liturgy, Version 2.1, produced by the Diocese of Wollongong.
  • Sessions should make reference to the key Church documents on music:
  • Leaders will be provided with IT Support, a projector / screen, a table for notes, a keyboard (if required), a simple sound set up, and two music stands. Leaders will provide all handouts, instruments other than keyboard, and other materials.
  • Sessions will clearly delineate between music that is appropriate for different settings and purposes, as well as possible crossover points.
  • Workshop and Masterclass Breakout Session Leaders will receive a voucher towards the cost of Conference registration for each Session they lead (one voucher is issued per Session: a Session with more than one presenter will only receive one voucher).


Thank you in advance for your consideration of this Request for Expression of Interest. All applications will be given respectful consideration for inclusion by the Conference sub-committee and applicants will be notified by the end of January 2019.


Please submit your workshop topic preference and proposal using the Expression of Interest Form by Friday, 25 January, 2019.


I look forward to your participation at our 4th national conference in Melbourne in October 2019.

Paul Mason
Australian Pastoral Musicians Network
for and on behalf of the Conference sub-committee.


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