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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

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.

2019 APMN Conference

Paul Mason - Tuesday, November 20, 2018


The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network is pleased to announce its 4th National Conference, 1-3 October, 2019 at the ACU in Melbourne.


Celebrating liturgical, catechetical and religious music for parishes, schools and beyond. 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, over 40 breakout workshops, exhibitions, showcases, conference Mass and conference dinner.


Note the dates in your diary! Registrations open 1 March, 2019.


We look forward to seeing you there.


Paul Mason


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2019 Scholarships Announced

Paul Mason - Monday, September 17, 2018

The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network proudly announce the opening of the 2019 Scholarships program from 1 February 2019. 


Scholarships are on offer for young pastoral musicians between the ages of 16 and 35 to help them develop their skills and knowledge.

Scholarship applications must be received by 31 May 2019.


Full details are now available at scholarships-2019.

Australian Liturgy Conference 2019

Paul Mason - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The next Australian Academy of Liturgy (AAL) conference will be held in Fremantle 15-18 January 2019. The theme of the conference is “The Art of Liturgy”. More details will be released through the AAL webpage.


15-18 January 2019
University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle campus

Click here to register your interest in the 2019 Conference


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