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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.


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 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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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

RCIA National Conference 2018

Paul Mason - Tuesday, August 21, 2018





The conference is being held in Melbourne 11-13 October 2018, at the Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne.


The Christian Initiation Australia Network (CIAN) is hosting the national conference on RCIA. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you and your parish to to enliven, reignite and add a spark to evangelisation and the RCIA in your parish community and diocese. For full workshop descriptions and registration details please visit TryBooking.


Over 200 Tickets Sold!

Paul Mason - Saturday, July 01, 2017

This year's conference is shaping up to be a memorable event. As of 30 June we have sold 205 tickets. By popular demand we have extended the Early Bird deadline to 31 July.


David Haas' D-2 Workshop is getting close to capacity, so be quick to get your workshop preferences registered.



Workshop C-1 has sold out!

Paul Mason - Friday, June 23, 2017

Workshop C-1 has reached capacity (80 attendees) and is marked as SOLD OUT. You can still book workshop D-2, which is a repeat of C-1.


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