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June 28-29, 2024 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 13715 Walker Rd, Beaverton OR 97005

Encounter and explore choral approaches for music literacy, music expression and vocal training. Based on Gestaphor, with acclaimed conductor Dr. Maria Theresa Visconde-Roldan and composer/arranger Professor Jude B. Roldan, of Young Voices of the Philippines.

Individuals can participate in workshops, and clinics can be scheduled for full choirs. Cost is $35 for individuals and $200 for a choir workshop.

For more information and to schedule a clinic, see this flyer.


The AGO (American Guild of Organists) will hold its 2024 National Convention June 30 to July 4 in San Francisco.

The national convention is only held every other year, and this is a rare opportunity to attend one on the West Coast.


  • A rich menu of concerts, worship, and workshops.
  • Plenty of organ concert opportunities at 25 venues around the Bay Area, with transportation provided.
  • 63 workshops covering a wide range of topics.
  • Five publisher reading sessions.
  • Outstanding performances showcasing a variety of musical styles.
  • NPM national members register at AGO member rates, without belonging to AGO.

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ.

Convention preview:

Convention website:

AGO website:


NPM will hold its annual 2024 National Convention July 8 to 11 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Four days of learning, prayer, networking, and music!

Convention information:

Also see these flyers:

General convention information

Special event for clergy

Can’t attend the NPM Convention in person this year?

  • There is no virtual convention this year, but recordings of major events are available.
  • Starting at just $59 (depending on membership level) NPM members will have access to:  The 2024 Convention Opening Celebration, Plenum addresses, The NPM Members’ Meeting, Showcase events, and Select breakouts.
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The 25th William Byrd Festival will be held in Portland August 3-18. It features Cantores in Ecclesia as well as Mark Williams, Informator Choristarum & Organist at Magdalen College, Oxford, UK.

There are more than a dozen events in the Festival, including concerts and lectures. These will be held at various churches in the Portland area. For a full schedule, click here. Additional details are available at


Save The Date: NPM Portland Summer Social August 25

Please join us for an outdoor social event to meet other pastoral musicians in the Archdiocese.

This will be held Sunday, August 25 4:00 PM at the home of Michael Prendergast.

Burgers and brats will be provided; please bring a side dish or beverage to share. Also please RSVP to Michael at


MUS 413A/MUS 591A Liturgical Music at the University of Portland (3 credit hours or audit) Fall Semester 2024, Tuesdays 7:10-9:55PM PST, August 27-December 10. The course is taught by Adjunct Professor, Sacred Music History, Michael Prendergast, MTS, MA.

A study of Catholic liturgical music, including Church documents and liturgical books, music repertoire and liturgical performance and historical context.  This course is designed to introduce the discipline of liturgical music, including historical styles, performance practices, Church documents, available resources, and liturgical music planning and preparation. Topics include, chant, psalmody, hymnody, music for the rites,the role of the cantor and the choir and music in an intercultural setting. The course will include guest lectures from prominent pastoral musicians and experts in the field of liturgy, including Fr. Virgil Funk, Melanie Coddington, Joanne Werner, Maureen Briare, Dr. Ann McGuire, Dr. Lynn Trapp, Dr. Dolores Martinez, Dr. Glenn CJ Byer, Angela Westhoff-Johnson and others.

The course will be offered as hybrid with students in the classroom and students who can join the class via ZOOM.  

For fees and registration information, see this flyer.

In order for non-degree students to enroll in MUS 413 or MUS 591, they will need to complete the application process. See this help sheet for the non-degree seeking application process.

Once the students have submitted their application, the registrar’s office and the Graduate School will receive notice of any new applications that have been submitted. Depending on the type of application submitted (graduate or undergraduate) either the registrar’s office or the Graduate School will reach out to the applicant regarding the Registration form. The student will not be admitted or registered until the Registration form has been completed and returned.

After the student has been registered, they will receive another email that provides their UP account information and step-by-step instructions to set up their account.

Additionally, after the students taking the course for audit have been registered, Emily Hogan in PFA will provide the “Enrollment in a course for Audit” forms to the registrar’s office for processing.

Some $500.00 scholarships are available. PFA will need to work directly with Financial Aid regarding any student that is receiving a scholarship toward their tuition for this course. Please inform Emily and Michael Prendergast if you are receiving a scholarship.

For more information contact Michael Prendergast 503-756-7172.


Save the dates:

Formation sessions for cantors and other musicians will be held in the Archdioceses of Portland and Seattle September 18-25, 2024. Locations have been confirmed September 21, St Joseph Vancouver, September 22, St Edwards Kaiser, and September 23, Holy Trinity Beaverton. An additional session will be scheduled for September 19th in the Olympia/Tacoma area.

The formation session for cantors and musicians on Saturday September 21st (St. Joseph, Vancouver) will include an OCP showcase and breakout sessions for choir directors, cantors, pianists and guitarists. Other events this day will include both breakfast and lunch as well as Morning Prayer. Registration will begin in late July but save these dates now.

Cantor sessions will be led by nationally known instructors Melanie Coddington and Joanne Werner. For more information on these excellent instructors, see this bio page.


Choir members in Portland are invited to participate in Voices in the Hall, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take the stage at Carnegie Hall with OCP composers Janèt Sullivan Whitaker, Curtis Stephan, and Jesse Manibusan.

This event will occur Feb 14-17, 2025. Individuals and full choirs are invited. The tour itinerary, pricing and details are available in this brochure.