PORTLAND, April 29 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — OCP and St. Anthony Catholic Church are partnering to host Encuentro de Coros, a group of workshops for Hispanic pastoral musicians. The all-day event will take place on Saturday, May 31, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Tigard, Oregon.
Raul Velazquez, director of Hispanic ministries for the Archdiocese of Portland, will preside at Morning Prayer to start the day. Next on the schedule is “Musicians at the Service of the Community and the Liturgy,” a keynote presented by Pedro Rubalcava, director of Hispanic ministries for OCP.
“Encuentro de Coros is an event for Hispanic pastoral musicians to come together to pray and learn from each other,” says Rubalcava. “It’s a great opportunity to increase and improve knowledge and skills that will help pastoral musicians serve their community and lead them more effectively in sung prayer. Participants will learn more about the liturgy and music’s role in it, add new songs to their repertoires, and improve vocal, guitar or percussion skills.”
Attendees can choose which workshops to take throughout the remainder of the event. Estela Garcia-Lopez, senior music editor for OCP, will lead two sessions, “Vocal Techniques for the Choir” and “Techniques for the Psalmist, Cantor and Animator.” Rodolfo Lopez, music editor for OCP, is set to lead a morning and afternoon workshop on “The Guitar in the Liturgy.”
In addition to his morning keynote, Pedro will present a morning and afternoon session, “How Do I Select the Best Songs for My Community?” Rounding out the workshop schedule are morning and afternoon classes with veteran percussion performer and educator Tony Gomez of Seattle. He will reveal the keys to “Giving Flavor to Liturgy with Percussion.”
Registration is $20 per person or $15 per person for parish groups of four or more people. Groups must register by May 27. Lunch and a resource showcase are included in the cost. For more information on this unique day of music instruction, please contact St. Anthony Catholic Church at (503) 639-4179, ext. 125 or email MaryJoQ@ocp.org.
OCP, a not-for-profit publisher of liturgical music and worship resources based in Portland, Oregon, has been in operation for more than 80 years. Worship programs produced by OCP are used in two-thirds of Catholic churches in the United States and are distributed worldwide. More information is available at 1-800-548-8749 and ocp.org.