OCP invites Catholic composers to submit their music

PORTLAND, Oregon,  — Oregon Catholic Press –OCP proudly invites all Catholic composers in the U.S. to submit a song for consideration for the V Encuentro process. The songs selected will accompany Hispanic Catholics on a three-year journey discerning the way in which the Church is responding to the Hispanic/Latinos presence and strengthen the way in which the Hispanic/Latino population responds to the Church. (Spanish)

The V Encuentro is a series of encounters for Hispanic/Latino ministry, convened by the bishops, asking the Hispanic/Latino leadership within the Church to raise their voices for the good of the Church. The process includes leadership development and formation, and identifies the needs of Hispanic Catholics in the United States and how to address them. The process is shared through Encuentros (gatherings) at the parish, diocesan, regional and national levels and will be articulated in a concluding document with pastoral guidelines and recommendations.

“The V Encuentro is a historic event for the Catholic Church in the U.S. I am proud, grateful and overjoyed that OCP is supporting and accompanying this important process of consultation for the good of the Hispanic/Latino communities whom we serve,” said Pedro Rubalcava, the director of Hispanic ministries.

As one of the four Padrinos supporting the V Encuentro, OCP identified a need for songs invoking the themes of Encuentro to accompany participants of the process throughout the different levels of the journey. The OCP song selection committee will select a number of songs based on set criteria e.g., songs in Spanish or fully bilingual (Spanish-English), songs that are appropriate for liturgy and theologically sound, and songs that reflect the theme of the V Encuentro will be considered. OCP will produce and publish an album containing all the selected songs.

“This is a great opportunity for people to get involved and support the Encuentro process,” said Stella Garcia, music development specialist at OCP.  “The committee is very excited to listen to the submissions and can’t wait to meet the composers involved.”

Songs can be submitted October 1 through November 15, 2015 at ocp.org/v-encuentro-songwriter-opportunity. Those individuals whose songs are selected will be notified, and the songs will be announced on our website in January 2016.

For more information, please contact Estela Ferreras at estelaf@ocp.org or 503.460.5349.

Oregon Catholic Press, a not-for-profit publisher of liturgical music and worship resources based in Portland, Oregon, has been in operation for more than 90 years. Worship programs produced by OCP are used in over two-thirds of Catholic churches in the United States and are distributed worldwide. Find OCP on Facebook atFacebook.com/OCPmusic.

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