Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Birmingham Conference To Offer Music Ministry Renewal

Published May 7, 2009

The theme for this year’s conference is “Renewed by the Spirit: Transform Us Within.”

FLM is a nonprofit ecumenical organization, which has been bringing topnotch liturgical musicians to the Birmingham area for the past 12 years to serve as faculty for the MMS conferences. The organization’s purpose is to aid in improving the quality of music for liturgy by bringing together music educators, church musicians and others involved in liturgical planning.

Sessions will be offered for choir directors, cantors and song leaders, choir members, instrumentalists and composers. Youth are also welcome and encouraged to attend. In addition, the conference will provide educational opportunities for others involved in liturgical ministries and religious education through sessions such as “The Power of the Word,” designed especially for lectors.

Registration is now open through June 1. The fee for registration is $275. For those able to attend one day only (Friday or Saturday), the registration fee is $150.

The faculty for MMS XIII is comprised of nationally known artists, who are affiliated with one or more of the three major liturgical music publishing companies in the U.S., including GIA Publications, Oregon Catholic Press and World Library Publications. Teachers include John Angotti, Dion Clay, Kate Cuddy, Bobby Fisher, Sarah Hart, Deanna Light, Steve Petrunak and Paul Tate. New to the faculty this year will be nationally published composer and recording artist, W. Clifford Petty, a native of Eufaula, Ala., who currently serves as pastoral musician, composer-in-residence and elementary school teacher at Resurrection Catholic Church in Montgomery, Ala.

A concert featuring all of the artists will take place on Friday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Church. The concert is free and open to the public. A love offering will be taken up to benefit the FLM Scholarship Fund.

Our Lady of the Valley Church is located at 5514 Double Oak Lane (off Highway 119) in Birmingham.

For directions and information on registration, schedule and class offerings, visit or contact Janet Rubino at (205) 382-2297 or or Nancy Brown at (205) 902-1474 or