Robert J. Batastini

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Robert J. Batastini is the retired vice president and senior editor of GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago. Though retired from management, he maintains an active role at GIA. Bob has over sixty years of service in pastoral music ministry, having served as director of music in several parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago and one in the Diocese of Joliet. He served as executive editor and project director for the Worship hymnals (three editions), Gather hymnals (three editions), Catholic Community Hymnal, and as executive editor of RitualSong. After retirement, he served as project director for Lead Me, Guide Me—Second Edition, and served on the editorial committees for Worship—Fourth Edition, and Oramos Cantando/We Pray in Song. He presently serves as coordinator on two Protestant ecumenical hymnal projects: one bilingual, in the spirit of Oramos Cantando/We Pray in Song, and the other an interdenominational African American hymnal.

In 1993, he became the first recipient of the Father Lawrence Heimann Citation for lifetime contribution to church music and liturgy in the U.S., awarded by St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana, and was named "Pastoral Musician of the Year–2000" by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). At its 2006 conference, he was named a Fellow of the Hymn society in the United States and Canada, and in 2015 was named NPM’s Chapter Director of the Year.

Bob is past-president of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, served as a member of the Council for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and was a member of the Music Advisory Committee of the Bishops Committee on the Liturgy which drafted the Bishops’ document, Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship.

He is very active in the music ministry of St. Francis de Sales Parish, Holland, MI, and is in his second term as chapter director of the NPM-Grand Rapids Chapter, which hosted the 2015 national convention.



Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship - Sacred Music

A practical session by this member of the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy Subcommittee on Music who participated in drafting the 2007 bishops' document on music. Intended to get to the heart of how this document effects what we do on Sunday mornings. Intended primarily for pastors and music directors (Duration: 2 to 4 hours).

Choral Festival - Sacred Music

Various approaches that may or may not include performances by individual choirs, always culminate with the combined choirs from the diocese or community—all-Catholic or inter-denominational, rehearsing and performing together as one large massed choir.

These events celebrate the ministry of the choir, providing a high degree of motivation to the participating parish choirs to renew and enrich their commitment to this ministry.

Hymn Festival - Sacred Music

These hymn festivals, often with Kelly Dobbs Mickus at the organ, are built upon the hymn texts of modern writers set to tunes everyone knows. The narration focuses upon the importance of congregational song, and specifically hymns in the worship life of the Church.

These events are for clergy, musicians, choir members, and specially the folks in the pews who revel in the glorious sound of a church filled with people joined in song.

Pastoral Music - Sacred Music

These are workshops ranging from a couple of hours to an entire weekend, focusing on one or more of the following areas: • The total parish music program • Building the parish choir • Developing a volunteer cantor program • Enabling vibrant congregational song • Repertoire: What to sing and why