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Pastoral musicians award goes to longtime diocesan music minister

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Elaine Rendler-McQueeney, a longtime author, teacher and music minister in the Arlington diocese, received the 2020 Jubilate Deo lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, in recognition of a “substantial contribution to the development of pastoral liturgy in the United States.”

Her lifelong contributions “have profoundly shaped the musical worship of the church,” said Jeremy Helmes, chair of the NPM board of directors.

NPM announced the award at its virtual members meeting Sept. 16. An in-person presentation is planned for next summer at the 44th annual NPM convention in New Orleans.

Rendler-McQueeney has been editor of the quarterly magazine Today’s Liturgy for more than 30 years and has published two collections of columns from the magazine. She also is co-author of “Celebrating Marriage: Preparing the Roman Catholic Wedding Liturgy.” She has led events around the country focused on the preparation of music ministers.

She holds a doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from The Catholic University of America. For many years she was the director of the Georgetown Chorale in Washington, then worked at St. John Neumann Church in Reston and as a campus minister at George Mason University in Fairfax. She currently serves as a professor of music theory at George Mason, commuting (and telecommuting) from her home in West Virginia, where she is music director and organist at St. Agnes Church in Shepherdstown.

She also was recognized by the NPM in 1993 as pastoral musician of the year.

 

 

 

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