You don’t have to compose by yourself. Join in the DSJ Composers’ Forum!

Monday, May 19, 7:30p to 9:30p
Chancery (
1150 North First Street, San Jose, 95112)

We have many liturgical music composers in the Diocese, but we don’t always have a chance to hear each other’s work and give each other feedback. The goal of this composers’ forum is to gather local liturgical composers to do just that so that we can be better at composing music that serves the liturgy and helps the assembly participate more fully in it. Composers of all abilities are invited. Non-composer music ministers are also invited to hear some new music and to give their feedback.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Diana Macalintal. Please specify if you would like to share one of your pieces. Each person who wants to share music will have 10 minutes to present his or her piece (one composition only, please) and receive feedback from the group. Please make 20 copies of your piece to share with the group.

Guest Composer: Jesse Manibusan

ManibusanJesse03-184x262Joining us will be Jesse Manibusan is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and teller of humorous tales. Well recognized throughout the country as a dynamic, eclectic speaker and musician, Jesse shares from his heart the love of Christ and the call to live out our baptism in every aspect of life. He is a familiar presence at diocesan conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), World Youth Day events, LIFE TEEN events, and many others. He also conducts parish missions and retreats, and co-presents retreats and youth liturgy workshops with Ken Canedo. He holds a master’s degree in multicultural ministries from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California.

Some immediate help for composers

At our first gathering, we started looking at these 10 suggestions from Marty Haugen for liturgical music composers. It’s an excellent list for anyone who wants to write for the Church assembly. Also, if you’re on Facebook, check out this amazing conversation about liturgical music composing with so many of our Church’s best current composers! This is a composition class in itself!

Please share this post with your composer friends and let them know about this gathering.