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Cantor Events at 2017 Convention


Registration Info



Cantor/Psalmist Master Class (Lou Valenzi)


Monday, 7/10

9:00 AM-Noon

Cantor Certificates: Written Exam

Pre-register by 6/20

Monday, 7/10

Noon - 2:30 PM

NPM Interest Section Meeting for Cantors

No registration required

Monday, 7/10

2:00 - 2:45 PM

Cantor: Cantor Psalmist 101 (Berta Sabrio)

Breakout A-04

Tuesday, 7/11

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Cantor Brown Bag Lunch Q&A

No registration required

Tuesday, 7/11

Noon - 1:30 PM

Cantor Certificates: Singing

Pre-register by 6/20

Tuesday, 7/11

3:00 PM

NPM Cantor Certificates (Mary Lynn Pleczkowski)

Breakout B-13

Wednesday, 7/12

10:45 - 11:45 AM

Cantor Certificates: Singing

Pre-register by 6/20

Wednesday, 7/12

12:30 PM

Cantor:  Do We Mean What We Sing? (Berta Sabrio)

Breakout C-09

Wednesday, 7/12

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Cantor:  Reverse Thinking-Implementing the Joy of the Gospel (John Angotti)

Breakout D-12

Thursday, 7/13

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Cantor Certificates: Singing

Pre-register by 6/20

Thursday, 7/11

3:00 - 4:00 PM

The Ministry of the Cantor/Psalmist

Breakout E-04

Friday, 7/14

10:30 - 11:30 AM

CINCINNATI CONVENTION INFORMATION!!!  If you are wondering what sessions to register for in Cincinnati, this chart will help you narrow down your choices.  These are all the sessions related to cantors!! We are in for an outstanding week of musical and spiritual growth.  We look forward to meeting you in Cincinnati!!

Cantor Workshops by Berta Sabrio, Clinician for NPM

Friday, March 10th – St. Mary’s, Fosston, MN
4:00 – 9:00 pm (with a supper break)

Saturday, March 11th – St. Francis de Sales, Moorhead, MN
9:00 am – 2:00 pm (with a lunch break)

Registration Fee - $5.00 per person, $25.00 cap per parish sending 5 or more participants

Who is this for?
Anyone who is a leader of sung prayer: Cantors, Song Leaders, Choir Members, Directors of Music, Pastors, Deacons

What will be covered?
Health of the Voice, Repertoire, Spiritual Formation, Song-Leading Techniques and Ministry Formation – plus more. More details...

Local One Day Cantor Intensive

Sponsored by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians
and Your Diocese, Chapter, Parish, or School

Download printable brochure

Sample Flyer

The NPM Local One Day Cantor Intensive is a one-day, five-hour, high quality formation program that a diocese, chapter, parish, or school can sponsor in conjunction with NPM.

It's reliable! The clinician for each NPM Local One Day Cantor Intensive is a designated cantor trainer who has been approved by NPM.

It's affordable! The registration cost is just $20* per participant.
* Depending on distance traveled - the clinician may need to be reimbursed for mileage and lodging.  These costs will vary per clinician and location.

It's timesaving! The one-day program (9:00 am to 2:00 pm) includes sessions on the liturgical role of the cantor, the psalms, animating the assembly, vocal issues for cantors, and coaching. Participants may add on the exam and adjudication for the Basic Cantor Certificate by completing a separate application and paying the certificate fee.

How to Hold an NPM Local Cantor Intensive

For your workshop, you will need a local host coordinator and a clinician. You may also want to have an accompanist. The following guidelines presume that a coordinator is someone separate from those doing the actual presentation, and, in the case of the Basic Cantor Certificate, the adjudication. The local coordinator or another person will be responsible for marketing, registration, and providing items onsite such as name tags, refreshments, lunch, and similar practical matters.

This is just one way to approach the process (but it is the recommended approach). After a date, site, clinician(s), and accompanist have been chosen, the local coordinator should take care of the following details.

Contact ML Pleczkowski (Chair Emeritus, NPM Cantor Interest Section) at Plecz@aol.com.

Make arrangements to use a Catholic church, school, retreat center, or other facility that has a room large enough for people to sit, observe, and sing and that has the instruments needed to accompany a cantor.

Check that your budget assures that there will be enough income to offset expenses. The fee for each registrant is $20*.
* Depending on distance traveled - the clinician may need to be reimbursed for mileage and lodging.  These costs will vary per clinician and location.

From this registration fee:
Fee Breakdown $20 Registration fee per participant
$10 per participant goes to the clinician
$10 per participant goes to the local host parish/diocese

Inform ML Pleczkowski of the date and location of your workshop.

Please note that there is an approved curriculum for this Intensive. NPM will provide an outline.

Clinicians must be NPM Designated Cantor Trainers.

See the Guidelines for NPM Local Cantor Intensive Coordinators and Guidelines for NPM Local Cantor Intensive Clinicians for additional information and suggestions.

Want more information? Contact ML Pleczkowski by e-mail at Plecz@aol.com or by phone 412-310-3347.

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