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Virtual Workshops for Cantors
By LTP and NPM

The Cantor as Psalmist: A Spiritual and Technical Approach
to Preparing the Psalms

Presented by John Angotti and Berta Sabrio
October 24, 2016: 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm (ET)

The Cantor as Animator of the Assembly:
Bringing the Liturgy to Life

Presented by Daniel Girardot and Berta Sabrio
November 21, 2016: 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm (ET)

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Virtual Workshops for Cantors
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NPM Local Cantor Intensive - Buffalo Workshop will take place at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 4125 Union Rd, Cheektowaga, NY on Saturday October 22. The program will be led by Mary Lynn Pleczkowski from 9:00AM to 2:00PM. Cost will be $10 for lunch and materials. The workshop is sponsored by the Church Musicians Guild of Buffalo (NPM Buffalo Chapter) in memory of our esteemed colleague, Bridget Dick Blesnuk. Please contact Bill Fay ASAP if you would like to participate in this wonderful opportunity. Email musicman08@verizon.net or call 716 873 0180.

Local One Day Cantor Intensive

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

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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. Each participant, however, must be an NPM individual or parish member.
* 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, 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:
$10 per participant goes to the clinician
$5 per participant goes to the local host parish, diocese, or other sponsoring group
$5 per participant goes to the NPM National Office

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.

Participants must be NPM members – either individual or part of a parish group.

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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