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The NPM Austin chapter and the Office of Worship are pleased to announce the upcoming Cantor Workshop that will be taking place on September 12 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Pflugerville. The workshop will be offered in English and Spanish

This is a wonderful opportunity for cantors of all levels and people interested in this ministry to gain knowledge and refresh their skills!

Registration for the workshop are available online through the following link: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=c6a3f7(registrations are also accepted by mail and e-mail - see form).

The singers who register for the workshop will also have the opportunity to enroll in the Basic Certification NPM Choir (BCC for its acronym in English), and receive a kind of private singing.

For more information about the workshop and registration, see the pamphlet and registration form.

I appreciate the leadership of music ministry in parishes for sharing this information with their singers / psalmists!


Andrea Ramos
Associate Director for Music, Office of Worship, Diocese of Austin
6225 East Highway 290, Austin, TX 78723
(512) 949-2448, (512) 541-6043, andrea-ramos@austindiocese.org


NPM Austin y la Diocese de Austin van a ofrecer una clase de cantores el 12 de septiembre en la iglesia católica St. Elizabeth en Pflugerville. La clase se ofrecerá en inglés y en Español

Esta es una maravillosa oportunidad para cantores/salmistas de todos los niveles, y la gente interesada en este Ministerio, de aprender y reforzar sus conocimientos!

Las inscripciones para el taller están disponibles en línea a través del siguiente link: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=c6a3f7 (también se aceptan inscripciones por correo normal y correo electrónico – ver formulario).

Los cantores que se inscriban al taller también tendrán la oportunidad de inscribirse a la Certificación Básica para Cantores de NPM (BCC por sus siglas en ingles), y recibir una clase de canto privada.

Para más información acerca del taller e inscripciones, le rogamos visite el panfleto y formulario de inscripción.

Agradezco de antemano a los líderes de los ministerios de música de las parroquias por compartir esta información con sus cantores/salmistas!


Andrea Ramos
Associate Director for Music, Office of Worship
Diocese of Austin, 6225 Highway 290 East, Austin, TX 78723
(512) 949 - 2448 (512) 541 - 6043, andrea-ramos@austindiocese.org

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. 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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