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Local One Day Cantor Intensive

NPM Cantor Intensive Workshop and Basic Cantor Certification
Saturday, September 24, 2016
St. Paul's Catholic Church Family Life Center Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250
8:30-noon: Cantor Workshop and Breakfast - $27.00/person
Noon-4 p.m.: Basic Cantor Certificate adjudications (optional) - $25.00/person
NPM Cantor Trainers: Dr. Sandra Fico Charni and Rosemarie Gondek
For more information: Renee Favo, Director of Music Ministries St. Paul's Catholic Church 904/322-9317


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.

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 Fr. Paul Colloton, OSFS (NPM Director of Continuing Education) at npmpaul@npm.org

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.
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 Fr. Paul 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.

Promote the event by means of e-mail, texting, and contacts with your surrounding parishes, institutions, diocesan newspaper or other communication media, and other resources of the local diocese. If there are not enough participants registered, either the clinician will have to cover some personal expenses and take a lower stipend, or you will have to cancel the event.

Want more information? Contact Fr. Paul Colloton, OSFS by e-mail at npmpaul@npm.org or by phone (toll free) at 1 (855) 207-0293.


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