Welcome to NPM!

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) is an organization for anyone who recognizes and supports the value of musical liturgy. We are choir directors, organists, guitarists, pianists, instrumentalists of all kinds, priests, cantors, and pastoral liturgists. We are members of contemporary ensembles, handbell choirs, and choral groups. Some of our members are young people in high school and college, while some are veteran directors of music ministries. We represent parishes large and small as well as seminaries, schools, religious communities, cathedral churches and diocesan offices. Many of our members belong to interest sections for various musical ministries, for clergy, for chant or pastoral liturgy, and for musicians serving African American, Hispanic and Asian communities. Some of our members are not actively involved in a particular musical or liturgical ministry, but want to support the important work of pastoral musicians.

If you are already a member of NPM, you know the importance of the Association for advancing the musical and liturgical life of the Church in the United States. If you are not currently a member or have never participated in an NPM event, we extend to you a warm invitation to join us in "fostering the art of musical liturgy."


¡Bienvenidos a la NPM!

La Asociación Nacional de músicos pastorales (NPM) es una organización para los que reconocen y apoyan el valor de la oración cantada en la liturgia. Somos directores de coro, organistas, guitarristas, pianistas, instrumentistas de todo tipo, sacerdotes, cantores y liturgistas pastorales. Somos miembros de grupos corales, conjuntos contemporáneos y coros de campanas. Algunos de nuestros miembros son jóvenes de preparatoria y universidad, mientras que algunos son veteranos directores de ministerios de música. Somos representantes de las parroquias grandes y pequeñas así como seminarios, escuelas, comunidades religiosas, las catedrales y oficinas diocesanas. Muchos de nuestros miembros pertenecen a las secciones de interés para diversos ministerios musicales, para el clero, para canto o liturgia pastoral y para los músicos que sirven a las comunidades afroamericanas, hispanas y asiáticas. Algunos de nuestros miembros no están involucrados en un ministerio musical o litúrgico, pero desean apoyar el trabajo de músicos pastorales.

Si ya eres un miembro de la NPM, sabes la importancia de la Asociación para el avance de la vida musical y litúrgica de la iglesia en los Estados Unidos. Si usted no es actualmente un miembro o nunca ha participado en un evento de NPM, nosotros le extendemos una invitación cordial a unirse a nosotros en «fomentar el arte de la liturgia musical.»


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PSA: We invite you to consider attending a one-day virtual retreat sponsored by the University of the Incarnate Word tomorrow (Saturday, October 24)!
The retreat will be bi-lingual; a portion of the morning will be presented in English (ValLimar Jansen) and in Spanish (Santiago Fernández). There will be a noontime concert. The afternoon session will be facilitated bilingually by both presenters.

DATE: Saturday, October 24, 2020
TIME: 9 am-2 pm ET
COST: Free, but pre-registration is required (register by emailing uiwmusicministry@uiwtx.edu).

In this session ValLimar Jansen and Santiago Fernández will reflect on how the principles and foundations of our faith as Catholics connect with our baptismal call to be compassionate, welcoming, hospitable, reverent and respectful toward people of all races and ethnic backgrounds. When our parish communities are truly united in prayer and worship, we discover each other's giftedness and grow in faith and spirituality. Come to this exciting and vibrant session ready to pray, sing and celebrate our unity as members of the Body of Christ.

En esta sesión, ValLimar Jansen y Santiago Fernandez reflexionarán en cómo los principios y cimientos de nuestra fe como católicos se conectan a nuestro llamamiento bautismal a ser compasivos, abiertos, hospitalarios, reverentes y respetuosos con gente de todas las razas y grupos étnicos. Cuando nuestras comunidades parroquiales se unen verdaderamente en oración y alabanza, todos descubrimos los dones de cada quien y crecemos en nuestra fe y espiritualidad. Vengan a esta emocionante y animada sesión listos para orar, cantar y celebrar nuestra unidad como miembros del cuerpo de Cristo.
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Today Kelly Barth (Simply Liturgical Music) shares what liturgical composers need to know in order to sharpen their craft and appeal to music publishers in the industry. ... See MoreSee Less

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We're excited to announce that NPM is releasing a new Planning Calendar tomorrow (October 22)! We are so pleased with the final result and cannot wait to share it with you.

Join us live on our YouTube channel tomorrow (youtube.com/NPMlivestream) at both 9 am and 12 pm ET (6 am and 9 am PT) for a live demonstration and Q&A.
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Enjoy the submissions to our Composers' Forum. You'll hear from the four composers regarding their inspiration and process as well as suggestions for liturgical use of the composition. Don't miss this opportunity to support our composers! ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us on your lunch break today for a Lunchtime Concert! Today's concert, "Lunchtime in Louisville", features composers' submissions from this year's NPM convention.
The concert will be live streamed at 12:30 pm ET/11:30 am CT here on our Facebook page and on our YouTube channel (youtube.com/NPMlivestream).
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