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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Our plenum speakers knocked it out of the park this year! They handled the virtual aspect of the convention with grace, and each one was fantastic.

Here's a quote from Fr. Paul Turner's plenum address last week. What was your favorite plenum address from the Virtual Convention and why? Share in the "comments" section below!
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We're nearing the end of our Virtual Convention and it has been fabulous! Thank YOU to those who attended. You brought the convention to life, and it was truly a joy to engage, communicate and learn with you.

What were your favorite parts of this year's Virtual Convention? Share in the comments below:
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It's the last day of the convention and time has flown! We aren't done just yet. Keep sharing your photos & thoughts and tagging us in them.

FRIDAY: Sending Forth Friday
As we've heard all week, we must live out our baptismal call. We are a mission people! challenge yourself to create a pastoral musician statement. If you meet the challenge, post about it on social media using both the hashtags #NPMLouisville2020 and #NPMChallenge2020 in the same post. Chances are this will spark some great conversations.

Some ways to get started:
1. What is important?
What/whom do you value? How is your life connected to those things?

2. Where do I want to go?
What is your spiritual or professional goal?

3. What does "the best" look like for me?
Dream and describe your best possible result.

4. How do I want to act?
How do you want people to describe you as a pastoral minister?

5. What kind of legacy do I want to leave behind?
What does the impact you've left look like?

Tag us @npmnational and use the hashtags #NPMLouisville2020 & #NPMChallenge2020 so we can see your posts.
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Here's another amazing collection of T-shirts on our Throwback Thursday from Kate C.!

Do you see a convention that you attended in this t-shirt collection? If so, comment below:Couldn’t decide which to wear!
17 years of NPM since 1991!
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We love this photo of throwback Thursday convention t-shirts by Linda L. Thank you so much for sharing, and thank you for your support of NPM over the years!Some of my many t-shirts from past conventions.
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