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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Join us today on our Youtube channel for a live Q&A with our Interim Executive Director, Bob McCarty! (Note: this will only be made live on YouTube)
Join us at 3 pm ET/2 pm CT at youtube.com/npmlivestream. See you soon!
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Today's Lunchtime Reflection provides about 40 minutes of meditation through prayer and song, both with Taizé music and other prayer-centered refrains. This Lunchtime Reflection is brought to you by the Notre Dame Newman Center for Faith and Reason (Dublin, Ireland), led by Steven C. Warner. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tomorrow will not be a "Lunchtime Concert", but instead, a Lunchtime Reflection!
Tune in tomorrow (Wednesday, October 28) at the normal Lunchtime Concert Series time (12:30 pm ET/11:30 am CT) for a Lunchtime Reflection of prayer and music.

Tomorrow's Lunchtime Reflection provides about 40 minutes of meditation through prayer and song, both with Taizé music and other prayer-centered refrains. This Lunchtime Reflection is brought to you by the Notre Dame Newman Center for Faith and Reason (Dublin, Ireland), led by Steven C. Warner.

Tomorrow's Lunchtime Reflection will be streamed on both our Facebook page and our YouTube channel (youtube.com/NPMlivestream).
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It is Kathleen's last week in the NPM National Office and we are savoring every moment that we can with her. We took a minute to reflect on membership, a topic that she directed for so much of her time here, and Kathleen offered to share her support of the Member Support Fund we are offering this year.

If you haven't heard: with your gift to the ONE NPM Fund this year, you can donate $75 to subsidize the annual membership of an NPM member who could not afford to renew due to financial hardship from COVID-19. NPM will cover the remaining $29 cost of the membership.

For more information, visit npm.org/one-npm-2020/.
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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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