Welcome to the Director of Music Ministries Division


The Director of Music Ministries Division (DMMD) includes professional pastoral musicians who hold or share the primary responsibility for music in a variety of ministries—parish, diocesan, and other church institutions. DMMD provides a network these directors of music ministry to support their unique professional development needs, and collaborative opportunities for ministerial growth and the unique challenges faced in these leadership roles.

In this DMMD section of the NPM website, you will find valuable information about many of our programs and offerings. I especially encourage you to visit the “Certification and Standards” section of this site. NPM is a member of the Alliance for Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers, and with its recognition from the USCCB, becoming a certified Director of Music Ministries is an endeavor worthy of consideration.

The members-only section of the NPM website includes access to the “Choral Anthem Project,” which is a result of significant effort by Board members of the DMMD, as well as contributions from its general membership. This useful planning tool is available to all members of NPM, since the Director of Music Ministries Division strives to be of service both to our members, and to the Association as a whole. Most of the information related to DMMD on the NPM website is open to the public, so that our work can be of use to all members of NPM, as well as to members of DMMD. Members of the DMMD also have a unique login for access to some information that is intended for, and developed especially for, the members of the Division.

If you are the person who holds or shares the primary responsibility for musical decisions in your parish, I invite you learn more about our division and to join DMMD. If you are already a member, I challenge you to invite your fellow music directors and friends to join us. We have created a network of support, education, and professional development for all who are involved in leading music ministry in the Church, and we look forward to you being a part of it.

If you have any questions, please let us know. The Contact Us page gives you a complete list of DMMD Board members and committee assignments. Contact any of the Board members for more information about the work of their committee, or about becoming involved in DMMD.

Chris Reilly
President, DMMD