Why is there an association of pastoral musicians?

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) fosters the art of musical liturgy.
The Grand Rapids Chapter of NPM seeks to do this locally through continuing the education, networking and collegiality of the pastoral musicians who serve within the Diocese of Grand Rapids. This group provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and for the mutual support of church musicians in their craft and ministry in the Church.

What is a Pastoral Musician?

  • A pastoral musician is first of all a lover of music willing to improve their musical skills and use them in service to the Church.
  • A pastoral musician is a believer, with a living faith that supports their call to ministry.
  • A pastoral musician is a teacher, a servant, a leader, a student, a minister, a listener, a theologian—roles which all exist simultaneously in both unison and harmony.

We strengthen the health of our ministry with:

  • Faith
  • Imagination
  • Service
  • Vision
  • Creativity
  • Prayer
  • Knowledge
  • Skill
  • Ministry
  • Friends

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Chapter members receive free or discounted admission to all chapter programs and events
  • Digital chapter newsletter: an educational / resource tool, as well as a forum for communication of parish and other related events
  • Advance notice of special events and performances around the Diocese
  • Interesting and rewarding opportunities to serve as volunteers and resource people for chapter events
  • Chapter members are encouraged to join at the national level also (a separate thing altogether), which entitles the member to receive Pastoral Music, the journal of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and discounted registration for all national and regional NPM conventions

Who are NPM-GR chapter members?

  • choir members
  • cantors
  • instrumentalists (organists, pianists, guitarists, and players of handbells, percussion, woodwinds, brass, whatever... for worship)
  • choir directors, directors of music ministries
  • music educators, catechists
  • priests, deacons
  • liturgy / worship commission members
  • parish staff (pastoral associates, etc.)
  • students interested in parish music & liturgy
  • anyone interested in music in worship