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Our local NPM Chapter is dedicated to providing opportunities for learning, sharpening our skills, deepening faith, and most important, to get to know one another and support one another in ministry.

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NPM Retreat, Call & Response: January 8-10, 2017



Ideally scheduled for the life of a parish musician, NPM Detroit invites you to an end of the Christmas season retreat steeped in Ignatian Spirituality for a time of renewal, stillness, and deepening. Ignatian spirituality focuses on God at work now…fostering an active attentiveness to an always initiating God joined with a prompt responsiveness. God calls, we respond. Just as we are…loved sinners.

Registration ends December 19!

Register on the NPM Detroit Eventbrite Page



Made in Detroit – February 25, 2017


All Detroit musicians are invited to come together for a sight reading session, featuring works of local composers.

For the composers: find all submission details in the Composers Invitation Document.

For the general public: Register on the NPM Detroit Eventbrite Page



Summer Nights – August 22-25, 2016

Summer nights-2

4 nights of singing, 1 great price!

Come join Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout and your fellow musicians

for a little summer singing to gear up for the new year! All are welcome!

Registration Fee:

Spring Social – Friday, May 20, 2016!


Let’s gather!

Finding time to just meet and socialize with our fellow liturgical musicians can be a chore all on its own. Which is why NPM Detroit’s Musician Spring Social has become such a wonderful event for liturgical musicians in the Archdiocese to gather and relax over food and drink. This year we will meet at the Traffic Jam & Snug in Midtown Detroit. The Traffic Jam & Snug makes the food from scratch, bakes their own bread, brews their own beer, and even makes their own cheeses! So we’re in for a good meal. The event starts at 5:30pm and ends when the last person leaves. See you on Friday, May 20!

NPM Detroit Musician Spring Social
Who: All metro-Detroit liturgical musicians
When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 5:30pm – ?
Location: Traffic Jam & Snug, 511 West Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201

Reference Materials from Dr. Peter Williamson!

Dr. Peter Williamson, who holds the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, shared meaningful insight and knowledge during our Singing the Psalms workshop last month. Dr. Williamson has graciously shared a few of the resources and visual aides used during his lecture. The “Categories of Psalms” chart can be downloaded below. In addition, Dr. Williamson has provided suggestions for personal reading and further study (see list below).

Thank you Dr. Peter Williamson for sharing your knowledge with the liturgical musicians of Detroit!

Categories of Psalms Chart

Dr. Williamson’s Suggested Readings List:
Laurence Kriegshauser, OSB, Praying the Psalms in Christ. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2009. ISBN: 026803320X.   Author is Benedictine Scripture scholar.  Combines scholarship with Catholic tradition.

Reardon, Patrick Henry. Christ in the Psalms. Conciliar, 2012 (originally 2000).  ISBN: 1888212217.  Author is Orthodox priest; draws from Father and Tradition.

Richard Clifford, Psalms 1-72 and Psalms 73-150 (Abingdon, 2002, 2003). ISBN: 068702711X and 0687064686.  Accessible scholarly commentary.

Singing the Psalms!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

St. Thomas a’Becket, 555 South Lilley Road, Canton, MI, 48188

9:00AM – 1:30PM

Registration $15/person. Continental Breakfast and check-in begin at 8:30AM and lunch is provided.

Cantors and music directors alike will find benefit during this one day workshop. Dr. Peter Williamson, Chair of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Seminary, will speak about the psalms as scripture. Following, cantors and music directors will separate into sessions geared specifically toward their ministry. Guiding the cantor session will be Frances Brockington, Associate Professor of Voice at Wayne State University. Leading the music director session will be Joe Balistreri, Director of Music for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Register now by filling in and submitting the spaces below or by mailing in the registration form.         Singing the Psalms – Registration Form

Registration deadline: January 29, 2016. Act now! Space is limited.

Registration Fee:

St. Cecilia Sing 2015


Sunday, November 15th at 3:00 PM

Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit, Michigan

2015 St. Cecilia Sing Registration Form

Act now, limit of 10 choirs!

Registration Fee
Director’s Name:

Summer Nights 2015 Registration

Summer Nights (1)

Summer Nights 2015 August 24-27 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral

Join us for an exciting four night workshop for choir singers, music directors, composers – all church musicians.

Monday-Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 PM

Thursday begins with a picnic at 5:30 followed by Evening Prayer

Register online now:

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Vocal Technique Workshop

NPM Detroit Presents

Vocal Technique Workshop

Featuring Deborah Frontczak

Saturday, February 28 at St. John Vianney Parish

9 AM – 2 PM, Registration includes Lunch

8:30 AM Registration and light breakfast (also included!)

Our ever-popular Vocal Technique Workshop returns! Our presenter will be Deborah Frontczak. Ms. Frontczak has conducted several very successful vocal workshops for NPM Detroit and is back to share her vocal pedagogy expertise to help us all sing better. Her presentation combines humor with a hands-on approach, allowing everyone to learn and understand key tools to improve their singing. A light breakfast and full lunch is included. Select participants will also have the opportunity to participate in the masterclass portion of the workshop. Masterclass participants are asked to prepare and bring a psalm or liturgical song to sing.
Vocal Technique Registration Form

Vocal Technique Workshop


Choral Conductors’ Workshop


Choral Conductors’ Workshop

Choral Conductors’ Workshop

Presented by Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, DMA

Saturday, January 24, 9 AM to 2 PM

St. Lucy Parish, 23401 E. Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, 48080

Join NPM Detroit in an exciting workshop for choral conductors featuring the talented and highly esteemed conductor, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout. Participants will have the opportunity to hone their conducting skills and learn practical ways to run an effective music rehearsal. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please register by Friday, January 16 in order to guarantee your spot in the workshop. Those interested in volunteering for the conducting masterclass portion of the workshop can indicate their interest on the registration form below.


Online Registration
Interested in participating in the conducting masterclass?

Music Leaders’ Retreat

Music Leaders’ Retreat

Sunday, October 5, 2014

3:00 – 7:00 PM

Sacred Heart Major Seminary

2701 Chicago Blvd., Detroit, MI 48206

Join other liturgical music leaders as we retreat, rest, reflect, and become re-energized for the year ahead. This upcoming retreat will be led by Fr. Dan Nusbaum. Consider joining us as Fr. Nusbaum aims to spiritually prepare you to begin another year in ministry. Dinner will be provided.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Dudek at dudek.sarah.e@catholicweb.com or 586-781-6525.

Fee: Members of NPM Detroit – $25  Non-Members – $40

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 29, 2014

Register for Music Leaders’ Retreat:

From the Director

Summer greetings!

My name is Kevin Ryan and I’m both honored and excited to be serving as your next Chapter Director of NPM Detroit. Please allow me to introduce myself: I currently serve as the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Thomas a’Becket in Canton and also as the Music Director for the Agape Young Adult Ministry of the Pontiac Vicariate. I also sing in the Archdiocesan Chorus and am currently pursuing a master’s degree in theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary. I have served on the NPM Detroit Board of Directors for two years and am looking forward to beginning my tenure as Chapter Director. I would like to thank everyone currently serving on the Board for their support and hard work as we look forward to another great year of workshops, retreats, social gatherings, and musical events!

As we spend the summer months relaxing and refreshing our spirits, I would like to highlight a few upcoming events. First off, if you’re planning on attending the NPM Convention in St. Louis, be sure to check the bulletin board and our Facebook page for information on the Detroit Chapter Dinner. We hope to see you there! At the end of August, NPM Detroit will be hosting a fantastic workshop for parish choir singers of all levels at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. This three-night workshop will feature presentations by some of Detroit’s most respected experts in liturgical music, including Deborah Frontczak, Norah Duncan IV, and Steve Petrunak. Your choir members will love the opportunity to build camaraderie with other parish choirs, rehearse and perform beautiful music, and learn how to sing their very best. Please see the flyer included in this newsletter for complete information. Finally, save the dates for our two fall events: the NPM Detroit Fall Retreat on October 5th at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and the annual St. Cecilia Sing at the Cathedral on November 16th.

I invite you to stay in touch with us by liking our Facebook page (NPM Detroit) or by visiting our website: www.npmdetroit.org. We continually update our social media outlets with the latest and greatest happenings from NPM Detroit and the Archdiocesan Music Office. You can also register to become a member of NPM Detroit or renew your registration quickly and conveniently right on our website. Feel free to contact me at any time with questions or comments at kevin.ryan@abecket.org.

Have a safe, fun, and relaxing summer! I look forward to seeing you at NPM Convention or at one of our great upcoming events.


Kevin Ryan
Chapter Director