About NPM Detroit
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.
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
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.