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Vocal Tech II — February 3, 2018

Deborah Frontczak will review the skills taught in the Vocal Tech workshops (improve their breathing, posture, and voice production) and help singers build upon the skills taught during our Vocal Tech I Workshops. Her presentation combines humor with a hands-on approach, allowing everyone to learn and understand key tools for better singing.

After lunch, we will have a Master Class where up to 8 participants can sing for Ms. Frontczak and receive feedback on their technique – participants are asked to prepare a psalm, hymn, or liturgical song. Watching, listening, and participating in this process, even if you are not the singer, is a great way to learn more about your own voice, as we all tend to have similar vocal issues! To sign up for the Master Class, send an e-mail to If you don’t get a chance to sign up to participate in the Master Class in advance, you may still have an opportunity to sign up that morning, so come prepared and bring 3 copies of your music.

Ms. Frontczak is a noted vocalist and long-time Music Director, having served the Detroit, Lansing and Cleveland Dioceses since 1990. She holds a Master’s Degree from Wayne State University in Applied Voice and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Voice Performance, and she has been teaching private lessons and giving workshops for over 25 years.

Click here to register!

St. Cecilia Sing! – Sunday, November 12, 2017

St. Cecilia Flyer 2017

Join NPM Detroit for our annual St. Cecilia Sing! A true festival of parish choirs. The event is free and open to the public. No ticket required. Participating choirs must register in advance through the NPM Detroit Eventbrite page.

A free-will collection will support the NPM Detroit Scholarship Fund for Young Musicians.

St. Cecilia Sing! A True Parish Choir Festival!
Who: Everyone.
When: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 3pm
Cost: FREE for audience.
Choirs: Participating choirs must register here.
Location: Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI.

Summer Nights – August 21-24, 2017

Summer Nights 2017 FINAL

From vocal technique to music reading, there is something to be learned at this year’s Summer Nights!

Join NPM Detroit for an exciting week of music making as we explore the “FUN”- damentals of singing and reading music. Deborah Frontczak will work with singers to improve their breathing, posture, and voice production, while Dr. Robert A. Martin will guide singers in the basics of reading music, including pitch, rhythm, and intervals. The week will end with our annual NPM Picnic at 5:30pm, followed by Evening Prayer with a Commissioning of Music Ministers at 7:30pm. Register on the NPM Detroit Eventbrite Page.

NPM Detroit Presents Summer Nights
Who: All metro-Detroit liturgical musicians
When: August 21-24, 2017
Time: 7:00pm, 5:30pm on Thursday
Cost: $25 per person, for all four nights!
Location: Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI.




Spring Social

Belle Isle Spring Social flier PDF 3

Gather with Detroit’s music ministry community and enjoy fellowship and delicious Slows BBQ. No matter if you are a singer, director, ringer, instrumentalist, or liturgist – any adult involved in music ministry is welcome! Let all the musicians of NPM Detroit gather for fellowship and relaxation!

Register on our NPM Detroit Eventbrite Page

Registration Deadline is May 16, 2017

NOTE: A State Recreation Passport is required to enter Belle Isle Park. Visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for complete details.


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

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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:

Summer Nights 2015 Registration

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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