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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.


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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 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: 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

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

Summer Nights: A Workshop for Choir Singers

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Spring Gathering

NPM Detroit – Spring Gathering

Join us for dinner at The Master’s Restaurant!

Friday, May 16, 5:30 Cocktail Hour, 6:30 Dinner

1775 E 13 Mile Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Come and enjoy a fun evening out with your fellow Detroit musicians as we gather for delicious food and great conversation.
Please register your attendance by visiting our Facebook page or e-mailing Glenn at:

Vocal Tech Workshop 2014 Registration

NPM-Detroit Vocal Technique Workshop

Saturday, February 1, 2014

9:00am – 2:00pm

Registration and Continental Breakfast begin at 8:30am

St. Linus Catholic Church

6466 N Evangeline St. Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

David Troiano, Clinician

NPM Detroit invites all Cantors, Choir Members, and Music Directors to this Vocal Technique Workshop. David Troiano holds a Master Degree from Wayne State University in Voice and a DMA from University of Michigan in Organ Performance. He also earned a MAPM in Pastoral Ministry from SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary. He served as Choral director for the International Symphony of Port Huron and Sarnia and is currently directing the Filarets Chorus of Detroit. Mr. Troiano has been a music minister in the Archdiocese for 41 years and is currently the music director at St. Clare of Montefalco in Grosse Pointe Park.

After lunch, we will have a Master Class where participants can sing for Mr. Troiano and receive feedback on their technique. 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! 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 several copies of your music.

For questions or info about parish group discounts (5 or more), contact Rob Buzaitis at 248-880- 0528 or

Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Fee: Members of NPM Detroit – $15 Non-Members – $25

Registration deadline: January 27, 2014 

Vocal Tech 2014 Registration Form

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Winter Vocal Tech Workshop

Save the date for our upcoming Vocal Tech Workshop!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Featured Presenter: David Troiano

St. Linus Parish, Dearborn Heights, Michigan, 48127

9 AM – 3 PM

Registration information will be available soon!

Join us at the St. Cecilia Sing!

Join us this Sunday, November 17th, at 3:00 PM for the annual St. Cecilia Sing at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral! All the choir spots have now been filled and it looks to be a beautiful celebration of music from a wide range of choral repertoire. The event is free and open to the public – invite your friends, family, choirs, and fellow parishioners to come and listen. We hope to see you there!

St. Cecilia Sing 2013

St. Cecilia Sing

Sponsored by NPM Detroit

3:00 – 5:00 PM

Choirs please arrive by 2:15 PM for instructions and warm-ups.

Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

9844 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202

Each year, parishes, schools, dioceses, NPM chapters, and other worshiping communities come together to
raise their voices in song in a national festival of sacred music. Everyone is invited to participate in this special
event, which is sponsored by the NPM Standing Committee for Choir Directors.

The memorial of Saint Cecilia (patron saint of music) on November 22 is an excellent opportunity to gather
musicians together for an event of sacred song in conjunction with other choirs and musicians.

This year NPM-Detroit will participate in the St. Cecilia Sing by sponsoring a choral festival with communal
song and prayer on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Each
participating choir is invited to present a maximum of two selections, with a total performance time of no more
than 5-7 minutes. Choirs should arrive at the Cathedral by 2:15 pm for instructions and general warm-ups.

Be sure to register early as participation is limited to ten choirs!

For questions, please contact Mary Roesch 248-446-8700 ext. 105

Registration fee is $25.00 per choir. Deadline to register is November 8.

Registration form: St. Cecilia Sing Registration Form

 Register online:

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Singing the Word with John Bell

Singing the Word

Featuring John Bell


Friday, September 27

7:00 PM

Saint Blase Catholic Church

John Bell from the Iona Community, a Christian ecumenical community in Scotland, invites you to join him for an evening of song where all the boundaries are broken.

It’s not just for people who read music.

It’s not just for people who think they can sing.

It’s not just songs that we know.

It’s not even only songs that come from North American or Europe.

It’s a fun event to liberate the voices of all God’s people in response to the divine command “Sing a new song to the Lord.”

A free will offering with be taken.


Saturday, September 28

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

$20.00 (Lunch included)

To register please call St. Blase or e-mail

Download the flyer here: Singing the Word Flyer

The Dialogues: A Practical Workshop and Rehearsal for Clergy and Musicians

The Archdiocese of Detroit Presents:

The Dialogues

A Practical Workshop and Rehearsal for Clergy and Musicians

Saturday, September 7th

9 AM – Noon

Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Rev. Dr. Paul Colloton OSFS, the Director of Continuing Education for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, will lead clergy and musicians in exploring the historical, liturgical, and pastoral reasons for singing the mass dialogues. An engaging and personable speaker, Fr. Paul will rehearse the mass dialogues with participants, helping musicians and priests of all skill and experience levels engage the faithful in full sung liturgical participation. The cost is $15 and includes refreshments.

To register, click here.

The Dialogues: Workshop Flyer

AGO/NPM Organ Technique Workshops

The Detroit Chapters of the AGO and NPM Jointly Present:

Four Basic Organ Technique Workshops

What Do I Do With My Feet?
The Fundamentals of Organ Pedaling
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Blessed Sacrament Cathedral • 9844 Woodward, Detroit
Heather Nofar [Music Director • St. Edith Church, Livonia]
Stephanie Nofar-Kelly [Parish Music Director • Blessed Sacrament Cathedral]

All the Stops!
How to register the organ
Saturday, November 9, 2013
St. Hugo of the Hills • 2215 Opdyke, Bloomfield Hills
John Sittard [Music Director • St. Hugo of the Hills]
David Enos [Music Associate • St. Hugo of the Hills]
David Wigton [Organ Builder and Technician]

Protestant & Catholic Service Playing
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Our Lady of Good Counsel • 47650 North Territorial, Plymouth
Glenn Miller [Music Director • Kirk in the Hills]
Joe Balistreri [Music Director • Archdiocese of Detroit]

Organ Repertoire Ideas
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Grosse Pointe Memorial Church• 16 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms
James Biery [Music Director • Grosse Pointe Memorial Church]
John Repulski [Music Director • Christ Church Cranbrook]

9 AM – 12 PM • $10 per workshop • Questions? E-mail Joe Balistreri

Register below:

Sing Unto the Lord – Day of Reflection

Sing Unto the Lord – Day of Reflection

with Fr. Paul Colloton

NPM’s Director of Education


Sunday, September 8, 2013

3:00 – 7:00 PM


Sacred Heart Major Seminary

2701 W. Chicago Blvd., Detroit, MI 48206


This retreat is aimed to spiritually prepare you to begin another year of ministry. Dinner will be provided. For questions, please contact Mary Roesch.

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

Registration deadline: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Register for Retreat: Sing Unto the Lord Day of Reflection