March 2020

Greetings Oregon and SW Washington Pastoral Musicians, Blessings to each of you as we begin together the Season of Lent and the month of March. 
Our next meeting will be Saturday, March 14 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Keizer, Oregon. See more information about the meeting later in this e-mail. 
In the March 2020 newsletter, please read more about 

  • Upcoming Chapter Presentations and Workshops
  • Career/Job Opportunities
  • Concerts

NPM Portland (Oregon) Membership dues: Several pastoral musicians have asked about the membership fees. An individual membership is $35.00. A parish membership is $100.00. Please consider one of the membership levels that will support the work of the local chapter in Oregon. For more information, please see the reminder of this e-mail.
Blessings to you and your parish ministry. 
Peace and Blessings,Agnes ZuegerNPM Portland Oregon Chapter Director503-639-4773

Tentative month, date and time (watch for future e-newsletters):
Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM: Oregon Chapter meeting and Presentation Presentation entitled “Pastoral Ministry: how to respond or handle difficult situations,; and, how to keep open lines of communication especially with your Pastor, the parish music ministry pastoral staff”, also known as Interpersonal Communications and Conflict Management tools in ministry.
Presenter: Deacon Brian Diehm, Director of the Office of the Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Portland

Host Parish and address: St. Edward Catholic Church located at 5303 River Road N., Keizer, Oregon 97303 (not in North Plains, Oregon)

Parish website | Map with Directions–Edward
Complete Schedule:
– 9:00 AM – fellowship and refreshments
– 9:30 to 11:00 AM – presentation and meeting
– 11:15 to 12:00 PM – NPM Oregon Core Team meeting
All Pastoral Musicians are welcome to attend!

March 21, 2020 at 7:00 PM: In Concert – Bernadette Farrell at the University of Portland. For more information, click on the following website link

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Host: St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Portland, Oregon in the Bradley Room
Morning meeting and Presentation entitled “Celebrating Feasts and Seasons: How we gather as one parish, one community”

May 2020: Workshop and Concert with Janet Sullivan Whitaker. More information including dates and time will be available in future e-newsletters.

June 22, 2020 at 6:00 PM:
 Social gathering of local pastoral musicians; host: Michael Prendergast
Summer 2020: Cantor Workshop (planning under discussion; tentative dates August 7, 8 & 9)

July 7-10, 2020: NPM National Convention in Louisville, KentuckyRegistration is now open on the national website at 
Work Opportunities
St Francis Catholic Church, Sherwood, Oregon: Piano Accompanist (07/12/2019)
The parish is seeking a part-time piano accompanist to accompany up to two of our weekend masses. We are looking for an experienced pianist, who ideally has prior experience playing for a Catholic mass, a strong passion for music, and a desire to be an active participant in the music program. The ideal candidate would be available for one or two masses on Sunday (7:30am-9:30 am and/or 4:30pm-6:30pm). Compensation is negotiable per skill level and experience. If interested, please submit a resume to Christa Weeks at

St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Milwaukie, Oregon: Piano Accompanist (10/01/2019)
This person will cover one or both of the following services: Saturday Vigil Mass – 5:30PM (cantor and accompanist/no choir/no weekday rehearsal) and/or Sunday Mass – 7:30AM (cantor and accompanist/no choir/no weekday rehearsal). In addition, I am also in need of an accompanist to cover/sub mid–November through Mid–December for Sunday 10:00 AM Mass (9:00 AM Call time). I would like to place this person as an additional accompanist into our pool of support musicians. Contact Rudy Lopez, Music Director and member of OCP staff, at 503.460.5437 direct line; or e-mail: 

St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Milwaukie, Oregon: Director of Liturgy and Music (10/18/2019)
The parish is seeking a full-time director of Liturgy and Music who has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic Liturgy. The ideal candidate is responsible for the effective planning, coordination, and execution of music in the parish. Complete job description and application information on the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon website 

St Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Scappoose, Oregon: Cantor and/or Piano Accompanist substitutes (10/31/2019) 
The parish is seeking a cantor and/or piano accompanist to substitute for parish Masses, as needed. Please contact Fr. Chuck Wood, Pastor, if your are available to be added to a roster of support musicians and your stipend requirement. Call St. Wenceslaus parish office at (503) 543-2110, ext. 202

St. Anne Catholic Church, Gresham, Oregon: Cantor (02/24/2020)
The parish is seeking a cantor for the weekly Saturday 5pm English mass.  The Cantor attends rehearsal before mass and has traditionally partnered with a pianist to lead the congregation in prayerful song, but guitar and other instruments are possible.  Compensation for this position is determined on a scale of Cantor experience and level of expertise.  Knowledge and appreciation for the Catholic Faith is preferred. Interested candidates are asked to please send an email to:
See the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon website for career/job opportunities: 
Concerts (advertise your concert here)
Portland Symphonic Choir
Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis
First United Methodist Church, 1838 Southwest Jefferson Street, Portland, OR, 97201

Bach Cantata Choir
Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Palm/Passion Sunday Concert: J.S. Bach (1685-1750): St. John Passion, Part 2
Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 NE 45th Ave, Portland, OR 97213

The Grotto is preparing for its 3rd Annual Spring Alleluia Concert Series
We seek Catholic choirs to come share the joy of our – Holy Week/Triduum/Easter music selections as well as other favorite Hymns are welcome. Here is the link to sign up
This event is informal.  There are no risers, and minimal set up.  Choirs can warm up in the auditorium below the Chapel one hour prior to their performance.  The  Concerts are held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in The Chapel of Mary. These concerts are free for the whole community.   If you have any additional questions please email or call.  Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Ms. Vinci Paterson, Director of Community Engagement, 503-261-2433,
NPM Portland Oregon Membership Dues from September 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020 are being collected. There are two levels: An individual membership/per calendar year of $35.00 (recommended for a Pastor, Director of Music Ministries, assistant directors, accompanists, or any other member of a parish music ministry); or, A parish music ministry membership/per calendar year of $100.00 (recommended for every member of the parish music ministry as well as choir members, cantors, instrumentalists). What do you receive with your local membership? The monthly digital newsletter, announcement of local events and member discounts at Chapter events. The NPM Portland Oregon Membership Dues form is available on NPM (Portland) Oregon website at the following link
Mail your membership form with payment (address on the form).
Please note: This is for local NPM (Portland) Oregon Chapter dues which is separate from a national membership for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians / website link

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