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NPM Chapter Social June 3, 2024

You and your parish music ministry are invited to a social and networking event on Monday, June 3, 2024 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Ascension Catholic Church in SE Portland.

  • Connect with local NPM Chapter members and non-Chapter members. All are welcome!
  • Meet and greet other pastoral musicians, choir members, and more…
  • Share YOUR stories and ideas
  • Pray, sing and make MUSIC TOGETHER

Our theme this time is bilingual music. Estela García-López will give a short presentation on Introducing Bilingual Music To Your Parish and share some popular bilingual songs. All pastoral musicians are welcome to attend. Invite your pastor!

  • Please bring a snack or appetizer to share.
  • Beverages will be provided by the NPM Portland Oregon Chapter Core Team

Location: We will meet in the Music Room at Ascension Catholic Church, 743 SE 76th Ave., Portland, OR

Date: Monday, June 3, 2024

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM

The event is free. Your RSVP is appreciated. Contact Agnes Zueger at

Save The Date: NPM Portland Summer Social August 25

Please join us for an outdoor social event to meet other pastoral musicians in the Archdiocese.

Save the Date! This will be held Sunday, August 25 (time to be determined) at the home of Michael Prendergast.

Burgers and brats will be provided; please bring a side dish or beverage to share. Also please RSVP to Michael at

Liturgical Music Class at UP

MUS 413A/MUS 591A Liturgical Music at the University of Portland (3 credit hours or audit) Fall Semester 2024, Tuesdays 7:10-9:55PM PST, August 27-December 10. The course is taught by Adjunct Professor, Sacred Music History, Michael Prendergast, MTS, MA.

A study of Catholic liturgical music, including Church documents and liturgical books, music repertoire and liturgical performance and historical context.  This course is designed to introduce the discipline of liturgical music, including historical styles, performance practices, Church documents, available resources, and liturgical music planning and preparation. Topics include, chant, psalmody, hymnody, music for the rites,the role of the cantor and the choir and music in an intercultural setting. The course will include guest lectures from prominent pastoral musicians and experts in the field of liturgy, including Fr. Virgil Funk, Melanie Coddington, Maureen Briare, Dr. Ann McGuire, Dr. Lynn Trapp, Dr. Dolores Martinez, Dr. Glenn CJ Byer, Angela Westhoff-Johnson and others.

The course will be offered as hybrid with students in the classroom and students who can join the class via ZOOM.  

For fees and registration information, see this flyer.

Some $500.00 scholarships are available. For more information contact Michael Prendergast 503-756-7172.

Cantor Formation

Hold the dates: Cantor formation sessions will be held in the Archdioceses of Portland and Seattle September 18-25 in several locations. The formation session for cantors on Saturday September 21st will include an OCP showcase and breakout sessions for choir directors, vocalists, pianists and guitarists.

Cantor sessions will be led by nationally known instructors Melanie Coddington and Joane Werner. For more information on these excellent instructors, see this bio page.