National Association of Pastoral Musicians to host convention

Staff report

CINCINNATI — The seven hills of Cincinnati will be alive with the sound of music when the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) brings more than 2000 pastoral musicians, composers, liturgists, theologians, and music publishing companies to the Queen City for NPM”s 40th annual convention July 10 – 14, 2017.

This is the fourth time Cincinnati has welcomed the convention, more than any other city. Cincinnati is a favorite with NPM convention planners because of the area’s commitment to musical excellence, great food, a strong Catholic heritage, and an exciting downtown for conventioneers to enjoy.

The convention will highlight the St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir and the Northern Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. There will be an evening at the zoo called, “A Musical Safari … Cinci Style;” a youth music ministry institute, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati; a pastoral liturgy institute, and much more. The convention promises to be a wonderful gathering of pastoral musicians as they hone their skills, make music together, and pray and socialize with colleagues from around the country.

Karen Kane, director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Office for Divine Worship and Sacraments, and Jeremy Helmes, pastoral associate for Worship and Sacraments at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Liberty Township, are the co-chairs of the convention. They have assembled a talented core committee of pastoral musicians from around the Archdiocese who have been involved in planning this event for nearly two years.

NPM is an organization for anyone who recognizes and supports the value of musical liturgy. Members include directors, organists, guitarists, pianists, instrumentalists of all kinds, priests, cantors, and pastoral liturgists. They belong to contemporary ensembles, handbell choirs, and choral groups. Some members are young people in high school and college, while some are veteran directors of music ministries. They represent parishes large and small as well as seminaries, schools, religious communities, cathedral churches and diocesan offices. To learn more about NPM and to register for the conference, visit

Staff report