NPM Metuchen Chapter

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) fosters the art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer.

The Metuchen Chapter of NPM hosts numerous events throughout the year, helping local church musicians to grow in faith and skills. The Chapter was named “Chapter of the Year” in 2016.

Upcoming Events:

All musicians are invited to attend a 
Summer Seminar for Skills 
Saturday, July 28, 2018  •  9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish 
105 Summer Road, Three Bridges, NJ 08887
Hosted by the Diocese of Metuchen’s Office of Worship and the Metuchen Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)
Singing Made Simple - Vocal Basics
Presenter: Daria Dragan, Professionally Trained Singer and Cantor
Instrumental Initiative - Skills for Ensemble Musicians
Presenter: Andy Wallace, Director of Liturgy and Music at St. John Neumann Parish, Sunbury, OH
Learning Liturgy - The Mass through the Church Year
Presenter: Very Rev. Peter Cebulka, CO, Parochial Vicar at Holy Trinity Parish, Bridgewater, and St. Ann Parish, Raritan
Advance registration is requested.
Cost: $35/person for advance registration
           $40/person for onsite registration
Register online: diometuchen.org/NPM
For more information, please contact the Office of Worship at (732) 765-6438 or worship@diometuchen.org.
Save the Date! This seminar is the first in a three-year series that will be held the last Saturday in July of 2018, 2019 and 2020.

All pastoral musicians are invited to attend a

Summer Seminar for Skills 

Saturday, July 28, 2018  •  9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
105 Summer Road, Three Bridges, NJ 08887

Hosted by the Diocese of Metuchen’s Office of Worship
and the Metuchen Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)

View/download flyer  •  Register online

Cost: $35/person for advance registration $40/person for onsite registration
*Lunch is included

*For facility and hospitality planning, advanced registration is requested.

Preview of the Day:

8:30 a.m. Registration and coffee
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Sung Morning Prayer of the Day, with Fr. Peter Cebulka, presider and homilist
9:45 a.m. - Noon Breakout Sessions (includes a short break)
Noon - 1 p.m. Recap and Panel Discussions, with Facilitator Bill Berg and Breakout Presenters
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Lunch (provided)

Breakout sessions will include: (choose one)

Singing Made Simple - Vocal Basics
Presenter: Daria Dragan, Vocal performer, coach and cantor
During this session, Ms. Dragan will present a variety of elements of singing, including breathing and posture, vowel formation, elements of intonation and diction and singing of the line, all as it applies to liturgical singing. She will also address practical ways to warm up and to prepare for choir or cantoring a liturgy.

Instrumental Initiative - Skills for Ensemble Musicians
Presenter: Andy Wallace, Director of Liturgy and Music at St. John Neumann Parish, Sunbury, OH
In this session, Mr. Wallace will address the organization, leadership and potential for collaboration of the church Ensemble in various models. The roles of various instruments and singers will be discussed. Because of the sometimes variable personnel and instrumental forces an ensemble may be faced with, Mr. Wallace will address how to be prepared for these variations with flexibility and versatility. Depending on the interests of those in attendance, Mr. Wallace may specifically address concerns or questions relating to particular instruments or groups. Ultimately, the goal for an Ensemble is to create a cohesive and inspiring sound that can lead a congregation. Mr. Wallace will address how best to pursue that goal.

Learning Liturgy - The Mass through the Church Year
Presenter: Very Rev. Peter Cebulka, CO, Parochial Vicar at Holy Trinity Parish, Bridgewater, and St. Ann Parish, Raritan
Fr. Cebulka will discuss the various elements of our Eucharistic celebration including the Opening Rites, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist and Closing Rites, as well as the use of music throughout the Mass. Further, he will walk through the Church Year, discussing the variations in the Mass from season to season and for particular Feasts. He will also address the focus of the different seasons and how the approach to music might change. Lastly, he will discuss, from a practical standpoint, how to choose music for a particular Mass.

About the presenters:

Daria Dragan, Vocal performer, coach and cantor
Accomplished mezzo-soprano and teacher of voice and piano, Daria Dragan has traveled the U.S. and beyond, singing in operas, concerts and workshops with the Jerome Hines Foundation as well as having participated in recordings, radio interviews and TV appearances. A graduate of Westminster Choir College as a voice student of Laura Brooks Rice, she also received training with Opera Music Theater International as well as at Juilliard with Dodi Protero. Having sung in the church all her life, Daria continues to be called to sing for God’s purpose and serves as cantor, leader of song and soloist for the Diocese of Metuchen at St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish, Kendall Park, and at other parishes in the Diocese.

 

Andy Wallace, Director of Liturgy and Music at St. John Neumann Parish, Sunbury, OH
Andy Wallace, an experienced singer, guitarist, songwriter, composer, arranger and clinician, has been Director of Music and Liturgy for St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Sunbury, Ohio, since 2005. He has managed and arranged for traditional and contemporary ensembles, as well as Praise and Worship Bands. He has over 30 years of experience as a professional guitarist, both as soloist and ensemble musician. Andy has worked with many national acts and alongside renowned experts in music and liturgy. He is also a professional sound technician and served in this capacity for the 2017 NPM Convention in Cincinnati. Andy is grateful to be serving in God’s vineyard.

 

Very Rev. Peter Cebulka, CO, Parochial Vicar at Holy Trinity Parish, Bridgewater, and St. Ann Parish, Raritan
Fr. Peter Cebulka is the newly-appointed parochial vicar at St. Ann Parish, Raritan, and Holy Trinity Parish, Bridgewater, and continues to serve as part-time chaplain at the Catholic Center at Rutgers, New Brunswick, where he has served since 2001. Previously, he was pastor of St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish, New Brunswick. Fr. Peter was ordained in 1993, after serving as a music director, faculty member and as the school's vice principal at St. Joseph Parish, Bound Brook. In 1998, he became a founding member of the New Brunswick Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri and since that time, has served the Congregation as Provost. With a master's degree in both liturgical music and education, Fr. Peter’s love for music, liturgy and teaching is evident in throughout his life of service.

 

SAVE THE DATE!
This seminar is the first in a three-year series that will be held the last Saturday in July of 2018, 2019 and 2020.

For more information, please contact the Office of Worship at (732) 765-6438 or worship@diometuchen.org.