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Welcome to our website.


Our 2016-17 season of events has ended, and we – along with our partner chapter in Arlington – are planning for 2017-18.   The calendar page and newsletters show the types of activities we sponsor.  


Dome of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC


Have we scheduled workshops or events that interest you?  Is there something you wish we would provide – for choir and ensemble singers, cantors, or accompanists?  Are there topics related to liturgy in general that should be addressed?  Please share your thoughts with us (see address below).



The highlight of the summer will be the 40th Annual NPM Convention, July 10-14 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  This year’s theme: “Formed as One – Union of Voices, Unity of Hearts.”  

Conventions offer something for everyone, whether new to the ministry or a seasoned veteran.  If you’ve never been to an NPM Convention, maybe this is the year for you.  Details can be found on  the website of the National NPM Office –  


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Wishing you a blessed and restful summer,

Charlene Dorrian (  or 301-384-5796)

Director, DC Chapter

National Association of Pastoral Musicians



Mission Statement: NPM/DC is the chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) that serves the Archdiocese of Washington. 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.