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National Association of Pastoral Musicians (USA)

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) was organized in 1976 by Father Virgil Funk for those interested in musical liturgy, including choir directors, organists, guitarists, pianists, instrumentalists of all kinds, priests, cantors, and pastoral liturgists. The national office is in Silver Spring, Maryland. The National Association of Pastoral Musicians 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 (npm.org). The term ‘pastoral’, used in the United States to describe music useful at the parish level, figures strongly in ‘Music for Catholic Worship’, the 1972...

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