The Metuchen, NJ Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians


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 is an organization for anyone who recognizes and supports the value of musical liturgy. It is comprised of musicians, clergy, and liturgists with every level of experience. The Metuchen Chapter of NPM hosts numerous events throughout the year, assisting local church musicians to grow in faith and skills. The Chapter was named Chapter of the Year in 2016.

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Giulianna Sforza Return


Giulianna Sforza Returns - A Vocal Master Class


  • Monday, March 11, 2024, 7-9pm
  • Blessed Sacrament Church ( https://www.blessedsacramentnj.org/ )
    1890 Washington Valley Road | Martinsville, NJ 08836
    (for directions: https://maps.app.goo.gl/YYF914VKJc8ec5qa9)
  • Fee: $35
  • Registration: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

In this master class, Ms. Sforza will discuss how to integrate a solid vocal technique into one’s daily singing routine and performance. She will work with the group on breathing, proper body positioning, tonal placement, vocal sensation, and muscle memory.

To further illustrate these skills, the group will focus on a familiar psalm and song (see below). Singers will have a chance to touch upon their own voices and artistry as Ms. Sforza will work on an individual basis as well. If time allows, there will be a discussion on how singers can bring a stronger sense of Catholic spirituality and sensibility into liturgical music through their voice.

Participants may sign up in advance of the workshop to sing for Ms. Sforza and the group, volunteer on the day of, or simply observe.

Repertoire to be studied:
  1. Ave Maria: Bach/Gounod
  2. Ave Maria: Schubert
  3. Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God (M. Haugen)


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2024 Summer Choral Festival


NPM Metuchen Summer Choral Festival 2024


  • Wednesday, July 24th - Sunday, July 28th
  • Times: Wednesday-Friday, July 24-26 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm; Saturday, July 27 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (lunch is included on site;, Sunday, July 28 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church. 390 Rte. 523, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
  • Fee: TBD
  • Registration: CHECK BACK FOR INFO
Festival Director: Jim Cole

Co-conductors: Sandy Hayes-Licitra and Bill Alford

Participants: The Festival is open to all adult choral singers; participants must be 18 years of age by July 24, 2024.

Our Lady of Lourdes Church houses the 1998 18-rank Randall Dyer pipe organ and a fully rebuilt 1918 Steinway grand piano.