National Association of Pastoral Musicians Rapid City, SD (NPMRC)

Past Events


Fall NPM Event (October 4, 2014)
National NPM Conference (July 14-18, 2014)
Diocesan Choir for the Ordination (June 19, 2014)
Summer NPM Event (June 14, 2014)
January 11, 2014 - Wall, SD
January 11, 2014 - Wall, SD


November 16, 2013 - St. Cecilia Banquet


June 16, 2012 - Faith, SD
April 14, 2012 - Lead, SD


October 5, 2007 - St. Martin's Monastery Concert
The Rapid City NPM (National Association of Pastoral Musicians) chapter presented a concert at St. Martin’s Monastery. Included on the program were choirs from St. Therese’s, Cathedral of OLPH youth and children’s choirs, and Blessed Sacrament funeral choir. The Benedictine sisters sang a selection while the Spiess family plus Maria Munoz led the audience in song. Bishop Blase Cupich commissioned all music ministers present.

Bishop Blase Cupich shared with the music ministers the importance of their talents and the impact that music ministry can make at liturgy. He shared information about upcoming documents that the bishops are considering and the advantages that they will have for music ministers. Service awards for years in music ministry were presented. The banquet was coordinated by Lynn Moran from Custer. Jackie Schnittgrund, NPM Director, presented the Jim and Jackie Schnittgrund Scholarship to Bonnie Beer on behalf of her grandson, Steven Spiess. Honored for her contribution to NPM was Sue Englin as she received the 2007 Peggy Langenfeld NPM Memorial Award. Mary Ann Rasmussen received the 2007 NPM St. Cecilia Award for Laity and Rev. William Zandri the St. Cecilia Award for Clergy.

25 Years
Anne Foster, Betty Holliday, and Marge Tennyson from Rapid City
Marlene Biegler from Timber Lake
Mary Harris from Isabel.
Margaret and Marcia Linkskov from Isabel.

40 Years
Joan Bachmeier from Sturgis

50 Years
Betty Zacher from Custer

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June 23, 2007 - Children's Choir Workshop
NPMRC with support from the Rapid City Diocese hosted a Children’s Choir Workshop at Blessed Sacrament Church. Nearly thirty adults were in attendance learning choir formational and developmental skills for children’s choirs from two national known clinicians, Janet Vogt and Mark Friedman. Rehearsal techniques were demonstrated while reading several pieces of music appropriate for children. In the afternoon, children from both the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Blessed Sacrament came to share in the experience as a model ensemble. Many items from OCP were offered as free handouts and selections for purchase.

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July 14, 2006 - Choir Festival
At Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral, nearly seventy singers from throughout the diocese convened to prepare for the first NPM Choir Festival.  Through the wonderful efforts of many music ministers in each deanery, practice sessions along with tutorial CDs were used to prepare the singers prior to the festival.

With the financial support of the diocese, NPM was able to utilize the unparalleled expertise of conductor, composer, and teacher, Dr. Tom Porter from Bismarck ND . Holding advanced degrees in music and liturgy from DePaul University , the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Missouri , Dr. Porter aptly prepared the choir for both a Mass followed by a concert on July 15, 2006 . Although the rehearsal time was limited to Friday evening and all day Saturday, the singers performed with a sound that brought many of those in the audience to their feet. The choir was accompanied at different times by a splendidly assembled orchestra of brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion not to mention pipe organ and piano. At other times the vocalists sang a cappella with a brilliance that was truly heavenly. The music ranged from chant to medieval polyphony, hymnody to spiritual, requiem to Argentinean folk melody, contemporary to Marian. One piece in particular which was written by Dr. Porter, “O Nata Lux,” was especially appreciated by both the audience and singers. An appreciative audience was invited to sing on four of the selections.

The music that was performed will be utilized at future diocesan liturgies. Although this was an NPM event, cooperative efforts from the diocese, Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, local parishes, Knights of Columbus, and music ministers throughout the diocese combined to make the evening concert a night to remember. Some of the comments by the participants follow: “This was such a great experience. I never get to sing in a choir this size.” “It brought tears to my eyes. Wonderful!” ”Let's do this again.” “What an opportunity to be under great direction and to be able to sing with such talented musicians. What an honor.” When asked to evaluate the festival, those participants that responded voted unanimously to do it again if given the opportunity.

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July 22-24, 2005 - Cantor Express
January 22, 2005 - Pedals, Pipes & Pizza


November, 2004 - Annual Banquet