Bridgeport Chapter


The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) is a membership organization primarily composed of musicians, musician-liturgists, clergy, and other leaders of prayer devoted to serving the life and mission of the Church through fostering the art of musical liturgy in Catholic worshiping communities in the United States of America.

The Bridgeport Chapter of NPM was founded in 1988 to support and serve the pastoral musicians and clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Since that time, the chapter has hosted numerous workshops, social events, annual choral festivals and two regional NPM Conventions in Stamford (1996 and 2006). Past Chapter Directors were Frank Labbanz (1988-1996), Barbara Donalds (1996-2000), Thomas Marino (2000-2006) and Maria O'Kelly (2007-2011).

Current Chapter Board Members:

Dr. Bill Atwood (St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull), Chapter Director
Michelle Fraser (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Ridgefield), Events Coordinator
Dan Kean (St. Edward the Confessor, New Fairfield), Treasurer
Maria O'Kelly (St. Philip, Norwalk), Advisory Board Member

Intersted in serving on our board? There are many opportunities to assist the chapter! E-mail us to inquire: [email protected]

The basic purpose of an NPM Chapter is:
To deepen the spiritual life of each pastoral musician;
To encourage social interaction among pastoral musicians;
To provide an educational forum on current issues affecting musical practice in the
parish, both for musicians and clergy;
To improve the skills of every pastoral musician:
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