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Welcome to the Buffalo Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians website. We are known as the Church Musicians' Guild in the Diocese of Buffalo. The Guild fosters the art of musical liturgy, and its members serve the Catholic Church as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer. Welcome to our community of music.

Latest News:

Guild to Host Diocesan Choral Festival

The Church Musicians Guild of Buffalo will present a Choral Festival Concert on Sunday, March 11th at 5:00 pm in St. Louis Church, 35 Edward Street (at Main) in downtown Buffalo. The program is free and open to all.


The concert will feature individual performances by the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum and the choirs of All Saints, St. Benedict, St. Katharine Drexel, and St. Louis Churches, as well as St. Joseph Cathedral. All choral participants will join for a finale performance of works by Christiansen, Praetorius, Bach, and Vaughan Williams.


Mary Weimer and Heather Lovelace are co-chairs of this event. Please join us for a lovely afternoon of great choral music!



February 2018




Fr. Ricky Manalo Inspires Guild Members at 2017 Convocation


The 2017 CMG Convocation was held on November 3 & 4 at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. The featured presenter was Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Ph.D., a Paulist priest and a liturgical composer.

Fr. Manalo spoke on the topics: "Bearing Gifts Among Us: International Ministers and Parish Life Today" and "Come to the Feast: Nourishing the Assembly, Nourishing our Souls". Included in the Convocation were breakout sessions for choir, cantor, piano and guitar. Friday evening featured a beautiful concert by Fr. Ricky with the Our Lady of Hope Youth Choir under the direction of Jennifer Serniuk.

See more pictures of the event on our Convocation page.

Coming Events:


Diocesan Choral Festival

Sunday, March 11, 2018

5:00 pm

St. Louis Church

35 Edward Street (at Main)

Downtown Buffalo

(Click here for directions)


Many more events are listed on our News & Events page!

Special features!

See A Message from the Diocesan Director of Music on the Resources page.


Check out the latest essay by Chapter Director Bill Fay on our Commentaries page.

Check out our Resources page for links to music samples, church documents, music publishers, liturgy planners and more!

Our Music Programs page will offer samples of various music programs around our diocese that members may use as an aid in planning their own programs. Check out the latest posting from the 2014 Chrism Mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral.

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