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Leadership Descriptions

2023 NPM Baltimore Chapter Elections Candidates and Bios

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Deitrick Goodwin:

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Deitrick Goodwin has dedicated his life to worship and music. At the age of eight, Deitrick joined the Children’s Choir at New Life Inspirational church under the leadership of Pastor Herbert E. Sye, Jr. From that juncture, he not only sang in the children’s choir but Deitrick learned to play percussion, keyboard and piano. While advancing in life, Deitrick eventually earned the title of director of the Youth and Young Adult Choir at New Life Inspirational Church.  

After High School, Deitrick attended Coppin State University, and while at Coppin, he became very active in that surrounding district. He attended Saint Luke United Methodist Church of the Sandtown community and later became the Director of Choirs.   At St. Luke United Methodist, he helped establish its first traveling group of youth gospel singers. Upon graduating from Coppin State, he became the associate director of the North Avenue Choir under the direction of the Late Verian R. Dunbar. This choir is a compilation of participating churches and choirs on the North Avenue corridor in Baltimore City.  

In 2009, Deitrick joined Saint Bernardine Roman Catholic Church to become the Assistant Director of the Church Choir. The choir performed Contemporary Gospel, Anthems, Spirituals and Traditional Christian hymnody.  In 2011, he became the director and has led the choir in various musical achievements including the “Sing to Your Name” concert at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians conference in Baltimore.  

During his musical journey, Deitrick became the music teacher at Holy Angels Catholic School, teaching: Choir, Theory, and Music Appreciation until its closing in June 2021. Deitrick is currently the piano instructor at the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation and founder and director of the Catholic Community Chorale. 


Feargal King:

Feargal King, a native of Ireland, arrived in the Baltimore area in January 2020. He serves as Director of Music & Media Evangelization at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Aberdeen and also works in a supporting role at the AOB Office of Divine Worship. Feargal has been a member of NPM and a professional Liturgist and Music Director for close to 30 years.

For most of that time he worked in the Chicago area at two large suburban parishes, and for 14 years was Director of the Diocesan Chorale for the Diocese of Rockford IL. He is a published composer with GIA/WLP and more recently with OCP, and since 2008 has served as web technology and communications coordinator for the Liturgical Composers Forum.

Feargal believes in the value of a strong NPM Chapter and is ready to work and collaborate in helping our local chapter in Baltimore grow and flourish into the future.


Stephen Lay:

Dr. Stephen Lay received his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance in 1990 and his Master of Music in accompanying and chamber music in 1998 both from the University of Maryland at College Park. In 2006 he completed his doctorate studies in vocal accompanying at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America. 

Stephen has played organ and piano for the United Methodist church, the Episcopal Church, and for the last 25 years in the Catholic Church. He is now the director of music at Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, Maryland. An active member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Stephen has served as Coordinator of Recruitment for the Baltimore chapter, faculty for the NPM Guitar and Ensemble Institute and music director for the Mid Atlantic Congress, an annual Catholic convention held in Baltimore since 2012.

Stephen composes for the Catholic Church and is published by GIA and OCP.   

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Alison Lyons:

Alison Lyons has been a member of NPM for several years. After studying music education and clarinet performance at Frostburg State University, Alison was given the task of building a comprehensive music education program at St. Michael School in Frostburg, Maryland, where she taught PK-Grade 5 music, band and choir. 

After the closure of the school in 2008, Alison transferred to Bishop Walsh School in Cumberland. There, she taught Pre-K - Grade 12 general music, band, and choir, bringing 8 performing ensembles into the community regularly. In 2015, Alison transitioned into a pastoral role; first at Our Lady of the Mountains in Cumberland, then Divine Mercy Parish in Frostburg.

Both parishes were in the process of becoming merged parishes and Alison aided in the collaboration of musicians at each pastorate to create a comprehensive music program across church sites and groups of fellow musicians.

Currently, Alison is employed full time at Divine Mercy Parish, where she serves as the Director of Music and Liturgy, as well as administrative associate. In addition, Alison meets the technology needs of the parish, serving as webmaster.

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Nick McCagg:

Nick McCagg has been a full-time Music Director in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for the past 6+ years and works part-time as the Operations Manager of a board game store in the Timonium area. He brings a vast knowledge of website development, design, and maintenance to the table, with over 15 years of experience doing freelance web design and development.


Barbara Riley:

Barbara Riley has been an active member of the NPM since 2013 and recently served as the Hospitality Coordinator, for the Baltimore Chapter and was a member of the Committee of the NPM National Convention, held in Baltimore in 2018. 

Originally from Takoma Park and Rockville, Maryland, she moved to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, in 1994, and has sung in a number of choirs for the past 30 years.  She is currently a cantor and member of the choirs at St. Michael Church, Poplar Springs in Mount Airy, MD and St. Peter the Apostle Church, in Libertytown.

Barbara firmly believes that a NPM membership gives value and meaning to our music ministry.

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