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The Department of Sacred Music of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America guides chanters, choirs and congregations to musical excellence in worship for the glory of God.

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Handouts of the 2017 Sacred Music Institute:

     Binders
          Introduction
          Divine Liturgy Music
          Vespers Music
          Orthros (Matins) Music
          General Sessions:
               Fr. John & Mareena:  Orthodox Music in the Community
               Paul & Nazo:  Pacing and Pitching: A Conductor's Guide
               Richard:  The Business of Church Music

     Breakout Sessions
          Kh. Nancy:  Western Music Notation & Theory
          Dr. Nick & Amy:  Byzantine Music Notation & Theory
          Fr. Mark:  Learning To Understand Church Arabic
          Chris F.:  The Sacraments As Outreach
          Valerie:  Improving Your Vocal Sound
          Richard:  The Living Tradition Of Byzantine Chant

     Workshops
          Charlie & Richard:  Chanting With Ison
          Dn. John & Dr. Stephen:  Byzantine Tone 5
          Paul & Zhanna:  Directing A Choir
          Nazo & Chris H.:  Orthodox Composition

 

Latest News from the Dept. of Sacred Music:

St. Vladimir's Seminary President to be Keynote Speaker at Sacred Music Institute in July

Photo: svots.eduPhoto: svots.eduThe Department of Sacred Music is happy to announce that The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, will be the keynote speaker at this summer's Sacred Music Institute (SMI) and Youth Music Ministry (YMM), July 12–16, 2017 at the Antiochian Village. Father Chad will be addressing the theme for the week: "Music as Ministry: Looking Outward Through Orthodox Hymnography."

For more information, please contact Paul Jabara or visit the Department of Sacred Music homepage.

Register Now! Sacred Music Institute and Youth Music Ministry, July 12-16

Metropolitan Joseph's letter for SMI
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The Department of Sacred Music joyfully announces the themes for the next two Sacred Music Institutes (SMI), in which we will more deeply examine our mission: guiding chanters, choirs, and congregations to musical excellence in worship for the glory of God. There is much to learn from these topics! This summer's Institute on July 12–16, 2017, hosted by Antiochian Village, is titled "Music as Ministry: Looking Outward through Orthodox Hymnody." The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, will be the keynote speaker.

Next summer's SMI (July 11–15, 2018) will continue the topic with the theme "Music as Vocation: Looking Inward through Orthodox Hymnody." 

"Let us strive this year for every parish to send people to make this Institute an even greater experience for all," urges His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph in his 2017 SMI letter. 

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