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Sacred Music Institute


Registration form and schedule for the 2016 West Coast Sacred Music Institute is now available! Make your arrangements today!

West Coast: February 25-28, 2016,
St. John the Evangelist, Orinda, CA
Download Flyer (PDF)
Download Registration Form (PDF)
Download Schedule (PDF)

Antiochian Village: July 13-17, 2016
Theme: The Divine Liturgy

Please stay tuned for further information on recordings, videos, concerts, and the like!

We also present to you the following videos from SMI 2014 for you to enjoy, in case you'd like to reminesce, or missed them all together.  Please click on the following YouTube links.

Sacred Music Institute Fact Sheet 


  • Their Sound Has Gone Forth into All the Earth: Orthodox Music in North America


  • February 25-28, 2016
  • Begins Thursday Evening with Registration from 6:00-7:00 P.M.
  • Concludes with Sunday Divine Liturgy


  • St. John the Evangelist, Orinda, CA


  • Nazo Zakkak – Director, Composer, Orthodox Choir Director, Jazz Musician

Instructors & Staff:

  • V. Rev. Fr. John Finley - Antiochian Archdiocesan Mission Priest
  • Paul Jabara - Chairman of the Department of Sacred Music
  • Mareena Boosamra Ball - Diocese of Los Angeles Sacred Music Coordinator; Choir Director, Holy Resurrection, Tucson, AZ
  • Chris Farha – Diocese of Wichita Sacred Music Coordinator; Choir Director, St. George Cathedral, Wichita, KS
  • Emily Lowe – Head Chanter, Holy Cross, Linthicum, MD
  • Regina Roum – Children’s Choir Director, St. Andrew, Riverside, CA
  • Maryfaith Woods – Choir Director, Ss. Peter & Paul, Ben Lomend, CA
  • Valerie Yova – Choir Director, St. Athanasius, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Nazo Zakkak – Choir Director, St. Anthony, San Diego, CA


  • Renaissance Sport Club – Walnut Creek, CA
  • Book your group rate for West Coast Sacred Music Institute (copy and paste this hyperlink)
  • Rate is $119/night. (Rate can be extended one day prior to event and following event via phone call to the hotel)


  • Oakland International Airport – OAK (car rental transportation to parish)
  • San Francisco International Airport – SFO (take the BART to Orinda)

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