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Update: Department of Sacred Music Offers Mentoring, Resources, Training

Christopher Holwey, Chairman of the Department of Sacred Music, has extended an invitation for parish musicians to participate in the department's Mentor Program. Mr. Holway asks, "Are you currently serving in your parish as a choir director, a chanter, or singing in the choir, and feel like there are times, maybe several times, that you could surely use a little help here and there? Are you thinking, 'Is there something more I could do as a director to make it easier for the choir to follow me?' 'Am I doing the best I can in chanting during Matins, or singing with the other parts of the choir?'

"Then maybe what you need is a mentor, someone who understands your plight, and can be available to help you during the week. This can be done either by phone, email, video conference, or however you choose to work it out with the mentor assigned to you. If this is something you’d be interested in, then our Mentor Program is waiting to help you. Check out the information on the Mentor Program, and use the contact information to write to us, and let us know how we might be able to assist you. Don’t wait. Now’s the time to make it happen!"

Additionally, church musicians are reminded to visit the department's online PDF music library, for free, downloadable music scores which serve the complete liturgical cycle. Search for a particular piece of music by month, by liturgical season, or by type of service. Texts are available in both English and Arabic.

Lastly, the department has announced the date and location of its next event, the West Coast Sacred Music Institute. The popular training sessions are scheduled for February 21-24, 2013, and will take place at St. Mark Orthodox Church, Irvine, CA. The theme, "The Hymnography of Great Lent: A Path to Holiness," will focus on Great Compline, Akathist, the Presanctified Liturgy, Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday.