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Liturgical music does not have ethnic borders. It does not have ethnic characteristics. It is not Greek, Arabic or Russian. The church fathers did not create ethnic borders for worship. If music lifts you up, if it is a vehicle for prayer—not Western, Eastern, Arabic Greek, Russian or Byzantine— it is church music. +Metropolitan JOSEPH

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Latest News from the Department of Sacred Music

Registration Opens for Summer Sacred Music Institute, July 10-14

SPECIAL UPDATE: We have just learned that His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH will be with us for the Sacred Music Institute. We are so honored by his wish to attend, and we want to extend registration a little longer since many people will undoubtedly want to see him! Please encourage your fellow chanters, choir members and choir directors to change their plans to include a trip to Antiochian Village in a couple of weeks. We have a wonderful agenda planned that now includes our Father in Christ and Chief Shepherd! (Read the welcome letter from His Eminence)
The new registration deadline is Sunday, June 30. On July 1, registration will close permanently. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Lowe, the SMI Coordinator, at



Course Descriptions
Welcome letter from His Eminence

The Department of Sacred Music is thrilled to announce the summer Sacred Music Institute of 2019, "Sacraments and Song," at the Antiochian Village in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Sessions will begin on the evening of July 10, 2019 and end with Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on July 14.

This theme offers us the exciting opportunity to learn and practice music for many of the different sacraments offered by our church, including weddings, baptisms, ordinations and Holy Unction. Of course we will also offer our usual sessions on Byzantine chant, conducting, vocal technique and music theory, as well as plenty of time for worship, reflection and building relationships.

How the Department of Sacred Music Choir Workshop Revitalized Our Music Ministry

By Jen Hartmann, Assistant Choir Director

Interested in hosting a choir workshop at your parish?
Contact Paul Jabara, Chairman of the Department of Sacred Music, at

On September 30, 2018, while directing the choir in the Trisagion Hymn during Divine Liturgy, I experienced something profound. The familiar people standing in front of me weren't just twenty-five dedicated and faithful individuals who just happen to come upstairs and sing for Divine Liturgy on Sundays, but they were a choir. A cohesive unit. Twenty-five pairs of eyes looking intently at me. Breathing together. Blending together. Singing in tune, in tempo, and in faith. Their eyes, ears, and hearts were wide open, and the joy was palpable. Something big had changed between the previous week and this moment.

The difference? We invited Paul Jabara to lead a workshop with our choir that weekend (September 28-30, 2018).

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