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

Metropolitan Joseph's letter for SMI
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Youth Music Ministry (YMM) application
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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. 

For the first time, and in response to many requests from past participants who would like to learn more about Byzantine notation or western music theory, Optional Intensive Theory Classes will be offered this summer, beginning Wednesday, July 12 at 10 a.m. For more information please contact Emily Lowe at

We are also excited to offer longer breakout workshops, team-taught by our experienced and educated instructors, covering a variety of topics from Byzantine chant to choral directing (and even how to integrate both in your parish – yes, it can be done!) These workshops will be repeated on Thursday and Friday afternoons, so each participant will have the opportunity to attend two.

Our dynamic Youth Music Ministry promises to be more exciting, spiritually uplifting, challenging, and fun than ever before! We look forward to meeting a new group of inspiring young men and women into our midst, and welcoming back some of our “veteran” teens! For more information please contact Chris Farha at, or access the application here.

Additionally, Paul Jabara, Department of Sacred Music Chairman, is searching for choristers with advanced vocal training and musical experience who will perform in a select Sacred Music Chamber Choir at the Institute. Read more about how to submit audio for your audition, by June 1.

For those who require financial assistance, a limited number of scholarships, for both adults and youth, are available. Please contact Chris Farha for details, or apply online for a scholarship.

Pricing is as follows: 

Double Occupancy $509.43
Triple Occupancy $479.43
Teen (Triple) $363.33

PLEASE make your reservations early. We had record attendees last year and used up every bed at the Village! REGISTER HERE

We expect the full schedule, course descriptions and list of presenters, to be posted by the Feast of the Ascension, May 25, 2017.

For more information, please contact Paul Jabara at; download the flyer HERE.

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2017 SMI Agenda (PDF)193.34 KB