Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA PUBLISH DATE: August 22, 2005


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JULY 21-24
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation,Atlanta, GA

As part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration, the Annunciation Cathedral hosted the 29th annual choir conference featuring the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostomos arranged and conducted by George S. Raptis.

On Thursday afternoon for the Ninth Annual Church Music Institute, the clinicians were:
Dr. Michael Rallis- “Our Roots… The Foundation for the Next 1000 Years”
History of Byzantine Ecclesiastical Chant
Byzantine Ecclesiastical Chant as Art Form
The Psalti and the Choir: The Role of Music in Orthodox Worship
Dr. Phillip Thevaos- “Today’s Liturgical Choirs…The Building Blocks for the Next 1000 Years”
Mixing and Matching (Tastefully)
We are Unique
Getting the Message Through Effectively
Planning Your Next Christmas Concert
Mr. Gerry Clonaris- “The Next 1000 Years”
What are out opportunities going forward?
Where will we find the resources to achieve our goals?
When is the time to begin our planning?
What role will you play?
The program will be complete if…
Mr. George Raptis- Special Encore Presentation of Kassianis

Early Friday Morning, the participants began intense rehearsals of the Raptis music. A Taverna Night highlighted Friday evening in the cathedral’s new banquet facilities.

Mr. Raptis received a special surprise on Saturday, with the unexpected appearance of his daughter, Sophia, who came to sing with the choir. After more intense rehearsal, everyone relaxed at the Grand Banquet and were treated to the inaugural performance of the newly formed Metropolis of Atlanta Orchestra conducted by Peter Zervakos.

At the banquet, the Athenagoras Awards were presented to:
Rev. Fr. Tryfon K. Theophilopoulos- Dean Emeritus- St. Nicholas Cathedral, Tarpon Springs
George E. Pappas- Archprotopsalti Metropolis of Atlanta-
Protospalti St. Nicholas Cathedral, Tarpon Springs
Rita Gallos- Annunciation Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The 2005 Scholarship 100 Winners were:
Natasha Monzvlevskaya, Charlotte, North Carolina
Emily Shepherd, Greensboro, North Carolina

The library of the Church Music Institute was named The Catherine Kandilakis Library, the 1997-1998 past president of the Southeastern Choir Federation.

SFGOCM 2005-2006 Executive Board and Committee Chairmen:
President- Mary G. Zervos, Holy Trinity, Charleston, SC
Vice President- Pauline P. Velonis, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Charlotte, NC
Secretary-Margaret M. Sarafoglu, St. Sophia, Miami, FL
Treasurer- John Mitchell, St. John, Tampa, FL
Past President- Catherine Kandilakis, St. George, Knoxville, TN
Libratian- Toula B. Chininis, Dormition of Theotokos, Greensboro, NC
Standing Committees:
Kevin Lawrence Liturgy- Toula Chininis
Patriarch Athenagoras Awards- Dr. Z. JoAnna Hill
Music Selection- Dr. G. Phillip Thevaos
Youth Initiatives-Maria Nicholas
Keynotes Newsletter- Dr. Theofelos A. Aliapoulios & Donna S. Aliapoulios
Webmaster- Dr. Charles W. Joiner
by Margaret Sarafoglu

If you were unable to attend, you missed out on hearing the glorious, ethereal sound coming from 140 adults and 20 youth singers. Those who participated sang George Raptis` arrangement of the Divine Liturgy under the direction of Mr. Raptis himself. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta. The Youth Choir, under the direction of Joanne Kambouris from Clearwater, Florida, sang various hymns learned from the Divine Liturgy in just a few days. When they were not rehearsing, the Youth participated in several exciting field trips in the Atlanta area and attended the annual dance and Grand Banquet, featuring our very first Metropolis Orchestra with participants from 6 to 86 included in this unique and talented ensemble.
Next year, the Choir Conference will be held June 22-25, 2006 in beautiful Orlando, Florida! Mark your calendars now and encourage the entire family to come join us for another musically inspiring weekend. Afterwards, plan on visiting the many area attractions of Walt Disney World and Epcott.
If you have any questions regarding joining the federation youth choir, or any youth choir questions in general, please feel free to contactme:
Maria Nicholas, Youth Initiative Chairperson, SFGOCM

Southeastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Choirs & Musicians 2006 Choir Conference

“The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” Psalm 118

June 22 – 25, 2006
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Greater Orlando

Featuring Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostomos
Arranged by George S. Raptis

Orlando is a Family Destination
Let’s Make this a Family Conference!

For more information please contact:
Tom Haynes e-mail Voice 407-841-1675

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta
2480 Clairmont Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Phone: 404-634-9345
Fax: 404-634-2471

Proistamenos: His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios

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