(Click on the image to hear the choir perform "Ton Nymphona Sou" from Holy Tuesday, 2012)
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:1-5
Psalm 100 most beautifully summarizes the mission of our choir. We sing God’s praises with joy and vigor for we believe that Orthodox church music should be bursting forth with the energy that signifies our faith. In singing we strive to produce beautiful music, full of faith, reverence and awe. Our choir is comprised of 18 adult singers and 4 children. We sing in four part harmony – singing Orthodox hymns from the Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, and Antiochian traditions. In keeping with our tradition, we sing acapella (that is without instrumental accompaniment) reflecting our belief that God wants to hear the voices of His children in their purest form.
The choir leads the congregation in the singing of hymns and responses to worship during the Divine Liturgy and many other worship services during the year. Our vision is to be a parish where everyone actively participates in worship through singing. None of our members are professional musicians, but every choir member is expected to sing on pitch, work within a section of the choir to produce a refined vocal sound, and to blend our voices in singing most of our hymns in four parts.
The choir meets every Monday evening from September to May to rehearse. Choral excellence can be achieved only through the dedicated participation of the singers in our weekly rehearsals. We invite you to join us for worship and in raising our voices to God – in faith, reverence and love.
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