Evening Cantor Classes in Pittsburgh
On June 23, June 30, and July 7, the Metropolitan Cantor Institute will be holding THURSDAY EVENING cantor classes in Pittsburgh, at St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church in Greenfield (Russka Dolina), 506 Saline Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15207. Classes will be held from 7-9 PM, in the church or hall as needed. There is NO CHARGE for these classes. Planned topics include selecting starting pitch and tonality, the most effective order to learn music in the green Divine Liturgies book, and coordination between cantor and clergy.
Cantors Invited to the Uniontown Pilgrimage
It is now summer and arrangements are well underway for the 82nd Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Mount Saint Macrina in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. As you know, congregational singing is, indeed, a crowning treasure of our Byzantine Catholic Church.
If you serve as an official parish cantor, and would like to contribute to the music ministry at this year's event, please complete the Online Cantor Participation Form located on the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh’s website:
First MCI Videos
One of our goals at the Metropolitan Cantor Institute has been to provide as much solid instructional material as possible, in a variety of formats. Here are the first videos from the MCI:
- The Role of the Cantor, with Fr. Robert Karl
- Voice Class (June 2014), with Shawn Daly
- Review of the Divine Liturgy (series of ten videos with advice for cantors)
- Services for the Departed (series of seven videos explaining the new Parastas book)
Please tell us what you think by adding comments to the videos! Complete materials for each class are on the MCI class page (click on the Cantor Institute link to the left).
What is the Metropolitan Cantor Institute?
The Metropolitan Cantor Institute exists to support and foster liturgical singing in the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh. At the direction of our bishops, and in cooperation with our clergy and experienced cantors, the Institute trains and certifies cantors for the service of the church, prepares music and educational materials, and provides workshops and seminars in church singing.
The mission of the Metropolitan Cantor Institute:
To ensure that each parish in the Byzantine Catholic Church has a cantor who can lead the liturgical singing of the parish well, to the glory of God and in support of the prayer of the faithful.
For more information, click on Cantor Institute in the left-hand navigation bar on this page.
Table of Contents for the Divine Liturgies book
The Metropolitan Cantor Institute is happy to provide a complete table of contents for the The Divine Liturgies of our holy fathers John Chrysostom and Basil the Great. It can be printed on a single sheet of legal size paper. Cantor Robert Pipta of Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, Anaheim, CA (whose work it is) suggests: "Fold in half, trim the edges and it fits into the pewbook. I carefully used a small drop of super glue to hold the TOC in place in the pew book between pages 2 and 3."
Divine Liturgy book in Church Slavonic - with music
Also from Anaheim is a 40-page service book for the Divine Liturgy in Church Slavonic, with music throughout, following the pattern of the English-language Divine Liturgies book, and including rubrics for the people in English. This book is ideal for cantors who celebrate some or all of the Divine Liturgy in Slavonic.
Like most service books from the MCI, this booklet is set up to print 2-up (that is, two pages per sheet, side by side) on legal size paper. If you want a version of the file that is already set up for printing on legal paper, open the file you want in a web browser, and add "_booklet" immediately before ".pdf" in the URL. This will take you to a "camera-ready" version.
Be sure to visit the Official Publications page to see all our contributed materials for use with the official Divine Liturgies book.
Vespers - with Sister Vassa
Cantors might be interested in several recent 10-minute videocasts by Sister Vassa Larin, a Russian Orthodox nun and liturgical scholar. (There are from the series Coffee with Sister Vassa, which usual begins with some chattiness before getting down to business. But the content is quite worthwhile for anyone interested in Vespers.)
- Sister Vassa - Introduction to Vespers
- Sister Vassa - Introduction to Vespers, Part 2
- Sister Vassa - The Vespers hymn, "Vouchsafe, O Lord"
Documenting the history of our church music - how you can help
The Metropolitan Cantor Institute is working with the Byzantine Catholic Seminary Library to put together material to document the history of the liturgical music of the Byzantine Catholic Church, both plain chant and choral music. Earlier this year, Metropolitan William put out a request to clergy to help in this effort.
Later this year, we will be posting a list of particular items we are looking for, as well as some scanned images that we could use help identifying.
We are also interested in recordings. Here is our working list current list of Greek Catholic plain chant and choral recordings done in the United States:
If you have additional information about any of the recordings in this list (or if you have access to copies of recordings that the seminary does not yet have), please contact us!
A number of electronic mailing lists are available for Byzantine Catholic cantors and those interested in church music. Click on the name of the group to sign up.
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