Recently, as part of the Introduction to the Divine Liturgy course for cantors, I added an article on what to sing before the Divine Liturgy to the MCI website. In particular, I have some real reservations about the practicality of using some of the liturgical hymns in the Divine Liturgies book for this purpose.
Rather than put those observations (which are purely my own!) into the article, I have decided to post them here for comment and discussion. What do you think? (Here is the article itself, without my personal thoughts.)
Continue reading Liturgical hymns before the Divine Liturgy – your comments requested!
Brother Augustine of the Byzantine Rite Franciscan house in Sybertsville, PA provided the Metropolitan Cantor Institute with a book of harmonized music for the Paschal season. Here is a 3-part setting of the alternate “Christ is risen” found on page 171 of our Divine Liturgies book:
The entire book can be found here. Please try singing them and let us know what you think!
This year, the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh is inaugurating a regular summer church music program for cantors, choir directors, and section leaders. For 2017, the program will consist of a three-day master class and workshop to be held on July 12-14 at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. Continue reading 2017 Summer Church Music Program
As part of the MCI Online program, the following new articles have been added to the MCI website: Continue reading New articles on the MCI website
Now that the first two MCI Online cantor education classes are about to begin, I’d like to talk about some of the improvements we’re making. Continue reading What’s new in the MCI Online classes
All cantors of the Eparchy of Passaic are invited to a gathering of cantors to be held on Saturday, February 18, from 11 AM to 1 PM at Holy Dormition Byzantine Franciscan Friary, Route 92, Sybertsville PA.
- Review the music for the Liturgy of St. Basil
- Review the music for the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
- Share updates from the Metropolitan Cantor Institute
- Discuss future activities
Coffee and Danish will be available from 10:30 on, and a light lenten lunch will be available for those who can stay past 1 PM. If you would like to stay for lunch, please contact Phil Yevics at firstname.lastname@example.org or (570)239-0611 so that adequate preparations can be made.
Please bring the names of deceased cantors from your parish, since this is the first All Souls’ Saturday for this year.
In preparation for our online classes, which begin in February, the Metropolitan Cantor Institute has acquired a site license for Theta Music Trainer, a website with computer- and smartphone-based games that teach pitch matching, recognition and singing of scales and intervals, and other important skills.
Complete access to this website is available to all cantors in the Byzantine Catholic Church, as well as students in the MCI Online program. For more information, see the Theta Music Trainer page on the MCI website.
A paraliturgical hymn that was sung recently in many of our parishes, “To Jordan’s Water”, illustrates several of the issues we are facing with a new hymnal for the Byzantine Catholic Church.
Continue reading “To Jordan’s Water” – understanding the issues with a new hymnal
At the request of the Inter-Eparchial Music Commission, the Metropolitan Cantor Institute is sponsoring initial work on a hymal – that is, a collection of paraliturgical hymns for singing before and after the Divine Liturgy, and on other church occasions as well.
On Saturday, October 2, 2016, we held a workshop on paraliturgical hymns at which we sang through a variety of our hymns, and discussed what might go into the proposed hymnal. A complete recording of this workshop is now available, along with the handout that was distributed.
Please take a listen, and if you have thoughts on the subject, or things you’d like to suggest go into the new collection, please leave a comment here!
The Metropolitan Cantor Institute will offer the following online courses in 2017:
Introduction to Liturgy – February 12 to April 7, 2017
An 8-week introduction to the liturgical services and traditions of the Byzantine Rite. The course will cover the liturgical day and week, fixed and moveable feasts, the Divine Liturgy and holy mysteries. This is an introductory course that establishes liturgical knowledge for further cantor education. (No singing component.) Tuition: $50.
Introduction to Church Singing – February 12 to April 7
An 8-week course that covers the fundamentals of plain chant: musical scales and notation, ear training, basic vocal technique, and the simplest chant melodies: singing on a single pitch, chanting to the usual psalm tone, and singing basic responses such as “Amen” and “Lord, have mercy.” Students will record their singing for review and feedback. Tuition: $75. Continue reading Online Courses for 2017