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 email@example.com 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.
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
Earlier this year, the MCI announced plans to put together an up-to-date roster of our cantors, so that we can provide then with regular news and continuing education. It soon became clear that the lists we had were woefully out of date, and before collecting contact information, we first needed to identify the current cantors in each parish. So we have created this new web page.
Look here for an explanation of the categories of cantor, assistant cantor, student cantor, and retired cantor. These categories help us determine what each singer needs to know how to do, and also lets us assess the relative needs of each parish.
Pastors and cantors, please send any updates or corrections to Deacon Jeffrey Mierzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 15.
In September, reader’s courses were held at our cathedrals in Munhall, PA and Parma, OH. Thanks to Fr. Andrew Summerson, the Parma classes were professionally recorded, and those recordings are now available along with the class handouts:
Web link: Lectionary
Handout: Introduction to the Books of the Bible
Handout: Tones for Chanting Psalms and Readings
Handout: Tones for the Prokeimenon and Alleluia Verses
Handout: Text of Psalm 50
Handout: Practice readings
As always, materials from previous MCI courses can be found here.
(The following message went out today on the mcinews mailing list. If you’re not on it, please join!)
I am writing to let you know that my daytime employer (IBM) has relocated my job (and me) to Austin, Texas as of November 1. The new mailing address for the Metropolitan Cantor Institute will be 10002 Faylin Drive, Austin TX, 78753. I will continue to be reachable at (412) 735-1676.
Metropolitan William has asked me to continue to serve as director of the Metropolitan Cantor Institute; to coordinate cantor education across our four eparchies; and to continue to help with the work of the Inter-Eparchial Liturgical Commission. He also wants to see us provide much more assistance to cantors who cannot make it to Pittsburgh for classes (though we are continuing to plan a 5-day cantor / choir director workshop for new July).
Because our household goods are still in transit, my access to email and to the MCI website will be limited for the next week or so. But once things are back in order, expect some announcements for upcoming events and resources.
Please keep me in your prayers!
Today, Fr. Andrew Summerson and I presented a two-hour epistle reader’s course to 15 students at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Parma, Ohio. The lecture portion was recorded on video, and included our best presentation on the prostopinije reading tones to date. In the meantime, here are the materials for this week and next:
Based on this course, we will be making some changes to how we teach this material in the future – and also adding audio / video recordings of epistle readers “at work” in church. Thanks to all who attended!
Next week, courses will continue in Pittsburgh (on Thursday evening) and in Parma (on Saturday afternoon).
We have decided to make all MCI online classes FREE for the rest of the year. I am reorganizing the class pages, and the details should be up by Sunday.
This will include free access to unlimited ear training (pitch recognition and matching) and music theory courses at Theta Music; watch here for details.
From 2001 to 20014, the Metropolitan Cantor Institute has taught and assessed cantors, granting certifications to those who completed the required coursework AND demonstrated that they could properly lead the people’s singing at the Divine Liturgy, including the proper singing of the eight tones.
The latest graduate of the MCI program is Mr. Thomas Rodack.Tom has enjoyed singing all his life and was a member of the choir at Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church in New Britain, Connecticut. When he moved to the Pittsburgh area, he took advantage of the opportunity to enroll in the Metropolitan Cantor Institute program. He apprenticed as cantor at St. Andrew the Apostle in Gibsonia with cantor Bob Matoka and pastor Abbott Leo Schlosser. Tom appreciates Bob’s patience and guidance. When Abbott Leo moved to St. John the Baptist in Lyndora and was in need of another cantor, Tom began cantoring there. He currently assists head cantor Lorrie Homa by cantoring Saturday and many holyday vigil liturgies.