MCI Classes - the Cantor Education Roadmap


The page lists the online classes that are part of the Metropolitan Cantor Institute's cantor education curriculum. Classes generally last 4-8 weeks; within each week, students may do the work at a time of their own choosing.

Basic Course

The classes in this course cover the basics of liturgy and chant. While it is possible to experienced cantors to test out of these courses, we recommend that they be taken anyway, since they provide the basis for later classes.

Class Length Prerequisites Dates
Introduction to Liturgy 8 weeks none 2/2/17 - 4/7/17
Introduction to Church Singing 8 weeks none (some singing experience recommended) 2/2/17 - 4/7/17
Introduction to the Divine Liturgy 8 weeks Introduction to Liturgy and Introduction to Church Singing 4/24/17 - 6/16/17
Reading in Church 4 weeks Introduction to Church Singing (recommended) 4/24/17 - 5/19/17
Introduction to the Typikon 4 weeks Introduction to Liturgy 5/22/17 - 6/16/17
Introduction to the Eight Tones 8 weeks Introduction to Church Singing 6/19/17 - 8/11/17

Once all classes are completed satisfactorily, the student receives a Certificate of Completion, indicating that they have the necessary skills to serve as an assistant cantor, and occasionally lead the singing at an ordinary Sunday Divine Liturgy.

Intermediate Course

The intermediate course builds on the topics presented in the basic course.

Class Length Prerequisites Dates
The Liturgical Year 8 weeks Completiion of the Basic Course 8/14/17 - 10/6/17
Mastering the Eight Tones 8 weeks Completiion of the Basic Course 8/14/17 - 10/6/17
The Office of Vespers 8 weeks Completiion of the Basic Course 10/16/17 - 12/8/17
The Divine Liturgy 8 weeks Completiion of the Basic Course 10/16/17 - 12/8/17

Advanced Course

The remaining classes can be started once the intermediate course is completed, and may be taken in any order:

Class Length Prerequisites Dates
Services of the Great Fast 8 weeks four courses listed above planned for 2018
Services of Holy Week 8 weeks four courses listed above planned for 2018
From Pascha to All Saints 8 weeks four courses listed above planned for 2018
Services of Christmas and Theophany 4 weeks four courses listed above planned for 2018
Hierarchical Services 4 weeks four courses listed above planned for 2018
Reader Services and Typika 4 weeks four courses listed above planned for 2018
Services for the Living 8 weeks four courses listed above planned for 2018
Services for the Departed 8 weeks four courses listed above planned for 2018

Once all classes have been completed satisfactorily, the student receives a Certification of Graduation from the Metropolitan Cantor Institute, may request an in-person final examination for cantor certification.

Master classes

These course may be offered in the future. They are NOT required for cantor certification.