The texts, music and commentary on this website were prepared by the Metropolitan Cantor Institute of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. They are approved for provisional use in the Archeparchy, but are otherwise unofficial and should be considered superseded by any materials promulgated by the Council of Hierarchs.

Upcoming Events

May 7 - Next MCI Online classes begin: Introduction to the Eight Tones; The Office of Vespers; Mastering the Eight Tones; and Services for the Living. (register)

July 25-27 - MCI Summer Cantor School.

Liturgical Calendar

May 10 is the feast of the ASCENSION of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ.
Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy

May 13 is the Sunday of the Fathers of the First Nicean Council.
Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy

May 19 is the fifth All-Souls Saturday (memory of all the faithful departed).
Divine Liturgy

May 20 is the feast of PENTECOST.
Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy - Moleben - Sunday afternoon Vespers

May 26 is the leave-taking (final day) of Pentecost.

May 27 is the Sunday of All Saints.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Matins - Divine Liturgy

May 28 is the beginning of the Apostles' Fast, which continues through June 28, the eve of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

complete liturgical calendar

Vigil Divine Liturgy propers

May 10 - Ascension of the Lord

May 13 - Fathers of the First Nicene Council

May 20 - Pentecost

MCI Summer Cantor School

This year, the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh will hold its second annual summer music program for cantors.  The three day workshop will take place on July 25-27 at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. (more)

New Mailing List for Cantors

We are migrating the old MCI mailing lists to single list, cantors@groups.io. This new list should be more reliable than the one we have been using, and does NOT require the creation of a Yahoo ID. It also has more options for collaboration, including a wiki and post tagging.

This list will be used for both announcements, and general (moderated) discussion. If you wish to receive email ONLY for announcements, you can set your subscription options to "Special Notices Only."

To subscribe to the list, just go to https://groups.io/g/cantors

Classes for 2018 Announced

Beginning in January 2018:

This means that all the entire MCI cantor education program can be completed in as little as two years, and students can plan well in advance which courses they would like to take, and when. For more information and registration forms, see the Cantor Education Roadmap.

New smartphone app has daily readings, hymns

The Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma (Ohio) recently released a smartphone app for Apple iOS and Android that includes:

Quite a few cantors have asked for such a resource, and having tried it out, I highly recommend it.  To get the app:

For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bf.appd580cf&hl=en

For Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eparchy-of-parma/id1247012513?mt=8

Online musicianship for cantors

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.

There is also a new section in the left-hand navigation bar, Musicianship, to which articles will be added over the next two months.

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. Please consider contributing to these two efforts:

In early 2018, we will also be distributing images of particular pieces of music or other memorabilia we would like to find or identify.

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.