Congratulations, Spring 2018 MCI Students!

The following students have successfully completed MCI Online courses in the first half of 2018.

Introduction to Liturgy
Robert Bartz
Danielle Bates
John Ference
Joseph Grayeske
David Hennessy
Michael Komishock
Deirdre Manasterski
Maria McKay
Luke Potts
Mark Stachowiak
Mark Tamisiea
Judith Walsh

Introduction to the Typikon
Robert Bartz
Robert Dillon
joseph Grayeske
David Hennessy
Michael Komishock
Sue Ann Rudolphy
Colin Ventrella
Judith Walsh

Introduction to Church Singing
Robert Dillon
David Hennessy
Colin Ventralla

Reading in Church
Andrea Riley
Sue Ann Rudolphy

Introduction to the Divine Liturgy
Sue Ann Rudolphy

The Divine Liturgy
Sherill Franklin
Susan Kopko
Andrea Riley
Amy Seyfried

The Office of Vespers
Samuel Popiel
Sue Ann Rudolphy
Angela Sedun

Mastering the Eight T0nes
Samuel Popiel
Angela Sedun

Services for the Living
Andrea Riley
Amy Seyfried

Congratulations to all!

New articles on the MCI website!

With the completion of the class on Services for the Living , the following articles on the MCI website have been added or revised:

Christian initiation
Baptism
Chrismation
Eucharist
Penance
Anointing of the Sick
Crowning

(Ordination is being covered in the course on hierarchical and reader services, which began on July 2.

Moleben
Akathist

Singing the Baptismal Service
Singing the Baptismal Service with Divine Liturgy

Singing the Betrothal Service
Singing the Wedding Service (Crowning)
Singing the Wedding Service with Divine Liturgy

Singing an Akathist
Singing a Moleben

Questions, corrections, and suggestions are welcome!  All MCI Online are enabled for guest access (you only have to register if you want to do the coursework and receive feedback and assistance with  your singing):

http://mci.archpitt.org/classes

Congratulations, Fall 2017 MCI Students!

The following students have successfully completed MCI Online courses in the autumn of 2017.

Introduction to Liturgy
Robert Cihak
Jeremy Dunham
Matthew Minerd
Andrea  Riley
Sue Ann Rudolphy
Ron Somich
Diana Terleck
Russell Ward

Introduction to the Typikon
Sherill Franklin
Joe Herman
Michelle Rubush
Amy Seyfried
Mark Tamisiea
Susan Tate

Introduction to Church Singing
Robert Bartz
Matthew Minerd
Andrea  Riley
Sue Ann Rudolphy
Ron Somich
Diana Terleck

Introduction to the Divine Liturgy
Mark Tamisiea
Susan Tate

Introduction to the Eight Tones
Lucia Clinch-Reimer
Sherill Franklin
Susan Kopko
Matthew Minerd
Sue Ann Rudolphy
Angela Sedun
Amy Seyfried

Mastering the Eight T0nes
Susan Kopko
Matthew Minerd
Andrea Riley
Sue Ann Rudolphy
Amy Seyfried

The Office of Vespers
Susan Kopko
Matthew Minerd
Andrea Riley
Amy Seyfried

In all, TWELVE students have earned the MCI Reader badge by completing Introduction to Liturgy, Introduction to Church Singing, and Reading in Church.

THREE students are the first to earn the Apprentice Cantor Badge by completing the entire Basic Cantor course (the reader course, plus classes on the Divine Liturgy, Eight Tones, and Typikon):

  • Susan Kopko, St. Ann, Harrisburg, PA
  • Angela Sedun, St. Ann, Harrisburg, PA
  • Amy Seyfried, St. Philip, Sacramento, CA

Congratulations to all!  Signups for Spring 2018 classes are now open.

The Online Menaion project

Astute users of the MCI website may have noticed a new entry in the left-hand navigation bar: Menaion.

The Menaion, of course, is the monthly book (twelve in all) with propers for divine services on each day of a particular month.  Such books are available in Greek and Church Slavonic;  in “King James” English; and in a modern English edition that follows Greek / Antiochean usage.  But until now, we have not had a complete set of these books for our church, using our translations and following Ruthenian Slav usage.

Continue reading “The Online Menaion project”

New mailing list for cantors

For some 12 years now, the Metropolitan Cantor Institute has used a Yahoo-based mailing list to distribute monthly music mailings and send out announcements.  Unfortunately, this service has been increasingly unreliable, and also lacks quite a few useful features of more modern mailing list software.

So I have created a new mailing list, cantors@groups.io, which will provide BOTH news/announcements and an open (moderated) forum discussion for cantors.

  • Current mcimusicfiles and MCI announcements will go out on this list, along with cantor education news from all four eparchies.
  • You can use the mailing list to ask questions, seek assistance, share music, and raise topics for discussion.
  • Eventually we will be adding the ability to upload and share files, and contribute to a wiki specifically for Byzantine Catholic cantors and church singers.

To join the mail list,  go to:  https://groups.io/g/cantors  and subscribe to the new group using your preferred email address.

If you wish to receive ONLY news and announcements, you can change your subscription options to “Special Notices Only.”  You will still be able to view all discussion  topics by pointing a Web browser to the group address, https://groups.io/g/cantors.

 

P.S. I am looking for a nice wide photograph to use as the banner for the cantors mailing list and the MCI blog.  If you have a suitable one – particularly a photo of a singing congregation – please let me know!

MCI Courses for 2018

With the end of the first full year of MCI Online and the beginning of our second year of comprehensive cantor education, we are putting in place a complete set of cantor classes, available anywhere in the US:

  • The Basic Course (six classes, two of them free and open to anyone) teach the skills necessary to serve as an assistant cantor, and occasionally lead the singing at the Divine Liturgy.  The Basic Course is taught twice a year, beginning in January and July.
  • The Intermediate Course (four classes) covers the complete contents our Divine Liturgies and Sunday Vespers books, and shows cantors how to lead and sing these services throughout the year.  Like the Basic Course, the Intermediate course is taught twice a year, beginning in January and July.
  • The Advanced Course covers the Lenten and Paschal seasons, the holy mysteries and the funeral services, and Christmas/Theophany. The six classes in the Advanced Course will be taught every year, and can be taken in any order.

Through this program, anyone with the basic ability to sing  and a willingness to learn and practice can become a cantor in two years, or extend the courses out over a longer period. Experienced cantors can use the same courses to demonstrate what they know, brush up or learn new skills where necessary, and earn a cantor’s certificate from the MCI and their bishop.

Over the next few weeks, I will posting additional details here about how the program works.  For now, you can find out more at http://mci.archpitt.org/classes.

Congratulations, Summer 2017 MCI Students!

The following students have successfully completed MCI Online courses in the summer of 2017.

Introduction to the Divine Liturgy
Lucia Clinch-Reimer
Carol Donlin
Sherill Franklin
Joe Herman
Susan Kopko
Christine Mott
Sandy Polocz
Samuel Popiel
Michelle Rubush
Angela Sedun
Amy Seyfried

Reading in Church
Carol Donlin
Sherill Franklin
Joe Herman
Susan Kopko
Lawrence Lattuca
Christine Mott
Pamela Pettit
Rob Polocz
Sandy Polocz
Samuel Popiel
Michelle Rubush
Mike Schulz
Angela Sedun
Amy Seyfried
Mark Tamisiea

Introduction to the Typikon
Carol Donlin
Susan Kopko
Samuel Popiel
Angela Sedun

Congratulations to all!  Signups for Late Fall classes are now open.

Office hours, new menaion, and revision work

With the start of fall MCI Online classes and the beginning of a new liturgical year, we are making some additions to the Metropolitan Cantor Institute schedule.

“Office hours”

On Thursdays, I will be holding virtual office hours using Skype for MCI Online students, as well as cantors who have questions about upcoming music or MCI projects.

They will normally be held from 9-11 PM Eastern time; if for any reason they are cancelled, there will be a note on the MCI website, mci.archpitt.org.  To join, contact me on Skype (jeff.mierzejewski) approximately 15 minutes before you plan to join the office hours conference call.

Office hours will begin tomorrow, August 16, and continue through the end of September, at which point we will decide if they should be continued

New menaion project

I have received several requests to collect and collate all the music that has been set by the MCI for the liturgical year.  The entire Menaion (for Vespers, Matins, Divine Liturgy, etc) is entirely too large a project at the moment, but it should be quite possible to collect most of this material, a month at a time.

So beginning in September, I will be collecting the Vespers stichera, certain Matins hymns, and the hymns of the Divine Liturgy for each day, and putting them online.  Where texts are not available, users will be pointed  to appropriate commons.

Fine-tuning of existing music

As part of the work on a menaion, I will also be making some updates, corrections, and “tuning changes” to the MCI-provided music for these hymns, especially in places where they do not match the standard forms of the melodies set by the Inter-Eparchial Liturgical Commission.

As a result, the links in the Liturgical Calendar will be removed from September 1 onward, and re-established as music is reviewed.  Any music that is updated will have a revision date at the bottom of the first page.

If you are interested in reviewing this music as it is revised, drop me a note at mci@archpitt.org.

Congratulations, Spring 2017 MCI Students!

The following students have successfully completed MCI Online courses in the first half of 2018.

Introduction to Liturgy
Greg Beattie
Noel Bustillos
Lucia Clinch-Reimer
Carol Donlin
Sherill Franklin
Joe Herman
Susan Kopko
Lawrence Lattuca
Pamela Pettit
Anthony Polocz
Paul Polocz
Rob Polocz
Sandy Polocz
Samuel Popiel
Nicholas Rakovic
Robert Riley
Gina Romancheck
Michelle Rubush
Mike Shulz
Angela Sedun
Amy Seyfried
Susan Tate
Colin Ventrella
Elizabeth Zackowski

Introduction to Church Singing
Lucia Clinch-Reimer
Carol Donlin
Sherill Franklin
Joe Herman
Susan Kopko
Lawrence Lattuca
Pamela Pettit
Bella Polocz
Kathleen Polocz
Rob Polocz
Sandy Polocz
Samuel Popiel
Nicholas Rakovic
Michelle Rubush
Mike Shulz
Angela Sedun
Amy Seyfried
Susan Tate
Colin Ventrella
Elizabeth Zackowski

Congratulations to all!  Signups for Fall classes are now open.

2017 Summer Church Music Program

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”