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The Department of Sacred Music of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America guides chanters, choirs and congregations to musical excellence in worship for the glory of God.

Latest News from the Dept. of Sacred Music:

New Music CD Released by SOYO and the Department of Sacred Music: Digital Download Available!

A beautiful new music CD, Grace Shining Forth, is currently in production. A collaborative effort of SOYO, the Department of Sacred Music, and the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries, the CD is going to be released soon, and pre-orders are now being accepted. Pre-order now, for an expected delivery date of December 10, 2016! Discounts are available for quantities of five or more. Shop now, and receive your order in time for Christmas.

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"A Flood of Musical Splendor": 2016 Sacred Music Institute

By Paul Jabara, Chairman of the Department of Sacred Music, and Emily Lowe, Coordinator of SMI

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Last year, the Sacred Music Institute celebrated its thirtieth anniversary, and it was truly a banner year. For three decades, the Department of Sacred Music has offered this annual retreat, giving singers, conductors and chanters the opportunity to develop their God-given gifts. Sessions included several informative and entertaining retrospectives; we introduced the brilliant Nazo Zakkak as our new composer in residence, and we held a chanted monastic-style vigil that lasted until the wee hours of the morning. We offered courses on choral conducting and vocal techniques, on Byzantine chant and notation in addition to our numerous rehearsals and presentations. The crowning glory of the weekend was a visit and address by our Father and Metropolitan Joseph, who expressed the utmost encouragement for the work of our department.

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