St. Andrew Church Choir

April 26, 2020: St. Thomas Sunday

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

Христосъ воскресе! Воистину воскресе!


Rehearsals via Zoom Conferencing

May 3


Continuation of basics of good diction

Basics of expressive singing

Peter Jermihov is inviting you to 2 scheduled Zoom meetings:

Topic: Choir Rehearsal 1

Time: May 3, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 741 4876 9745

Topic: Choir Rehearsal 2

Time: May 3, 2020 12:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 723 1685 7124

April 12


Facial posture, inside smile

Continuation of vowel production

Virtual Choir review

From April 5

Lower abdominal breathing called diaphragmatic breathing–no shoulder movement, high rib position

Connection of breathing to tone production

Efficient breathing

Use of full vocal capacity through proper breathing

From March 29


Vowel purity and placement of: ee, eh, ah, oh, oo

Connection of vowels through sustained tone (legato singing)

Jaw & tongue in relaxed, neutral position, mouth open

Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen!

St. Andrew Virtual Church Choir

St. Andrew Virtual Choir

St. Andrew Church Choir

Patrice Dalianis, Steve Hastalis, Peter Jermihov, Presbytera Kiki Kalomas, Demetri Kotsinis, Georgia Kotsinis, Maria Kotsinis, Tracey Lazos, Dennis Polite, Lee Polite, Nikolas Polite, Peggy Papaioannou, Irina Riazanova-Jermihov, Cindy Tsaoussis, Marylin Tzakis & Tina Yarovsky


Slavica Lazareska, Sergey Furmanov, David Sekicky, Jelena Stojakovic & Theodore Zajler

The Choir members video-recorded themselves singing these Paschal HymnsTin Anastasin & Hristos Anesti–using a click track from their homes. The recordings were then mixed by Nikolas Polite, a member of the choir, into this audio recording (the video recording of this virtual choir will be generated ASAP). This was our way of connecting with each other and making a musical offering for the Pascha of Our Lord.

Le Christ est ressuscité! En verité il est ressuscité!

Big picture

Fr. John Kalomas, Proistamenos

Christus ist auferstanden! Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!

Soma Christou Virtual Choir
Soma Christou Virtual Choir: Welcome from Tikey Zes

Soma Christou Virtual Choir: Welcome from Tikey Zes

Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!

Христос възкресе! Воистина възкресе!


The Holy Eucharist, the Holy Sacraments, and corporate Divine Worship are central to an Orthodox Christian's salvation. Our lives are sanctified by these central elements of the Orthodox Church. We are also inundated by various forces and cultural elements in our society that are often void of Christian teachings. Still, our own Orthodox culture, so richly filled with beauty in its various manifestations, can serve as an antidote and provide a context for meaningful discourse and fellowship. The premise here is that we can do more to share our experiences and understandings of Orthodox culture among ourselves and, thereby, celebrate and enrich our parish community; our parish is rich with talent and robust knowledge in the various arenas of cultural endeavor. From music in Orthodox worship to African safaris to persecution of Christians in Asia Minor, this newly-formed forum, called Coffee & Culture, although temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, will resume "in-person" meetings every two weeks for 30 minutes after Coffee Hour on Sundays once our parish life returns to normal.

Our first session began with Dr. Peter Jermihov's presentation on February 16 entitled: Choral Settings of the Divine Liturgy. The second presentation was made on March 8 by Fr. Simeon Johnson and was entitled The Three Missionary Principles. We continue the Coffee and Culture vignettes with Dr. Michael Davros' The Troubles of Asia Minor, which appears below in the form of a video presentation. Dr. Peter Jermihov

The Troubles of Asia, Minor by Michael Davros, Ph. D.

The Troubles of Asia Minor by Michael Davros, Ph. D.

The Troubles of Asia Minor: Abstract

Many histories are concerned with a record of the events that led up to the final destruction of ethnic minorities in Asia Minor through 1922. Despite histories having an air of authority, each must be carefully analyzed and evaluated with the final value of the history resting with the reader.

Michael Davros' Biographical Information

Michael G. Davros, Ph.D. has taught in the English Department of Northeastern Illinois University since 1998. In 2002 Davros earned his doctorate in African American literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His dissertation is titled Speak for Yourself: Style and Spirit in Leon Forrest’s Divine Days. His Master’s degree from Louisiana State University also in African American literature was conferred in 1987. Most recently, he has been teaching in the Northeastern Illinois University honors program with special emphasis on “The Literature of Conflict.” Several times, he has conducted study tours to Greece through the university. He has been granted multiple leaves to study Greek and Greek American literature and history. Areas of interest include literature of combat, race, and ethnicity. Davros has also been on the faculty of the English and Humanities Departments at Oakton Community College since 1987 and has lectured throughout the United States and in Greece and India. Davros continues his research in race and ethnicity, most recently revising for publication a chapter of the dissertation. For fun, he is a regular contributor to Referee Magazine and has contributed to The National Herald. Davros has been active in Lincolnwood, IL, serving on the school board from 2003-2015. He is a director on the 13th District Scholarship Foundation of AHEPA. He is married to Vivian, and they have three children, Athena, George, and Constantine. With Alice Kopan and Steve Frangos, he researched and composed a photohistory, Greeks in Chicago (2009).



Kristusaq Aglagikuk! Angangulakan Aglagikuk!


The various Orthodox Churches in America all have official music departments, events and activities, and resources that help Orthodox church musicians in their respective jurisdictions–singers, chanters, conductors, organists, and musicians in the youth ministry, organizers of music events–perform their respective duties in the Church and continue to improve their service and skills. The links to their websites are listed below:

1) The National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians

2) The Department of Sacred Music of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

3) Serbian Singing Federation

4) Department of Liturgical Music and Translations of the Orthodox Church in America

5) Synodal Liturgical Music Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Beyond the "official" music ministries of the canonic Orthodox Churches in America, in the last 30 years we have seen an unprecedented rise in the formation of independent arts organizations devoted to Orthodox arts and culture, fully professional in their personnel and structure. Orthodox Christians and Americans who take an interest in Orthodoxy should be aware of the work of these visionary efforts. Their websites and founders are listed below by date of formation in chronological order:

1) Cappella Romana is a professional vocal ensemble that performs early and contemporary sacred classical music in the Christian traditions of East and West. The ensemble is known especially for its presentations and recordings of medieval Byzantine chant (the Eastern sibling of Gregorian chant), Greek and Russian Orthodox choral works, and other sacred music that expresses the historic traditions of a unified Christian inheritance.

Founded in 1991 by Dr. Alexander Lingas.

2) The Synodal School of Liturgical Music was originally founded under the auspices of ROCOR but is now an independent not-for-profit corporation that administers an annual, two-week program of music courses at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York. It also runs a year-round online program of musicianship courses.

Founded in 1992 by Fr. Andrey Papkov.

3) The Society of Saint Romanos the Melodist was founded to promote Eastern Orthodox culture in general and sacred music in particular. The Society organizes and presents distinctive cultural events that further an awareness of Eastern Orthodoxy in America. These events include commissions of new works of art, concerts of sacred music, presentation of guest-artists, speakers and ensembles, theological seminars, and pilgrimages. The Society is endorsed by Members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America and sponsors two choral ensembles.

Founded in 2001 by Dr. Peter Jermihov.

4) International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) seeks to provide an open platform for musicians, musicologists, singers, and composers that encourages dialogue, the exchange of information and ideas, and inspires cooperation. The Society sees the promotion of communication between East and West as one of its priorities and hosts biannual conferences, at the University of Eastern Finland on its Joensuu campus. The Society also hosts regional symposia and gatherings elsewhere throughout the world to help create opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of knowledge in the field of Orthodox liturgical music.

Founded in 2005 by Fr. Ivan Moody.

5) The Saint John of Damascus Society is a sacred arts organization that seeks to promote excellence in the liturgical music of the Orthodox Christian Church, regardless of ethnic/national heritage of style, as well as support related outreach, educational, and academic efforts.

Founded in 2011 by Richard Barrett.

6) The Orthodox Arts Journal publishes articles and news for the promotion of traditional Orthodox liturgical arts. The Journal covers visual arts, music, liturgical ceremony and texts, and relevant art history and theory. The Journal presents these topics together to highlight the unified witness of the arts to the beauty of the Kingdom of God and to promulgate an understanding of how the arts work together in the worship of the Church. The Orthodox Arts Journal is not affiliated with any ecclesiastical jurisdiction. The staff and contributors are Orthodox Christians from a variety of backgrounds. The Journal operates with a blessing from Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York (ROCOR).

Founded in 2012 by Andrew Gould.

7) The Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute (PaTRAM Institute™) fosters the authentic and original splendor of Russian Orthodox choral music together with its astounding spiritual depth, in both the English and Slavonic languages. PaTRAM Institute performs world-class, professional recordings in unique venues featuring its award-winning international ensembles; distinctive concert performance events; and educational programs.

Founded in 2013 ­by Katherine and Alexis Lukianov.­­­

8) The Russian Choral Heritage Foundation has as its mission to ensure that accurate, authentic sources and subsequent high-quality editions of Russian sacred choral music continue to be widely available to performers, scholars, and church musicians around the world. The establishment of its online Orthodox Sacred Music Reference Library is designed to fulfill that mission.

Founded in 2018 by Dr. Vladimir Morosan.

Dr. Peter Jermihov

基督復活了 他確實復活了

Christ Is Risen by Boris Ledkovsky

Concerto–"Christ Is Risen" by Boris Ledkovsky

Available on Amazon, iTunes & Reference Recordings

2020 GRAMMY® Nominee for Best Choral Performance

All Night Vigil, Op. 37 - Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff's Masterpiece

Христос васкрсе! Ваистину васкрсе!

Alexander Lingas’s Cappella Romana Playlist: Music for Easter Sunday

Alexander Lingas’ Cappella Romana Playlist: Music for Easter Sunday

Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere!