What is the National Forum?
The National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians is the Archdiocesan ministry responsible for liturgical music activities and the development, support, and recognition of church musicians. Chartered in 1976 as an official auxiliary of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the National Forum serves as the liaison among local church musicians, metropolis church music federations, and the Archdiocese. It also serves as the gathering place for church musicians to discuss issues related to liturgical music and to formulate needed responses.
The National Forum has four major areas of focus:
- Support for CHOIRS, providing resources and activities to improve the quality of choirs and the availability of choral music in the church
- Support for CHANTERS and the preservation of BYZANTINE CHANT
- Support for YOUTH CHURCH MUSIC PROGRAMS, including hymnology and junior choirs
- Support for CLERGY, including parish music ministries, and support for clergy
2015 National Forum Annual Meeting
took place in Indianapolis, Indiana from July 9 to 11, 2015
Youth Music Network
GEORGE S. RAPTIS - Archon, Choir Director, Composer and National Forum Founder - Falls asleep in the Lord on Sunday, June 7, 2015
We are once again saddened to announce the loss of another monumental composer of Sacred Church Music. George Raptis was beloved by all who knew him: his family, dear friends, and his extended church music family. His contributions to the music ministry of our Church and to the National Forum are immeasurable. He will be sorely missed by all!
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sts. Constantine & Helen Church (36375 Joy Road, Westland, MI 48185) or the Federation’s Church Music Memorial Scholarship Fund (c/o Dan Packis, 4651 Greenview Court, Avon, OH 44011)
Condolences may be sent to George’s wife Despina and his children, Leah, Stephen, Sophia, and Dena
May his memory be eternal, and may God's loving embrace greet him as he joins the choirs of angels. AXIOS, our dear friend!
Well-known Church Music Composer Demetrios Pappas falls asleep in the Lord
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of another well-known composer of Church Music, Demetrios Pappas, past recipient of the National Forum St. Romanos Medallion.
The National Forum mourns the passing of founding member Anna Gallos
It is with great sadness that I share the news that our beloved Presbytera Anna Gallos passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday evening, February 4, 2015. Anna touched the lives of many of us and has left a legacy to be treasured for generations to come. Presbytera Anna was a pioneer and a visionary in the music ministry of our Archdiocese. She was instrumental in the formation of the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians, and a founder of several church music federations.
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The 2015 Liturgical Guidebook can now be ordered through the Orthodox Marketplace!
Order your copy online directly from the Archdiocese's Orthodox Market Place http://www.orthodoxmarketplace.com/liturgical-music/2015-liturgical-guide-book.html
You can also order the Guidebook through the mail. 2015 Liturgical Guidebook Mail-in Order Form
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