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
Official English Translation of the Divine Liturgy - What it means for Church Music
Now that the Holy Eparchial Synod has approved the official standard text for English in the Divine Liturgy, parishes will be anxious to begin using the new text for our hymns. At its Annual Meeting in Nashville, the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians drafted a Position Paper regarding the insertion of the new English Text into the existing musical arrangements of the Hymns of the Divine Liturgy. Please read the Position Paper which addresses this issue. More information and guidelines will be forthcoming.
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the National Forum was held from Sunday, July 3 through Thursday, July 7 in Nashville, Tennessee in conjunction with the 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress!
The 2016 Liturgical Guidebooks
The 2016 Liturgical Guidebook is still in print and is available through the Orthodox Marketplace.
The cost of the 2016 Guidebook is $35.00, which includes shipping and handling.
You can order the Guidebook by clicking on this link Liturgical Guide Book, or if you prefer, by FAX, E-Mail, phone, or US Mail. The Department of Religious Education can accept payment by credit cards, church PO’s, or checks. DRE will send you an invoice under separate cover.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact Peter Vatsures, Guidebook Editor at 614/263-1343 or E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Music Network
CHRIST IS RISEN Resources
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