Church Music in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
In the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, there are three levels of church music activity. Starting in the local parishes, there are church music programs for choirs, chanters, and liturgical music programs for youth. Each Metropolis then has a Church Music Federation that provides assistance, educational programs, and other resources to the local parishes of their Metropolis. Last, there is the Archdiocesan ministry, called the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians.
The National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians was chartered and designated as an official auxiliary of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America at the Clergy Laity Congress of 1976. The National Forum is the national arm of the Archdiocese responsible for the development, recognition, and support of church choir and music education programs. The National Forum also serves as the liaison to the Archdiocese for church musicians, and completes the linkage from local choirs, through the Church Music Federations of the Metropolises, and up to the Archdiocese.
In addition, the work of the National Forum is coordinated through and supported by the eight Church Music Federations of the Archdiocese of America.
For more information about your Metropolis Church Music Federation, follow their links below:
- Archdiocesan District Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians
- Southeastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Choirs and Musicians (Metropolis of Atlanta)
- Metropolis of Boston Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians
- Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Choirs - Metropolis of Chicago
- Metropolis of Denver Church Music Federation
- Mid-Eastern Choir Federation (Metropolises of Detroit and Pittsburgh)
- Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians (Metropolis of New Jersey)
- Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Church Music Federation