National Forum Publications

CHRIST IS RISEN HYMN CARDS: Beautiful hymn cards with the English translation as approved by the Holy Eparchial synod. The card includes the Greek and English text set to Western notation. Packs of 25 cards are only $10.00 plus shipping and handling.

NOTATION, TRANSCRIPTION, AND RENDITION OF POST-BYZANTINE CHANT: A new training guide by Dr. Frank Desby, edited by Dr. George Stefanidakis. Contains information and recorded examples of Byzantine notation, tonality, modal characteristics, and rendition. Available as CD only ($35), binder-ready sheets plus CD ($75), Cost is plus shipping & handling.

LITURGICAL GUIDEBOOK: The Guidebook identifies Sunday hymn changes for the ecclesiastical year. The 2017 Liturgical Guidebook can be ordered from the Orthodox Marketplace. Go to and search for "2017 Liturgical Guide Book." or by calling 800-566-1088 to place the order.

COMPANION: The Companion contains the order of special services, antiphon verses, guidelines for hierarchical visits, and other useful resources. Cost is $20 plus shipping.

STARTING A YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAM IN YOUR PARISH: A handbook filled with suggestions for teaching young people the music of their faith. Provides practical suggestions for starting and maintaining youth music programs and junior choirs, roles of adults, and other helpful resources. Cost is $15 per copy plus shipping and handling.

HYMNS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH: Teaching booklets and CD for 12 Divine Liturgy hymns for children, young people, or adults. Each booklet includes music for Greek and English texts, information about the hymn; scriptural references; an associated icon, and teaching suggestions. Family Packet (CD & one of each booklet): $20. 20-copy packets of any one hymn: $9 each. Classroom Special (full set of 20 hymns plus CD): $110. CD only: $15. Add shipping and handling.

MUSICA: Liturgical music periodical for directors, singers, psaltai, organists, and clergy. New issues distributed free to parishes. Topics: music and services of the Orthodox Church, hymnology, rehearsal techniques, liturgical resources, use of organ, role of choir directors, choir member roles, Byzantine chant, copyright issues, women hymnographers, youth music, etc. 18-issue set: $18.00; multiple copies of issue: $1.00 each. Add shipping & handling. Bulk orders negotiable.

HANDBOOK FOR PLANNING A HOLY FRIDAY RETREAT: A how-to guide for conducting a retreat for young people on Holy Friday, emphasizing the integration of Orthodox theology, hymnology, iconography, and symbolism. Includes everything needed to host a successful retreat: schedule, activities, lessons, promotional materials, and teaching outlines. Cost is $15 per copy plus shipping and handling.

VERSES TO THE ANTIPHONS: Contains the verses for the three antiphons for Ordinary Sundays and Feast Days, Special Sundays of the Fixed Season, Special Sundays of the Triodhion and Pentecostarion, and Ordinary Weekdays. Cost is $15 plus shipping and handling. They can also be downloaded here:

COMMEMORATIVES - ST. ROMANOS ICONS, BOOKMARKS, and HYMNOGRAPHER PINS: Full-color icons and bookmarks of St. Romanos. 3”x5” icon mounted in a clear acrylic icon stand, with history of St. Romanos on the back: $5.00 each. St. Romanos icons on glossy card stock: 3½”x5" ($1) or medium 8½"x6¾" ($2). Laminated Romanos bookmarks are $3.50 each. Hymnographer pins at $3.00 each – Choice of Sts. Romanos or Kassiane, Add shipping and handling.

A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE: THE DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM: A re-mastering of the historic 1978 Clergy-Laity Congress Liturgy in memory of †Archbishop Iakovos, Celebrant. This 2-CD recording features the music of Bogdanos, Desby, Gallos, Pappas, and Zes, sung by a 160-voice choir directed by George Raptis. Cost is $20 plus shipping and handling.

AWARD CERTIFICATES: Custom-designed Archbishop Iakovos Distinguished Service certificates for awards to directors, choir members, & psaltai; also, Ernest A. Villas Youth Music Award of Excellence. Certificates are $5 each; 10-15 =$4 each; 16+ =$3 each. Specify names with order for personalization. Add shipping and handling.

SENIOR VOICES: A handbook of helpful hints for use in working with adult church singers. The handbook contains brief highlights about the aging process, strategies for adult learners, and suggestions for successful vocal production. Cost is $15 plus shipping and handling.

GUIDE TO THE TRANSCRIPTION OF POST-BYZANTINE CHANT: A publication that sets out recommended guidelines and procedures to be used when transcribing hymns from Byzantine nuemes to Western notation. Cost is $25 plus shipping and handling.

A GUIDE TO CONGREGATIONAL SINGING: A resource book to assist priests and choir directors in instituting congregational singing in their parishes. The Guide includes suggestions for getting started, planning materials, and additional resources. Cost is $5 per copy plus shipping and handling.

REPERTOIRE FOR THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH ORGANIST: Arrangements by Georgia Tangires considered appropriate for use during Orthodox services. Also includes guidelines and suggestions for organists. Cost is $10 per copy plus shipping and handling.

NATIONAL FORUM POSITION PAPERS: Statements of official positions of the National Forum on church music related issues: Use of Copyrighted Materials, Use of English, Use of the Organ, Congregational Singing, National Church Music Sunday, Use of Composite Liturgies, Titling Hymns in English, Role of Choir Directors; Role of Choir Members. Single copies available at $1 per paper; no charge for email. Also available on the National Forum website.

NATIONAL SURVEYS OF CHURCH MUSICIANS: As conducted by the National Forum. National and metropolis reports: church music salaries, use of English, liturgical music, youth involvement, music priorities, the use of chant, common practices. Each report is $1.00 plus shipping and handling; no charge for email.

TRANSCRIPTS OF SELECTED PRESENTATIONS – available via email, the National Forum website, or print versions for $1.00 per copy plus shipping and handling; no charge for email:

  • Progress of Choirs in the United States: A Focus on Issues: Dr. Vicki Pappas’s opening address at the 1985 Symposium on the Future of Church Music.
  • The Development of Choral Music in the Greek Orthodox Church in America: Dr. Frank Desby’s address at the 1985 Symposium on the Future of Church Music.
  • Growth of Liturgical Music in the Iakovian Era: Dr. Frank Desby, in the History of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. Traces the growth of US liturgical music during the tenure of Archbishop Iakovos.
  • Proceedings of the Mini Symposium on the Use of the Organ: 1987 presentations in San Francisco by the Rev. Anthony Kosturos, Tikey Zes, Anna and James Counelis, and John Cramer.
  • The State of the Archdiocese in the Use of English with Greek Orthodox Church Music: Dr. Vicki Pappas’s opening remarks at the 2003 Tri-Level Theological Institute.
  • CHURCH MUSIC: Not Just in the Choir Loft — But a Ministry for the Parish Family: Opening Remarks by Dr. Vicki Pappas at the 2005 Summer Institute on Theological Education.
  • The Status of Youth Music Programs in Our Archdiocese: Where We are and Where We Need to Be: Opening Remarks by Dr. Vicki Pappas at the 2009 Summer Institute on Youth Music.
  • Annual Reports: National Chairman reports of the past year's activities and future directions.

SHIPPING & HANDLING: On orders $30 or less, add $6.00. Add 20% on orders over $30.

To order and for further information about National Forum materials, contact:

Lucy Pappadakes, Publications Chairman
(704) 827-2684