Resources for Youth Music

HYMNS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH: Teaching booklets and a CD or cassette tape for 12 hymns of the Divine Liturgy. Suitable 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. CD/Tape features EIKONA. Family Packet (CD or tape & one of each booklet): $20 for CD/$18 for tape. 20-copy packets of any one hymn: $9 each. Classroom Special (full set of 20 hymns plus CD or tape): $110. Tape only: $12. CD only: $15. Add shipping and handling.

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

YouthMusic CONNECTION: An electronic newsletter featuring news about youth music programs across the Archdiocese. Published quarterly.

YOUTH MUSIC LISTSERV: Through the YOUTH MUSIC email distribution list, you’ll receive periodic messages about liturgical music education for youth and also other Greek Orthodox church music news. This is a broadcast-only list and messages are limited to 1-2 per week. To date, there are more than 200 members interested in youth music on the list. To be placed on the list, send your name, e-mail, church, city, and any other contact information you wish to include to

NATIONAL FORUM 2010 YOUTH MUSIC WORKSHOP PACKET: This informative collection of Youth Music "Success Stories," music and materials from across the Archdiocese of America was originally presented as a Workshop at the 40th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress in Atlanta, Georgia on July 6, 2010 by the National Forum.

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. Revised edition from February 2009 - Cost is $15 per copy plus shipping and handling.

NATIONAL SURVEYS OF CHURCH MUSICIANS: As conducted by the National Forum. National and metropolis reports: directors' and organists' salary ranges, use of English, liturgical music, youth involvement, music priorities, the use of chant. Each report is $.50 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, and Role of Choir Members. Single copies available at no charge.

YOUTH COMMEMORATIVES - ST. ROMANOS ICONS, BOOKMARKS, and HYMNOGRAPJER PINS: Full-color icons and bookmarks of St. Romanos, patron saint of church musicians.  3”x5” icon mounted in a clear acrylic icon stand, with history of St. Romanos on the back: $5.00 each. Also, full color St. Romanos icons on glossy card stock: 3½”x5" ($1) or medium 8½"x6¾" ($2). Laminated Romanos bookmarks are $3.50 each. Hymnogrpaher pins are $3.00 each - chioce of Sts. Romanos, Thekla, Kassiane, and/or John Damascene. Add shipping and handling.

YOUTH AWARD CERTIFICATES: Custom-designed Ernest A. Villas Youth Music Award of Excellence certificates for junior choir and hymnology class members. Certificates are $5 each; 10-15 =$4 each; 16+ =$3 each. Specify names with order for personalization.  Add shipping and handling.

SHIPPING & HANDLING: On orders less than $30, add $5.00. Add 20% on orders over $30.
To order and for further information about National Forum materials, contact: 
Maria Keritsis - E-mail: