What is the National Forum?

 

Church Musicians  

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

 

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What’s New!

 

2022 Liturgical Guidebook

The 2022 Liturgical Guidebook is available for ordering.

The cost of this year’s Guidebook remains at $40. This year’s edition introduces QR codes along with links to other liturgical resources found on the Forum’s website, such as guides to special services, feast day antiphon verses, and guidelines for hierarchical liturgies, among others.

As in past years, the Guidebook also provides you with:

  • Charts outlining the liturgical changes and readings for all the Divine Liturgies for Sundays and major feast days
  • Charts for all four of the Saturday of the Souls services
  • An additional chart outlining the service changes for a hierarchical liturgy
  • The ordinary antiphon verses
  • Hymn titles in English, plus their titles by function (e.g., Kontakion, Meghalinarion, etc.)
  • A suggested Pronunciation Guide
  • A copy of the Forum’s position statement on the choral and chant traditions in our Archdiocese
  • Information about the Modes of the Hymns, and
  • Planning calendars, among other resources.

There are two ways you can order the Guidebook:

  1. ONLINE: Use the Orthodox Marketplace:
    1. Go to https://orthodoxmarketplace.com/2022-liturgical-guide-book/.
    2. In the Search Box, add: 2022 Liturgical Guidebook, or the product number: FL607-22.
    3. Continue with your specific order and provide your mailing and payment information.
  2. PHONE: Call in your order to the Department of Religious Education at 646-519-6300 or toll free 800-566-1088, M-F 9:00 am-5:00 pm EST. You will be asked for the following information:
    1. Your name and shipping address
    2. Your home parish, and its city/state
    3. Your phone number and email
    4. Your payment information

Please DO NOT email or fax your orders, as providing personal or financial information in these ways poses security risks.

We hope you find the 2022 Guidebook useful and informative.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us as below:

John A. Cramer
2022 Liturgical Guidebook Editor
Jcramer020@gmail.com
(832) 788-6483

Nicholas Chimitris
National Forum Chairman
chimitris@comcast.net
219-741-3997


October 2, 2022 is National Church Music Sunday!

For nearly 40 years, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has designated the first Sunday of October as National Church Music Sunday! On this day we honor and celebrate the contributions of Church Musicians from throughtout the parishes of our Archdiocese. 

Click here for more resources and ways in which you can honor your Church Musicians!


Hymn-Singing Resources for Young People

Please visit our Hymns for Kids resource page, a collection of sites which offer listening and singing experiences with Greek Orthodox hymns especially for youth. Compiled for use at home, Church School, and during youth activities by the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians. Click here to visit the page


Become a Steward of the National Forum

Now is a great time to become a steward of the National Forum, or to renew your membership! Please help to support the vital mission of the National Forum in providing resources and guidance to all our Church Musicians!

Download the Stewardship Form


Hierarchical Guidelines - UPDATED

The guidelines for Hierarchical visits have been updated for the first time since 2009. Please download and review this document prior to a Hierarchical Liturgy and remember to check with the senior-ranking priest and/or the Hierarch's deacon.

Click this link to download your copy


Archbishop Elpidophoros speaks about National Church Music Sunday!


Choral Settings Using the New Standard English Translation available through the National Forum

KEVIN LAWRENCE: A four-part setting of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom that serves as a companion to the new Greek Orthodox Hymnal being distributed by the Department of Religious Education. This is the only work that uses the same melodies as the Hymnal, in Greek and English, so it is suitable for parishes that wish to have their choirs and congregations use the same melodies. The work also includes two settings of the Doxology, all festal substitutions for the second Antiphon (Soson Imas), the eight Resurrectional Apolytikia, four settings of the Trisaghion as well as its festal substitutions, six settings of the Cherubic Hymn, three settings of the Anaphora, psalms for use during Communion, Memorial Service hymns, and the Hierarchical service. Available spiral-bound for $28 or three-hole punched binder-ready for $25, plus shipping and handling. Please specify when ordering.

NICHOLAS ROUBANIS: Selections from the 5th edition of Roubanis’ arrangement of the Divine Liturgy, including all the basic hymns for both regular and hierarchical Divine Liturgies, have been re-typeset and adapted for the new official English translation. The book includes both the original Roubanis Greek melodies and his melodies adapted, as needed, to fit the English words. The cost is $15 per book plus shipping and handling. It is three-hole punched binder-ready.

Both settings can be ordered through the Publications office of the National Forum by contacting Lucy Pappadakis, Publications Chairman at lucy_38@hotmail.com 


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