News Releases

GEORGE S. RAPTIS - Archon, Choir Director, Composer and National Forum Founder - Falls asleep in the Lord on Sunday, June 7, 2015

We are once again saddened to announce the loss of another monumental composer of Sacred Church Music. George Raptis was beloved by all who knew him: his family, dear friends, and his extended church music family. His contributions to the music ministry of our Church and to the National Forum are immeasurable. He will be sorely missed by all!

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sts. Constantine & Helen Church (36375 Joy Road, Westland, MI 48185) or the Federation’s Church Music Memorial Scholarship Fund (c/o Dan Packis, 4651 Greenview Court, Avon, OH 44011)

Condolences may be sent to George’s wife Despina and his children, Leah, Stephen, Sophia, and Dena

May his memory be eternal, and may God's loving embrace greet him as he joins the choirs of angels. AXIOS, our dear friend!

Well-known Church Music Composer Demetrios Pappas falls asleep in the Lord

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of another well-known composer of Church Music, Demetrios Pappas, past recipient of the National Forum St. Romanos Medallion.

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The National Forum mourns the passing of founding member Anna Gallos

It is with great sadness that I share the news that our beloved Presbytera Anna Gallos passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday evening, February 4, 2015. Anna touched the lives of many of us and has left a legacy to be treasured for generations to come. Presbytera Anna was a pioneer and a visionary in the music ministry of our Archdiocese. She was instrumental in the formation of the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians, and a founder of several church music federations.

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Maria Keritsis