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The Living Tradition of Byzantine Music in America - Cantors Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett discuss the state of the field in English-language Byzantine chant, exploring where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.

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The Living Tradition of Byzantine Music in America - Cantors Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett discuss the state of the field in English-language Byzantine chant, exploring where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.

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A Chanting treasure

By looneyitooney - Nov 18 2018
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Thank you so much for doing this. I know it's a huge time investment. Years ago I toe-dipped into chanting and really appreciate what you are doing here. God bless and please keep it up!

Lots of great history and interviews

By Aerojamie - Nov 15 2018
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If you’re interested in Orthodox music in the English-speaking world, this is the podcast for you. Whether you’re a church musician or not, you’ll learn a lot about the development of Byzantine chant in English. You’ll hear examples and see how the work of many musicians has led us to where we are today - a work in progress to train chanters and make excellent materials available to every parish. Engaging interviews connect us with those who are making great contributions in this area, and let us know about their challenges and goals.

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15 Ratings
Average Ratings
13
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0
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2

A Chanting treasure

By looneyitooney - Nov 18 2018
Read more
Thank you so much for doing this. I know it's a huge time investment. Years ago I toe-dipped into chanting and really appreciate what you are doing here. God bless and please keep it up!

Lots of great history and interviews

By Aerojamie - Nov 15 2018
Read more
If you’re interested in Orthodox music in the English-speaking world, this is the podcast for you. Whether you’re a church musician or not, you’ll learn a lot about the development of Byzantine chant in English. You’ll hear examples and see how the work of many musicians has led us to where we are today - a work in progress to train chanters and make excellent materials available to every parish. Engaging interviews connect us with those who are making great contributions in this area, and let us know about their challenges and goals.
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A Sacrifice of Praise

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The Living Tradition of Byzantine Music in America - Cantors Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett discuss the state of the field in English-language Byzantine chant, exploring where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.

Rank #1: Composer Spotlight: Nicholas Roumas

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Greek-American Nicholas Roumas has the distinction of being the composer of the very first library-quality book of English-language Byzantine chant -- The Musical Ark, published by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Amy and Richard talk to Nicholas about the story behind the book, and how he learned to sing and compose Byzantine music at a time when there were few resources for learning how to do so.

Nick's book of compositions can be found here: www.asbm.goarch.org/store/#!/The-Musical-Ark-by-Nicholas-Roumas/p/84996540/category=0
Feb 22 2019
41 mins
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Rank #2: An Introduction to Vespers

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Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett offer an introduction to the service of Vespers, discussing its structure, its moving parts, and why it's important to know these things as a cantor.

Show Notes

Antiochian Liturgical Guides: www.antiochian.org/liturgicday
AGES: www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/test/dcs/dcs.html

Bishop Basil’s Typikon Charts and Explanations: www.dowama.org/node/31

Services without a priest: www.dowama.org/content/services-without-priest

Bilingual Violakis Typikon: denver.churchmusic.goarch.org/publications-catalog

Fr. Robert Taft's book: The Byzantine Rite: A Short History (https://www.amazon.com/Byzantine-Rite-History-American-Liturgy/dp/0814621635/ref=sr_1_1 )

The Typikon Decoded: www.amazon.com/s?k=the+typikon+decoded+an+explanation+of+byzantine+liturgical+practice
Mar 08 2019
27 mins
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Rank #3: Composer Spotlight: Samuel Herron, Part 2

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Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett continue their conversation with cantor and composer Samuel Herron, who talks more about his experiences chanting throughout the United States in cities like Nashville, Chattanooga, Boston, and Phoenix. He also tells us about his choir, the Dynamis Ensemble, and previews their new all-English recording of Byzantine chant for St. George.
Feb 08 2019
39 mins
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Rank #4: Composer Spotlight: John Michael Boyer, Part 1

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Amy and Richard talk to John Michael Boyer, the Associate Musical Director of Cappella Romana, and co-founder (with Fr. Dn. John El Massih) of PRÓTO. John is a cantor, composer, and teacher based in Portland, Oregon. In the part 1/2 of our conversation, John talks about his musical background, his introduction to chant, and his involvement in projects like the Cappella Romana Divine Liturgy in English recording, among many others.

You can find the Cappella Romana Divine Liturgy CD here: cappellaromana.org/product/divine-liturgy-english
Mar 22 2019
26 mins
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Rank #5: Composer Spotlight: Samuel Herron, Part 1

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Samuel Herron, protopsaltis of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Scottsdale, AZ and founder and director of the Dynamis Byzantine Ensemble, is one of the new generation of cantors and composers whose work is part of the flourishing of English-language Byzantine music. In this first of a two-part interview, Amy and Richard talk to Sam about his initial exposure to Byzantine music, his experiences studying in Greece, and how he put his experience and education to use once he returned to the United States.
Feb 01 2019
40 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 10: Parallage: What, Why, & How Much

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Solfege is a familiar concept to many of us thanks to the famous song “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music; it’s the practice of “sounding out” a melody by singing pitch names, and it’s one of the oldest and most important musical teaching techniques we have. Byzantine chant has its own version of solfege: paralaggi. Amy and Richard talk about what paralaggi is, how it helps you to learn Byzantine music, and why it’s important for the beginner as well as the experienced cantor to do “paralaggi a hundred times” when learning to sing a new piece.

Recordings of the Resurrectional Hymns in English:
Ages Digital Chant Stand: http://www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/dcs.html

Recordings of the Resurrectional Hymns in Greek:
Father Panaretos: https://www.imdleo.gr/diaf/2016/Byz_Panaretos.htm

For recordings of the Anastasimatarion on melos, go to: 5.2.2. MELOS.zip

For recordings of the Anastasimatarion on parallage, go to: 5.2.1. PARALAGH.zip

Score of the 1st Mode Resurrection Hymn used as an example:

in Byzantine notation:

http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org/music/Vespers/b2160_Apolytikion.pdf

In western notation:
http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org/music/Vespers/Finale%202003%20-%20%5B2160_Apolytikion%5D.pdf
Jan 18 2019
26 mins
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Rank #7: Psaltic Echoes in the New World, an interview with Alexander Khalil, Part 2

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Alexander Khalil is a musician-scholar in whom many worlds come together -- among many other things, he is an ethnomusicologist, neuroscientist, cantor, and multi-talented performer and researcher of musics from China, Japan, and Indonesia. Dr. Khalil's PhD dissertation, "Echoes of Constantinople: Oral and Written Tradition of the Psaltes of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople" is one of the foundational works of English-language scholarship for understanding the chant practices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and Amy and Richard had a wide-ranging conversation with him in which he reflected on several aspects of the development of English-language Byzantine chant. Part 2 of 2.
Jan 04 2019
32 mins
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Rank #8: Psaltic Echoes in the New World, an interview with Alexander Khalil, Part 1

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Alexander Khalil is a musician-scholar in whom many worlds come together -- among many other things, he is an ethnomusicologist, neuroscientist, cantor, and multi-talented performer and researcher of musics from China, Japan, and Indonesia. Dr. Khalil's PhD dissertation, "Echoes of Constantinople: Oral and Written Tradition of the Psaltes of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople" is one of the foundational works of English-language scholarship for understanding the chant practices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and Amy and Richard had a wide-ranging conversation with him in which he reflected on several aspects of the development of English-language Byzantine chant. Part 1 of 2.
Dec 28 2018
28 mins
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Rank #9: ISOCM 2018 & DMOPC Conferences

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In June, Richard and Amy traveled in opposite directions, with Amy heading to Minneapolis for the International Society of Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) Conference and Richard heading to Crete for the International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care. Amy recounts the presence of Byzantine chant at ISOCM, including an English-language concert by the Byzantine choir YPHOS, and Richard discusses the very different landscapes Greece and the United States represent in terms of Orthodox concerns about digital media (and yes, that includes chanting).
Dec 14 2018
26 mins
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Rank #10: How Automela Make a Chanter’s Life Easier

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Automela, or model melodies, have historically been an important part of Byzantine chant. Their use in English is becoming more prevalent as we have more and more metered text. Richard and Amy explain how model melodies make chanting services easier as well as discuss the complications that arise due to the circulation of multiple English translations.
Nov 30 2018
23 mins
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Rank #11: Composer Spotlight: Papa Ephraim, Part 2

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Papa Ephraim continues his story, telling us how his composition process changed when he began composing hymns for Vespers and how he began codifying the melodies Byzantine chant into a systematic book of formulae in order to aid his work. He also shares how he was able to convert his font for Byzantine notation into Braille.
Nov 16 2018
24 mins
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Rank #12: Composer Spotlight: Papa Ephraim, Part 1

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Papa Ephraim has composed a huge body of hymns for Vespers, Matins, and the Divine Liturgy and made them freely available online through St. Anthony’s Monastery. Join Amy and Richard as Papa Ephraim tells us about his journey into Orthodoxy, his time on Mt. Athos where he became a monk, and his time back in America where he started to compose.
Nov 09 2018
22 mins
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Rank #13: Byzantine Chant: Recent Developments

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Beginning in the early 2000s, a shift in Byzantine chant in English began to be noticeable. Join Amy and Richard as they describe the change in the composition process that spurred lots of new composition projects and lots of new recordings.
Oct 26 2018
27 mins
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Rank #14: The Development of Byzantine Chant in English, Part 1

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Richard and Amy discuss early Byzantine chant projects in English beginning in the 70’s with Basil Kazan’s Divine Music Project, moving into the 80’s with Vassilis Hadjinicolaou’s CDs, the 90’s with the formation of the Boston Byzantine Choir and Eikona, and ending in the early 2000’s with Fr. Apostolos Hill’s CDs.
Oct 12 2018
21 mins
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Rank #15: Composer Spotlight: Gabriel Cremeens, Part 2

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Amy and Richard continue talking to composer and cantor Gabriel Cremeens about the exceptional musical situation at his parish, his involvement with projects like the Dynamis Byzantine Ensemble, and what he's planning for the future.
May 31 2019
27 mins
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Rank #16: Composer Spotlight: Gabriel Cremeens, Part 1

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Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett talk with Gabriel Cremeens, one of the more prolific of the current generation of cantors and composers working in English. In this episode he shares his beginnings as a composer at Hellenic College, followed by more intensive training in Greece studying composition with master teachers and chanting in churches there, and then landing as the full-time -- yes, full-time! -- protopsaltis of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
May 17 2019
31 mins
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Rank #17: Composer Spotlight: Father Seraphim Dedes, Part 2

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Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett continue their conversation with Fr. Seraphim Dedes. In part 2, Fr. Seraphim discusses how his work and perspective has evolved, and how parish music ministry has had an impact on his approach.
May 03 2019
23 mins
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Rank #18: Composer Spotlight: Father Seraphim Dedes, Pt 1

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Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett speak with Fr. Seraphim Dedes, a translator of liturgical texts and a composer of English-language Byzantine music. He is also an innovator who has used technology to make liturgical materials accessible to everybody with a phone, and his works are used throughout the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and beyond. In part 1 of Amy and Richard's conversation with Fr. Seraphim, he tells a story that takes him from his beginnings in Toledo, Ohio, to Boston, Mount Athos, and then back to the United States where he put his experience to work for the benefit of parish liturgical ministry.

AGES digital chant stand can be found at www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/dcs.html.
Apr 19 2019
21 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 17: Composer Spotlight: John Michael Boyer, Part 2

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Amy Hogg and Richard Barrett continue their conversation with John Michael Boyer,the Associate Musical Director of Cappella Romana, co-founder (with Fr. Dn. John El Massih) of PRÓTO, and the Protopsaltis of the GO Metropolis of San Francisco. In the second part of our discussion John tells us about some of the exciting projects he has been working on more recently, including his textbook, his most recent recording for Christmas, and he’ll tell us the name he is using for his English language Anastasimatarion, the hymnal that contains all of the Resurrectional chants for Sundays.

Find out more about The Sun of Justice CD, by the Proto Ensemble, at cappellaromana.org/product/sun-of-justice.
Apr 05 2019
34 mins
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Rank #20: Byzantine Chant: Music Basics

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Richard and Amy discuss the modal system, the way that the liturgical function of hymns contributes to their melodic makeup, the notation system used in Byzantine chant, as well as oral tradition and vocal style.
Sep 28 2018
22 mins
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