Church Musicians Honor Members

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. – In recent months, the Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians of the Direct Archdiocesan District recognized some of its church musicians. Federation President Anna Dounelis presented each of the awards to the recipients at their individual parishes, acknowledged their contributions and spoke on the importance of continuing the musical traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and the need to inspire and encourage our young church musicians.

Dr. Efstratios Demertzis, protopsaltis and choir director at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Hempstead, was presented with a framed certificate in recognition of his 45 years as choir director at the cathedral. On each Sunday throughout the year, their choir sings at the cathedral’s two divine liturgies. Andreas Modenos, chanter at Archangel Michael Church in Port Washington, received a Federation Service Award celebrating his ’50 Years’ as a chanter, 30 of which have been at Archangel Michael, as well as the Archbishop Iakovos Distinguished Service Award from the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians.

Two young church musicians were selected to receive 2011 Federation Scholarships: John Brakatselos of the Church of the Holy Resurrection in Brookville, and Miss Stefani Pappas of Archangel Michael Church in Port Washington. Mr. Brakatselos is currently majoring in music at Brown University In Rhode Island, and Miss Pappas is a student at Pennsylvania State University where she is studying nutritional sciences, with a minor in vocal music studies.

Article borrowed from the Orthodox Observer.