D.A.D. Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians 31st Annual Church Music Conference

During the weekend of November 13 – 15, 2015, the Direct Archdiocesan District Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians held its 31st Annual Church Music Conference at the Annunciation Church in New York City, NY. In addition to choir members from throughout the Direct Archdiocesan District, church musicians from six other Federations traveled from the following states to participate in the Federation Conference: California, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Utah.  Notable guests included Maria Keritsis, Chairman of the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians, as well as Vicki Pappas, President of the Mid-Eastern Federation, and Paul Mavromihalis, President of the Eastern Federation. Presvytera Stacey Dorrance and Mrs. Chrysanthy Therianos of the nationally known music trio EIKONA conducted interesting and educational workshops, and the Keynote Speaker was Archon Dr. Tikey A. Zes, a pillar of Greek Orthodox Liturgical Music in our Country and Director of the Saint Nicholas Choir in San Jose, CA!  A highlight of the weekend was a wonderful dinner cruise around Manhattan Island on board the Spirit of New York! 

The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Conference Sunday was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, Chancellor of the Direct Archdiocesan District and the Archdiocese of America, along with Father Chrysostomos Gilbert of the Annunciation Church and Spiritual Advisor to the Direct Archdiocesan District Federation, Father Chrysostomos Panos and Deacon Panagiotis Papazafiropoulos. The Conference Choir was superbly conducted by Dr. James Maniatis, Choir Director at the Assumption Cathedral in Denver, CO and accompanied on the organ by his wife Mrs. Connie Maniatis.  Mrs. Leah Pappas Monias of Holy Trinity Church in Hicksville, NY directed the Great Doxology arranged by her late father Demetrios C. Pappas.  Youth Choir Directors Georgia Kaufman and Eleni Rodopoulos Kaufman and twenty-eight of their Youth choir members from the Byzantine Youth Choir of Archangel Michael Church in Port Washington, NY were part of the amazing Conference Choir of over 120 members who joined their voices to sing the Divine Liturgy arranged by Dr. Frank Desby! 

Following the Liturgy, His Grace presented Federation Certificates for 25-70 Years of Choir Service to members from parishes throughout the District.  The Federation’s Choir Member of the Year Medal and Certificate was awarded to Christine Perry of the Saint George Cathedral Choir of Hartford, CT, and Archbishop Iakovos Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Vasso Patrikis of Holy Trinity Church in Hicksville, NY, Peggy Stilianos of Assumption Church in Port Jefferson, NY and Stephanie Pavlidis of Saint Paraskevi Shrine Church in Greenlawn, NY.  Patriarch Athenagoras I Medallions and Certificates were awarded to Father Chrysostomos Gilbert of Annunciation Church in New York City and to Irini Kapareliotis of the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Hempstead, NY.