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GOAA - Spring 2003 Community Education in Berkeley CA
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2002
For more information contact
Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute
2311 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
PAOI Announces Spring 2003 Community Education Programs
Berkeley, CA -- The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute will offer two
educational opportunities for the community beginning in February 2003. The
first course will be eight weeks of instruction in Byzantine Chant taught
by John Boyer. The second will be a one-day workshop, "The Educating
Community" for parish leaders and religious educators led by Dr. Anton
"Introduction to Byzantine Chant" will be an eight-week course taught on
Thursday evenings at the Institute, taught by John Boyer. Course
participants will learn to read the musical notation of Byzantine Music,
begin to develop skills in Byzantine Chant in Greek and English, and learn
the order of services. The course will begin on February 6, 2003 and
continue until March 27. The cost for the course is $200 plus course
This course is ideal for someone who is interested in Byzantine Music,
whether a choir member or assistant at the chanter stand. According to
Institute Director, Anton Vrame, "We are offering this course for the
community so that we can maintain our Byzantine musical tradition. The art
of Byzantine Chant will be lost in the United States unless we begin to
instruct members of the community and teach them to chant in Greek and
English. Gone are the days when we can expect a chanter to arrive from
overseas and take care of everything for us."
John Michael Boyer, the chanter at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox
Cathedral in San Francisco, will teach the course in Byzantine Chant. Boyer
has lectured at workshops and seminars on Eastern Orthodox liturgical
music, and directed the Byzantine Chant schola at the 2001 San Francisco
Diocese Greek Orthodox Church Music Conference, for which he also prepared
transcriptions and English adaptations for the Great Vespers and Orthros
(Matins) services. He began studies of Byzantine Chant at age 14 under
musicologist Alexander Lingas at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in
Portland. In 1996 and 1999, he furthered his studies in Byzantine Chant in
Athens under Lycourgos Angelopoulos, director of the Greek Byzantine Choir.
He has been a coach for Chanticleer and the Minnesota Symphony. He has
received critical acclaim for his solo chant performances in the recordings
and concerts of Cappella Romana, the vocal ensemble specializing in early
and contemporary music of the Christian East and West.
The Educating Community
The second course will be a one-day workshop, "The Educating Community,"
led by Dr. Anton Vrame. This workshop, designed for parish leaders and
religious educators, will focus on the entire life of a parish as the
primary educator. "The workshop starts from the premise that everything the
parish is doing is teaching people about what it means to be and to live as
an Orthodox Christian," according to Vrame. Participants will be encouraged
to reflect on their parish experiences for the positive and negative
educational influences they might have. Strategies will be provided and
shared for developing and enhancing the range and quality of parish
ministries. This workshop will be held Saturday, March 22 at the Ascension
Cathedral in Oakland. The cost, which includes lunch and program materials,
Anton Vrame is the Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox
Institute. He is one of a handful of Orthodox specialists in Christian
Education in the world. He is the author of "The Educating Icon: Teaching
Wisdom and Holiness in the Orthodox Way." Before coming to the Institute,
he taught Christian Education at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of
Theology, Brookline, and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary,
"The PAOI exists to serve the faithful of the Bay Area," according to
Vrame. "We are offering these two opportunities, to begin in a small way,
in order to offer what we can at this time to enhance the quality of parish
life, support the work of the clergy, and to better equip the people who
volunteer in our for their ministries. We are not trying to duplicate the
education that's already occurring in parishes."
For more information on either course and to obtain registration materials,
please contact the Institute (510) 649-3450 or by e-mail email@example.com.
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