The Byzantine Youth Choir

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Colossians 3:16)

The future of the beloved hymns of the Orthodox Church is in the hands of our youth.

Participation in youth choir will strengthen faith and character forever.We welcome the young people of our community to join the Byzantine Youth Choir!

Our Mission

The Youth Music Ministry of Archangel Michael Church strives to preserve the rich musical heritage of Orthodoxy and foster a strong bond to the church. Hymns are praters and integral to our spiritual life and our liturgical experience. Choir members learn to sing the beloved hymns of our faith and develop a deeper understanding of Orthodoxy. Primary goals of the ministry are to instill a love for the music of the church and inspire young church musicians through their participation in the Divine Liturgy.

Youth Choir Registration

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Youth Choir sings the Divine Liturgy on the first and third Sunday of every month from September thoruhg June. In addition, Youth Choir sings at Chirstmas services, Challenge Liturgies, on the fourth Friday of Lent for Heretismi-Salutations, Saturday of Lazarus celebrated with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Holy Friday Lamentations, Palm Sunday, and Pentecost.

Rehearsals are conducted every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm.

During the 2016-17 ecclesiastical year, a new program will be introduced for the boys and young men of our community designed to develop an ensemble of youth chanters, who hopefully, may even become future clergy!

On the second Wednesday of September, "Welcome to Youth Choir" is held in the church music rehearsal room. We invite new members to join-Boys & Girls, ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 18 for the youth, teen, and psalti-chanter ensembles.

The future of the beloved hymns of the Orthodox Church is in the hands of our youth.

Our Leadership

Each year exciting choir events are planned by Choir Director Georgia Kaufman and Choir Director/Organist Eleni Rodopoulos.

Miss Eleni holds a Masters of Science degree in Education and is a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia University with a Masters of Arts degree in Music. She is an accomplished pianist and soprano who owns a private music studio on Long Island where she inspires the joy of music teaching piano and voice. Eleni has given music workshops in Byzantine hymnology and vocail pedagogy fro Archdiocesan Federation Conferences.

Miss Georgia also holds a Masters degree in Science and Masters degree in Arts. She is also the recipient of National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicans 2006 Patriarch Athenagoras I Medallion in recognition of Distinguished Metropolis Service. She has also been honored with the Direct Archdiocesan District Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians 2005 Choir Director of the Year Award for Dedicated and Loyal Service. Georgia is a longstanding member of the Executive Board of the Direct Archdiocesan District Federation of Church Musicians and holds the office of Youth Choir Liaison.

Protopsalti Andreas Modinos was presented with the Archdiocesan District Federation Service Award in 2012. He has been honored by the National Forum and became the recipient of the Archbishop Iakovos Distinguished Service Award, celebrating fifty years as chanter, thirty of which have been at Archangel Michael Church. Andreas has been very supportive of youth choir and the efforts of the Youth Music Ministry.

We are blessed to have exceptional organists–Kris George Kaufman and Alexia Skiadas–and appreciate their outstanding musical contribution to our liturgical services.

Our Traditions

The Youth Music Ministry is involved in many worthwhile activities that include visiting the residents of Hellenos House, a home for physically and mentally challenged young adults. The youth choir reaches out to bring joy to residents of local assisted-living and nursing home facilities. We celebrate the Divine Liturgy with His Grace Bishop Andonios and the senior citizens at St. Michael's Home. The youth choir visits other Greek Orthodox churches in the Archdiocesan District to sing the Divine Liturgy. We enjoy fellowship on Broadway theatre trips; musical productions at Tilles Center; pool parties and the annual Celebration of Music Concert.

Youth Choir News

The June 2016 school-year came to a spectacular close at the Celebration of Music Concert presented by ELeni Kaufman featuring superb piano and voice solos and glorious performances by the Byzantine Youth Choir to a sold-out audience on the world renowned stage of Carnegie Hall!

Each youth choir member is an integral and valued part of the Archangel Michael Family. In appreciation for their service to our church and dedication to youth choir, everyone enjoyed a fabulous sun-filled end-of-year pool party.

Our History

More than thirty years ago, a music hymnology program was instituted for children attending Sunday School classes. Learning the meaning of the hymns served as a teaching tool to enrich the Orthodox experience for our young people. All grade levels, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and GOYAns, were taught the hymns of our faith. Every year, the Sunday School children participated in music presentations for Sunday School Moving-Up and Christmas Pageants. The Hymnology Program fostered the development of a youth and teen choir. Our young people became interested in joining choir and it flourished. For many years, youth choir sang the Divine Liturgy every Sunday for the first service at our former church location in Roslyn.

Through the years, choir enjoyed presenting Christmas programs at the Ladies Philoptochos Brunch each December.

We were especially proud when the Archangel Michael Community hosted the first-ever Archdiocesan District Youth Music Conference & Liturgy in 2009.

The angelic voices of the youth choir have sung at our church Ground-blessing, Ground-breaking, Thyranixia, Consecration, and Ordinations of Fr. Evan Evangelides and Fr. Nikolas Karloutsos

Another special highlight for our community took place on October 2013, when 89 adult and youth church musicians across the Archdiocesan District, which encompasses the Connecticut and New York area, gathered at Archangel Michael Church for the 29th Annual Direct Archdiocesan District Federation of Church Musicians Conference & Liturgy. The Conference Choir was conducted by Georgia Kaufman with organist ELeni Rodopoulos Kaufman. The spiritually uplifting ensemble of voices were absolutely magnificent!

Direct Archdiocesan District Federation of Church Musicians

The Byzantine Youth Choir have been active members of the Direct Archdiocesan District Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians for decades. The youth choir brought great pride to our community when they sang at the liturgy of the 37th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress celebrated in 2004 with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and our Hierarchs at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. They were also featured at the 2005 Archdiocesan Federation Christmas Concert. Choir members—Stacy Anagnostopoulos, Alexia Efstathiadis, Alexandra Karras, Renee Lascarides, Chanter Andreas Modinos and Choir Director Eleni Rodopoulos Kaufman have performed at the Federation of Church Musicians Cabert Night fundraisers. Youth choir graduates of Archangel Michael Church have been selected to receive numerous Federation Scholarships for their college studies. In November 2012, the magnificent hymns of our faith were chanted by the Archangel Michael Church youth choir in a program in conjuntion with Archdeacon Panteleimon and the priests and chanters of the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir. At the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Manhattan, the youth choir performed in a concert honoring the Fifteenth Anniversary of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.

In November 2016, the youth choir sang at the Direct Archdiocesan District Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians 32nd Annual Church Music Conference entitled, I Will Sing Praises to God as Long as I Live. It took place in Southampton at the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary with Fr. Alex Karloutsos and Fr. Constantine Lazarakis on the weekend of November 18th-20th. Highly-respected composer Dr. Tikey Zes conducted the adult choir and Archdiocesan District Youth Music Liaison Georgia Kaufman conducted the youth choir for the Hierarchical Liturgy, which was celebrated with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios. It was a memorable experience.

May the Light of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ fill your heart!

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Archangel Michael Church

Greek Orthodox Church
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