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As a young girl, Joanne would sit on the ψαλτήρι during Church services looking up to her grandfather as he chanted, hoping that one day she too would have the opportunity to learn Byzantine Ecclesiastical Music. In 2014, Joane found Byzantine Ecclesiastical Music classes offered to both males and females that she attended for a year and then later transitioned to private tuition. Ιωάννα now participates in Divine Liturgies, Holy Sacraments and, started recording hymns to send to her grandfather who, before he departed from this world, resided in Greece. Ιωάννα is a proud member of the Women in Byzantine Music Worldwide Association.
Born in Athens, Greece. • Studied Advanced Music Theory at “Hellenic Conservatory of Music and Arts”. • Diplomas of Music Basics (1987), Harmony (1989), Counterpoint (1992), Fugue (1995) and Modern Song (1989). • Worked as a piano and music theory teacher at regional conservatories and private schools. • Working as a Music Teacher at Public High and Primary Schools since 1990. • Has attended a lot of seminars and training courses about music and music teaching in several levels of education. • Started studying Byzantine Music in 2013 and Greek Folk and Traditional Songs in 2018. • Active member of Byzantine Female Chanters Association and Greek female Byzantine choir “Psaltries” since 2016. • Married and mother of two children.
Sofia Chaliasa is a music teacher and performer. She holds a Masters in Byzantine Music (Ionian Academy) and a Bachelor in Music Performance (Saz-Tambouras) by Epirus University (Department of Traditional Music Studies). She has studied violin, flute and music theory (Karditsa Conservatoire). She is part of acclaimed music workshops (Aidonidis, Karantzi, Tapakis, Voulgari, Lemonopoulos, Turkoglu…). She took part in awarded short films as an actress and musician (Austin International Film Festival , Chicago GFF…).
David Lucs (1972 - ) A lifelong singer in the Orthodox Church, director, composer, studied under Father Sergei Glagolev. I strive to ensure the liturgical music I compose reflects the shape and purpose of the liturgical function they accompany, while proclaiming the message of the text, bringing the singer and listener alike closer to God.
I was born in the year of 2004 in Paoli, Pennsylvania. At 4 years of age I was tonsured for a reader by His Eminence Nicholas, Metropolitan of Plovdiv. I have studied Byzantine music for 9-10 years. During my frequent visits to the Holy Mountain, I chant with the monks at the Bulgarian Athonite monastery Zographou. I have been invited to participate at various festal Divine services celebrated in different countries. Occasionally, I participate with the Plovdiv Metropolitan's choir, "St. Apostle Erm". Currently I am a full-time Chanter at the church of Saint Nicholas in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Monastic Choir of St Elisabeth Convent
The Monastic Choir of St Elisabeth Convent grew out of an amateur choir of the sisters of mercy who visited the patients of the National Psychiatric Hospital in Novinki. When St Elisabeth Convent was officially established in 1999, many of the choir members became nuns. That was how the Monastic Choir formed in the Convent. The Choir usually uses Znamenny, Byzantine and Valamo chants, alongside Greek, Old Bulgarian, North Macedonian and Georgian chants.
My name is Marina Constantinou, i am 34 years old and i'm working and living in Athens in Greece. I was born and grew up in athens and have been learning and playing music since i was a child. I studied the piano since the age of 7 and for 10 years until i joined the school of architecture in the university of thrace. After the completion of university i studied the persian santur and in 2018 i started studying byzantine music with mrs Nektaria Karantzi. i am a member of woman in byzantine music worldwide association and the last year i have started practicing chanting in St Marina church in Oropos area
Angeliki comes from Thebes of Greece. She sings in the Chapel of St Nikolaos and Roufos in Thebes for the last twelve years. She became involved with Byzantine music from a very old age, as her father is a pastor.
I was born in Athens in 1948, daughter of a volunteer Byzantine chanter. Since my school days, I used to chant as a member of choirs and in monasteries. In 1984, I received my certificate from the Greek Conservatory under the teaching of one of Greece’s well-known Byzantine chanters, Manolis Hatzimarkos. I taught voluntarily for three years in the conservatory of St. Stephanos, a suburb north of Athens, in a class of 13 students. I have served the Byzantine psalter for over 50 years, and I have made CD recordings for the 3rd Program of the Greek Radio and Television. Since 2018, I am a member of the Panhellenic Association of Women Chanters, “Women in Byzantine Chant”.
My name is Annie Agathou, I am 16 years old and I am a high school student. I study at the music school of Alimos, athens greece, where I learn European music, as well as musical instruments (trumpet, piano, tambourine). In 2019 I started Byzantine music lessons with Mrs. Nektaria Karantzi. I am a member of the Women in Byzantine Music Worlwide Association.