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Choir Director – Andriana Kolendrianos
Participating in the divine worship services of the Church as a member of the choir is a sacred responsibility. Choir members, as church musicians, offer their God-given talents to the faith for a variety of reasons. For most, it is a part of their stewardship – the giving of their “time and talent” and something that they enjoy. In Orthodox services, choir members represent the laity, responding to the liturgical dialogue set by the priest. This places a sacred responsibility on them during our worship services. They are called to be knowledgeable not only of the hymns and responses, but also about the correct order of the worship services, and as such the choir is entrusted to be a participating part of the worship service.
The music of the Orthodox Church is an integral part of worship services as it adds to the prayerful environment of worship. Not all choir members are trained musicians, nor are they all able to read music, however, this does not take away from their ability to give their whole heart in concert of praise to God.
Led by Andriana Kolendrianos, the Saint Barbara Choir is acclaimed for its excellence and dedication in singing Orthodox Church music in a manner that enhances the liturgical experience. In the past our Choir has presented Christmas Concerts, recorded a CD of Liturgical Hymns, and are always open to welcoming new members into the group. Their voices, together with the voices of our chanters, add to the prayerfulness of our services as we are inspired by their love of sacred church music.