National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians to Meet in Nashville

You are invited to participate in the Annual Meeting of the National Forum, which will be held in Nashville TN this year, in conjunction with the Clergy-Laity Congress. The Annual Meeting dates are Sunday, July 16th through Thursday, July 19th.

If you wish to sing with the choir, Saturday rehearsals are mandatory.

The Forum’s schedule includes:
  • Sunday evening Church Musicians Reception where we host the Archbishop and our Hierarchs and present the 2006 recipients of the St. Romanos Medallion.
  • On Monday morning, we will sing hymns and responses for the Official Opening of the Congress. Forum meetings begin that afternoon. In the evening, there will be a catered dinner for all Forum delegates to the Meeting (and guests).
  • On Tuesday, we will continue meeting, and then in the afternoon host a Clergy-Laity Congress workshop on Congregational Singing. That evening, some will want to attend the Congress event of “A Night at the (Nashville) Parthenon- Southern Style!” You will need Congress tickets for that event.
  • Our meeting continues Wednesday, and in the evening we will join Congress delegates for “A Taste of Nashville” – Dutch treat.
  • On Thursday, Forum meetings will conclude. Those wishing may purchase tickets to attend the Congress’s Grand Banquet.

The Mid-Eastern Federation of Church Musicians is holding its Annual Conference on the four days preceding the Congress. Its members will supply the bulk of the choir for the Sunday Liturgy, as will the chanters from Nashville chant the majority of the Orthros. Contact Barbara Minton if you wish to participate in any of the Federation’s events – which include a morning trip to the Parthenon on Friday ($15), a Grand Banquet on Friday, a casual dance on Thursday, and a show at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night. You would need to purchase tickets for these --- if you are not already registered for the Mid-Eastern Conference.

HOTEL INFORMATION: Make Your Reservations NOW! $168 per night at the Gaylord Opryland Resort --- Call direct: 615-889-1000. Identify yourself as a Clergy-Laity (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese) attendee. ATTENTION: RESERVE by May 1st to be assured of Congress rates

FORUM REGISTRATION: $140 includes registration and meeting materials, National Forum Reception, Congress Opening Breakfast, Forum Dinner at Opryland, and the Congress Church Music Workshop. ATTENTION: Please REGISTER by Saturday, JULY 1st

Extra tickets are available for a Parthenon Tour on Friday, the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night, and a Night at the Parthenon on Tuesday.

CHOIR PARTICIPATION: Visiting Forum members are invited to sing in the Divine Liturgy choir with the Mid-Eastern Federation of Church Musicians for Friday rehearsals, July 14th and MANDATORY Saturday afternoon rehearsal, July 15th. Forum members will also sing at the Forum Reception on Sunday evening and at Monday’s Congress Opening


  • Help review and set direction for Forum activities --- assistance to choirs and directors, use of English, Orthodox music, youth choirs, and chant programs.
  • Discuss church music issues in the 21st century! Hear ideas from our hierarchs and church leadership!
  • Participate as one of your Federation's delegates or as an individual Forum Steward.
  • Get to know church musicians from across the country --- exchange ideas about their activities, meet church music leaders, become part of a national network!

For more information about the national forum, contact Dr. Vicki Pappas, National Chairman: Dr. Vicki Pappas, National Chairman, 1700 North Walnut Street #302, Bloomington, IN 47404, tel. 812.855.8248, fax 812.855.9630, email, web

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