Orthodox Church Music

Orthodox Church Music

Richard Barrett

March 2012

On March 3, 2012, a retreat on Orthodox Church Music was held at St. Paul’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA, featuring Richard Barrett, Liturgical Musician and Scholar and Artistic Director of the St. John of Damascus Society.


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  • March 8, 2012
    St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great both describe music as the sweetener that God has given us so that we will want to worship Him.How does music work in that way? What do we sing, who sings it, and why? How does Orthodox liturgical music "set the tone" for our worship? This talk discusses some fundamental musical concepts and explores how they interact with our liturgy and our faith.
  • March 8, 2012
    The Byzantine rite provides a unique opportunity for the church singer to preach the Orthodox Christian faith in its fullness. In this talk, the practical and spiritual implications for the cantor and choir director are discussed, exploring how liturgical music is a responsibility to be honored, a skill to be learned, and a calling to be respected.
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