The City of Tarpon Springs’ Center for Gulf Coast Folklife is pleased to present a series of workshops in Greek Orthodox Byzantine chanting by Demetre Mott. The workshops are co-sponsored by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and are oriented towards those who are interested in chanting during Orthodox services. To put the workshops in the...
To put the workshops in the context of Orthodox belief and practice, Reverend Father Eaccarino, Protopresbyter of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, will speak on Saturday, March 3 from 11 to 11:30am.
Byzantine chant is the sacred chant of Orthodox churches founded in the eastern Roman Empire. The tradition developed in Byzantium from the establishment of Constantinople in 330 until its fall in 1453. It draws on many musical forms, including those of the classical age, Jewish music, and the monophonic vocal music that evolved in the early Christian cities of Alexandria, Antioch, and Ephesus. Today many Orthodox churches use Byzantine chant as their primary musical tradition.
Demetre Mott, the Protopsaltis (lead cantor) at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs, will teach Byzantine Orthodox Christian sacred chants. Born and raised in Tarpon Springs, Mott is finishing a degree in Religious Studies at USF. Although a young man, he studied chanting for 10 years with George E. Pappas, the respected Archon Protopsaltis of the Atlanta Diocese.
The first two workshops will examine the Byzantine musical system and its notation, which differs from the western system. The second lesson will include some basic song exercises. During the last two sessions students will learn basic melodies and hymns, and will hear some more complex pieces.
The workshops take place on Saturdays from 11am-12:30pm from March 3 through March 24 at the Center for Gulf Coast Folklife, 101 S. Pinellas Ave. Workshops are $5 each, payable at the time of the workshop. Call 942-5605 OR 937-1130 for more information.
The Center for Gulf Coast Folklife is funded in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk & Traditional Arts Program.