Choir Annual Report 2014
by Choir Director Paulette Velazquez
At my request and with the direction of Father Andrew, we have made up a system of Orthodox Congregational Singing Hymnal Books. We will have 5 different colored book sets that coordinate with the colored vestments of the church. The music that I have chosen for each set is based upon the current Divine Liturgy binder(s) that St. Luke has been using for the past 25 years, so the congregation is very familiar with all of the hymn choices that are placed in the books. What has been omitted from the books are the changeable parts. Those pieces are sung by an ensemble that we are now calling the Chanters. All of that music is now placed in a folder and set on the music stands for those who wish to be a chanter. In order to be a chanter you need to come to a rehearsal. Because many people are very busy and wish to do other things than rehearse after coffee hour on Sundays, I made a schedule in which they can choose which services they want to sing and are available to come to a rehearsal for it. I chose Sundays after Coffee Hour because that was when most were available. Having a weeknight rehearsal was much more difficult. The music that has been sung by the choir in this church has been the same for a very long time (including Christmas and Easter services) and I would like to introduce new music whether it be a new Communion Hymn or a new Lord Have Mercy. So far, the small group has learned a new Communion Hymn and a new Advent Christmas Hymn and I am very excited! While communication so far has only been with choir members, I will eventually try and reel in those in the congregation that I hear singing to come up one week and sing with us. I know that many cannot commit to a weekly singing commitment, so my idea was that picking one week to sing upstairs would be more manageable and hopefully lead to a wider variety of singers, including children! I am also reaching out to other fellow Orthodox choir members at other churches to see if they might be interested in joining our choir and singing at certain services.