Protinica Michelle Jannakos was born in Cleveland Ohio from Serbian parents who attended St. Sava’s Orthodox Cathedral in Parma OH. She began directing the choir there at the age of 15. She, too, was a pre-theological student at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, graduating from Iona College in New Rochelle with a Bachelors of Business Administration in 1983.
After her children were all in school, she completed a Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, and several years later finished a post-graduate Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Oakland University, Rochester, MI. She has taught music at Anderson Elementary School in Grand Blanc for the last 13 years, and has directed the Choir at St. Mary Magdalene for the last 13 years as well.
From 2001 – 2007 she was worked as the Coordinator of the Department of Ministry for the Orthodox Church in America, and served on the OCA’s pre-conciliar commissions on 2002, 2005, & 2008. Michelle loves to travel, and is an avid reader.
Coordinates with Rector the music that is to be sung for all
services and follows his instructions on liturgical order and procedures. Provides
appropriate music during services. Provides for a substitute choir leader when absent.
Organizes music books and acquires supplies as needed. Oversees maintenance and cleaning
of choir loft and report needs to Council. Maintains choir membership adding new members
as needed. Holds choir rehearsals in order to provide reasonable quality of music during
services. Informs Council of musical events occurring within the Diocese. Provides music
support for ministry teams such as Education, Evangelism and Community development.
Current News and Events
Choir Annual Report January 2017
Choir Annual Report January 2016
Choir Annual Report January 2015
Choir Annual Report January 2014
Choir Annual Report January 2013
Choir Annual Report January 2012
Choir Annual Report January 2011
Choir Annual Report January 2010
Choir Annual Report January 2009
Choir Annual Report January 2008
Choir Annual Report January 2007
Choir Annual Report January 2005
Choir Annual Report January 2004