On Saturday, 1 December 2012, the Commission on Liturgical Music held its first Children’s Choir Workshop hosted by Saint Andrew Orthodox Church in Dix Hills NY. Led by noted diocesan conductor and musician David Lucs, the workshop was a fun-filled and inspiring day as eight enthusiastic young girls participated in learning several hymns, especially those related to the season of the Nativity, the feast of Saint Nicholas, and Theophany. The children returned home with booklets of liturgical music to share with their parishes along with their newly-acquired skills in liturgical music.
The children took advantage of the personal attention to clear up some misconceptions as well; among the most interesting, that we don’t actually sing “God Grant you many EARS!” Thankfully, the instructor was able to gently reorient the young students to a more traditional understanding of how liturgical music should be sung. The students shared meals together, got to know one another, and established friendships with fellow Orthodox youth from nearby parishes.
The faithful of Saint Andrew’s parish express their gratitude to: the Commission on Liturgical Music (Doreen Bartholomew, Carol Wetmore, and Archpriest Daniel Skvir) for the honor of hosting this event; David Lucs for the wonderful instruction he provided; and Bishop Michael for his presence, teaching, and encouragement throughout the workshop.
“Our own parish youth who participated had a good experience,” said Sub-deacon Nilus Klingel, “and we hope they will join us in the choir sometime soon!”