Sunday, November 30, 2008




In preparation for the Second International Conference to be held in
Athens in June of 2009, the Society and the co-organisers, are
preparing an audiovisual album entitled "BYZANTINE CHOIRS OF THE
HELLENIC DIASPORA". Canada and Europe will be represented by a number of
Byzantine Choirs who have already confirmed participation.

The Society has requested participation from Byzantine choirs across the
Hellenic Diaspora including Europe, Africa, the US and Australia, in
communication with the Archdioceses and the Metropolises.

This communication serves as an auxiliary notification-request, the
first has already been received by your hierarchs who have hopefully
communicated it to you, to individuals and choirs who wish to
participate in this historically unique and relevant album.

To be considered, choirs should select traditional Byzantine music
material of a theme (and in a language) of their choice (duration no
longer than one hour) and preferably recorded in live video-DVD format
(i.e. choir should be visible; recorded in an empty church or other
ecclesiastically-relevant place). Alternatively, audio is acceptable in
CD form. The material should be new (and not from other published
projects or previous copyrighted recordings).

Accompanying the audiovisual material should be a description of the
choir and its history, a short bio of the director and a list of all
current and past choristers.

As part of the Conference events, this album will be unveiled at an
evening event attended by diplomats from embassies of the participants,
musicians, musicologists, academics, writers, artists, poets, and other
people of the Greek fine arts Diaspora.

When the Conference website is up, we also encourage a representative of
each choir to register to attend the meeting to receive a plaque of
recognition for their role in preserving and disseminating Byzantine
music in the Diaspora.

The deadline to submit the materials is February 1st, 2009.

Please let us know as soon as possible about your intent to participate
by email. Our website is currently under reconstruction, but should
be up before
the end of the month ( with an electronic version
of all papers
of the 1st Conference, video of the speaker sessions of the 1st conference
and a lot more useful information.

Please submit DVD/CD material and all accompanying letters to:

The American Society of Byzantine Music and Hymnology
c/o Dr. Nick Giannoukakis
Center for Russian & East European Studies
University Center for International Studies
4400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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