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Winter 2017 Sacred Music Institute to be Held in Houston

St. George, HoustonThe Department of Sacred Music is pleased to announce the Winter 2017 Sacred Music Institute (SMI), with the theme of “Great Lent: A Church Singer’s Guide.” This SMI will be held on February 17–19, 2017, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Houston, TX.

This is the perfect opportunity to gain a better understanding of Lenten services, their history and structure, and to learn new music, both Byzantine chant and Western choral. Led by a panel of instructors including chairman Paul Jabara, diocesan directors Mareena Boosamra Ball and Chris Farha, and chanters Rassem El-Massih and Emily Lowe, this Institute will offer a variety of sessions with instruction in Byzantine chant, vocal and choral technique, conducting, and theology. Paul Jabara and Mareena Boosamra Ball will direct, and private and small group vocal lessons will be available throughout the weekend. We are also happy to welcome the newest member of our team from McGill University, professor and vocal technician Anamaria Popescu, who will provide vocal instruction to both teens and adults.

Our hosts at St. George Houston know how to throw a great party! Over the weekend they will be hosting their famous annual Country Western Dance, so don’t forget your cowboy boots.

For church musicians ages 14–18, the Department of Sacred Music will be hosting its first ever Youth Music Ministry (YMM) workshop outside of the Antiochian Village, coordinated by Chris Farha.

The SMI has reserved a block of discounted rooms at the beautiful River Oaks Crowne Plaza Hotel. Our daily group rate is $89 and includes access to wifi, a pool, and 24-hour fitness center. Breakfast is available for an additional $12, and self parking for $5 per night. To ensure you receive the group rate, please reserve your room by February 1 at tinyurl.com/wsmihouston. Enjoy 14 hours of instruction, fabulous meals and snacks, plus beautiful services and fun social time, for the low price of $150, if you prepay by February 1.

For more information or answers to your questions, please contact department chair Paul Jabara: [email protected].