Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Raleigh, NC

There has been a lot of change going on at HTGOC lately! 

First of all, we want to thank Elia Nicholas for his selfless years of service and dedication to building this choir up.  He has left behind some very, very big shoes to fill.  we also want to thank Dena Byers for stepping in as interim director and keeping everything running smoothly during this transitional period!

We have welcomed Chelsea Waddelow, the new music minister at Holy Trinity (Raleigh, NC) with open arms.  She is a board-certified music therapist during the week and specializes in working with children and teens with special needs.  On Sundays, you can find her in the choir loft, working with a wonderful group of people to help "build the musical temple" for the worship of our congregation.  She is brand new to the Orthodox church, and is having a wonderful experience learning more about the faith and the music we sing.  She served as interim organist from August-December 2016 to get a feel for things, and has jumped right in starting January.

In spite of all the changes, our choir has kept up their engagement with the community throughout this period of transition.  Our choir members were very actively involved in helping with the Greek Festival this September, serving on the organizing committees, working the t-shirt booth, and feeding a lot of hungry people!  Over the Christmas season, we went caroling as a group and brought the joy of the season to homebound members of the local community.  In the near future, the choir will be making an appearance at the Glendi and Talent Show; we don't want to spoil the surprise, but it's going to make everybody laugh!

The most exciting project we are up to these days is preparing for the Clergy/Laity and Choir Conference this summer!  As the host community, we are excited to have the opportunity to help bring these two conferences into one enriching, fulfilling, and renewing community gathering.  We are hoping for record attendance at what is going to be a brand new experience for all of us as we blend these two events.  We all look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Charlotte

Holy Trinity Cathedral - Charlotte, NC celebrated Church Music Sunday on October 2nd. By fostering the efforts of its musicians, it has produced 5 winners of the Patriarch Athenagoras Distinguished Service Award.

Pictured are Dean Johns, the 2016 recipient with previous recipients - Joanna Cavalaris, Irina Monzolevskaya, Lucy Pappadakes, and Philip Thevaos.

Thank you Holy Trinity parish for your support!!

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A fun and memorable time was had by all choir members who attended the 40th annual conference of the Southeastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Choirs and Musicians (SFGOCM) hosted by St. Mark's in Boca Raton, FL on July 28-31. The 'Liturgy of Peace' was sung which was beautifully conducted by the composer himself, Chris Kypros. Guest organist was Jim Bostaph, organist at St. Constantine & Helen in Newport News, VA and Youth Conductor, Stacey Norton, director at Holy Trinity in Orlando, FL.  Father Steven Klund, who grew up in Charlotte, now serves the host community of St. Mark in Boca Raton, was also part of the conference's clergy.

The conference consisted of a 116-voice choir which included 30 youth and teen choir musicians. Of those voices, 12 adults and 2 youth/teen were from our very own HTC! HTC choir members who participated included Dr. Philip Thevaos, Lucy Pappadakes, Irina Monzolevskaya, Olga Yamalis, Dean Johns, Pauline Velonis, Niki Vastis, Sarah Vastis, Ekaterini Kapantais, Cecelia Kotsipias, Irene Yamalis and Elaina Yamalis. Former HTC choir members re-uniting included Chris Johns, Alex Johns, Suzanne Velonis, Dr. Bessie Chronaki, Irene Chronaki and Donna Palios Trakas.

On a fun note for this conference, our very own HTC bus was utilized to its fullest capacity. First, the name of the bus changed to the "Do Re Mi So Fun" bus. It was occupied by the "La-ti-da" ladies choir members who were chauffeured solely by our very own HTC Choir Director, Lucy Pappadakes.  The bus trip fully incorporated several conference music practices, Greek pastry eating, Greek instrumental music, pop-up thunderstorms, and shared choir member jokes for all 1450+ miles. What an absolutely pleasurable trip!!

Congratulations is also in order to our very own Dean Johns from our Bass section. He was this year's recipient in our Metropolis to receive the Patriarch Athenagoras I Award. This award gives national recognition to individuals whose contributions to the music ministry of the church are worthy of distinction. It recognizes their talents and service to the development and perpetuation of the church choirs and musicians in their Metropolis and local community. Dean's over 40+years of choir service contributions along with his many years chairing the Federation's Scholarship 100 Committee surely confirmed this honor. Congratulations Dean!

Congratulations also goes out to Dr. Philip Thevaos for being elected again as the Southeastern Federation President for the next year 2016-2017.

Another Congratulations goes out to Lucy Pappadakes for being selected as Guest Conductor in the Metropolis of Boston Federation's Choir Conference to be held in New London, CT in October 2016. Way to go Lucy, we are so proud of you!

Our summer closes out with August/September practices in preparation for our Saturday choir performances at our 2016 Yiasou Festival directed by Dr. Philip Thevaos. Future Southeastern Federation events include participation November 12 & 13 in Atlanta for the Archangel Michael Awards and next year's 41st SFGOCM annual choir conference combined with Metropolis Clergy Laity Assembly June 21-24, 2017 in Raleigh, NC.

For those HTC members who we'd like to see our SFGOCM Choir Conference 40th Ruby Anniversary video, the link is:    https://youtu.be/rq0PkeK6ARY

And for those who missed the live stream of the Choir Conference's Liturgy on July 31, the link is:

Monday, August 1, 2016


Hello to all,

Thanks for the wonderful Choir Conference 2016

Here a picture of the Event 

RENEE, TAMMY AND PHILLIP at the Brio Restaurant - Thursday 28, 2016

Thank You 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Photos from the 2016 Conference in Boca Raton, FL

We've had a wonderful conference weekend full of fellowship, music, and fun!

It's our pleasure to share the photos by Ted Valegos,  taken throughout the weekend. 

Please continue to check back as more photos will be added!


Having a ball in boca Raton

John Arambages and maria gr

John Arambages and Maria Gregory from St Stefanos, St Petersburg, enjoying not being in charge of this years choir conference.

Maria Gregory
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