CHOIR & CHANTERS
The church's liturgical life includes our church choir that assists in the sacred services of the church throughout the year. Members give a very special gift to our church community. They offer their talents to God and help lead us in worship. Choir practice is every Sunday following Divine Liturgy.
Choir Director: George Chartofilis
It is with great pleasure, privilege and respect that I return to Ss Nicholas, Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church as you new Choir Director. Along with my years of experience and education as a church musician and Choir Director, most of you have heard and seen me as a guest member with the choir in years past, including presenting solos during the Annual Christmas Concerts.
I would like to thank my predecessor, Mr. E. James Vardakis, for his years of service and Ss Nicholas, Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Roseland, New Jersey, and at Ss Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Orange, New Jersey. Of course, Jim has over 60 years’ experience of being a Choir Director and Organist and I am grateful that I had many happy, memorable and educational experiences with him and the group. I know that others who were fortunate to be under his leadership appreciated his time, talent, leadership and preparation of Holiday Concerts, Recordings and Outings outside the Church grounds they experienced each and every year.
I look forward with great optimism, confidence and faith knowing that the Choir of Ss Nicholas, Constantine and Helen will sustain and increase its membership in years to come, and welcome any and all new, young, old or past members to join our choir and be an active participant of one and many of the most beautiful services offered in our Greek Orthodox Celebrated Church Services. Do not hesitate to approach me or any other Choir Member to be a part of our group.
I ask for your support, acknowledgement and awareness to know that I will offer as other members of Ss Nicholas, Constantine and Helen have done in the past, present and in the future their God-given talents, skills, contributions and suggestions to making our community one of the best Greek Orthodox Churches in the entire state of New Jersey.
God bless you all and at any time while attending Church Services, join us in chanting the beautiful hymns and responses from your pews that are offered for any Church Service and know that your voice will be heard and rewarded unto god.
A distinct feature of Greek Orthodox worship is the music of Byzantine chant. The Church's chanters (ψάλτης) execute this component of our liturgical worship, primarily during the Sunday morning service of Matins (also known as Orthros or Morning Prayer.) They also chant the funeral services and memorial prayers for the departed, as well as most baptisms and weddings.
Protopsaltis: George Papadopoulos / firstname.lastname@example.org
George has been serving as the Head Chanter for Ss Nicholas, Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Roseland, NJ since 2014. He has been instrumental in raising the caliber of Byzantine Music and enhancing the worship experience. George has accomplished many things throughout his career. He has received diplomas from the Metropolis of Thessaloniki for Byzantine Music and Musical Teaching from the Faculty of Byzantine Music in the Holy Metropolis of Thessaloniki. He has participated in many concerts in Greece and abroad as a full member of the Chanter's Body of Thessaloniki "Ioannis Damaskinos". George has been a member of the Byzantine Choir "MAKEDONIA", under the direction of first chorister Charilaos Taliadoros. He was also a member of the Byzantine Choir of the University of Macedonia under the Professor of the University, Antonio Aligiaski. George's professional accomplishments include: First Chorister at the Holy Church Kimisis tis Theotokou, Nea Syllata, Chalkidiki and at the Holy Church of Panagia Dexia, Thessaloniki. He was a musical consultant and teacher at the Bysantine Choir of the University of Macedonia, Professor of Byzantine Music at the Musical High School of Ptolemaida. George served as Head Chanter at St. Irene Chrysovalantou, Astoria, NY.