About Me and My Work

Chanting at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Downtown Boston with Lampadarios Pavlos Sotirelis.

 
 

My background

I first studied Byzantine Chant with Leonidas Kotsiris back in 2001. We formed a dual language parish Byzantine choir in the subsequent years. In the fall of 2006, I then went to Athens to study alongside Lycourgos Angelopoulos (d. 2014) and performed with his performance choir the Greek Byzantine Choir while there. Upon returning, I served as the Lampadarios of Holy Trinity GOC in Nashville, TN until 2009, wherein I moved to Chattanooga, TN. I served as the Protopsaltis at Annunciation GOC in Chattanooga for the next five years. 

In 2015, I received my Certificate in Byzantine Music from Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA with a score of Excellent. I then relocated to Boston, MA where I first served as the Lampadarios at St. Nectarios GOC in Roslindale, MA, and then as the Protopsaltis of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in downtown Boston. In May 2017, I moved to Phoenix, AZ and serve as the Protopsaltis of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Scottsdale, AZ.

I have sung with the aforementioned Greek Byzantine Choir, with Psaltikon - a Boston-based Byzantine music themed performance group that has performed internationally, the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir, and sang with Capella Romana in December 2017.

I also am the founder of the English Hyphos Project and the founder and director of the Dynamis Byzantine Ensemble, an initiative and performance ensemble that focuses on producing high quality English language translations, compositions, and recordings.

I teach Psaltic/Byzantine Notation as well as practical aspects of chant to beginner students such as prosomia and heirmoi. The goal is to present both the written and oral aspects of Byzantine chant to the student at the same time and allow them to grow together. Learning one without the other can present an incomplete picture of the Psaltic tradition to the student and doesn't allow them to fully understand all that is required to be learned as a practitioner of the Psaltic Art.