2017 Summer Church Music Program

This year, the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh is inaugurating a regular summer church music program for cantors, choir directors, and section leaders. For 2017, the program will consist of a three-day master class and workshop to be held on July 12-14 at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. 

The program is open to experienced cantors and choir directors in the Byzantine Catholic Church; some experience with reading music is required. The program will show church singers:

  • How to improve the flow, pacing, and effectiveness of liturgical singing
  • How to use extemporized natural harmony to enhance plain chant
  • How to renew liturgical music in the parish, and increase participation

In addition to classroom instruction, students will receive individualized vocal coaching and the opportunity to lead services, with credit toward cantor certification.

The program is directed by Deacon Jeffrey Mierzejewski, with additional instructors from the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh and the Eparchy of Parma. Our goal is to enable cantors to develop and perfect their craft, and take home tools and expertise to benefit their parishes and eparchies.

A registration fee of $200, due by July 1, covers all materials, meals, and instruction for the three day course. Lodging at the seminary is available for an additional $100; both men and women can be accommodated, on separate floors of the seminary.

The course is limited to 24 students, and we ask that each parish send no more than one person to the workshop unless additional spaces become available.

For more information, or to register, please contact:

Deacon Jeffrey Mierzejewski
(412) 735-1676

2 thoughts on “2017 Summer Church Music Program”

  1. Deacon Jeffery.

    I just started Cantoring and I’m not very good. I do not have the voice of the former cantor but am willing to give it my best effort. Is there any way I can change my voice. It is low and I would like it a little higher. Could you check my voice to see if it’s ok. I realize I’m singing prayers and not performing a theatrical performance. I love Cantoring but don’t want to make a mess of it.

    1. We are teaching the Introduction to Church Singing course precisely for people in your position, and will be offering it again later this year. In the meantime, you might want to check out the materials on the MCI website about singing technique:


      The last link on that page has suggestions for finding a voice teacher – something I recommend to all cantors, and (especially if you like near a community college) something that doesn’t have to cost very much, but can provide significant benefits – Jeff Jeff

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