SMC OFFERS SERIES OF WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE DIOCESE
On November 29-December 2 the St. George Armenian Church of Hartford, CT, welcomed Very Rev. Fr. Mamigon Kiledjian to conduct liturgical music workshops.
Fr. Mamigon - a concert organist - worked with the parish’s young organist Emma Lopez on the skills required to accompany the hymns of the Badarak. He also spent time going over the sacred music, and especially the jashoo hymns, with Gregory Norsigian and the choir. With the altar servers, Fr. Kildejian taught the Chilingirian settings of several sharagans. On Sunday, Fr. Kildejian led the choir while accompanying on the organ.
“It was a very productive workshop,” said Fr. Zohrabian, the pastor of St. George Armenian Church. “With his incredible knowledge of music, Hayr Sourp helped improve the sound of our choir and altar servers. Our Badarak has begun to sound much more reverent and synchronized.”
On December 5 - 9 Very Rev. Fr. Mamigon Kiledjian visited the St. Sarkis Armenian Church of Dallas, TX, for a week of workshops.
The workshop for altar servers and deacons focused on singing the deacon's part in the Divine Liturgy. Fr. Kiledjian made special use of the Deacons’ Guide to the Divine Liturgy, penned by the late Patriarch Torkom Manoogian and reissued by the Eastern Diocese. During Sunday Badarak, celebrated by parish pastor Fr. Ghevond Ajamian, Fr. Kiledjian joined the altar servers in chanting the deacon's parts and helped the choir with singing the proper melodies. Other workshops took place for the choir and for the organist. Fr. Mamigon also had an opportunity to spend some time with the children's choir recently organized by Yeretzgeen Hasmik Ajamian.
It was the third event in the series of workshops by SMC for this parish. Maestro Khoren Mekanejian visited the parish in October 2017. Fr. Mamigon worked with the altar servers and the choir of St. Sarkis in May 2018. and he will return to Dallas to continue working with the parishioners as they prepare for the consecration of their new church in 2020.
On November 30 St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church in Chicago, IL hosted a workshop for junior choir directors of Midwest. Mrs. Daniella Ashbahian (from St. Leon's Armenian Church in Fairlawn, NJ) and Mrs. Linda Bullock (from Armenian Our Savior Church in Worcester, MA) shared their experience working with junior choirs in their parishes - developing curriculum, cooperating with Sunday School, etc - as well as led a discussion on how to lead a successful junior choir in small parishes.