ME Choir

Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies

About the Music

The Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians (EFGOCM) was formed in
1977 which includes individual church musicians throughout the Metropolis of New Jersey and comprises all of the state of New Jersey, the Philadelphia Metropolitan area of southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. These Orthodox choirs have, like others all over the nation, joined together in order to strengthen the quality of Greek Orthodox Church music. Each member choir participates in a variety of musical activities and has a vote in all matters brought before the Federation Council. Officers are elected at the annual conference for two year terms. Our main goal is to improve the spiritual and musical background of choir members, directors, organists, psalti, clergy and the Greek Orthodox faithful. We offer workshops, Church Music Institutes and annual conferences to develop musical skills.

The New Jersey District III (our part of the Metropolis) is very active for we sing at the Holy Cross Celebration at Asbury Park in September; we do a Christmas Concert: this December 19, 2010 will be at St. Nicholas in Wyckoff; and we will be performing our annual Lenten Program on April 15, 2011 at St. George in Trenton. This group evolved out of our yearly EFGOCM conference that is held though out the Metropolis of New Jersey. During the evenings at the conference many of us have the opportunity to congregate near a piano and start singing the old Greek Folk Songs. About 5 years ago we were asked if a group of singers could present a few of these songs at a luncheon for St. Basil’s Academy fundraiser. We did and by popular demand this past March we were asked to do a repeat performance. We love the “old songs” and remember our childhood from the great times our parents had when they gathered at house parties and began singing. The popular Greek songs of today are much different. You can still hear these “oldies but goodies” in some tavernas. We now call ourselves the “Hellenic Harmonics”

We begin our program with four hymns of the Christmas season. Then we will continue with a medley of familiar Greek Folk Songs. We hope you enjoy our rendition.