The texts, music and commentary on this website were prepared by the Metropolitan Cantor Institute of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. They are approved for provisional use in the Archeparchy, but are otherwise unofficial and should be considered superseded by any materials promulgated by the Council of Hierarchs.

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Upcoming Events

September 6 - MCI class: Celebrating the Feasts of the Liturgical Year, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA.

October 4 - MCI class: The Office of Vespers, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA.

November 1 - MCI class: The Eight Tones, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA.

December 6 - MCI class: The Feasts of Christmas and Theophany, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA.

complete upcoming events

Liturgical Calendar

September 1 is the beginning of the liturgical year.
Vespers - Divine Liturgy

September 7 is the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

September 8 is the feast of the Nativity (birth) of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.
Vespers - Matins - Divine Liturgy

September 14 is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Matins - Divine Liturgy - Moleben

September 21 is the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

September 26 is the feast of the Dormition of Saint John the Theologian.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

September 28 is the sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, and the feast of our venerable father Chariton.
Vespers (samohlasen) - Divine Liturgy

complete liturgical calendar

upcoming music for review

Vigil Divine Liturgy propers

September 8 - Nativity of the Theotokos

Sepember 14 - Exaltation of the Cross

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What is the Metropolitan Cantor Institute?

The Metropolitan Cantor Institute exists to support and foster liturgical singing in the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh. At the direction of our bishops, and in cooperation with our clergy and experienced cantors, the Institute trains and certifies cantors for the service of the church, prepares music and educational materials, and provides workshops and seminars in church singing.

The mission of the Metropolitan Cantor Institute:

To ensure that each parish in the Byzantine Catholic Church has a cantor who can lead the liturgical singing of the parish well, to the glory of God and in support of the prayer of the faithful.

Classes for Fall 2014

Each month, the Cantor Institute holds a regular class in Pittsburgh on church singing and chant leadership.  The classes run from 9 AM to 3 PM and cover liturgy, use of the voice, leadership skills for cantors, and chant repertoire. Here are the classes scheduled for the remainder of 2014:

This fall, all classes will be held at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, 3605 Perrysville Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15214.

Tuition for the entire series of four classes is $40.00, which includes lunch and materials. To register, just fill out and return the registration form by September 1. If registering after September 1, please contact MCI director Jeffrey Mierzejewski at (412) 735-1676 or mci@archpitt.edu. Cantor Institute tuition can be paid with your registration, or before the start of the first class. Make checks payable to Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.

Tentive topics for 2015:

Identifying and Honoring our Cantors

In 1974, for its fiftieth anniversary, the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh honored all its cantors, current and retired, in the context of the St. Nicholas Dinner, at which the program booklet included photos and brief biographies of each cantor.

For the 90th anniversary, in 2014, we would like to honor the cantors of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh in a similar fashion, and encourage the other eparchies to do likewise. This has the potential to bear fruit for years to come in increased awareness of and respect for our church singing and its practitioners.  

The chancery will be contacting each parish in the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh in order to compile a current list of our cantors.

Documenting the history of our church music - how you can help

The Metropolitan Cantor Institute is working with the Byzantine Catholic Seminary Library to put together material to document the history of the liturgical music of the Byzantine Catholic Church, both plain chant and choral music. Earlier this year, Metropolitan William put out a request to clergy to help in this effort.

Later this year, we will be posting a list of particular items we are looking for, as well as some scanned images that we could use help identifying.

We are also interested in recordings. Here is our working list current list of Greek Catholic plain chant and choral recordings done in the United States:

If you have additional information about any of the recordings in this list (or if you have access to copies of recordings that the seminary does not yet have), please contact us!

Workshop recordings

Cantor's Retreat

Unfortunately, we were unable to hold a Cantors' Day of Recollection this year, and so we are providing here the talks from last year's retreat, which was given at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Munhall, PA.

Both talks about by Fr. David Mastroberte, a priest of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese.

Mailing lists

A number of electronic mailing lists are available for Byzantine Catholic cantors and those interested in church music. Click on the name of the group to sign up.

mcinews Announcements of cantor education opportunities in the Byzantine Catholic Church
mcicantors Open discussion list for cantors to discuss Byzantine liturgy, plain chant, and congregational leadership.
mcichoral Open discussion list for choir directors, choir members, and those interested in choral music
mcimusicfiles Monthly distribution of sheet music from the Metropolitan Cantor Institute

These lists will eventually replace the under-used Forum on this website. Each list is archived, so older posts can be viewed and searched. Please sign up for the lists of interest to you!