The Music Ministry at St. Nektarios Church in Charlotte serves the parish community by providing musical leadership at all principal church services. The parish has a full-time Director of Music Ministry, Fr. Seraphim Dedes.
At St. Nektarios, the music for worship is ecclesiastical Byzantine chant, adapted for the Church in America. We aspire to meet the challenge set by our Bishop, Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, to be a part of the process as our music evolves into a peculiarly American Orthodox music.
The music of worship is entirely vocal. At the principal services, two choirs, of male and female voices respectively, sing antiphonally. The language used is primarily Modern English, with some selections in Ecclesiastical Greek, Slavonic, and Arabic.
The Music Director
The Music Director at St. Nektarios is Fr. Seraphim Dedes. Fr. Seraphim is a 2006 graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Prior to that he was the Superior of St. Gregory Palamas Monastery in Ohio. He is best known for his work in translating and transcribing Byzantine Chant into English.
Our church singers are divided into two choirs: the men's choir which sings from the right side, and women's choir which sings from the left side. The choirs sing antiphonally at virtually all public worship services, including Matins, Liturgy, Holy Week, and all other holidays.
Girls in grades six and up are able to join the Women's Choir. Boy in high school are able to join the Men's Choir.
Electronic Chant Stands
In 2009, we installed computers and monitors for the choirs. Since then we have not used paper music, but rather the liturgical texts and music provided in the Digital Chant Stand by AGES Initiatives.
To learn more about the Music Ministry of our parish, or to inquire about joining a choir, please contact:
Fr. Seraphim Dedes, Music Director
St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church
5108 Kuykendall Rd., Charlotte, NC 28270
Home Office: 704-719-3074