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Winter 2017 Sacred Music Institute in Houston Has Lenten Theme

St. George, HoustonSt. George, HoustonUpdate: The registration deadline has been extended to February 9th.

It's not too late to sign up for the Winter 2017 Sacred Music Institute (SMI), with the theme of "Great Lent: A Church Singer's Guide." This SMI will be held on February 17–19, 2017, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Houston, TX. At the same time, teens will have their very own sessions in the Youth Music Ministry (YMM) track, studying Byzantine chant with Rassem El-Massih and choral music with Paul Jabara. Presentations on the Akathist Service and Presanctified Liturgy will be offered and God-willing, the teens will lead one of the services.

Don't miss this opportunity to gain a better understanding of Lenten services, their history and structure, and to learn new music, both Byzantine chant and Western choral. Instructors include Chairman Paul Jabara, Diocesan Directors Mareena Boosamra Ball and Chris Farha, and chanters Rassem El-Massih and Emily Lowe. The Institute will offer instruction in Byzantine chant, vocal and choral technique, conducting, and theology. Private and small group vocal lessons will be available throughout the weekend. Scholarships are available for both teens and adults: contact Chris Farha for more information.

Register now!

Our hosts at St. George Houston know how to throw a great party! Over the weekend they will be hosting their famous annual Country Western Dance, so don't forget your cowboy boots.

Hotel reservation deadline extended to February 8th: Please reserve your room today!

The SMI has reserved a block of discounted rooms at the beautiful River Oaks Crowne Plaza Hotel. Our daily group rate is $89 and includes access to wifi, a pool, and 24-hour fitness center. Breakfast is available for an additional $12, and self parking for $5 per night. To ensure you receive the group rate, please reserve your room by February 8 at Enjoy 14 hours of instruction, fabulous meals and snacks, plus beautiful services and fun social time, for the low price of $150, if you prepay by February 1.

Online SMI Registration

For more information or answers to your questions, please contact department chair Paul Jabara:

For scholarship information contact Chris Farha via Facebook or email:
Apply for a scholarship here.

2017 WSMI Agenda (PDF)104.37 KB