Music in the Orthodox tradition is iconographic and has a unique sacramental aspect.  The choir helps to lead the congregation in worship by singing at each Sunday Liturgy, as well as at Great Feasts, Lent and Holy Week services, weddings, and funerals.  Weekly rehearsals are on Sunday mornings at 8:00 am, before Divine Liturgy.  New members are always welcome!  (Teenagers and older elementary age children may participate, along with the adults.) This is a great opportunity to learn many beautiful Orthodox liturgical melodies from different countries. If you are interested, and can commit to regular attendance at rehearsals and services, please contact our Choir Director, Irena Burkett. (You may use the email form on our Contact page to contact her; use drop-down menu to select message recipient.)


Orthodox Liturgical Singing Workshop

Saturday March 7, 2020 at Church of the Annunciation
Benedict & Maria Sheehan bring their uniquely complementary skill sets to a weekend workshop tailored to your choir's needs and integrated into your church's liturgical schedule. In intensive sessions they help church musicians of all abilities reach new levels of mastery, with emphasis on how to retain these skills and employ them in an everyday setting. They particularly emphasize the spiritual work of the sacred choral musician, and its connections to ensemble blend, musicianship, expressiveness, attentiveness, and a prayerful ethos.
Develop and strengthen your individual voice
Maintain healthy technique in a choral setting
Increase your endurance and prevent vocal damage
Learn to warm-up and practice more effectively
Improve your conducting technique
Lead rehearsals in a more effective and engaging way 
Deepen your knowledge of liturgical music
Diagnose and solve problems in your ensemble 
Convey sacred text with clarity and depth
Unify and develop your ensemble sound
Sing longer and stronger with less fatigue
Enhance ensemble "community" and connection 

Download registration information and schedule here.

Eastern Orthodox Church of The Annunciation
13515 SE Rusk Road, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222