Under the direction of Choirmaster Harry Ermides, the Senior Choir of St. Sophia takes pride in providing inspirational liturgical hymns which are sung during the year in Church. We continue to seek music that is compatible with the mix of voices available each Sunday. This is becoming very challenging. In order to perpetuate our choir, we need fresh voices, especially young ones, to step in.
In February 2007, the Choir debuted “in concert” along with the acclaimed Albany Symphony Orchestra at The Canfield Casino in Saratoga, the Troy Music Hall in Troy and The Berkshire Theater in Pittsfield, MA. The World Premier of Greek Composer Kostis Kritsotakis, “The Voyage of Odysseus” was performed masterfully by our Choir giving the St. Sophia Community and members of this choir a lot to be proud of. This was the main event of the concert series titled “Mythology” and was attended by over 1200 patrons in the communities mentioned, in spite of severe snowstorms during the first two concert nights. The St. Sophia Choir recorded its first CD Easter 2008. The CD “Hymns from the Divine Liturgy and Holy Pascha,” recorded March 29, 2008 contains a collage of hymns from the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom as well as many of the beautiful hymns from Holy Week and the Lenten period. Our 2nd CD was recorded live on February 9th at the Divine Liturgy by a Reunion Choir of present and past members of the Choirs of Spiro Takes whose 10 year memorial was commemorated on that day. Both CD’s are available from the St. Sophia bookstore or church office. Beyond all this, however, is the camaraderie and fellowship which the choir shares as friends and family members having the opportunity and the privilege to sing praises to our Lord Jesus Christ. The Choir will begin singing at the September 13th service. Rehearsals are usually held each Thursday at 7:00 PM. Join us during open enrollment during the months of September or January if you can sing.
All youths starting in 7th grade are welcome to join the Sr. Choir. The Youth Choir is the training ground for our future choir membership and will take an active role in church life as it develops. Members are made up of children who want to sing and are able to attend promptly, each Sunday, by 9:30 am through the beginning of Sunday School. In 2012-2013 we were happy to add three to six youths from various school grades on many Sundays to the Sr. Choir before their Sunday School classes began. They form a nucleus of, what I hope to become, the next Sr. Choir. Each of these kids loves our church and love to sing. These are the key ingredients for success of any choir. So, I welcome everyone who loves to sing and loves our church to join our choir. Join today!