We wish to say to all of the people who thank us here that we are grateful to be able to be of help to those who chant in the holy services of our Orthodox Church. All the feedback we receive is very important in motivating us to continue our work. It has taken years of countless hours to put this together, but we feel it was a needed resource for the Church. If you have left a specific question we have replied beneath your comment. You can also email, text, or call us with specific questions or requests at email@example.com or 517-980-3830.
Nancy and Stan Takis
COMMENTS (from newest to oldest. If you have visited before, refresh the page for the latest additions):
Name: Nicholas Polydorou
Comment: It is with great enthusiasm that I write to you after stumbling onto your website. I appreciate the amount of work it must have taken you to put it all together. I LOVE IT!†
Relating to the Liturgy, I was working with Word using the Snipping Tool to paste in the musical PDF in order to provide the singers a better flow of the music while providing the musical response for each phrase the priest says. I got up to the Our Father and then I discovered NewByz and was delighted to see that you already had done all of the work in both Greek and English. Not only that, but you provided an MP3 of the musical phrases for those who can not read music. Your website is a goldmine of information, thank you so much!
Name: Julian Garcia
Comment: Thanks for such a great resource. Many blessings.
Name:† Chris Mouzourides
Comment:† I have downloaded many documents from your website in the past and help me to understand Byzantine music. I am very grateful to you.
May God give the strength to continue this good work.
Reply:† Thank you, Chris!
praying to the Lord the Father to continue my singing in Enschede
Name:† Louis Lambros
of St. Sophia GOC Choir,
Name:†† Lynne Vasiliades
Comment:†† Hi Stan and Nancy - Thank-you for this site. I was looking for music for a Holy Week hymn. Kali Anastasi!!
Reply: ††Kali Anastasi, Lynne!
Name:†† Thomas Carroll
Name:†† Aaron Fekaris
Comment:†† Your website is teaching me how to sing better and to read Greek better. Thank you.
Name:†† Patti Guzik
am the manager for our Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church choir here in
Name:†† Alexander Lynch
Comment:†† Christ is Born! Thank you for this resource!
Reply: Glorify Him!††
Name:†† Niko Gonatos
absolutely love this site!! I am one of the organists at St. Nicholas in
Name:†† Terry D Hartman
Comment:†† Iíve been using your site as a reference for a while and need to tell you thank you! This is awesome.
Name:†† Ryan J. Kiel
website is excellent. Thank you for this amazing resource. I am the Choir
Director and Organist at St. Athanasios Greek
Orthodox Church of Paramus,
Name:†† Sophia S Konstantarakis
Comment:†† I want to say THANK YOU for this wonderful resource of Orthodox music. I canít tell you how often I use it. May God bless you for all your efforts and for the ministry you provide for the Orthodox Church. Thank you!!!
Name:† Frank L. Reder
am the Choir librarian for Holy Trinity in
Name:† Phoebe Jonas
Comment:† Dear Nancy and Stan, Christ is risen! Thank you for your website which has been helpful to me as an English-speaking Orthodox who serves at the kliros. I am trying to learn to chant in Greek and find that the romanisation you provide in the scores helps.
Reply: Truly, He is risen. Very happy to help.††
Name:† Emily Spanos
Comment:† This is a great site! God Bless all who were involved with this siteís development.
Name: Fr. Matthew Swehla
Reply: We have put it up under the ďDivine LiturgyĒ section of the main page.
Name: Bill Meinweiser
Comment: Thank you for your work and collection of the Psalms with their tones. I am just starting out cantoring for my United Methodist congregation and your examples have been a wonderful reference.
Name: Terry Hartman
Comment:†† This site is awesome! Thank you for using your gifts to put all this together for The Church. A true servant of the Lord. Terry
Comment: Thank you for such an informative website! As a lay person I am on a journey to understand more fully the Greek Orthodox Church service. My Greek is basic, and to listen to the archaic Greek often spoken and/or chanted during services is difficult without some English translation to guide me. Your PDF references are equally wonderful to provide direction and sequence to the services. Efharisto! Rgds,
Name: Linus Hollis, ScD
Comment: Brava, thank you for the wonderful resource.
Name: Robert Taylor
Comment: Thanks so much. I found O Virgin Pure, Western score, in Greek and English.†† Ė Robert
Name: Frank L. Reder III
Comment: This is a very well organized and fabulous resource!
Name: Zoi Fontaine
Comment: Glory to God for your website! I have been tasked with learning the tones in order to teach others in my parish. I have studied Western music all my life but have no experience with Byzantine music at all. I wish to immerse myself in this and your website.
Name: Elaine Trainor
Comment: THANK YOU FOR THIS INCREDIBLE WEB PAGE! Finally, English language Byzantine hymns in Western notation that donít dumb down the melodies.
Reply: We work very long and hard at metering the English to the melodies while retaining the clarity, flow, and poetry of the words. We do not wish to sacrifice either the traditional melodies or the magnificent texts.
Name: Peter Joannidis
Comment: Wow! A great assemblage of information. What an effort -- to be commended. Thank you and God bless you.
Comment: Love your website. Use much of your music. Do you by any chance have the Greek Nation Anthem in Greek/English. Kalli Anastasi. Thanks.
Reply: We do have it. Itís in the ďAnthemsĒ section of Individual Hymns.
Name: Anne Conover
Comment: God bless you and all who made this site possible for Western musicians. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have this generous resource.
Comment: I came upon your site by accident. It has helped
me provide English translations for our little choir at St. George Greek Orthodox
Comment: What a wonderful and beautifully done website. As the organist of my church, I find the information and music available extremely helpful! Thank you for all the time it must have taken to put this together. Well done!
Comment: This site is wonderful, thank you!
Name:† John Kokenis
Comment:† Thank you for this wonderful compilation of hymns. I have been searching for a while and, by Godís Grace, I found NewByz.
Comment:† Thank you for a great web site. God Bless you.
Name:† Father James Adams
Comment:† I have just found your website and it is beneficial to all choir directors and clergy. Thank you.
Answer: Youíre welcome, Father. Thank you for letting us know.
Name:† Georgia Booras
website! As the choir director in
Name:† George Gavallos
Comment:† Excellent web site! Great tool. I use it a lot. Keep up the good work to the Glory of His Name. Question: do you have the Salutations, The Canon, Odes 1-9 in Byzantine notation with the same exact lyrics? It would help me if available. Thanks Again.
Answer: We now have it available in Byzantine notation on our services page. http://newbyz.org/services.html
Name:† Tony Vatousios
you for your great resource. I am the Choir director in
Website! Question, Will the Roubanis version of Kassiani, at the top of the page, have a MIDI/Audio file
anytime soon? It would be a great help for us here at St. Sophias
Answer: We now have
Comment:† Beautifull web page. I cannot find the hymn Simerom tis Sotiriou. Can you please help? I learnt this song as a child and would like to re-learn it.
Answer: This apolytikion is located under the Annunciation, March 25, of the Menaion section of the hymns page. Here is a direct link to the hymn: http://www.newbyz.org/annunciationtrop.pdf
Name:† Anne Ktorides
Comment:† Terrific job organizing and updating all these hymns... you make it so much easier for us non-Greek speakers to find and sing understandable hymns for the liturgy!
Name: Irene Georgantas
Comment: Keep up the good work.
Name:† Betty Papas
Comment:† Your website is a delight. I was so glad to receive St. Katherineís hymn. Thank you.
Name:† Julia C.
Comment:† Hi. Thank
you for these resources, which I found today. I am just newly exploring
Orthodoxy, and, though I grew up with sung Liturgy, it was in a
Name: Athena Gouios
Comment: Thank so much for ďEis Pasa tin gein.Ē It was a hard Communion hymn to find. You made my day.
Name: Kathy Harris
Name: Stephanous Tanner
Comment: Thank you so much for all that you do. I have learned so much from the study of your pages. You provide a remarkable asset for us faithful which are far from the hub and cities.
Name: Voula Brown
Comment: Iím the
choir director for the Holy Trinity GO church in
Name: George Kafantaris
Comment: Great website. I wish there was more audio to correspond with the music sheets and articles.
Answer: We now have
Name:† John Haydukovich
Comment:† Great site ... I donít have a good midi player - need mp3ís of each hymn. NEW to Greek Chant and Greek Liturgy.
Name: Gregory Latoja, Jr.
Comment: Great website! Great job!
Name:† Richard England
Comment:† As a convert, I find your collection of hymns extremely useful, especially when I have to direct the choir here in Ocean City MD! Thank you!
Name:† Tony Vatousios
Comment:† Thank you
for this site. It has helped me on a short notice find
stuff. I am a choir director and psaltis in
Name:† Dimosthenis Kouskoukis
Comment:† I chant in
Name:† James Raptis
Comment:† Dear Stan and Nancy: Thanks to our priests using your texts for Lenten services I have also now discovered a wealth of information for learning to chant. May Godís grace continue to shower your efforts for His glory.
Name:† Renee Root
Answer:† The apolytikion for St. Christina is the one for female martyrs, which can now be found under the Menaion section for July 24.
Name:† Alan T Chaddon
Comment:† It is
terrific to see this music here. I am a convert singing in Holy Trinity GOC
church choir in
Comment:† Dear Stan - thank you for your hard work in compiling all this information in English form. I dispute with you, however, the use of the term first class second class and third class Feasts, however; I would like to see this expression modified or corrected.
Answer:† I got this information from the Orthodox Wiki, so I guess it could be a matter of some debate. Iíll consult my priest.
Name:† Dr. Abert G. Fadell
Comment:† I am trying to e-mail a letter to you, but I get a message that the recipient cannot be found. Can you send me you current e-mail address. I used firstname.lastname@example.org.
Answer: Thatís the correct address. Please try again.†
Name:† Peg Basile
Comment:† Iím looking for O mitran parthenikin, the Kontakion for Jan 16, 23, & Feb 6th. Thanks, Peg
Answer: Look in the Menaion page
under February 2 Ė The Presentation of Christ in the
Comment:† Hi, great work Would you be able to post the Byzantine music for Ευλογήσω Τον Κύριον and Ευλογει η ψυχή μοθ, τον Κύριον psalm 33 and 102 and 135 Greek much appreciated. Keep it up
Answer:† Ι hope we will be able to put up some Greek Psalms in the near future.
Name:† Dena Platingos
Comment:† I really enjoy listening to and chanting Byzantine music.
Name:† Peter Brooke
Comment:† Iím just
amazed at what youíre doing. Iím several steps short of becoming a beginner in
this field (necessity through involvement in a small parish in
Name:† Guest User
Comment:† Thank you for your interesting and helpful work.
Name:† Fr. John Maheras
Comment:† Dear Cousin, Fr. John Maheras here. Do you by any chance have or know where I can find the Doxology in Plagal Fourth? Plus, a grammatical observation. Is it Plagal or Plagial? I have seen it both ways.
Answer:† Plagal is correct. Papa Ephraim has the Plagal
Fourth Doxology on the St. Anthonyís Monastery website. I will be putting up a
Name:† Rina Grosso
Comment:† Enjoyed speaking to you on the 14th. Looking forward to meeting you and Nancy in November. Enjoyed your lecture on the computer. Best regards, Rina
Answer: Thanks, Rina. We had a
lot of fun in
Name:† Nikolaos Melikidze
Name:† Andrew White
Comment:† It was very flattering to find a reference to my dissertation on your site -- glad you found it worth reading. And the resources youíve assembled here are wonderful! I look forward to using them.
Best wishes -- Andy
P.S. -- If there is interest in a talk based on my work Iíd be happy to arrange one, so keep it in mind.
Answer: Thanks, Andy, and thank you for an excellent thesis. I would love to see the National Forum arrange a talk at a Church Music Institute. I will suggest it to Vicki Pappas.
Name:† Jon Gillespie
Comment:† I am working on a musical project, which includes an album of Greek Orthodox chant. It has not been released yet, however, as I develop the web site and prepare for release, I was hoping you might find it an interesting way to promote this wonderful music.
Answer: Please keep me posted, Jon. My email is email@example.com.
Comment:† Good site! Glad I found it. Do you have a setting in 4 parts of Let my prayer arise as incense?
Answer: We have Kyrie Ekekraxa from Vespers in each of the eight tones in Greek and English, but none in four parts.
Name:† Fr. John Bociu
Comment:† Thank you for such a great effort and for a wonderful, excellent, well done job. God bless you, your work and your family.
Comment:† Thank you for your page. As a novice chanter, I can tell you I need as much help as time allows.
Name:† Father Bob
Comments:† Great Website! Much information and lots of music not available elsewhere. When I tried to access the guestbook via Foxfire it did not connect. When I accessed the guestbook from AOL I was able to connect.
Answer: I think the problem has been fixed and was not caused by which browser one uses. I think you connected on AOL after I fixed the problem.
Name:† Vangeli Avgerinos
Comments:† Excellent site!!!
Name:† leanna sterios-primiani
Comments:† Great site! Iíve been looking everywhere for this info. and am thrilled to find it! I have a question for you: Iím looking for either the written music (modern notation) for the baptism service and/or a recording. Does that exist? Thanks!
Answer: Thanks, Leanna. I will try to get the baptism music for you soon. Iíll send an email.
Name:† Mackie JV Blanton
Comments:† MAY GOD GRANT YOU MANY YEARS
Name:† Martha Roldan
Name:† Michael Foster
Comments:† Thank you for all the effort in putting this together. Itís so helpful. God Bless.
Name:† Angelo Lampousis
Comments:† Dear Nancy and Stan, The very active Fr. Christopher Metropulos of Orthodox Christian Network introduced a new pod-cast series in collaboration with Cosmos FM and the Axion Estin Foundation. Check the (top) news at the Axion Estin homepage: http://www.axionestin.org
Answer: Thanks, Angelo, for all the hard work you put in on these things.
Name:† Fr. Gregory Hohnholt
Comments:† Fr. Stavros
Name:† Dr. Peter Jermihov
Comments:† I am a trained musician/conductor who has directed Russian Orthodox Church music for a long time. Now, I am serving as a choir director in a Greek Orthodox Church. Your website is wonderful and so, so helpful! Thank you! Reader Peter
Name:† Thespina Macres
Comments:† Thank you, thank you, needed hymns for Holy Sat AM - high school chant group. PERFECT!! Blessed Triodion!
Name:† Stavrula Crafa
Comments:† Great site. But Iím trying to find English music for the hymn for St. Stefanos. Can anyone help me? Thank you.
Answer: Look at December 27 under the Menaion/December section.
Name:† philip xavier
Comments:† Great work!! May God Almighty continue to bless your ministry.
Name:† Emanuel Creekus
Comments:† At a community Christmas concert, your arrangements were a big hit! Will send you a message through your Yahoo club.
Name:† Christine Kerxhalli
Comments:† I canít
tell you how helpful your website has been to me. I am the A Cappella Choir
Director at the Annunciation in
Comments:† Just became aware of your site. What a great resource! I really appreciate the midi files too. Keep up the terrific work!
Comments:† Very great source of information and chanting material that would otherwise cost lots of money. I have been using your text in our church since Easter. Thank you!
Comments:† What a beautiful & helpful site. Iíve been looking for the Lordís Prayer transliteration and found the entire Liturgy transliterated!
Name:† Rdr. John Paise
Comments:† Great Site! Gleaning lots of information. Keep up the great work.
Name:† Fr. Anastasios Gounaris
Comments:† Dear Nancy and Stan, This site is a treasure trove. May God bless and keep you both so that you may continue performing this invaluable service for our Church. May you have a meaningful Holy Week and a joyful Pascha. Fr. Taso Gounaris
Name:† J. Johnson
Comments:† Thank-you, thank-you for this website! YOU are AMAZING! It is FABULOUS! Everything I could ask for. :)
Johnson Director, Sunday School Choir, St. George,
Name:† George Lopos
Comments:† Is anyone publishing Roubanis typeset in both Greek and English? The manuscripts are quaint, but they are difficult to follow, and especially if the singer doesnít read Greek. Resetting them and translating it would be a great contribution to the choir.
Answer: Greek version is finished and on the Orthros page.
Name:† Fotini Yiangou
Comments:† Good site .. pretty informative .. need more time to check it out more. Thank You.
Comments:† Thank you. Very enthusiastic about this special site. Congratulations!
Name:† Diane Trimis
Comments:† Very informative. I got to the site via the SE choir federation. Your site has been saved as a favorite. As a convert, the more I learn, the more I know that I donít know. Thanks.
Name:† George Manos
Comments:† Thank you for a super effort. George Manos, Music Director, St. John the Theologian Cathedral, Tenafly, NJ
Name:† Joanne Johnson
Choir director, St. George,
Name:† Terry Kastanis
Comments:† Just made copies of your new Divine Liturgy, Greek and English. You both did a wonderful job in pulling all this info. together in one volume. Thank you very much. The Forum should adopt it in total and quit this Oli Mazi stuff. Regards, Terry
Name:† Jan Adrian
Comments:† Just checking through my e-mail after the convention and saw Vickiís note about you and Nancy with your Website. So I am checking it out - you did a great job. Again congratulations to both of you on your award Saturday evening.
Name:† Suzy Balasis
Comments:† Iíve just begun exploring your website, but Iím very impressed at what Iíve seen so far. Thank you for this contribution to the hymnology and practice of such in the Orthodox Church is America.
Name:† Scott Harrington
Comments:† Dear friend, I am new to Orthodoxy: prayer, etc. There is a lot to learn that is new, such as the Ochtoechos, Book of Eight Tones. Which English edition of this book would you recommend for someone new to learning Orthodox Church hymns? Always, Scott Harrington
Answer: If you just need an English translation, you can find one at: http://anastasis.org.uk/oktoich.htm
Name:† Steffi Tassos
Comments:† Kali spera! I am a professional singer and have been chanting for about 1 year now. My background is in popular music - in particular, Gospel, R&B, and Country - so you can imagine the challenges I face in trying to adapt my sound to the Byzantine style.
Name:† Timothy Douglas Alvey
Comments:† A great resource youíve got going here. I was referred by the St. Anthonyís site when looking for a source for David Mellingís work. I was a student at the recent Koukouzelis Institute (organized by John Michael Boyer) where Fr. Ephraim (Lash) told me of Mr. Mellingís book.
Comments:† XPICTOC ANECTI! Very nice site. It was a pleasure to meet you at our food festival.
Name:† Fr. Elias Drossos
Comments:† What wonderful work!! A great source of information for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for Byzantine Music. Panta Axios!!
Name:† Jim Vardakis
Comments:† I just opened your website through Vicki. It is very interesting. I will look further into it and let you know.
Name:† Presvytera Pat Tsagalakis
Name:† George Mazarakis
Comments:† Congratulations on your invaluable work and thank you so very much! I run a small choir in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Chapel of the Greek School, SAHETI. MANY, MANY THANKS!
Name:† Joanne Patrick
Comments:† Thank you for your website. I am choir director of Holy Spirit OCA in Wantage, NJ. A most joyous Pascha to you! JP
Comments:† Beautifully done.
Comments:† Buna Ziua! Este foarte frumos si de buna
calitate ceea ce am gasit ca informatie pe acest sitte , ma bucur si sper sa
afle si altii despre dumneavoastra. Cu
Translation:† Hello! The information I found on this
website is very beautiful and of good quality. I am glad and I hope to find out
more about you. With respect from
Name:† Najeeb Haddad
Comments:† Itís a great relief to find all these texts! God bless you.
Name:† Lara Willingham
Comments:† Thank you so much for publishing our beautiful Orthodox hymns with English texts and Western notation! I am an American musician who converted to Orthodoxy 10 years ago. I enjoyed singing the beautiful hymns in the choir with our accomplished well-trained director.
Name:† Diana Ott
Name:† Artemis Palios
Name:† George Dalagelis
Comments:† Dear Stan
& Nancy: It was nice meeting and chatting with you in
Answer: The Plagal First liturgy is now on the website in the Complete Liturgy book.
Name:† Stephen Reynolds
Comments:† Stan, there is a lot of fine stuff here--thanks! Iím looking at your Name That Tone essay, which I want to hand out to our parish group that is learning Byzantine notation.
Comments:† Brothers, my name is Stole. I am psalti. I love very much Byzantine music and I want a CD from this company. I am poor man. I not have money. GOD WITH YOU.
Answer: We have not yet produced a CD of the music here. Please refer to our MP3 page for free sound recording downloads.
Comments:† We are a
poor seminary in
Name:† George Black
Comments:† Glory to God for all things! Dear Mr. Takis, Just a little note of appreciation and thanks for you and your familyís hard work on this beautiful and informative web site. I also value and have learned much from you and your input on the yahoo chant forums.
Name:† Michael Khoury
Comments:† Stan, I saw the reference to your site and some of your posts on the PSALM list. While I belong to an American parish in Detroit, I am interested in learning about the chant form and will visit. Michael
Name:† Volkert Nicholas Volkersz
Comments:† Stan, Thanks for all the help and information youíve provided me as I begin to embrace Byzantine music. And thanks for the stimulating discussion you provide on the PSALM list.
Name:† George Tzougros
Comments:† Thank you for this wonderful resource! The choir here in Madison, Wisconsin loves your Enite that combines both Greek and English. I found it here on your site! Again, thank you.