Byzantine Chant 101


Thursdays at 7PM


Begins week of September 20th (N.S.)

Price: $400 US


To register, call 215-987-2655,

Course Description

Students will learn the basics about the eight modes (or tones) of byzantine chant by learning byzantine notation and prosomoia melodies. All texts chanted will be in English, with the option for Greek by request.

Course prerequisite: Students must be able to match pitch to enroll.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to chant hymns from vespers and matins in the diatonic and enharmonic modes (i.e. 1st, 3rd, 4th, Plagal 1st, Grave, Plagal Fourth)

Textbooks and Other Resources

Byzantine Notation: An Exercise Book by Gabriel Cremeens. Physical book will be available for purchase. 

Instructional format: 1 hour lectures per week. Students are expected to participate actively in all sessions.

Anticipated Assignments and Exercises (Homework, Projects, etc.)

Students are expected to practice all exercises at home. Homework will consist of the student recording himself or herself chanting the exercises.

Anticipated Tests and Quizzes

Students will have quizzes on byzantine musical symbols and terminology.

There will be a performance-based final exam, where the students will be required to record themselves chanting a hymn from notation.


Grades will be based on:
1. attendance
2. class participation
3. completion of homework
4. quiz scores
5. final exam scores

The Epistles and the Apocalypse 

by Bishop Averky

Adult Discussion Group (ages 18 and up)

Dates: May 11- June 10, 2022 (New Style)

Days: Wednesdays  & Fridays 7:30PM EST.



Price: $90 for a single one-month session, $65/month for a continuing membership in the discussion group.


(The rest of the Epistles and the Apocalypse will be covered in subsequent months.)





To register for a single one-month session, visit


To enroll in the ongoing group, or to ask any questions, please contact the Initiative at 215-987-2655 or  


To purchase materials:



See you in class!


In Christ, OEI Staff




For any questions regarding registration, please e-mail or call (215) 987-2655.