Choir Practice, every Wednesday at 7:00  p.m. to 8:30  p.m.

From the Loft – Come One, Come All!   

Greetings to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you to John Bletsos and Dean Tiggas for their unending energy and service as they provided their beautiful chanting throughout the entire pandemic. We are forever grateful, of course, to Father Nick, also Lambros Deligan, Nick Bambacus, Cost Constantino and all others who made it possible for us to continue to worship via virtual services.  

The Cathedral Choir is so pleased and privileged to  once again be allowed to  fully participate in singing during the Divine Liturgy. As we head toward the beginning of a new Ecclesiastical year, we would like to expand the choir by increasing membership. If you enjoy singing and would like to serve your church and community, please consider joining the Cathedral Choir. Membership is open to all from: age 7 – 13, for youth choir; those who are 14 and above may join the adult choir.  If there is enough interest however, I would love to have a teenage choir. Parents, please encourage your children to become a part of the music ministry of our Cathedral and also consider it yourself.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Sondra Awad, Choirmaster at:, text or call and leave a message at (804) 386–9664.

Adult choir rehearsals are on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:30 beginning September 1st. Youth and teen rehearsals will be after church on Sundays for 20-30 minutes (to be discussed and decided based on participation).

To join the adult choir a brief audition will be required. This will involve chatting and getting to know your musical background (if any) as well as checking for your ability to match pitch and hold your voice part (soprano, alto, tenor or bass). It will also require a commitment to participate in rehearsals, Liturgies, and special programs/events as fully as possible. I look forward to an exciting year as we build a larger choir to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and assist in bringing our congregation closer to God.

Yours in Christ, Sondra Awad, Cathedral Choirmaster

The National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians annual meeting- Honor and Distinction

by Sondra Awad

Christ Is Risen Standard English Translation
On March 21, 2012, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, on behalf of all the members of our Holy Eparchial Synod,
approved and distributed copies of the standard text and music for the English version of Christos Anesti to all the parishes of our Archdiocese. 

Christ Is Risen - Western Notation

Holy Cross Choir singing "Christ Is Risen" in both English and Greek

Solo Voice: Father Seraphim Dedes (St. Nektarios, Charlotte, NC) chanting “Christ is Risen” in English  

For additional information visit the National Forum of Greek Musicians web page: