The Sydney School of Byzantine Music was established in 2002 by the late Mr Basil Stavropoulos, chanter of the Greek Orthodox Parish of the Transfiguration in Earlwood. Mr Stavropoulos taught weekly classes of students and trained them in the art of Byzantine Chant. These classes played a pivotal role in the revival of Byzantine Chant among the younger generation of Orthodox Christians and today many of the graduates of the school have taken up positions as chanters, teachers and choir members at various churches and groups around Sydney.
Today, the school continues to run under the direction of the Greek Orthodox Christian Society. Below are some more details about the school:
- Duration of course: 5 years
- Outcome of course: Certificate of Byzantine Music
- Cost of course: Nil
- Venue: 217 Bexley Road, Kingsgrove, Sydney 2208 (Building of the Greek Orthodox Christian Society)
- Time: Every Tuesday evening from 7:30pm – 8:30pm (classes run from February until December with breaks for the school holidays)
- Age limit: From 12 years and older*
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
* Students from 8-12 years old will be eligible to join a new class which will introduce Byzantine Music in a more practical and less theoretical way.
The Sydney School of Byzantine Music will be commencing on Tuesday 11 February 2020. From 7:30pm a brief introduction for all new students will be held, supplementary exams and classes commence for Years 2-5.
All new students are required to fill out an online expression of interest form.