Christ is Risen!

We’ve got a new Paschal Matins canon we are using at the monastery. It’s neo- Byzantine based. I arranged it based on some Irmoi melodies I had lying around (which had no name on them). I tweaked some of them a bit. I consulted a multitude of source translation material (Ephraim Lash, Holy Transfiguration, and others) and set all the troparia (including the theotokia for use in Bright Week and beyond).

I appreciate any feedback.

Full Paschal Canon (edited 4-12-18)

Refrains for canon


Mozarabic Great Doxology

It’s not quite finished in terms of mixing and mastering and all that, but here is a sample from our upcoming CD. It is a Great Doxology written with a simplified version of a Mozarabic melody for the Doxology as used in the Latin Rite.

The text used is the usual Byzantine Rite version for Festal Matins (Great Doxology rank and higher) and the music was adjusted to fit this form.


Below is a pdf of the sheet music for download:
GREAT DOXOLOGY Mozarabic style chant

Back in the Saddle


Sorry to have missed the exciting time between Ascension and Pentecost, but my laptop had a main logic board failure and had to go back to Apple for a new one.

I soon hope to get more music up, but with all this good weather, I may be working in the vegetable garden more than I am posting music.


Gearing up for the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

This is a special Sunday for me as it was the first Orthodox Divine Liturgy I attended as an inquirer. That day I obtained a book on the faith (The Orthodox Church by Kallistos Ware) and never looked back.

Exapostilarion of the Feast (the original melody)

Johann von Gardner was the Russian musician and musicologist who uncovered this Exapostilarion Special Melody and helped to revive its use. The origin is an old Russian ‘Put melody.

People sing this with variations in the rhythm. Gardner himself produced different versions of this melody, one more melodic and slow-moving, the other more syncopated.

Arranged for Men’s Trio: Hearken Ye Women
Arranged for Women’s Trio: Hearken Ye Women