July 26, 2012
The Boyajian Youth Choir Directors Program began Tuesday evening at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary with six talented Armenian-American teenagers in attendance.
The program is named in memory of Dr. Socrates Boyajian, composer, musicologist, vioiinist, and long-time organist and choir director of St. Mary Armenian Church in Washington, DC. and an ordained deacon. Dr. Boyajian was active in choir training and in the publication of sacred music books for the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. He also was a long-time champion of the junior choirs. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2008.
Sponsored by the Sacred Music Council of the Eastern Diocese, the six-day program is directed by Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatian, Pastor of St. James Armenian Church, Evanston, IL. Fr. Hovhan is a conservatory-trained musician who was a professional music educator until he entered St. Nersess Seminary to prepare for the holy priesthood.
Students of the program, who range from age 11-19, are all musically gifted and have been selected and sponsored by their local church parishes to receive specialized training that will prepare them to become choir directors.
Their daily schedule is intensive, beginning with worship in the Seminary chapel followed a full day of liturgical and musical instruction, Armenian language, and tutoring in choral conducting and the musical interpretation of the hymns of the Divine Liturgy.
Besides Fr. Hovhan, other instructors will include V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Seminary Dean and Professor of Liturgical Studies; V. Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Vicar General; Rev. Fr. Karekin Kasparian, Pastor of St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church, White Plains, NY; Rev. Fr. Gomidas Zohrabian, Pastor of St. George Armenian Church, Hartford, CT; and Maestro Khoren Meikhanedjian, Director of Musical Ministries for the Eastern Diocese and Director of the St. Vartan Cathedral Choir.
Participants of the Boyajian Youth Choir Directors Program taking place at St. Nersess Seminary this week.
Dr. Socrates Boyajian
Fr. Daniel Findikyan lectures on principles of the liturgical year of the Armenian Church.
May 18, 2012
A feast of delicious Armenian food, the laughter of children enjoying games and activities, the discovery of treasures at an Attic Treasures sale, and maybe even a prayerful moment in the Seminary Chapel. That's what you can be doing on Saturday, June 16 at the annual St. Nersess Picnic.
The annual event kicks off the summer seaon and will be held from 12-7pm on the scenic grounds of the Seminary's New Rochelle, NY campus. Come for lunch and stay for dinner with fun activities all day long for the whole family.
In addition to musical entertainment, activities for children and teens will be offered throughout the day including a magician, face-painting, and a mid-afternoon book reading by children's author, Talene Dadian White. She will read from one of her takes on a classic fairy tale with an Armenian twist! Her books will also be available for purchase.
Baykar Dervishian, better known as "The Armenian Vendor," will be selling his exquisite Armenian items ranging from CD's to jewelry, artwork and gifts.
An "Attic Treasures" sale will also be going on throughout the day.
"The St. Nersess Picnic is the perfect family day out activity. There is so much to do for all ages in one place," said V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Seminary Dean. "Plus, you will be supporting the Seminary and its efforts to prepare church leaders all while enjoying an afternoon filled with fellowship, fun, and the peaceful beauty of our Seminary."
General sponsorships are being secured to help underwrite the cost of this event so that all proceeds on the day of the picnic will directly benefit the ongoing mission of St. Nersess Seminary, which is to prepare leaders in ordained and lay ministries through graduate theological degree and continuing education programs.
The Seminary has again launched a Super Raffle, with winners being announced the day of the picnic. Only 300 tickets are available, with each ticket costing $50. The three cash prizes awarded will be $3000, $1500 and $500. To purchase your ticket and a great chance to win, call the Seminary office at 914-636-2003.
Parking and admission are free for this event, which will be held rain or shine. Bring your lawn chairs, tavloo/backgammon boards, and most of all your friends and take in the afternoon's sights, flavors, and sounds.
For more information, contact the Seminary at (914) 636-2003 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Apple iPad for Walker with Most Sponsorships
As an exciting incentive, the walker who collects the highest amount of sponsorships will win a brand new Apple iPad. The popular tablet has been donated by an anonymous friend of the Seminary.
Joining this year's walk at the Seminary will be the participants of the Mid-Atlantic regional ACYOA Junior retreat, which will conclude their weekend at St. Nersess for the afternoon stroll.
Local Walks Planned Nationwide to Support St. Nersess
But the Walk for Faith is not just for youth. And it is not just for people who live near the Seminary.
All are welcome to Walk for Faith in their own neighborhoods. Armenian Churches throughout the country are expected to organize walks for around their parish neighborhoods after church services on April 15.
The Walker who collects the most dollars in sponsorships will win a brand new Apple iPad!
All Welcome to Join New Rochelle Walkers at St. Nersess
Back in New Rochelle, the afternoon will begin with a light lunch and prayer at 1:00PM followed by the walk throughout the neighboring streets of the Seminary at 2:00PM. Fr. Daniel, the seminarians, Deacon Levon, Michelle, and members of the Board of Directors will all have their walking shoes on.
"We look forward to the Walk for Faith every year because it rallies our friends to raise funds for St. Nersess by asking even non-Armenian friends and neighbors to make a modest gift to the Seminary of five or ten dollars," Fr. Findikyan said. "We hope that this year's iPad incentive will encourage even more walkers to participate."
The financial goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000. "I have no doubt that we can realize this goal through our motivated youth and supporters of St. Nersess who have benefitted from all that the Seminary has given to them through the years," said Seminary Board Treasurer Steve Mekenian confidently.
To Walk for Faith, DOWNLOAD A SPONSORSHIP FORM and start collecting sponsorships today. Be sure to have sponsors make their checks out to "St. Nersess Armenian Seminary" and have them write your name on the memo line so that you receive credit for the contribution toward the New iPad.
Those wishing to contribute to the Walk of Faith may of course do so by sending a check to the Seminary or by making a secure credit card donation online. Be sure to include the name of a walker so that he/she can receive credit toward the New iPad.
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