Mr. Demetrios Kehagias, Protopsaltis (Master Chanter and Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir Director)
Mr. Demetrios Kehagias was born in Queens, NY. He is a graduate from Long Island University College of Pharmacy class of 2003.
Demetrios began studying Byzantine Music at the young age of 14 under the tutelage of Archon Protopsaltis (head-chanter) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Mr. Nicholaos Steliaros. Being one of his top students both in theory and praxis, Demetrios quickly advanced in his studies and at the age of 20 passed his examinations and obtained the(ptixio) Certificate of Byzantine Music from the National Conservatory of Athens with the perfect grade of arista (perfect).
He was appointed Protopsaltis in St. Demetrios Cathedral in Astoria, NY for 10 years.
In 2009, Demetrios passed his examinations and obtained the Diploma(advanced degree) in Byzantine Music from the National Conservatory of Athens, with the grade distinction of arista (perfect) as well. Demetrios is fluent in western music having studied jazz and composition at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. He presently serves as the Protopsaltis at the Kimisis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, Brooklyn, NY. He presently serves as the Director of the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir.
Georgios Theodoridis, Protopsaltis (Master Chanter)
Choir Master & Director of Music Arts, Saint Sophia Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
Georgios Theodoridis was born in Böblingen, Germany. After completing his primary and early secondary school education there, he moved to Greece where he graduated from the Ecclesiastical High School of Tinos, and where for the very first time he was exposed to Byzantine music.
In the year 2000, Georgios entered the German Language and Literature Department of the University of Athens. During his early university years, in addition to his linguistic studies, he studied Byzantine Music theory and practical chanting under the tutelage of some of Greece’s most renowned teachers and Chanters. His involvement in multiple byzantine choirs afforded him the opportunity to participate in innumerable musical concerts and productions all over Greece. He holds an honors degree in Byzantine Music, as well as the Music Teacher Diploma, from the Conservatory of Egaleo in Athens, Greece.
Between the years 2003-2006, Georgios serving as Master Chanter (Protopsaltis) and Choir Master of the Holy Shrine of Saint Barbara, the most multitudinous shrine of the capital of Greece, also instructed and conducted the Students Byzantine Choir of the Theological College of Apostoliki Diakonia, the official publishing agency of the Church of Greece.
As Choir Master, Georgios conducted, besides his own Choral Ensemble Canon, the Students Byzantine Choir of the Theological College of Apostoliki Diakonia of the Church of Greece. This included a multitude of events and holy services, both in Athens and throughout Greece, and even abroad in cities such as: Venice (San Marco), Rome (Parrocchia della Trasfigurazione), the Vatican (San Paolo, San Pietro) and others.
In 2006, Georgios conducted Canon in collaboration with the Students Byzantine Choir, performing before Pope Benedict XVI in the Hall of the Throne of the Vatican Palace, earning congratulatory comments by those present, the foreign press and the Pontifex himself. He was invited back to perform live on the official broadcasting service of the Vatican, Radio Vaticana.
Georgios presently serves Saint Sophia Cathedral, Washington, DC, as Master Chanter (Protopsaltis), Choir Master & Director of the Office of Music Arts.
He has been invited to share his expertise on Byzantine Music, either as a guest speaker or guest performer, at several universities and other locations that include: Holy Cross Hellenic College Greek Orthodox School of Theology, MA, the Catholic University of America, D.C., the American University D.C., Georgetown University D.C. and the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, NY.
Georgios is fluent in Greek, German and English.
He proudly holds the rank of Lieutenant in the Greek Army.
Nektarios Antoniou, Protopsaltis (Master Chanter)
Protopsaltes, Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Manhattan, NYC
Founding & Artistic Director of Schola Cantorum, as recorded in the Grammy Nominated “A Story of the City: Constantinople-Istanbul” for Dunyainc, the Boston based musicians collective of which he is a founding member.During the last ten years, he has served as Chair of the Department of Greek Music and Chant for the Conservatory of Northern Greece, Director of the Conservatoire de Thessalonique and is the founder of the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conservatory of Thessaloniki.Since the Spring of 2016, Nektarios is serving as Principal Cantor at the National Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York.While awarded Scholarships for post graduate studies and research at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Nektarios researched Aesthetics with Professor Leon Platinga in his Yale Doctorate Seminar, became the lead editor for music at the Yale Palimpsest Marine, performed and conducted making his NPR debut, conducting live from the Beinecke Manuscript Library at a concert of Credo Settings with Simon Carrington in Honor of Jaroslav Pelican, the President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, with whom he co-authored the program. He has curated, produced and presented concerts at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Amherst College, and Yale universities, the Harvard Fogg Art Museum, Harvard Payne Hall, the Yale Dwight, Divinity Chapel & Crypt, the Yale Art Gallery, for which he contributed and procured theAlternative audio guide as editor of Palimpsest, the Yale Graduate School – prize winning – Arts Magazine. Since 2007 he served as a Tutor and Researcher at Aristotle University also editing, translating and curating for the Mount Athos Center, continuing the legacy that brought forth the exhibition Treasures of Mount Athos. Nektarios taught music and tutored in Art at Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology for ten years (even prior to his graduation Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian of his class in 2000). He is the Founding Director of America’s first Academic Women’s Byzantine Choir at Holy Cross SOT with which he inaugurated the “Faces of Eternity” Exhibition (Harvard/Andover). He delivered the inaugural Music lecture at the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and performed the opening concert with his Silk on the Road Ensemble, most recently featured at the opening of the European Exhibition “Faces” when presented at the National Museum of Photography in Thessalonike, Greece. Nektarios convened a chorus for the notable byzantine soundscapes program of UCLA/USC and conducted his Schola Cantorum (junior) in a program of early music featuring the poetry of Christian Mystic St. Symeon the New Theologian, best known for his anthology of poems of Divine Love.
He is the editor and translator of the legendary New York Philharmonic maestro Dimitri Mitropoulos’ Autograph Notes on the History of Music Morphology with Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Laureate President Dr. Nicholas Zervas of Harvard who produced it with Livanis Publication. Among other collectible CD’s productions, credits and proceedings Nektarios is the editor/translator of Hollywood cult set-director and world renown illustrator Doug Patterson’s catalogue “Painting at Sacred Places”, for the Mount Athos Center; he was commissioned to compose music featured in film and documentaries in the US; he was called to improvise with the Utah Jazz Symphony for Sebastian Salgado’s homonymous Exhibition opening “Exodus” in Salt Lake City and vocalized in a live concert with Los Angeles avantgarde violinist Paz Lenchantin of the band Pixies. In addition, this year he sang at the celebrations for the Metropolitan Museums’ “Jerusalem” Exhibit and the festal 6 Byzantine “Pop-up” Concert Series. He rendered the Olympic Anthem at the Opening of the Benaki Museum’s Olympic Games Photographic Exhibition at the Greek Consulate of New York and sung Sephardic Songs for the Holocaust Memorial at Hebrew College. Last semester he was awarded membership at the Beyond Music Global Music Society, headed by Tina Turner and nominated by award winning and Emmy Nominated Composer Kareem Roustom. Nektarios has been featured as soloist in the multi-Grammy Award nominated composer Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and has performed with the University of Utah Jazz Orchestra for the Opening of Sebastian Salgado’s “Exodus” Exhibition for the homonymous commissioned themed soundtrack. Currently he is Nominated for the Beyond Creativity Award. Since his return to the US 2 years ago he has participated as principal cantor in more than 12 music presentations at the Metropolitan Museum and the MET Cloisters.