MR. DEMETRIOS KEHAGIAS

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.

MR. ANTONIOS KEHAGIAS

At age 15, Antonios started to formally learn Byzantine Music from Archon Protopsaltis of the Archdiocese of North and South America (currently the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America), Mr. Nicholaos Steliaros.  While learning under Mr. Steliaros, he attend St. Demetrios and St. Catherine Parochial Greek Orthodox Church School in Astoria, NY and  participated in the Byzantine music choir supervised by Mr. Gerasimos Vasilopoulos and Mr. Demetrios Kehagias.  He also participated in various concerts that were organized in the Hellenic Cultural Center of the Archdiocese, in Atlanta, Georgia, in the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan, and various churches throughout the Tristate area.

At the age of 23, (2005), Antonios passed examinations and obtained the(ptixio) Certificate of Byzantine Music with the grade of arista (perfect), from the National Conservatory of Athens.  That same year, he was given the position of first chanter at SS. Constantine and Helen church in Jackson Heights, NY.

At the age of 28, (2009), he passed examinations and obtained theDiploma in Byzantine Music from the National Conservatory of Athens, with the grade distinction of arista (perfect) as well. He has been chanting all in all for over 13 years and recently was hired as the  protopsaltis (first chanter) in St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Astoria, NY.