The choir at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids has been singing since the 1930s. the choir led by a director who works closely with the parish priest in preparing the choir for the Sunday liturgy. Membership in the choir is an honor and several have been members for over 60 years.
Currently, the director is Elizabeth Sarafis, who introduces the members to new music and new interpretation of current music. The choir sings in four-part harmony, using Byzantine tonality. The intricacy of the unusual beat and tonal intervals have led our director to strongly recommend that members attend choir practice, which is held during the academic year (September to May) on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 until 9PM. Additional practices can be called for special occasions.
In 1983, the choir hosted the Mid Eastern Federation of
Greek Orthodox Choirs (MEFGOX) in their annual conference, a major
venture. Certain choir members have consistently attended these
conferences, held in mid-July, in a variety of cities from upstate
New York, Ontario, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio,
Michigan, northern Kentucky, and Indiana. In addition, choir members
attend workshops to improve breathing, conducting, Byzantine
notation; they also are an opportunity to learn new music and a
chance to renew acquaintances with choirs from other parts of the
Some of our choir members have learned more than
one voice and are our "switch hitters," depending on the overall
needs of the choir.