SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Choir Luncheon.....

Oct 14, 2018
Choir Luncheon.....

Today we honored our choir members at a luncheon at the Seville Restaurant in Passaic. Those who attended reminisced about the delightful history of the choir’s past. It started in 1932 when Mr. Stephen Nebesnak, President of the Executive Board at that time, asked Mr. Michael P. Hilko to accept the choirmaster position. Prof Hilko, as he was known, accepted. Here at St. John’s, Prof Hilko taught the Russian language, translated the Slavonic Services of the Russian Orthodox Church into English, adapting English words to the ancient chants and music of the Russian Orthodox Church, and produced numerous concerts, shows and plays for the benefit of our church. He assisted St. John’s far beyond the duties of a choirmaster.

 

 

Since his passing in 1974, we have had many choir directors starting with Leonard Soroka, followed by Fr. George Johnson, Fr. Michael Macura, Mary Ellen Junda Hutnik, Katherine Junda Rodriguez, Michael Ahmadi, and our current Choir Director, Maryann Stagen and her associate, Matuska Anna. We are truly blessed with the spiritual and sensitive singers that have graced our choir throughout all these years. To those who have fallen asleep in the Lord, may your Memory be Eternal. And to those who give their talents and devotion to our choir here at St. John’s and to those who once sang here but now enhance the Orthodox Church in America wherever you may be, May God grant all of you Many Years!  Pictures are in the Photo Gallery.

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