The ”St John Damascene” Choir
The Choir of the Byzantine Ecclesiastical Music School St John Damascene was established in October 2011 in Novi Sad.
Permanent members of the Choir are students and graduates of the School. The choir is specialized in study, preservation and performance of authentic East-Orthodox church music from the early Christian era until the 20 th century. The repertoire of the choir consists of the compositions of John Koukouzelis, John Kladas, Xenos Korones, Petros Bereketis, John Trapezountios, Peter the Lampadarios, Chourmouzios the Archivist, Gregorios the Protopsaltes as well as modern composers.
The ”St John Damascene” Choir has performed at numerous musical festivals and church celebrations: the concert in the Synagogue in Novi Sad in 2013; concerts in the Russian Centre of Science and Culture “Russian House” in Belgrade in 2013 and 2014, the Phillokalia festival in Prague in 2013; Orthodox ecumenical gathering led by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to commemorate 1,700 years of the Edict of Milan in 2013 in Niš, Serbia; in 2015 the monastic choir performed together with The Kronos Quartet in Carnegie Hall in New York as part of the multimedia project Beyond Zero. The same year, in Athens they had a concert within the academic byzantine-musicological meeting titled: The Three Teachers: Chrysanthos, Gregorios, Chourmouzios and the new Byzantine Notation. The 200 th anniversary.
Also, the ”St. John Damascene” Choir participated in shooting of 14 episodes on Church chanting within the educational series Religious Mosaic which has been aired by national public service broadcasters.
Hierodeacon Jerotej (Petrović)
Hierodeacon Jerotej (Petrović) has been engaged in church music since 1992. After joining the monastery of St. Archangels in Kovilj in August 1998, he continued to develop his knowledge of church music and in 2003 became a Protopsaltis and Conductor of the Monastery Kovilj Choir.
In 2009 he went on to improve his musical skills in Athens, where, after two years of studying, he obtained the title of Church Chanter at Conservatoire of Athens in the class of Lykourgos Angelopoulos, Archon Protopsaltis (First Chanter) of the Holy Archdiocese of Constantinople. In 2011 hierodeacon Jerotej graduated from the Archdiocesan School of Church Music in Athens in the class of professor Kostas Angelidis, receiving the Certificate of Church Music Professor. During his stay in Athens he actively participated to the activity of Greek Byzantine Choir conducted by Archon Protopsaltis Lykourgos Angelopoulos. After graduation he went on to his postgraduate studies in church music in the class of Prof. dr. Georgios Konstantinou at the School of Byzantine Music of the Holy Metropolis of Nicaea in Athens, which he successfully completed in 2013.
In 2011, with the blessing of His Eminence, Irinej, the bishop of Bačka, hierodeacon Jerotej founded a school of church music, St John Damascene, in Novi Sad, where he teaches Chanting and the History of Church Music. He also runs the choir within the school.