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Digital Chant Stand

In 2009, the St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NC installed and implemented digital chant stands on the solea of its sanctuary, at the recommendation of Fr. Seraphim Dedes, its Music Director since 2007. The ill-adapted analogion (lectern) was removed, and in its place are three A/V carts (draped in black velvet), on which are three 19” flat screen monitors connected to one PC. Using mouse and keyboard, the choir director navigates through the pages of text and music and leads the 10-15 singers who cluster around the monitors. The same setup is replicated on the left side of the solea for the women’s choir.

Fr. Seraphim has produced an integrated library of texts and music, which he calls DCS. An installer/updater program (for Windows 7) was built, which allows his choir members to access texts and music of upcoming services at home in order to practice.

Most parishes are not ready or able yet to adopt this digital solution. However, it is not uncommon for individual chanters to use e-readers in church instead of books and printouts. As a matter of fact, Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta has openly admitted to accessing eMatins materials on his iPhone in order to perform a service.

Forward thinking tablet users have experimented with various workarounds to use DCS on their devices. Plans are in the making to build an app for iPad that will access and display the DCS library.