Jamie Tarasidis is a chanter and member of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Greenville, SC. Along with Presvytera Christine Salzman, she is an administrator of The Liturgical Arts Academy.
The Liturgical Arts Academy is a one-week intensive program to teach the skills of Byzantine Chant, Iconography and Liturgical Textile Arts in an atmosphere of prayer, study, discussion and communion. Held at the beautiful Diakonia Retreat Center in upstate South Carolina, the Academy hosts adult students of all ages and jurisdictions. Iconography students complete an 8×10 gold-gilded icon under the skilled guidance of Fr. Anthony Salzman.
Byzantine chant classes are offered in three levels, and are taught by John Michael Boyer, Gabriel Cremeens, and Samuel Herron. Attendees receive more than six hours of instruction each day, in addition to daily full matins and vespers in the retreat center’s new church.
The newest program is Liturgical Textiles with instructor Presvytera Krista West. Textile students learn to expertly create a fully-lined brocade icon stand cloth with hand embroidery embellishments and more to beautify their parishes.
The Academy will be held from May 24 to the 30th. Registration is open now at www.TheLiturgicalArts.org and spots are filling quickly. Made possible by Leadership 100 and The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship: Vital Worship Grant.