Saint Romanos the Melodist Medallion
The National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians awards the Medallion of Saint Romanos the Melodist to those church musicians who have made exemplary national contributions to the development of church music in the Archdiocese of America. We are proud that this honor has been bestowed to one of our own in the Southeastern Federation.
Dormition of Theotokos Church
Patriarch Athenagoras I Medal
This award was developed and established by the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians in 1996. It is a means to give national recognition to meritorious individuals whose contributions to the Music Ministry of the Church are worthy of distinction. The recipient shall have significantly contributed talents and/or service to the development and perpetuation of the Greek Orthodox Church Choirs and Musicians of the Atlanta Metropolis. By so doing, these individuals shall have fostered the aims and goals of the Choir Federation of the National Forum.
†Catherine Kandilakis - St. George Church - Knoxville, TN
Artemisia Dennis Thevaos - Holy Trinity Church - Augusta, GA
†Dr. Pedro Trakas - St. Stefanos Church - St. Petersburg, FL
†Theofilos Steve Aliapoulios - St. Catherine Church - West Palm Beach, FL
Joanna Trakas Cavalaris - Holy Trinity Cathedral - Charlotte, NC
Kevin Lawrence - Dormition of Theotokos - Greensboro, NC
Awards were not presented.
Toula Balabanis Chininis - Dormition of Theotokos - Greensboro NC
†George Saclarides - Holy Trinity Church - Clearwater FL
Donna Aliapoulios - St. Catherine Church - West Palm Beach, FL
Katie Faklis - St. Nicholas Cathedral -Tarpon Springs, FL
Mary Alice Kays - St. Sophia Cathedral - Miami, FL
Rev. Fr. Nicholas C. Trivelas, Emeritus - Holy Trinity Church - Charleston, SC
†Angela Ioannides - Annunciation Cathedral - Atlanta, GA
Elia Nicholas - Holy Trinity Church- Raleigh, NC
Nikki Alexiou - St. Sophia Cathedral - Miami, FL
Diane L. Anastasiades - St. Nicholas Cathedral - Tarpon Springs, FL
Dr. Philip Thevaos - Holy Trinity Cathedral - Charlotte, NC
Donna Palios Trakas - Holy Trinity Cathedral - Charlotte, NC
Mary C. Zaharis - Annunciation Cathedral - Atlanta, GA
†Rev. Fr. Tryfon K. Theophilopoulos
St. Nicholas Cathedral - Tarpon Springs, FL
George E. Pappas - Archprotopsalti - Metropolis of Atlanta
Protopsalti - St. Nicholas Cathedral, Tarpon Springs, FL
†Rita Gallos - Annunciation Church - Winston-Salem, NC
Stanley M. Evdemon - St. John the Baptist Church - Tampa FL
Dr. Z. JoAnna Hill - St. Nicholas Cathedral - Tarpon Springs, FL
Joanne H. Kambouris - Holy Trinity Church - Clearwater, FL
Rev. Father James Rousakis of Holy Trinity Clearwater, FL,
Eirene Werts of St. Catherine, West Palm Beach, FL
Billie Spirides of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Tarpon Springs FL
Artie Palios of St. John The Baptist in Tampa, FL.
Mary G. Zervos of Holy Trinity in Charleston, SC.
† Peter Zervakos of Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta, GA.
Leon Karahalis of St. Sophia Cathedral in Miami, FL
Fr. Deacon Charles Joiner of St. George in Greenville, SC
John P. Mitchell of St. John The Baptist in Tampa, FL
Bessie Petrou of St. Catherine in West Palm Beach, FL
Lucy Zapsas of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Charlotte, NC
Margaret Sarafoglu of St. Sophia Cathedral in Miami, FL
Suzy Balasis of St. John the Baptist in Tampa, FL
Christina Polizos of Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta, GA
Rev. Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis of St. John the Baptist in Tampa, FL
†Marilyn Kappiris Neyland of St. John the Baptist in Tampa, FL
Dialekti "Tee" Pappas of St. John the Divine in Jacksonville. FL
- Mary Anne Mastorides of Holy Trinity, Clearwater, FL
- Irina Monzolevskaya of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Charlotte, NC
- Cali Spyropoulos of Holy Trinity, Charleston, SC
- Celeste Alexander of Annunciation Cathedral, Atlanta, GA
At this time, it has been our custom to honor those who have made exemplary contributions to the music ministry of our Metropolis. These members are nominated by you and selected by a committee from our Federation.
We all have choir members who have served many years in their individual communities and are deserving of recognition within their parishes. We seek to honor those whose contributions extend beyond their own parish and have had an impact on the Metropolis music program.
The National Forum established the Patriarch Athenagoras Medal for Distinguished Metropolis Service in 1996. This is a National award, given by the National Forum and administered by the Federations.
The Federations may, at their discretion, annually select up to three church musicians from within their jurisdiction as award recipients. The recipients may be from any of the following three categories.
1. The professional musician (composer, conductor, organist, psalti, singer), living or posthumous, whose musical contributions to the Metropolis merit recognition.
2. The non-professional musician (committee chair, Federation president, project chair), living or posthumous, whose musical contributions to the Metropolis merit recognition.
3. The priest, living or posthumous, whose musical contributions to the Metropolis merit recognition.