‘Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac’
Painting by Uros Predic
Brief History of the Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac Choir of Chicago
Although the choir from Old Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church (OHR) has a long history under different names and under various directorships, the Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac (SSM) Choir was named after the late Serbian composer back in the 1980’s. From the very beginning and to this day, choir members continue to sing on a voluntary basis during Sunday liturgical services and other special observances and events. In doing so this allows the choir to make a valuable contribution to the OHR church.
Current History and Mission
The Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac Choir’s Mission is to sing to the glory of God and to perpetuate Serbian music and culture. In addition to singing for services, the SSM choir participates with other Orthodox choirs in various sacred concerts including but not limited to the Serbian Orthodox Choral Association’s (SOCA) Annual festivals nationwide. Singing in the choir is a wonderful form of stewardship of time and talent to the church.
Each year the choir sets up a calendar of events. Choir practices usually take place once a week from September to June at church. (Specific dates and time for choir practices will be posted in church as well as on OHR’s web page www.serbianohr.org ). In addition, monthly choir meetings usually take place on Sundays following the Divine Liturgy.
The SSM choir and its members are an integral part of the Old Holy Resurrections Serbian Orthodox church. We are always looking for people who would like to sing and contribute to our mission. For more information about joining the choir or becoming a sponsor, you may contact the President of the SSM choir at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on FaceBook – Serbian Orthodox SSM CHOIR ~ Chicago, Illinois on Palmer