My Apprenticeship as a Cantor

St. Mary’s Manville, NJ

Home Parish
Mentor-George Kostraba

  • Congregational singing
  • Sang with cantors
  • Was taught to sing epistle
  • Trained altar boys
  • Cantor substitute

SS Cyril & Methodius Seminary Pittsburgh, PA

9/81-5/83 (2 academic years)

  • Voice Culture & Choir
  • Church Slavonic
  • Chant Education
  • Cantor rotation at services

Holy Ghost Mckees Rocks, PA

Lector & Cantor
Mentor-John Skreptach

  • Joined parish after seminary experience
  • Invited as lector and cantor in training
  • Primary cantor since 2000

Advanced Cantor’s Institute

9/84-5/86 (2 academic years)

  • Weekly sessions under Jerry Jumba & Fr. Alexis Mihalik

Metropolitan Cantors Institute

Diploma in Church Music (2006)(Program)
9/98-3/2005 (7 academic years)
1998-2000 Priests Committee (2 years)
2000- J. Michael Thompson (5 years)

  • Four Saturday sessions per year
  • Sessions on Music Theory, liturgics, voice & chant practicum
  • Seminary course work in scripture and liturgy

Music Instrument Training

  • Violin lessons in Middle School
  • Guitar in middle school
  • CCAC Piano I continuing education session (summer 2000)


Duquesne University/SS Cyril & Methodius Seminary

  • Master of Arts, Theology, scripture concentration

Point Park College

  • Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronics Concentration

Duquesne University

  • 83 Credits dual major in Philosophy & Communications
    (Transferred to Engineering at Point Park)