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Richard Barrett is an Orthodox church musician, choral singer and scholar. He is the Protopsaltis of Dormition Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville, MA, where he also sings in the choir. He is also the Byzantine Chant Liaison to the Executive Board of the Choir Federation of the Metropolis of Boston, and the Artistic Director of the Saint John of Damascus Society, which supports the performance and dissemination of Orthodox liturgical and para-liturgical music. From 2014-2015 he was Fellow in Residence at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. From 2005-2012 he was the cantor and choir director at All Saints Orthodox Church in Bloomington, Indiana, and then he was cantor and choir director at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Indianapolis from 2013-2014. He has served as an invited clinician and guest cantor at Orthodox churches throughout the country, and recently gave a talk titled “The Mother of God and the Akathistos: How History, Liturgy, and Singing Come Together in the Chairetismoi”. He sings regularly with Cappella Romana and has also sung with the Patriarch Tikhon Choir. Previously, he has performed with ensembles such as the East/West Festival Chorale in Cincinnati, the Josquin Singers in San Francisco, Tudor Choir and the Seattle Opera Chorus in the Pacific Northwest, and in Indiana, the Pro Arte Singers, Collegium Musicum, and the American Guild of Organists Festival Choir. He has worked with conductors such as Alexander Lingas, Peter Jermihov, Vladimir Gorbik, Paul Hillier, John Poole, and John Harbison. He has presented scholarly papers at events such as the International Conference on Patristic Studies at the University of Oxford, the North American Patristics Society, and the Patristic Symposium of the Georges Florovsky Society at Princeton University. A Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Indiana University, he is completing his dissertation, titled “Civic Devotions to the Mother of God in Late Antique Constantinople”, under the direction of Deborah Deliyannis. In addition, he holds a B. Mus. in vocal performance and an M. A. in Ancient History, both from Indiana University. He and his wife Megan live in Boston with their two children, Theodore and Katherine.
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