St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

St. George Choir

Rear - Joe Katusa, Gerald Milosevich, Fr. Rodney, Dr. Ivko Dimitric
Center - Paulette Raddock, Janice Smargie, Sonia Janson (Director), Anna Mae Knezovich, Nadezda Dimitric Rogish
Front - Stella Shlosky


The St. George Serbian Orthodox Choir sings to the glory of God each Sunday. The faithful members of the Choir under the talented direction of Sonia Janson sing at each Divine Liturgy, at major festal celebrations and on important occasions in the life of parishioners.

The Choir is a steadfast, consistent supporter and contributor of the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels. Most of the choir members have been a part of the Choir for many years. They sing in the Church Slavonic and English languages without the accompaniment of musical instruments.

Faithful choir members must familiarize themselves with the changes that come with liturgical year of the Orthodox Church and with the different services that are celebrated. The Choir celebrates November 16 - The Renovation of the Church of St. George the Great Martyr - as its Patronal Feast. Each year as part of the Patronal Feast celebration, prayers are offered for the health and well-being of choir members and for the repose of the souls of the departed members and a dinner program is held.

This year the Slava (Patronal Feast) celebration included the Divine Liturgy remembrances on November 16 and November 18, Festal Bread and Memorial Wheat Blessings on November 18 and the dinner program on November 18.

Masontown native Janice Smargie was the honored Kuma (Festal Host/Sponsor) for this year’s celebration. Church and Slavic folk music have been an integral part of Janice’s life. She teaches, sings, plays musical instruments and has traveled widely in this country and in Europe in connection with her music interest. She was a member of the world renowned Duquesne University Tamburtizans.

The daughter of Pete and Dorothy Smargie, Janice comes from a family which puts the Church foremost in their lives.

Members of the St.George Choir are to be praised because they give of themselves consistently for the benefit of the Church and they keep the focus of their efforts on the glory of God.

The choir at the burning of the badnjak (yule log),
Christmas Eve 2002.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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