Fr. Michael Pallad
Senior Music Minister
Church Music Development Team Leader
Events Team Co-Leaders
Liz Levy and Athena Anastos,
Ways and Means Team Leader
Communications and Outreach Team Leader
Records and Archives Team Leader
The 2019 winner of the Katherine Trapp Youth Musician Award is:
Ana Constantine, St. Spyridon San Diego
It all started for Ana with a wonderful Pappou, a professional musician who inspired his tiny granddaughter with such a great love of music that she began her musical career in elementary school. Having won a guitar at a family game night, she threw herself into learning the instrument, and in the fourth grade started her own musical band that has wowed audiences at music venues all over San Diego.
Now a vibrant young woman, she uses her musical gifts in service and love to her Greek Orthodox faith and community. An active participant in the Dance and Choral School, Ana regularly sings with the adult choir for Sunday liturgies, and has performed as a feature musician with the youth choir at FDF competitions, having added skill on the bouzouki to her guitar and singing excellence. She continues to study music, and has recently formed a new band with Villa Musica here in San Diego as well as becoming a member of the newly formed young adult choir, Livani. Ana remains a credit to her Pappou of blessed memory, her family, and all the church musicians in the St. Spyridon San Diego parish, who are proud of her in receiving this well-deserved award.
Winner of the 2019 George N. George Service Awards
Elaine Mackis, Annunciation Sacramento
For over 57 yars, this gifted soprano has given her talent and service to the glory of God in the Annunciation choir, through countless rehearsals, liturgies, feast days, concerts, and weddings. Although those in her choir and community see her as star, she has remained a steadfast and devoted model of quiet dependability and a generous mentor to other singers.
While still a teenager she met and fell in love with her fellow youth choir member, tenor George Mackis, with whom she has shared a life of faithful service to the choir. This devoted couple was most often seen as the first the singers to arrive for Sunday services and blessed many a concert and wedding with their harmonious duets.
During her time as standout singer in her Sacramento High School choir, Elaine was responsible for recruiting her school choir director, Mr. Bill Bobolis, to be the director of the Annunciation choir, which he has served for over 55 years. Through the years Elaine has been a regular participant in Federation conferences and CMIs, sharing friendship and encouragement with other church musicians, and was fortunate to meet George N. George himself at these events. The gift of Elaine’s beautiful voice and example of devotion to God in her service continue to be an inspiration to the Annunciation Choir.
Winner of the 2019 George N. George Service Award
Patricia Spire, St. Spyridon San Diego
Certainly, a choir director’s dream come true, Pat has given nearly two decades of love and service to the St. Spyridon San Diego Choir. Rarely ever missing a rehearsal or performance, she is an anchor of the soprano section, learning her part to perfection and encouraging her fellow singers. Need some music copied? Need risers for a concert? Food for a fellowship, help cleaning the loft, a shoulder to cry on? She’s your girl. Never seeking the spotlight, she’s the one to get things done behind the scenes, caring for the elderly and homebound, generously offering financial support, always remembering every birthday, special occasion, illness, or grief with a caring card or visit—truly an example of Christ’s love. God brought this faithful convert to Orthodox Christianity a long way from her birthplace in the woods of Maine to the sunny shores of San Diego, and her parish is thrilled that she has received this honor.