About the Speaker
Apostolos Combitsis, St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Toms River, NJ
Apostolos Combitsis is the Protopsaltis (First Cantor) of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Toms River, NJ. He is the founder and director of the Byzantine Choir of Greater Philadelphia, Romanos o Melodos, which forms the core of the Byzantine Choir of the Metropolis of New Jersey, and is a professor at the Metropolis' School of Byzantine Music.
Mr. Combitsis received his first lessons in the psaltic art while he was very young from his father, the Rev. Dr. Constantine Combitsis, an active priest in the United States and a student of the great Protopsaltis of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Konstantinos Pringos. He holds a Diploma of Byzantine Music from the music conservatory Mousiko Kollegio in Thessaloniki and has chanted in many parishes throughout the United States and Greece. Mr. Combitsis is also a student of classical music, opera, jazz, and international music and plays a variety of instruments, including the bouzouki, oud, guitar, and mandolin.