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Grammenos Karanos

Assistant Professor of Byzantine Music


BA, Harvard University

MBA, Boston University

PhD, University of Athens


Grammenos Karanos joined the faculties of Hellenic College Holy Cross in 2007 and is currently Assistant Professor of Byzantine Liturgical Music.  Since 1998 he has served as protopsaltis (chief cantor) of churches in the greater Boston area and is currently protopsaltis of the Holy Cross Chapel and director of the Holy Cross Byzantine Choir “Romanos the Melodist.”  He studied Byzantine music under Photios Ketsetzis, Archon Protopsaltis of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and received a Certificate of Byzantine Music Studies with highest distinction in 2002.  In 2011 he completed his studies under the guidance of world-renowned musicologist Gregorios Stathis and was awarded a Ph.D. in Byzantine Musicology and Psaltic Art at the University of Athens, Greece.  In his doctoral dissertation, titled “The Kalophonic Heirmologion,” he examines a previously underinvestigated and misunderstood post-Byzantine para-liturgical genre with a double focus on its historical development and musical structure and content.  His primary research interests include the morphology and evolution of Byzantine and post-Byzantine chant, the history and exegesis of neumatic notational systems, the dissemination of the psaltic tradition outside the Greek-speaking world, and the relationship between religious and secular musical traditions in the Balkans.  At Hellenic College Holy Cross, Dr. Karanos teaches courses in Byzantine chant (beginner through advanced levels) and history of music. 


Curriculum Vitae PDF pdf



  • Byzantine Chorus

  • Byzantine Music I-X 

  • Byzantine Music for Clergy

  • History of Byzantine Music

  • History of Western Music

  • Kalophonic Heirmologion

  • Service Rubrics

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