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            The Choir of the Romanian Patriarchate is a mixt group, made up of 45 permanent members, selected on the basis of a competitive examination. Is is in the very same structure that the choir has carried out its activity for about 100 years, under the musical guidance and leadership of several composers and conductors, such as: Gheorghe Cucu, Nicolae Oancea, Stefan Popescu and, above all, Nicolae Lungu – for about 4 decades. For the next 4 decades (1959-1972; 1984-2009) the choir was conducted by Constantin Dragusin, one important descendent of the style initiated by Nicolae Lungu. He had the possibility to study directly with the composer, giving the same musicality, the same aesthetic balance proposed by his mentor.
For the Romanian Orthodox Music, Nicolae Lungu is one of the most important personalities from the history, being one of the pylons of the classical harmony in religious choir compositions.
The polyphonic music started in Romania through the open gates of Orthodox Church, being influenced by the Russian choral music in 1835, when Alexandru Ghica decided to change the responsorial byzantine chant with harmonic music, respecting the norms imposed by the byzantine style.
Through the years, the music discovered new influences based on the Romanian tradition and the individuality of each composer and conductor, being today an historical expression of our national culture displayed on the thesis of the universal culture and musical stages.
The Choir of the Romanian Patriarchate carries out its basic activity within the religious services in the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest. It is also requested to give concerts of Romanian Byzantine and folk music during different important events in the life of the church and to record different melodies from its liturgical repertoire.
The tradition started by Nicolae Lungu is now carried forward by Stelian Ionascu, one of the disciples of Constantin Dragusin. The members of the choir are professional performers, graduated in Music or Theology. What makes this choir different is the team spirit sustained by professionalism and friendship,  that leads on the message transposed by the music.
The repertory approached is diversified, including composers like: N. Lungu, G. Musicescu, Ghe. Cucu, D. G. Kiriac, D. Alexandrescu, Ed. Wachmann, P. Constantinescu, Ghe. Popescu – Braneşti, I. D. Chirescu, Ghe. Dima, V. Spătărelu, S. Păutza,  D. Pop, I. Popescu –  Runcu, Rachmaninov, Botneavsky, Gavrilov, Moinistova, Arhanghelski, etc.