The 22nd Russian Orthodox Church Musicians’ Conference

(Editorial note: George Skok, the choir director of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Toronto kindly sent us this summary of ROCOR’s recent Orthodox Church Musicians’ Conference which gathered an amazing array of musical experts from Russia and North America.  Among these, our own Benedict Sheehan led a seminar for the group. The Article is by V.V.…

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Short Interview With Dr.Vladimir Morosan

    Some of you might be interested in listening to the latest installment of “Ancient Faith Presents” on Ancient Faith Radio where Bobby Maddex interviews one of our collaborators, Dr. Vladimir Morosan, the founder and president of Musica Russica.  As we have mentioned in another post, Musica Russica is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  In this interview, Dr.…

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New Musica Russica Website

In order to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Musica Russica – a publisher and supplier of a broad spectrum of Orthodox musical recordings – has launched a new, more user-friendly website. OAJ contributor Vladimir Morosan, the founder and director of Musica Russica, said the newly-revamped site will “…make your interaction with our offerings much richer, more…

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The Creation of a Christian Culture, Part 2

This is post 2 of 2 in the series “The Creation of a Christian Culture” Nicholas Kotar shows us how liturgical art and traditional forms can inspire the creation of para-liturgical and secular works of art. The Creation of a Christian Culture The Creation of a Christian Culture, Part 2 In part one of this…

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OAJ at Work

I would like to draw the readers’ attention to this video. It features OAJ contributor and icon carver Jonathan Pageau in action, and some of his finished works. The Gospel cover and the pectoral crosses were collaborative efforts with OAJ founder, Andrew Gould. The music is Psalm 103, Valaam Chant, by the St. Tikhon’s Mission…

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Interview with Vladimir Gorbik

Late in June, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary held a Master Class taught by Russian choral composer and conductor Vladimir Alexandrovich Gorbik. The seminary published an interview with Gorbik which will be of special interest to our readers. In it, Gorbik reflects on the Master Class and its students, as well as providing some insights…

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Services for the Departed – a forthcoming book from St. Tikhon’s Press

Services for the Departed is anticipated in print in early 2013! With this volume, we offer to the English-speaking Orthodox world music for the Panikhida and Burial services based entirely on melodies from authentic Russian chant originals, something that heretofore has not existed in English in any one volume. Furthermore, we have endeavored to present these…

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A ‘Small Entrance’ into Orthodox Christian Sacred Music: Part Two – The Songs of Men

This is post 2 of 2 in the series “A ‘Small Entrance’ into Orthodox Christian Sacred Music” Benedict Sheehan Traces the hierarchy, function and story of sacred music. A ‘Small Entrance’ into Orthodox Christian Sacred Music: Part One -The Song of the Angels A ‘Small Entrance’ into Orthodox Christian Sacred Music: Part Two – The…

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