Dr. Vladimir Morosan, Founder and President of Musica Russica, is one of the leading experts outside Russia in the fields of Russian choral music and Orthodox liturgical music. After completing his undergraduate degree in music at Occidental College, in Los Angeles, California, he received his masters and doctoral degrees in choral music and musicology from the University of Illinois. Combining his Russian heritage with an abiding love for choral music, he undertook groundbreaking research in Europe and the former Soviet Union under the auspices of fellowships from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, IREX/Fulbright-Hays Exchange Program, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the process, he compiled one of the largest and most complete reference collections of Russian choral scores, which became the basis for the ongoing series “Monuments of Russian Sacred Music,” published by Musica Russica. His book Choral Performance in Pre-Revolutionary Russia (1986) is considered the definitive study of this topic.
Morosan is Founder and Artistic Director of Archangel Voices, a professional-level choral ensemble dedicated to producing CDs of Orthodox liturgical music in English. He is also the Program Director of The Rudder, an internet radio program that airs on the Orthodox Christian Network, and host of Sing to the Lord, a podcast program on Ancient Faith Radio dedicated to exploring the various aspects of Orthodox liturgical singing and all manner of related topics .
He has taught and lectured widely at music workshops and conferences; conducted choirs in various Orthodox jurisdictions; served as guest conductor, coach and lecturer for a number of professional choirs; composed and edited numerous choral arrangements; and authored, edited and translated several books. He serves as a consultant for the Department of Liturgical Music of the Orthodox Church in America and has served as a consultant to the music department of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute (PaTRAM).
A tonsured reader in the Orthodox Church, Vladimir presently serves as Music Director at St. Katherine Orthodox Mission in Carlsbad, California.