27th Annual Russian Orthodox Church Musicians’ Conference – Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God – Albany, NY
Holiday Inn Express and Suites – Albany Airport
October 3 – 7, 2018
Strengthening the Foundation in Orthodox Church Singing Today:
the Obikhod (Common Chant Tradition) in Applied Contemporary Practice
CLERGY Planning on serving at the Conference:
Please bring BLUE vestments!
The present day Albany parish has a long standing tradition, blessed by then Archbishop Laurus, of serving from the Nativity of the Mother of God (the parish Feast Day of the original Albany church) to the Feast Day of the Protection of the Mother of God – “Pokrov” (the parish Feast Day of the original Schenectady church) in blue vestments.
This year’s conference will focus on the very foundation of Orthodox church singing – the Obikhod, or Common Chant Tradition. We will explore its rich diversity of liturgical expression and how this tradition facilitates prayerful and understandable singing/chanting in the Divine Services.
As last year, we will continue to focus on the liturgical artistry of the clergy – reader, priest, and especially the deacon – and the necessary techniques to achieve prayerful singing/chanting of the highest quality in harmony with the singers.
Throughout the three-day program, an exciting blend of historical, theoretical, and practical considerations will prepare Orthodox singers, both in the choir loft and in the altar, to sing praises to our Lord reverently.
This year’s conference brings together choir members, conductors and clergy of all levels of experience to explore the wealth and beauty of the Divine Services of the Orthodox Church.
Join us in October!
Last Year’s Conference in Los Angeles, California
The Media Department of the Western American Diocese has published a video report on the 26th Annual Russian Orthodox Church Musician’s Conference held in Los Angeles, CA, from the 4th to the 8th of October, 2017.
The film features scenes from the Divine Services at the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral and examples of the choirs performance, excerpts from lectures by His Grace Bishop Theodosy, Priest Dmitry Bolgarsky and Protodeacon Vadim Gan, as well as brief interviews with organizers and participants of the conference.
Choir conductors during the Divine Services shown in this film are Reader Vladimir Krassovsky, Reader George Skok, Andrei Roudenko and Peter Fekula. Two of the hymns performed on the video are “A mercy of peace” (“on the Destruction of Moscow”) harmonized by Michail S. Konstantinov and “Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace” by nun Juliania (Denisova).
Many thanks to the sponsors of this conference including the Fund For Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.