Dr. Peter Jermihov
Dr. Spyridon Antonopoulos
His Eminence Gabriel, Archbishop of Montreal and Canada
will be officiating at the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy.
Dr. Peter Jermihov
Born in Chicago of Russian-émigré parents, Peter Jermihov is an American conductor with Russian roots. A student of legendary, master teacher–Il’ya Musin….
St. Petersburg, Russia
Dr. Spyridon Antonopoulos
SPYRIDON ANTONOPOULOS is the Founder and Director of PSALTIKON. He is Honorary Research Fellow at City, University of London, where he obtained his PhD in Musicology in 2015, completing a thesis on the fifteenth-century Constantinopolitan composer and theorist Manuel Chrysaphes. A graduate of Brown University (Music and Classics) and the New England Conservatory (Vocal Performance), he is a regular member of Cappella Romana, with whom he has sung in concerts and festivals across Europe and the US. A student of the late Edward Zambara (NEC) and Robert Dean (Guildhall), he has appeared as tenor soloist in operas and recitals of classical music, in addition to performing with a variety of world music ensembles, in the US and the UK. He has spoken at dozens of international academic conferences and is currently a singer on Stanford’s Icons of Sound project as well as a singer and researcher for UCLA/USC’s Bodies and Spirits: Soundscapes of Medieval Byzantium. These multidisciplinary projects focus on the interplay of sound, space, and liturgy in late medieval churches.
PSALTIKON is a vocal ensemble whose mission includes the preservation and dissemination of the musical heritage of Greece, through original scholarship, performance, and recordings. Psaltikon refers to the medieval chant book for soloists which contained the most virtuosic chants from the now-extinct Asmatic Rite of Constantinople.
Comfortable as both a leader and collaborator, Laryssa Doohovskoy is a sought-after soloist and ensemble member. Gathering inspiration from experience as a performer both in the United States and abroad, she enjoys dissecting a wide variety of repertoire, including art song, opera, musical theatre, as well as chamber and choral music. In 2018, she joined SSLM’s faculty, teaching voice in both group and private settings.
Ms. Doohovskoy participated in the recently released recording of the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil with members of Gloriae Dei Cantores, St. Romanos Capella, and Washington Master Chorale under the direction of Peter Jermihov. The recording has received critical acclaim since its release in January 2017. In September of 2017, as a member of the PaTRAM Singers, she joined Maestro Jermihov in his world premiere of Kurt Sander’s Divine Liturgy at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, NJ.
Recent solo performances have included Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Grechaninov’s Hvalite Boga with the Stow Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Vivaldi’s Gloria with Church by the Sea in Bal Harbour, Florida, several appearances with the
Boston Russian Chorus and the Rachmaninoff Festival Chorus, and in chamber music concerts with members of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. Ms. Doohovskoy has performed under the baton of many notable conductors, including Wolfgang Sawallisch, Ricardo Muti, Sean Deibler, David Hayes, Christopher Hogworth, Tamara Brooks, and Jo-Michael Scheibe. She is a frequent chamber music collaborator in the Greater Boston area, performing classical, musical theatre, and new music programs.
In 2013, Ms. Doohovskoy became a founding member of the Patriarch Tikhon Choir under the direction of Vladimr Gorbik. The New York Times heralded the choir with “beautifully blended… a sumptuous sound.” In December 2014, she worked with the Patriarch Tikhon Choir on the CD Praise the Lord All Ye Nations. In September 2015, Ms. Doohovskoy was invited to participate in a first of its kind masterclass in Moscow, Russia. The week-long class concluded with singing the service of Vigil and Liturgy with members of the Moscow Representation Church of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra choir.
In 2014, she was invited to record Full of Grace: Great Vespers for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, with members of the St. Vladimir’s Seminary Chorale, under the direction of Robin Freeman.
Ms. Doohovskoy has performed staged works both in the US and abroad. Roles include Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Pitti Sing in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Dritte Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Arsace in Rossini’s Semiramide, Alisa in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Augusta in Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, Prince Orlofsky in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, and Niclausse in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman.
A passionate educator and choral director, Laryssa Doohovskoy has over 15 years’ experience as a teacher of both children and adults. She runs a thriving private studio in Acton, MA, teaches at the Middlesex School in Concord, MA, is on the faculty of the Patriarch Tikhon Russian American Music Institute (PaTRAM), and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She has been invited to give several masterclasses in the Greater Boston area, and along the East Coast, and serves as an adjudicator for local and national competitions. Her students have successfully auditioned for district festivals, university music and conservatory programs, and local and national productions. She has served as music director for several children’s theater companies in the Greater Boston area, including Encore Players and the Popcorn Players. In 2012, Ms. Doohovskoy was appointed Music Director of the St. Xenia Orthodox Church in Methuen, MA, after having served as Associate Director in 2004, where she leads both the adult and children’s choirs.
A longtime resident of the Northeast, Ms. Doohovskoy earned her undergraduate degree from New England Conservatory (BM, Vocal Performance). She continued her studies in South Florida, earning a graduate degree from the University of Miami Frost School of Music (MM, Vocal Performance). While at UM, Ms. Doohovskoy was awarded a Teaching Assistantship and the Provost Scholarship for study in Salzburg, Austria. Her principal teachers include Esther Jane Hardenbergh, Mark Pearson, Simeon Tregubov, and Susan Clickner.
For more information about Ms. Doohovskoy, please visit www.bostonmezzo.com.
(Palm Beach FL)
Irina du Quenoy’s life in Russian liturgical music began when she was brought as a child by her parents to the choir loft of the San Francisco cathedral (ROCOR), and continued in various parishes as far flung as Boston, Chicago, Budapest, Paris and Beirut, among others. Since 2007 she has conducted church choirs in Washington, DC, Beirut, Budapest, and more recently has been conducting occasional weekday services on the kliros at the Holy Virgin Protection cathedral in Des Plaines, Illinois. In addition to singing, reading and conducting, she has also been working on setting liturgical music in English (some of which is currently being sung at the St. John the Baptist cathedral in DC), as well as arranging music for women’s ensembles. She has served as Associate Director of SSLM (Synodal School of Liturgical Music, Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY) for more than a decade.
Vladimir Krassovsky, conductor of the Holy Virgin Cathedral Choir, studied piano under V.N. Kostevich for thirteen years. Continuing his musical education at San Francisco State University, Mr. Krassovsky was also tutored by Mikhail Konstantinov in conducting and in the art of Russian choral singing. Becoming conductor of the Saints Cyril and Methodius Youth Choir in 1970, Mr. Krassovsky built it from a ten-voice to a strong seventy-voice chorus. Mr. Krassovsky relinquished his post in 1979 upon his appointment to the Holy Virgin Cathedral Choir.
The seventy-voice Holy Virgin Cathedral Choir sings at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the same name. The choir consists primarily of Russian singers who have immigrated to the United States from Russia, China, and various European countries. It has been formed into a well-tuned instrument by the artistry of Mikhail S. Konstantinov, who had vast experience as an opera singer and conductor of a Cathedral Choir, the Symphony, and the Opera in Kiev, Russia. This artistry prompted the San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen to write of the choir that it is “…the best church choir in town. OPERATIC!” The choir has sung many concerts in the Bay Area with such great artists as Metropolitan Opera tenor Nicolai Gedda. Retiring in 1979, Konstantinov, turned over the choir to his young student Vladimir Krassovsky, who has kept prominent the high quality of singing and artistry within the chorus.
(Salt Point NY)
Elizabeth Ledkovsky inherited a legacy of liturgical arts and scholarship from both sides of her family. Her maternal grandmother, Valeria Hoecke, was the first woman to earn a degree at the Belgrade Theological Institute and is considered the pre-eminent Slavonic liturgical poet and linguist of the 20th century. Her grandfather, Archpriest Paul Hoecke, was a scholar and translator – the first cleric to officiate at divine services for the Russian Orthodox Church in German – and was martyred in Stalin’s gulags. Boris Ledkovsky, the prolific and well-known composer, was also her grandfather, and Alexander Ledkovsky, founder of one of the Internet’s first on-line church music libraries, was her father. Both Ledkovsky men were long-time choirmasters at the Synodal Cathedral, where Ms. Ledkovsky grew up and still sings regularly, while also continuing her forebears’ work, creating and publishing digital editions of the vast collection of handwritten scores amassed by her family and occasionally arranging hymns to her grandfather’s harmonizations. Educated at Cornell University and Ithaca College, Ms. Ledkovsky holds a master’s degree in Communication. Her musical studies include extensive training in cello and voice. She has been integral to choirs of various types throughout ROCOR, including five years at the Syracuse Parish of the Entrance of the Theotokos to the Temple, four years in the Archbishop’s Choir at the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, and three years as choir leader/psalmoschik at the Maria-Schutz Parish Church in Berlin, Germany. She has also sung and served in administrative and board positions for a number of secular choral and arts organizations, including the Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers, the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, Chorus America, the San Francisco Choral Society, and the Berlin Staatsoper Konzertchor. Ms. Ledkovsky is the mother of two young children who love to sing.
Andrei Roudenko is the conductor of the Church of All Russian Saints parish choir in Burlingame, California. Prior to his appointment in June 2001, he was founder and Music Director of the Russian Chamber Chorus in Boston, was a long-time performing member of Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society. He was guest conductor of the Karelsky Academic Chorus in Russia in 1991, and in 1992, conducted members of his Russian Chamber Chorus and Voskreseniye Choir in a joint performance and recording of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil in Moscow. In 1996, Roudenko collaborated with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich’s 13th symphony, featuring baritone Sergei Leiferkus and the men of the Russian Chamber Chorus. He made his Boston Symphony Hall conducting debut in 1995 in a concert of Russian liturgical and folk music that featured baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
Andrei began singing in church at age seven, with his father, Vladimir Pavlovich, and has participated in many ROCM conferences over the past three decades.
(New Paltz NY)
Valentina Shatalova holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Master of Arts Degree from SUNY New Paltz with a major in piano pedagogy. Her former teachers include Maria Rakovskaya, Dr. Robert Mumper, Frank Iogha, Vladimir Feltsman and Eteri Andjaparidze. Valentina also holds a degree in Liturgical Choral Conducting from the Summer School of Liturgical Music at the Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville NY.
Valentina has been a frequent performer as a soloist and accompanist in the NY Metropolitan and Mid-Hudson areas. Some performance highlights include: accompanist for Russian Lyric Soprano Lydia Nikolskaya in concerts throughout New York and New Jersey, featured soloist with the Hudson Valley Youth Symphony, concerts at the Mohonk Mountain House, Rachmaninoff Hall, Synod of Bishops Hall, St. Mary’s Church of the Highlands, Brooklyn Public Library, and the International Paper Plaza in NYC. In 2015 Valentina was a featured harpsichord soloist with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Bach Brandenburg Concerto #5. Valentina frequently performs along with Carol Losee in the “Two For You” Piano Duo. The duo has played concerts at numerous venues throughout the Hudson Valley including the Old Dutch Church, Maverick Concert Hall, SUNY New Paltz, Vassar College, Kleinart-James Art Gallery, New Paltz New Years Eve, New Paltz Christian Gala, and the Lyric Gallery. The duo was also heard on NPR’s “Performance Today”. Their love of ensemble playing has resulted in the annual “New Paltz Piano Fest”, a multi-keyboard festival for all ages. Each year the studio calendar concludes with a Small Ensembles Concert.
As an accompanist and vocal coach, Valentina works with students and professionals throughout the Hudson Valley. In 2017 Valentina became an adjunct vocal coach at SUNY New Paltz and each spring is quite busy working with students during the NYSSMA season.
As a teacher Valentina maintains a full piano studio in her home some of her award winning students have continued their piano studies at Eastman, The Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam, Hartt School of Music, Ithaca and Oberlin College. Valentina is on the teaching roster at Dutchess Community Music School, Ulster County Community College and has also taught chorus and general music in both private and public schools. Her enthusiastic choir from St. Augustine was featured on the radio during the Christmas Season. She is the choir conductor at St. Nicholas Church in Poughkeepsie and plays keyboards with both the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Dutchess Symphony. In 2017 Valentina joined the Summer School of Liturgical Music as both administrator and faculty teaching Music Theory and Musicianship.
Valentina helps to plan the Hudson Valley Society for Music’s annual BACHFEST and organizes the Prelude Concert at Woodland Pond along with the Younger Performer’s “North” concert. This year’s New Paltz Bachfest Concerts are the weekend of June 8 and 9.