In conjunction with the annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage to Saint Tikhon’s Monastery here, the Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute [PaTRAM] will hold its Conductors’ and Singers’ Workshop Friday, May 26 through Monday, May 29, 2017. The conference will offer an expanded program for conductors and singers working independently and in tandem with Maestro Dr. Peter Jermihov and other faculty, culminating in singing at the pilgrimage’s hierarchical services celebrated by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.
The workshop will provide the aspiring musician—whether just starting out or with more moderate skills—a chance to grow as a singer or choir director. Dr. Jermihov—a highly respected and renowned conductor, teacher and specialist in Orthodox liturgical singing—will lead the team of outstanding faculty members. Conductors will learn the craft of conducting and acquire manual techniques, musicianship and vocal skills, knowledge of liturgical rubrics, and organizational and people skills. Singers will learn the art of choral singing and acquire solid vocal techniques, including proper breathing, purity of vowels, good resonance and beauty of tone. All participants will receive personal attention and feedback, and most importantly aspiring church musicians will reinforce their experiential knowledge of singing and conducting in Church to the glory of God with mind, heart and deep commitment to prayer.
Participants also will have an opportunity to conduct or sing in the Feature Choir for the pilgrimage’s hierarchical services. Each participant will receive a VIP ticket to a concert to be performed by the Chamber Choir of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery. A special social outing also is being planned.
The workshop cost is $350.00, which includes tuition, class materials, meals, and activities.
PaTRAM’s mission is to cultivate and promote the beauty and spiritual depth of Russian Orthodox liturgical arts in general and choral singing in particular, in both the English and Slavonic languages. PaTRAM seeks to utilize rigorous educational programs, distinctive performance events, and the latest technological tools to realize this mission and founding principal.