St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/ 60 Mission Choir Visits St. Andrew Church, Baltimore, MD http://www.stots.edu/news_160420_1.html Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2016/4-17-16-MC-St-Andrew-Bltmr/IMG_3821.JPG&archive=0&final_h=57&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>The Mission Choir visited St. Andrew Church, in Baltimore.&nbsp; After singing the responses for Great Vespers, a wonderful crab-cake dinner followed in the church hall.&nbsp; Parishioners looked through the bookstore items.</p> <p>In the morning, the Mission Choir again sang the responses for the Divine Liturgy.&nbsp; Fr. Steven offered the homily.&nbsp; A special collection was taken for the seminary, and Archpriest Theodore Boback offered an opportunity for sharing a brief update on seminary life.&nbsp; Fr. Boback served as Alumni President for a number of years, and at one time Archbishop Kiprian also served the parish as pastor.&nbsp; At the seminary we continue to regularly remember Leda Dzwonczyk of blessed memory, who served as Board Secretary.&nbsp; Seminarians stayed overnight with parish families.&nbsp; Fr. Steven enjoyed a brief opportunity for fellowship with Fr. Ted and and Hope at Baltimore Harbor.</p> <p>During the festive lunch that followed, each of the seminarians introduced themselves.&nbsp; The young child shown in the photos, with permission, is the Great-Grandson of Archbishop Kiprian!&nbsp; Blessed Pascha to all at St. Andrew's Church!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_160420_1.html St. Tikhon's Professor to Participate in Great and Holy Council http://www.stots.edu/news_160415_2.html Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/photos/people/Veniamin-Dr-Christopher.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=67&percent=100"><div align="justify">Christopher Veniamin, D.Phil. (Oxon.), a distinguished member of the faculty of St. Tikhon's Seminary, has been appointed as a representative to the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church, which is to take place&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1485899422"><span class="aQJ">June 16 to 27, 2016</span></span>,&nbsp;in Crete.&nbsp; His appointment comes from the Holy Synod of the Apostolic Church of Cyprus, for which he will serve as theological consultant during the Council's deliberations.</div> <div align="justify">&nbsp;</div> <div align="justify">The conciliar gathering of hierarchs of the various universally recognized autocephalous Churches throughout the world is the first of such councils since the time of the Ecumenical Councils (the last of which was held in 787 in Nicea).&nbsp; The Council will be presided over by His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople.</div> <div align="justify">&nbsp;</div> <div align="justify">Dr.&nbsp;Veniamin was born and raised in London, England, of Greek Cypriot parents. A love for the Church and a desire to learn more about the Orthodox faith came as a direct result of growing up in the spiritual climate of the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist (Tolleshunt Knights, Essex, England), founded by his spiritual father, Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov.</div> <p align="justify">His formal training in theology began at the School of Theology in the University of Thessalonica (Greece), where he studied under&nbsp;Professors George Mantzarides, John Fountoulis, and Fr. John Romanides. Following the successful completion of his studies in Thessalonica, he undertook doctoral studies at Pembroke College, Oxford, under the aegis of the Most Rev. Dr. Kallistos T. Ware, Metropolitan of Diokleia. His thesis, The Transfiguration of Christ in Greek Patristic Literature: From Irenaeus of Lyons to Gregory Palamas, was a diachronic study of the meaning of the Transfiguration in patristic theology.</p> <p align="justify">Dr.&nbsp;Christopher is also an accomplished cantor and holds the four-year Degree in Byzantine Music from the celebrated School of Greek Ecclesiastical Music in Thessalonica, and is a pupil of Eleftherios Georgiades, former Lampadarios of the Great Church of Christ.</p> <div align="justify">Professor Veniamin&nbsp;joined the STS faculty in the fall of 1994, and on September 30, 2005, received the distinct honor of being elected its first ever full professor, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Seminary and his distinguished record of teaching, research, and publication.&nbsp; He also serves as the assistant director and registrar of The Antiochian Orthodox Institute Ph.D. Program and as its professor of Patristic Theology and Dogmatics.</div> <div align="justify">&nbsp;</div> <div align="justify">Among the books he has written or edited are:&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Ecclesial Being:&nbsp; Contributions to Theological Dialogue</em>&nbsp;(2005, ed.; 2006, reprint),&nbsp;<em>The Enlargement of the Heart</em>&nbsp;(2006, ed.; 2012, repr.),&nbsp;<em>The Hidden Man of the Heart&nbsp;</em>(2008, ed.; 2014, repr.),&nbsp;<em>The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation:&nbsp; "Theosis" in Scripture and&nbsp;Tradition</em>&nbsp;(2013; 2014, repr.),&nbsp;<em>Saint Gregory Palamas:&nbsp;The Homilies&nbsp;</em>(2009; 2014, repr.),&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>The Transfiguration of Christ:&nbsp; In Greek Patristic Literature from Irenaeus of Lyons to Gregory Palamas&nbsp;</em>(forthcoming).&nbsp;</div> <div align="justify">&nbsp;</div> <div align="justify"> <div align="justify">Dr. Christopher&nbsp;has also&nbsp;published numerous articles, ranging in subject from the Apocryphal writings of the New Testament to Euthanasia.&nbsp; He is well known for having edited and translated into English the first complete edition of the homilies of Saint Gregory Palamas, for which he also wrote the introduction and detailed notes. Forthcoming publications include the reworked version of his doctoral dissertation, an inquiry into the anthropological significance of Pentecost, and a study on St. Augustine, viewed within the context of the Orthodox Patristic Tradition. He is also the President of Mount Thabor Publishing, specializing in quality books on Orthodox theology since 2005.&nbsp;</div> <div align="justify"><br />Professor Veniamin&nbsp;has known Saints Porphyrios and Paisios, and he is familiar with many of the Elders of the Holy Mountain and with other notable figures in contemporary Orthodoxy, academic and ecclesiastical, including Archimandrite Zacharias, Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos, and Professor Constantine Scouteris.</div> <div align="justify">&nbsp;</div> <div align="justify">Archbishop Michael (Dahulich),</div> <div align="justify"><span style="line-height: 18.2px;">Seminary Rector</span></div> </div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_160415_2.html Several St. Tikhon's Seminary Faculty Gather for Seminar http://www.stots.edu/news_160415_1.html Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2016/4-12-16-faculty-seminar/IMG_37691.JPG&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Several members of the St. Tikhon's Seminary faculty met for a seminar on the evening of April 12th. &nbsp;They met at the home of Drs. David and Mary Ford, who offered wonderful hospitality. &nbsp;Present were: &nbsp;Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics, Dr. David, Chair of Department of Church History and Patristics, Dr. Mary Ford, Associate Professor of Scripture and Spirituality, and V. Rev. Dr. Steven Voytovich, Chair of Department of Pastoral Arts and Praxis. &nbsp;Dr. David was also the presenter, sharing some of his work in translating and setting into English letters written by St. John Chrysostom, while exiled, to St. Olympia the Deaconess. &nbsp;He then led faculty in discusing points related to this work. &nbsp;These letters will also soon be appearing in print. &nbsp;</p> <p>Several other faculty planned to attend but when the session had to be re-scheduled, had conflicts. &nbsp;Fr. Steven, seminary dean, proposed holding seminar sessions as opportunities for faculty to interact with each other outside "meeting" contexts. &nbsp;Fr. Steven added: &nbsp;"this is the first of hopefully many seminar sessions not only for faculty to share their work, but to build relationships with one another."</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_160415_1.html Guest Lecturer at St. Tikhon's Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_160410_2.html Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2016/4-5-16-Guest-Lecturer/IMG_3750.JPG&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>On Tuesday, April 5th, Dr. Peter Bouteneff, Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Vladimir's Seminary, was a guest lecturer in Dr. Christopher Veniamin's Patristics class. &nbsp;Seminarians and visitors alike came to hear Dr. Bouteneff's presentation entitled: &nbsp;"In What Sense am I a Sinner?"</p> <p>Later, Dr. Bouteneff and Fr. Steven, seminary dean, had a brief opportunity to talk together. &nbsp;They are seminary classmates (SVS, 1990). &nbsp;Dr. Veniamin will also be lecturing in Dr. Bouteneff's class.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_160410_2.html Mission Choir Visits St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral http://www.stots.edu/news_160410_1.html Sun, 03 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2016/4-3-16-MC-Allison-Park/IMG_3733.JPG&archive=0&final_h=63&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>The mission choir led the singing of the responses for the Vigil and Divine Liturgy of the Sunday of the Most Precious Cross, at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, in Allison Park, PA, April 2-3. &nbsp;His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek (Pleska), returning from the Holy Synod meeting the previous week, was present for the Vigil, celebrated by Archpriest Michael Senyo, Cathedral Dean. &nbsp;It was great to see Joel Brady (STS Class of 2015) who is now a cathedral parishioner.</p> <p>After the vigil, we gathered at the home of Protodeacon Michael and Matushka Mary Wusylko's home for an evening that included dinner and fellowship. &nbsp;Protodeacon Michael, a St. Tikhon's Board member, was recuperating from surgery, but joined us for a brief time. &nbsp;His Eminence joined us at dinner, as did David Jarrett.</p> <p>The mission choir sang the responses also on Sunday morning. &nbsp;Fr. Steven preached the homily, and Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Choir, shared about the work at St. Tikhon's Seminary during coffee hour. &nbsp;Fr. Steven was pleased that Matushka Cindy was able to join him for this trip, meeting the wonderful cathedral clergy and faithful. &nbsp;</p> <p>Fr. Steven shared his gratitude to the cathedral community for their generous support of the seminary!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_160410_1.html St. Tikhon's Announces 112th Pilgrimage Schedule http://www.stots.edu/news_160420_4.html Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/photos/misc/IMG_0982.JPG&archive=0&final_h=43&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>St. Tikhon's Monastery announces the schedule for the upcomin Memorial Day Pilgrimage Weekend:&nbsp; May 27-30.&nbsp; <strong>Please join us!</strong></p> <p>The weekend will begin with welcoming the&nbsp;Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Icon on Friday afternoon, at 3:30pm.&nbsp; On Saturday, at 1pm will be St. Tikhon's Seminary 74th Annual Commencement.&nbsp; Vigil follows at 4pm, as does the Graduation Dinner.</p> <p>Special concerts and program will be occurring on Sunday.&nbsp; Please click <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a href="http://stots.edu/news_160321_1.html"><span style="color: #ff0000;">here</span></a></span> to go to our webpage for the St. Tikhon's Monastery Chorale concert Sunday evening.</p> <p>The 112 Monastery Pilgrimage will take place on Monday, with Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10am, followed by a day filled wiht activities and prayer.&nbsp; Please click <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a href="http://sttikhonsmonastery.org/news_160407_1.html"><span style="color: #ff0000;">here</span></a></span> to see the full schedule, along with invitation letter and hotel information.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_160420_4.html Dr. Christopher Veniamin's Schedule http://www.stots.edu/news_160420_3.html Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>Dr. Christopher asked that his schedule of speaking engagements be posted on the website.&nbsp; It follows below:</p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">St. Tikhon's Seminary</span></p> <p style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; color: #454545; min-height: 14px; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: large;">Events and Appointments:</span> </p> <ul style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; list-style-type: circle; background-color: #ffffff;"> <li style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; color: #454545;">External doctoral examiner for the PhD studies of Fr. Matthew Penney, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario (since Spring semester, 2016)</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; color: #454545;">External examiner for PhD studies of Fr. Maxym Lysack, at Laval and Sherbrooke Universities, Quebec, Canada (Spring semester, 2016)</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; color: #454545;">External supervisor for STS Alumnus, Fr. Abraham (Abey) George (MA in Christian Spirituality) Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Fordham University, NY</span><span style="color: #454545; font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;(since Spring semester, 2016)</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; color: #454545;">Lecture on "The Theology of Fr. John Romanides: The Ten Fundamental Points of the Orthodox Faith", Grove City College, Grove City PA (April 8, 2016)</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; color: #454545;">Guest Speaker, "The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: Theosis and Hesychia", Annual Pan Orthodox Lenten Retreat, the Shenango Valley Clergy Association, Holy Cross Orthodox Church (OCA Romanian Episcopate), Hermitage PA (Saturday, April 9, 2016)</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; color: #454545;">Sermon, "On St. John Climacus", St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church, New Castle PA (Sunday, April 10, 2016).</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; color: #454545;">Guest Professor for Dr. Peter Bouteneff's class on Prayer and Holiness (SVS, Monday, April 18, 2016). Topic: "Prayer in Silouan and Sophrony."</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; color: #454545;">External evaluator/assessor for V. Rev. Dr. Athanasios Gikas' (University of Thessalonica) promotion to position of full professor in theology</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; color: #454545;">Graduation Address at Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville NY (<span class="aBn" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_715995087"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Sunday May 29th</span></span>)</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; color: #454545;">Appointed by the Holy Synod of the Apostolic Church of Cyprus as representative to the Holy and Great Council, which is to take place in Crete (<span class="aBn" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_715995088"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">June 16 to June 27, 2016</span></span>)</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; color: #454545;">At the invitation of Metropolitan Joseph, spearheading The Antiochian House of Studies push for accreditation of its four graduate programs in theology (two Masters, two Doctoral programs). June, 2016.</span></li> <li style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; color: #454545;">Introducing, assisting and interpreting for Mtp Hierotheos Vlachos at Antiochian Biennial Clergy Symposium, Antiochian Village (<span class="aBn" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_715995089"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">July 18 - 22, 2016</span></span>)</span></li> </ul> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_160420_3.html Alumni Update: Archpriest Nicholas Molodyko-Harris to Speak at Villanova University http://www.stots.edu/news_160420_2.html Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Alumni/250759.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=59&percent=100"><p>Archpriest Nicholas Molodyko-Harris (STS Class of 1961) will be speaking at Villanova University on Tuesday, May 3rd, at 7pm. &nbsp;His topic will be: &nbsp;"The Alaskan Church Today." &nbsp;Fr. Nicholas served in Alaska as a priest for a number of years. &nbsp;Please click <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a href="https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/studentlife/artgallery/current_exhibit.html"><span style="color: #ff0000;">here</span></a></span> for more information.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_160420_2.html Seminary Dean leads Retreat in Macon Georgia http://www.stots.edu/news_160415_3.html Sat, 09 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/04-09-16-retreat-Macon-GA/IMG_6545A.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Fr. Steven led a parish retreat at St. Innocent Church, Macon, Georgia, on Saturday, April 9th. &nbsp;The focus of the retreat was: "The Parish Community: Our Life in Christ." &nbsp;Fr. Steven prepared parish feedback sent to him in advance on various aspects of parish life using an approached he developed, while previously serving as a mission parish pastor, from materials originally prepared on this topic by Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko. &nbsp;Fr. Steven initially shared the results with all attending the retreat, and then facilitated a discussion where those present offered very heartfelt reflections and thoughts related to parish life. &nbsp;Later he reviewed some material from St. Innocent's <em>Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven</em>. &nbsp;The faithful perceive their calling to follow St. Innocent, their patron saint, in his evangelization of and ministry to the Native Aleut and Tlingit peoples in Alaska, by offering the same presence and ministry to those residing in the greater Macon community.</p> <p>Fr. Steven concelebrated with Fr. Theophan Buck (STS Class of 2010) at the Divine Liturgy on Sunday. &nbsp;St. Innocent Church, as a mission parish, with their pastor of now over five years, is making remarkable progress, and this retreat is only part of the ongoing work within the community to foster healthy and robust parish life and ministry. &nbsp;Fr. Steven had opportunity to meet and talk with many of the core members that began this mission, and who continue to inspire others to get involved by offering their gifts and talents. &nbsp; May God bless the pastor and faithful of St. Innocent Church!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_160415_3.html STOTS concert to feature pieces by American composers http://www.stots.edu/news_160321_1.html Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/11-12-15-Concert/IMG_2501.JPG&archive=0&final_h=52&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] -- The Chamber Choir of Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, a professional vocal ensemble under the auspices of America&rsquo;s oldest Orthodox monastery, will sing a benefit concert of sacred music by American composers at Saint Stephen&rsquo;s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA on <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1412980015"><span class="aQJ">Sunday, May 29, 2016 &nbsp;at 7:30 PM</span></span>.<br />&nbsp;<br />Proceeds from the concert, titled &ldquo;Rejoice, O Mountains of Pennsylvania,&rdquo; benefit Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary [STOTS]. &nbsp;Please click <span style="color: #800080;"><a href="/files/2016-Event-Files/ChamberChoirPoster-2.1.pdf"><span style="color: #800080;">here</span></a></span> to download a flyer to post.<br />&nbsp;<br />The performance, part of a series of events that will take place during the 112th annual Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Memorial Day Pilgrimage, will feature a selection of original compositions by American Orthodox composers Benedict Sheehan, Richard Toensing, Nazo Zakkak, and Kurt Sander.<br />&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m overjoyed to see a surge of interest in Russian Orthodox choral music over the past twenty years," said Benedict Sheehan, resident music director at Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary and Monastery. &nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;m even more delighted to say that this profound tradition is not simply a relic of the past, but is an artistic tradition that is alive and well today. With this concert, we hope to present the living voice of Orthodox sacred music, as embodied in the works of several American composers.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;<br />The first half of the program will include a world premiere of the striking new Canon of Saint Andrew by Nazo Zakkak, a 28-year-old composer from San Diego, CA, as well as works by the late Richard Toensing (1940-2014), recipient of numerous awards and grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a commission from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Kurt Sander, an award-winning composer who teaches at Northern Kentucky University.<br />&nbsp;<br />The second half of the program features music by Benedict Sheehan, including the world premiere of his new composition, Opening Psalm, and a performance of Triduum Paschale, a three-movement work about the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ that met with enthusiastic acclaim when premiered at a benefit concert in New York last November.<br />&nbsp;<br />Among those giving solo performances during the concert will be Portland-based baritone John Michael Boyer, known internationally for his work with Cappella Romana; soprano Laura Soto-Bayomi of the Chautauqua Opera Festival and 2015 finalist at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions; and mezzo-soprano Tynan Davis, whose voice is regularly heard in Grammy award-winning ensembles Conspirare and Roomful of Teeth and who last year joined the cast of the North American Tour of <em>Phantom of the Opera. </em>The choir will also be joined by renowned basso profundo Glenn Miller, a veteran of numerous recordings and concert stages, including Robert Shaw&rsquo;s seminal recording of Rachmaninoff <em>All-Night Vigil </em>(1990) and Conspirare&rsquo;s recent Grammy award-winning <em>Sacred Spirit of Russia </em>(2014).<br />&nbsp;<br />Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for students. See the <a href="http://monasterychamberchoir.com/" target="_blank">concert&rsquo;s website</a> for more information.<br />&nbsp;<br />Corporate sponsors of the event include <a href="http://renovationangel.org/" target="_blank">Renovation Angel</a>, a national non-profit organization that recycles luxury kitchens and donates proceeds to charity, and the <a href="https://patraminstitute.org/" target="_blank">Patriarch Tikhon Russian American Music Institute</a>, which is holding a <a href="https://patraminstitute.org/event/first-annual-memorial-day-young-singers-conference/" target="_blank">weekend training seminar</a> for Church singers that overlaps with the benefit concert.&nbsp; Additional corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Seraphim Danckaert, STOTS Director of Mission Advancement, at <a href="tel:570-561-1818%2C%20ext.%20104" target="_blank">570-561-1818, ext. 104</a> for more information.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_160321_1.html St. Tikhon’s Century Association Announces Special Event http://www.stots.edu/news_160301_3.html Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Century Association presents Hospitality A La Russe on Sunday, May 15, 2016.&nbsp; This awesome annual event will be held at St. John&rsquo;s Russian Cathedral Center, 703 Hill Street, Mayfield, PA.&nbsp; You can download a flyer <a href="/files/2016-Event-Files/2016-Hosp-A-La-Russe-Flyer.pdf"><strong><span style="color: #800080;"><span style="color: #800080;">here</span></span></strong></a> with all the information.&nbsp;</p> <p>The doors open at 3pm, and besides wonderful traditional Russian cuisine, you will have the opportunity to hear the <strong>Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra</strong>.&nbsp; There are also many opportunities to financially support this event, with all proceeds benefitting St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary.&nbsp; Please consult the flyer for contact information to be part of this wonderful event!</p> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_160301_3.html