St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary - Our Community Giving Back http://www.stots.edu/ 60 St. Tikhon's Mission Choir Travels to Baltimore to Offer Prayers for the City http://www.stots.edu/news_150516_1.html Sat, 02 May 2015 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/2015/5-2-15-prayers-in-baltimore/1-IMG_0162.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr">On Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, 2015, the St. Tikhon's Seminary Mission Choir, together with V.Rev. Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary, visited St. Andrew Orthodox church in Baltimore, Maryland. The Rector, Fr. Theodore Boback (STOTS 1972), and the parishioners of St. Andrew's have a long history of supporting the St. Tikhon's Community. Each year the mission choir looks forward to their visit to St. Andrew&rsquo;s, where they know that they will receive a warm welcome from the parish community.</p> <p dir="ltr">This warm welcome was all-the-more remarkable as, at the time, the city of Baltimore was dealing with great deal of civil unrest, making getting in and out of the city very difficult. Despite all these and other obstacles the mission choir enjoyed a wonderful time of worship and fellowship with the good people at St. Andrew&rsquo;s.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Saturday, May 2nd, Vespers was held at St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, north of the city. &nbsp;This pan-Orthodox Vespers included clergy and faithful of the Greek Orthodox parish, Antiochian Orthodox, and Fr. Ted and faithful of St. Andrew&rsquo;s Church. &nbsp;On Sunday, at the end of the Liturgy a prayer service was offered on behalf of the city of Baltimore and its inhabitants.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-72dc8568-67bf-1b99-30ea-1a6b39a96faa">St. Tikhon's Seminary would like to thank Fr. Ted Boback and all of the parishioners and faithful of St. Andrew Orthodox Church for their support of the Seminary and for their gracious hospitality towards our St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Mission Choir.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">This warm welcome was all-the-more remarkable as, at the time, the city of Baltimore was dealing with great deal of civil unrest, making getting in and out of the city very difficult. Despite all these and other obstacles the mission choir enjoyed a wonderful time of worship and fellowship with the good people at St. Andrew&rsquo;s. During the service a prayer service was offered on behalf of the city of Baltimore and its inhabitants.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-8423d411-5cf7-7ec2-1bd6-a78caf4dd07a">St. Tikhon's Seminary would like to thank Fr. Ted Boback and all of the parishioners and faithful of St. Andrew Orthodox Church for their support of the Seminary and for their gracious hospitality towards our St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Mission Choir.</span></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_150516_1.html July 13-18, 2015 Summer Master Class: Blagovest Bells, St. Tikhon’s Monastery, PaTRAM Institute http://www.stots.edu/news_150508_1.html Fri, 08 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/patram-summer-announcement/STOTS-2015-Master-Class-Web-Graphic.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=58&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr">This July St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery and Seminary will open its doors to welcome the PaTRAM Institute for a second intensive workshop for church musicians. This year&rsquo;s program boasts an exciting collaboration between PaTRAM and <a href="http://www.russianbells.com/intro/intro.html">Blagovest Bells</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Clinicians:</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Vladimir Gorbik</strong> &ndash; PaTRAM Artistic Director, Choirmaster Moscow Podvorye of Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Conducting Instructor (joining us virtually from Moscow)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Vladimir Morosan</strong> &ndash; Founder Musica Russica Rehearsal Technique Instructor, Congregational Singing Lecturer</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Benedict Sheehan</strong> &ndash; Music Instructor St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery &amp; Seminary, Conducting Instructor, Vocal Instructor</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mark Galperin</strong> &ndash; General Manager Blagovest Bells, Russian Orthodox Bells Lecturer</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Constantine Stade</strong> &ndash; Bell Installation and Ringing Specialist, Russian Orthodox Bell Ringing Instructor</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Training in this program will focus on techniques and materials specifically applicable to small choirs (e.g. from 2 to 8 singers) singing repertoire in English. This includes small ensemble vocal, conducting, and rehearsal techniques. These kinds of ensembles are certainly the norm in most parish situations, and leading and singing in them requires specific skills. Each participant will have the opportunity to be coached personally. Singers will be placed in one of several small ensembles, in which they will receive personal voice coaching in confident, yet sensitive ensemble singing. Conducting applicants, chosen by audition, will have private conducting coaching and will lead the small ensembles in the services that end the program.</p> <p dir="ltr">Blagovest Bell&rsquo;s participation in this year&rsquo;s program will provide the unprecedented opportunity for intensive, one-on-one training in traditional Russian Orthodox bell ringing. Traditional bell ringing is often considered a luxury. However, when St. Innocent Veniaminov&mdash; America&rsquo;s first Orthodox bishop (1840-1868)&mdash; traveled Alaska, he had with him a priest, a deacon, a subdeacon, a reader&mdash; and a bell ringer. Using the beautiful bells of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, and a mobile set of bells, the guest experts from Blagovest will train participants in the proper setup of Orthodox church bells, traditional ringing techniques, and the canonical peals. Bell ringing participants will also ring the peals in the services that end the program.</p> <p dir="ltr">Our daily lecture and discussion series will include the fascinating topic of congregational singing. So many church musicians find themselves awash with enthusiastic singers in the congregation, but lacking in highly-trained and committed choir singers. Congregational singing is often the chosen solution to this situation. This year&rsquo;s lectures will focus on the historical precedent for congregational singing, its efficacy as a liturgical music model, and how and when it is best undertaken. Participants will experience the incorporation of congregational singing in the services at the end of the program.</p> <p dir="ltr">Participants will enjoy the elegance and convenience of the newly constructed <a href="http://www.thepioneerplaza.com/">Pioneer Plaza Best Western</a> in nearby Carbondale, Pa. Daily dinners and lectures will be held in the Pioneer Plaza&rsquo;s ballroom. And guests will enjoy their full breakfast buffet before heading to St. Tikhon&rsquo;s for rehearsals and coaching.</p> <p><strong>Tuition costs:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Singers &ndash; $250</p> <p dir="ltr">Conductors &ndash; $400</p> <p dir="ltr">Bell-Ringers &ndash; $300</p> <p dir="ltr">Auditors &ndash; $150</p> <p dir="ltr">Room &amp; Board: $435</p> <p dir="ltr">Sunday-Friday nights stay at Pioneer Plaza Best Western (double occupancy)</p> <p dir="ltr">All meals: breakfast buffet at hotel, lunches at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s during workshop rehearsals, lecture dinners in ballroom, final brunch after Saturday liturgy.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;">To register follow the link <a href="https://patraminstitute.org/the-institute/cultivating-pearls-2015-summer-master-class/">here.</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_150508_1.html