UPDATE: Seminary to Host Master Class with Internationally Acclaimed Choirmaster Vladimir Gorbik
UPDATE: Seminary to Host Master Class with Internationally Acclaimed Choirmaster Vladimir Gorbik

As part of its 75th Anniversary celebration, St. Tikhon's Seminary will host a rigorous three-day master class for select student choirs of three of America’s premier Orthodox Christian seminaries—St. Tikhon’s Seminary, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and Holy Trinity Seminary—from February 28 to March 3, 2013 with world-renowned Moscow choirmaster Vladimir Gorbik. As the culmination of the master class, the combined seminary choirs will perform a concert of Russian Orthodox liturgical music, sung primarily in English. This combined choir will be singing together as a single ensemble for the first time in the histories of these venerable institutions, who are this year celebrating their 75th, 75th, and 65th, anniversaries respectively. This historic collaboration is made even more exciting by the presence of Vladimir Gorbik, one of Russia’s most dynamic and talented rising stars in the field of Russian church singing, who will be making his American concert debut at this landmark performance.

 The concert will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm in St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA. This cathedral is a favorite performance space for many professional ensembles in the Pennsylvania and New York regions, and is home to the well-loved Pennsylvania public radio program, "Music from St. Stephen's."

The concert will be recorded and broadcast on this program. General admission is $12, and advance tickets may be obtained from St. Tikhon's Bookstore at (888) 454-6678 or from stspress.com. Please inquire about student and group discounts. Seating is limited and tickets are on sale now, so book your tickets early!

 Vladimir Gorbik (b. 1970) began his musical studies in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and continued them at the Moscow State Conservatory, completing a specialization in choral conducting in 1998 and in orchestral conducting in 2000. Since 1996 he has served as the choir director at the Moscow Representation Church (Metochion) of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery, and since 1998 has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the professional men’s chorus formed at the Metochion. With this choir he has made more than a dozen outstanding recordings, of both liturgical services and concert programs. The choir has, on numerous occasions, sung at Patriarchal services in the Dormition Cathedral in the Kremlin, and they accompanied Patriarch Alexy II on his trip to the Holy Land in 2000. The repertoire of the Metochion’s Men’s Chorus cultivates the finest repertoire and interpretive traditions of the Moscow School and the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. For his outstanding achievements and service, he has received an award of recognition (gramota) from the Patriarch, and the medal of the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh, 2nd Degree.

Below is a video of Maestro Gorbik and his outstanding choir:

Schedule for Master Class with Vladimir Gorbik
Thurs., February 28
5:30 - 6:30 pm: Singers arrive, dinner available
7:00 - 10:00: Rehearsal 1
Fri., March 1
8:45 - 9:30: Breakfast at Seminary
9:30 - 12:30: Rehearsal 2
12:30 - 1:30: Lunch
1:30 - 4:00: Rehearsal 3
4:00 - 7:00 - Vespers, free time, dinner
7:00 - 10:00: Rehearsal 4
Sat., March 2
9:15 - 10:00: Breakfast at Seminary
10:00 - 12:30: Rehearsal 5
12:30 - 1:30: Lunch
1:30 - 3:00: Final Rehearsal
4:00 - 6:30:  Vigil at Monastery Church
6:30 - 7:30: Dinner in Monastery trapeza
7:30 - 9:00: Public lecture and discussion with V. Gorbik
Sun., March 3
9:00 - 12:00: Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in Monastery Church
12:00 - 1:00: Lunch
1:00 - 4:00: Free time, travel to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre
4:00 - 5:30: Sound check in Wilkes-Barre
6:30 - 8:30: Concert in Wilkes-Barre, reception
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