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SUMMER SCHOOL OF LITURGICAL MUSIC
AT HOLY TRINITY SEMINARY
Jordanville, New York
JUNE 30 � JULY 13, 2002
The Summer School of Liturgical Music at Holy Trinity Seminary was
established with the blessing of Metropolitan Laurus. The full course of
study consists of three summer sessions, at the end of which the graduates
will be certified as church choir directors and/or readers. Academic credit
is available. A non-certification track is offered to those seeking
enrichment in the area of Russian Orthodox Music, but do not intend to
become church readers or choir directors. The course load, full or partial,
may be agreed upon in consultation with the school administration.
The course offerings are:
1. History of Russian Church Music
2. Music Theory and Musicianship
3. Choir Conducting Techniques and Practicum
4. Voice Class
5. Liturgical Performance Practice
6. Church Slavonic
7. Liturgics for Choir Directors
The 2001 Faculty
Joanna Grigorieff, University of Toronto
Dr. Joseph MacLellan, Brown University
Nikolai Myshkin, Moscow Conservatory
Anatoly Panchoshnyy, Gnesin Musical Academy
Rev. Andre Papkov, New England Conservatory
Elena Perekrestov, Harvard University
Room & Board�$400.00
Please make all cheques payable to Holy Trinity Seminary.
If the candidates are sponsored and paid for by their parish, a discount of
$50.00 is offered to the parish. In that case, payment should be made by
parish cheque. Students arriving from countries with unstable currencies
(Russia, South America) are eligible for a special discount. For those
students not taking the full course load, each separate course is $75.00,
plus the regular room and board fee of $400.00. Instruction is given in
Russian and English. While knowledge of Russian is helpful, it is not
essential for study.
For information, contact:
Rev. Andre Papkov Tel. (315) 894-6274
54 Fourth Street, Ilion, NY 13357 e-mail: musicschool@...
PROGRAM OF STUDY
HISTORY OF RUSSIAN CHURCH MUSIC
A survey of Russian sacred music from the 10th through the 20th centuries.
Various types of chant, early Russian polyphony, 17th century multi-voice
compositions, as well as the great variety of representative 18th-20th
century choral styles will be discussed, including the works of such masters
as Bortniansky, Lvov, Archangelsky, Kastalsky, Chesnokov and Rachmaninov.
The course will be illustrated by rare recordings representative of the rich
and vast repertoire of Russian choral music.
MUSIC THEORY AND MUSICIANSHIP
Presentation of the basic elements of music theory to help understand and
analyze a musical composition. Topics covered include: intervals, modal and
tonal concepts, chord progressions and harmonization techniques, open and
closed harmony, various types of triads and seventh chords, and their
inversions and resolutions, phrase structure, voice leading, and cadential
The musicianship segment of this course covers sight singing and develops
the musical ear. An elementary and an advanced level are offered.
Successful completion of the advanced level is mandatory for certification
as choir director, and includes all major and minor tonalities, intervals,
chords, chromaticism, and modulations. Different meters and rhythmic
patters are studied, and musical dictation is given. The elementary level
develops the basic skills of singing from a musical score, and is required
for certification as a church reader.
CHOIR CONDUCTING TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICUM
This course deals with the three main elements of choral sonority: ensemble,
intonation and nuances, and provides guidelines to singers for mastering
choral singing techniques. Topics include: the difference between a choir
and a group of singing people, the difference between choral sonority and
the sound of singing voices, why one choir sounds better than another, and
what can be done to improve the sound of a choir. The solution to these
problems will guide the choir director in his work.
In the practicum extension of this class, the student will rehearse and
teach music from the Obihod as well as free compositions to the ensemble.
A practical approach to voice production. Basic principles of breath
support, head and chest resonance, articulation and phonation as they apply
to Russian choral church singing. The do�s and don�ts of producing a
singing tone. Some private instruction is also available.
This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of the
liturgical language of the Orthodox Slavs in the standard recension of the
Russian Orthodox Church. After a brief introduction to the orthographic
system of Church Slavonic, the major part of the course for the first two
years is devoted to the inflectional morphology of the language. Daily
homework, periodic quizzes, and a final examination require students to
actively produce some forms, but the primary goal is to be able to read
scriptural and liturgical texts with understanding. The third year focuses
on the syntax of Church Slavonic, and how it differs from that of Russian
LITURGICS FOR CHOIR DIRECTORS
An overview of the history, structure, and meaning of the liturgical cycle
in the usage of the Russian Church based upon the Jerusalem Typicon.
Students learn the nature of the four cycles in the liturgical year, and the
contents and use of the books used in Orthodox worship. This is followed by
a detailed analysis of how to perform the major services, with particular
attention to the role of the choir director and psalmist. During the first
year the components and history of Vespers and Matins are covered. In the
second and third years, the Divine Liturgy, the occasional services (trebi),
and the services associated with the Lenten and Paschal seasons are covered.
LITURGICAL PERFORMANCE PRACTICE
Contemporary Russian parish practice. Various aspects of kliros singing,
the problems related to this, and their solutions. The eight-tone system
and its use in the Russian Church. Coursework over the three summer
sessions includes (1) Stichera and Troparia, (2) Hiermos and Prokimena, (3)
Special Melodies (10 Podobni). All melodies are to be memorized.
SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION FORM
4. Are you a choir director? Where?
5. Which voice part do you usually sing?
6. Do you have any musical training? What kind?
7. Is your parish sponsoring you?
8. Do you plan to pursue the certification program?
If not, which courses do you wish to attend?
Please return this registration form by June 15, 2002.
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