Plans for the 2020 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium have been reconfigured to a global online format on Thursday, June 11 through Saturday, June 13, 2020.
The event, cohosted by St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVS) and the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) will explore the theme of “Music as Liturgy” with masterclasses, keynote presentations, and workshops.
“The reality of the COVID-19 pandemic has required us to abandon the in-person format, but the number of registrants has been quite amazing, and we wanted to find a way to deliver an outstanding musical experience in spite of current circumstances,” according to Protopresbyter Ivan Moody, chair of the ISOCM board.
Registration is open for the Symposium and over 100 participants have already registered for the three-day event open to choir directors, singers, chanters, composers, musicologists, church school educators, clergy, youth leaders, and readers interested in developing their liturgical music skill sets from the comfort and safety of their homes.
The 8 masterclass topics and presenters include:
- Vocal Techniques
(Katie Boardman – Antiochian Archdiocese)
- Choral Leadership
(Dr. Tamara Petijevic – Serbian Orthodox Church)
- Introduction to Liturgical Conducting
(Robin Freeman – Orthodox Church in America)
- Advanced Liturgical Conducting
(Dr. Peter Jermihov – Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia)
- Byzantine Chant for Beginners
(Amy Hogg – Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese)
- Advanced Byzantine Chant
(John Michael Boyer – Greek Orthodox Archdiocese)
- Composing in the Orthodox Context
(Nazo Zakkak – Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese)
- Engaging Young People with Music
(Maria Sheehan – Orthodox Church in America)
Each masterclass will provide participants with 6+ hours of concentrated learning over three days, while additional workshop sessions will explore other themes for application in parish life:
- Introduction to liturgical theology
- Training for reading and chanting
- Arranging settings for voices
- Achieving a unified choral sound
- Para-liturgical activities
- The spiritual dimension of the church musician
“By evolving this gathering to an online format, we’re able to provide a wide range of church music offerings – in some ways we’re doing even more than we could have in person!” said Dr. Peter Bouteneff, Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Seminary’s Institute of Sacred Arts. “This event will benefit singers, choir directors, and composers seeking to ‘up their game.’”
The complete schedule also includes a keynote presentation by Dr. Susan Ashbrook Harvey on the Symposium theme of “Music as Liturgy,” and a keynote presentation by Father Ivan Moody exploring the Symposium theme from an alternate perspective, “Liturgy as Music.”
Attendees will also have an opportunity to join virtual coffee chats exploring current trends in liturgical music, sing in a music reading session of new compositions written honoring the noted American Orthodox composer, the Archpriest Sergei Glagolev, and participate in a virtual Akathist service to the miracle-working icon of the Sitka Mother of God.
Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America