South Canaan, Pennsylvania, July 2, 2021
St. Tikhon’s Monastery is pleased to announce the fall 2021 launch of a new residential Music Program. The St. Tikhon’s Residency in Music provides comprehensive training for Orthdox church music leaders amidst the rich and demanding liturgical life of America’s oldest Orthodox monastery. Residents receive both classroom training and on-the-job experience under the expert guidance of the members of St. Tikhon’s Monastery music staff as well as nationally renown guest faculty, the monastery reports.
The Music Program is a combination of monthly topical weekend workshop intensives and residency training. The weekend intensives are open to the public, starting Friday evenings and ending Sunday afternoons. Non-resident participants may choose to attend one, several, or all of the weekend intensives. Techniques and skills are presented and briefly coached in the weekend intensives. Residents are then given the opportunity to implement the techniques and skills presented in the intensives as leaders-in-training of services and ensembles at St. Tikhon’s Monastery.
Weekend Intensive topics include: Conducting Technique, Music Theory & Score Analysis, Vocal & Ensemble Technique, How to Train Beginner Musicians, Choral Literature & Church Music History, Composing & Arranging, Ensemble Administration, and the Memorial Day Pilgrimage Festival Choir.
Residency training includes: the 8 Tones, Order of Service, Ear Training, Keyboard Skills, Spirituality, Finale! software, Composition class, Vocal Performance class, Conducting class, Service & Rehearsal Prep coaching, Sacred Music Seminar, and Spirituality.
Residents will also have the opportunity to contribute to the many exciting musical projects happening at St. Tikhon’s including the Grammy-nominated Saint Tikhon Choir, the St. Tikhon’s Music Resource online music catalogue, the arrangement of new settings of hymnography, and the publication of new music collections.
The program begins in October 2021 with the first weekend intensive. Entrance exam, auditions, and admissions interviews will occur during weekend intensives. To be put on the mailing list and be kept up to date on program news and registration information email the directors at email@example.com.
St. Tikhon’s Monastery also launched a comprehensive liturgical music resource online earlier this year.
The monastery also has its own professional choir that was nominated for a 2021 Grammy in the Best Choral Performance category for its live recording of Alexander Kastalsky’s “Requiem for Fallen Brothers.”
In October, the St. Tikhon Choir’s recording of Benedict Sheehan’s composition of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom was released to international critical acclaim.