June 14, 2020

Yonkers, NY – Over 200 church musicians from Europe, Australia, and North America gathered in online presentations and discussions exploring the theme of “Music as Liturgy.” The 3-day event was co-hosted by the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVS).

As choirs and churches around the globe face the uncertainty of how to remain physically safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, participants at the 2020 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium looked at the question of how clergy, faithful, and in particular singers and chanters “do the liturgy.”

“I have never taken part in a music even...

June 8, 2020

Yonkers, NY – Orthodox Christians are often considered the most traditional of Christians, yet the latest technology is making it possible for an international gathering of Orthodox church musicians to take place during the COVID-19 global pandemic, exploring and preparing for the future of Orthodox Church Music.

Participants at the 3-day online 2020 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium will explore the theme of “Music as Liturgy” beginning Thursday, June 11.

The event, co-sponsored by The International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVS), will feature masterclasses, presentations, and...

June 5, 2020

My father calls me Doozer. I’m told that the genesis of this particular term of endearment was my special enthusiasm for the Doozers of Fraggle Rock. Do you remember Fraggle Rock? I suppose I’m dating myself a bit.

The well-loved 1980’s series featured two groups of people: the care-free and jubilant Fraggles, and the diligent, hard-working Doozers. They had two rather opposite philosophies: Play vs Work.

             Dance your cares away, worry’s for another day         

             Let the music play—down at Fraggle Rock!...

May 17, 2020

I’ve read some thoughts these days about singing during and after the pandemic and would like to quote an American doctor, who is cautiously optimistic: “We have performed and thrived amid terrible infectious diseases before…The same science telling us it’s dangerous to sing together now is also what can help us find a way through this dark time. I don’t know the exact form this will take, but I know it’s a puzzle with defined pieces and therefore has a solution or many solutions....”

It is a challenge for me to enlighten these dark times with all of you and to share my (European) music experience and knowledge about singing and conducti...

April 10, 2020

Registration open for New York-based event

Yonkers, NY – Plans for the 2020 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium have been reconfigured to a global online format, 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 music...

March 1, 2020

Crestwood, NY - The Institute of Sacred Arts (ISA) at St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVOTS) is pleased to announce the availability of three full scholarships for Orthodox Church musicians planning to attend the 2020 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium co-hosted by the Seminary and the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM), June 11-13, 2020.


The scholarship will cover the registration fee for the award recipients to attend the 2020 ISOCM/SVS Symposium.

To enter, download the application form, complete it, and submit it! Applications must be postmarked or received electronically no later than Friday, May 15, 2020.

Award recipients wil...

July 11, 2018

Minneapolis, Minn. – The feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist was celebrated on Sunday, June 24 by over 100 singers, conductors, chanters, composers, and musicologists participating in this year’s Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium held at the historic St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral here.

The four-day event, sponsored by the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM), concluded with a hierarchical all-night vigil and divine liturgy celebrated by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, primate of the Orthodox Church in America.

“Creativity is found in the councils of the Church, in the defense of icons, and in the development of...

March 13, 2018

February 8, 2018  Reflection    

By Harrison Russin, Ph.D. candidate in Musicology, Duke University;
Dean’s Fellow and Lecturer in Liturgical Music, St. Vladimir’s Seminary

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., the seminary Chorale will commence its “Orthodox Masterpieces” series by singing Great Vespers in Three Hierarchs Chapel, featuring select compositions by Archpriest Sergei Glagolev. Father Sergei is noted for his pioneering work in introducing English-language musical compositions into Orthodox Christian church services—inspired hymnography with a uniquely American sound. Following the liturgical service...

December 11, 2017

Minneapolis, MN – The International Society for Orthodox Church Music (www.isocm.com) will host, for the second time, a Pan-Orthodox music symposium at St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral here from Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24, 2018. Registration for the event is now open. An early-bird, discounted rate will be available through Friday, February 9, 2018.

The event will explore the theme of "Orthodox Liturgical Music: Ancient and Modern Creativity" through presentations and workshops, music reading sessions, rehearsals, and will culminate in a festive hierarchical All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy. Organizers hope the theme will i...