As we draw closer to the opening of the 2016 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium, let's take a look back at the 2014 Symposium held on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.
Here, in its entirety, is the keynote address presented by Father Sergei Glagolev on June 13, 2014.
The noted priest, musician, and composer who comes from a family of musicians and priests, offered his thoughts and observations based on decades of study and practical experience in the life of the church here in America.
As always, Father Sergei informs and delights us with his joy and passion for singing praises to God.
A few months ago, a fascinating article was shared via npr.org on Facebook entitled, “When Choirs Sing, Many Hearts Beat as One.” It was an interesting research study done at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden on the heart rates of high school students as they sang together in a choir. The study findings confirmed that choir music has a calming effect on the heart.
In one of the responses, Frederica Matthewes-Green commented, “When people sing together, their heartbeats slow down and synchronize almost immediately. It's obvious, but I never thought about it: singing is a form of guided breathing; we inhale and exhale together, and o...