© 2020 The International Society for Orthodox Church Music | www.isocm.com

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle
  • YouTube - White Circle

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...

On February 3, 1959, rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with the pilot, Roger Peterson. The event later became known as "The Day the Music Died," after singer-songwriter Don McLean so referred to it in his 1971 song "American Pie".


Thursday April 21, 2016 will likely become known as the day that Prince died. No doubt, in the future a song will be written about him too. The music legend passed away suddenly, unexpectedly, somewhat mysteriously. Minnesotans grieve for one of their own, probably the most famous person to com...

April 7, 2016

Within the body of repertoire we call the “psaltic art” or “Byzantine chant”, there is a sublimely beautiful genre called the kalophonic (literally “beautiful voice”) irmos. Since the genre emerged in its current form between the end of the 16th and the end of the 17th centuries, it has served as the psaltic art’s highest level of musical, artistic, and vocal expression. For 500 years, composers have set sacred texts to long, melismatic, ornamented lines and extremes of range, spinning out musical beauty of amazing complexity.

 

It is an important enough genre that at least one representative example from the genre is required on reperto...

March 15, 2016

On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash) fell asleep in the Lord. Father Ephrem was well-known in the English speaking world for his translation work and desire to provide the church with accurate and prayerful liturgical texts which clearly articulated the beauty of our Orthodox Faith. 

 

John Michael Boyer, one of our presenters at the upcoming 2016 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium in Minneapolis, MN shares his thoughts in a reflection on the impact Father Ephrem had on John's training and life as a church musician. 

 

May Father Ephrem's memory be eternal!

I thought about calling him yesterday, but it would have been too l...

January 9, 2016

In France, the vast majority of parishes that worship according to the Russian tradition (by which I mean that they follow the Russian expression of the Byzantine rite and use Russian melodies and tones, whether or not the services are in Slavonic or French) belong to the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe (hereafter referred to as the Exarchate). This sub-jurisdiction, headquartered at the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky, Rue Daru, Paris, left the Moscow Patriarchate at the height of the Soviet persecution of the mother Church, and found refuge under the protection of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 1931. The Exarc...

December 17, 2015

As a newborn, I didn’t breathe for my first two weeks.  Perhaps I just didn’t feel like it, I don’t really know the reason.  As a result, I was hooked up to a machine that took all the blood out of my body, oxygenated it, and then put it back in.  Thinking about it now, it’s pretty cool.  It sounds like something out of Star Trek.  It went on for a week or two.  The only real human interaction I had during that time was with my dad.  He would sit next to the contraption I was isolated in and sing to me.  Just sing.  Eventually, I came home from the hospital.  Home was filled with music.  My parents, my dad especially, wou...

November 17, 2015

The use of sung hymns to open our hearts to God is as ancient as the people of God themselves.  In fact, the Book of Psalms is frequently referred to as the hymn book of the church and instructs us to “Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;” (Ps 33:1a) and to “Praise in the assembly of his faithful people” (Ps 149:1b). The Psalms even teach us that creation itself praises God for His wonders, “The heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints” (Ps 89:5).

 

We Bless You from the House of the Lord

But the psalmist isn’t suggesting that we praise God, instead the Psalms identify prai...

November 17, 2015

“But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching? Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played? For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle? So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken?

 

For you will be speaking into the air. There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them i...

November 17, 2015

There is not a single liturgical service in the Orthodox Church which does not use chanting and singing extensively. Why is the Church’s worship expressed in song? The Orthodox Liturgy begins with the exclamation: "Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit ..." With these words we are invited to "come and see," to enter into and experience the foretaste of a heavenly reality, the Kingdom of heaven on earth, which manifests itself in the Church’s liturgy. In this reality there is already expressed a transformation of our present world and of us who dwell in it. We are not simply inhabitants living in a particular spot on the...

Please reload

Featured Posts

Creative Spirit Found in Church Music is a Reality of Our Existence

July 11, 2018

1/2
Please reload

Recent Posts