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.
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...
If one of the fundamental goals of “reasonable” liturgical worship is the effective
proclamation of the Gospel in spoken and sung words, the effective audible
communication must be the concern of every liturgical musician. Effective audible
communication is dependent
on many factors—among them, voices of good quality, well
developed diction skills, favorable acoustics. But even more basic, the starting point, if
you will, is a good musical setting of the text—one that takes into account
the cognitive meaning and theological content of the text