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...
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.
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...