Article: “To Russia With Song” by Thomas R. Vozella

As 2015 came to an end, Thomas Vozella, one of PaTRAM’s participants in the First Annual Moscow Master Class, shared his experience on the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) website. Within the article, Vozella spoke about the similarity between American Churches with liturgical worship traditions and Orthodox traditions, “beautiful houses of worship, exquisite liturgy and pageantry, outstanding psalms, hymns and spiritual songs by various composers. Instruments are not used in Orthodox Liturgy. Services are unaccompanied. It is music crated to the glory and worship of God.” We are thankful that Vozella allowed us to share his article and personal experience as being “transformational, both musically and spiritually.”

Read the full article here.


Vladimir Gorbik conducting 35 Americans and the Moscow Representation Church (Metochion) of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery Choir during Divine Liturgy