PaTRAM Institute™ Attends the 62nd Grammy Awards

On January 26th, we attended the 62nd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. It was an honor to attend the event, walk the red carpet, and mingle with the talented nominees, who are so completely dedicated to their craft. Congratulations to the winner of this year’s award for Best Choral Performance, “Durufle: Complete Choral Works!”

Presentation of the Grammy for Best Choral Performance

Warm and heartfelt congratulations to Blanton Alspaugh, winner of this year’s Grammy award for Producer of the Year, Classical – these are back-to-back wins for Mr. Alspaugh! We are privileged to know and work with Blanton and his extraordinary team at Soundmirror, Inc.

Producer Blanton Alspaugh accepting his Grammy Award

We wish to thank our Executive Producers, Alex and Katya Lukianov; composer Kurt Sander; Maestro Peter Jermihov; our label, Reference Recordings; Blanton Alspaugh and his team at Soundmirror, Inc; and each of the brilliant choristers of the PaTRAM Institute Singers™ for their efforts in helping to create an exceptional, landmark CD! Bravo!

Executive Producer Katya Lukianov with her two daughters and one of the Founding Board Members of PaTRAM Institute

Several members of PaTRAM Institute attended this year’s awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Executive Producers Alex and Katya Lukianov and their two daughters; Maestro Peter Jermihov; Composer Kurt Sander; and soloist Vadim Gan, among other friends and family. What a night!

The Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony

Executive Producers Alex and Katya Lukianov with soloist Vadim Gan

Combined (Australian and New York) ROCOR Mens Choir Perform in New York City Area

The Russian Orthodox Male Choir of Australia and the Tsar Nicholas II Choir merged together to perform as the ROCOR Mens Choir in three different church halls around the New York City area from December 19th thru December 22nd 2019. As a major sponsor of these events, PaTRAM Institute™ was proud to help these dedicated and driven individuals in their first public performances as a combined choir.

The project was not an easy effort. The two choirs had to overcome major financial and logistical issues to become a combined, in-sync collective of choristers. Nektary Kotlaroff, who leads the Russian Orthodox Male Choir of Australia, and Adrian Fekula, who directs the Tsar Nicholas II Choir in New York, planned for months to bring this effort to fruition. With help from PaTRAM™ as well as several other sources, the two conductors were able to connect with each other from half a world away. As a result of their tremendous efforts, the two choirs sounded as though they had sung together for months when in fact they only had a handful of live rehearsals together.

The concert repertoire consisted of both sacred and secular music, which they performed with great enthusiasm and skill. From the beautiful sound of Chesnokov’s and Tchaikovsky’s liturgical masterpieces to the legendary folk song, Volga Boatmen, approximately half the program was devoted to each of the two music genres.

On Thursday, December 19th, coinciding with the Feast Day of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the ROCOR Mens Choir performed their program at the Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin & St. Sergius in Glen Cover, Long Island.

Friday, December 20th, saw the Choir move their performance to the Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY. Those who attended were treated to a wonderful performance, which was received with great enthusiasm.

On Saturday, December 21st, the Choir sang the All-Night Vigil services at Synod Cathedral of the Sign Church in Manhattan, officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) and His Grace Bishop Nicholas (of Manhattan and Vicar Bishop of the Diocese of Eastern America and New York). Following the service, the choir was invited by PaTRAM Chairman, Alex Lukianov, to his private club, the Grand Havana, on 5th Avenue midtown. The group celebrated the tour, and the Choir sang “Many Years” to Alex and his wife Katya for all their help and support.

Sunday, December 22nd, saw the culmination of the short tour by the ROCOR Mens Choir beginning with their singing the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion and His Grace Bishop Nicholas. The service was followed by a wonderful Lenten meal provided by the Parish’s Sisterhood. After lunch, all were welcomed back into the main Cathedral to listen to the Choir perform their sacred music pieces for the attending Hierarchs and a large numbers of listeners. The day concluded with all in attendance welcomed back to the Church hall for wine, soft drinks and snacks along with big helping of folk songs, sung with great exuberance by the ROCOR Combined Mens Choir as the standing-room only crowd inspired them with traditional hand-clapping and whistling to the boisterous folk songs.

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Nominated for a Grammy Award

We are pleased to announce that The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom has been nominated for a Grammy award for Best Choral Performance! Our heartfelt congratulations to composer Kurt Sander; Maestro Peter Jermihov, Conductor; Executive Producers and singers Alex Lukianov and Katya Lukianov, and all of the members of the PaTRAM™ Institute Singers. We are honored and humbled to be nominated for the second year in a row and be counted among the foremost choral ensembles in the world!

We also wish to extend our warm congratulations to Producer, Blanton Alspaugh, on his nomination for Producer of the Year! Blanton produced The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and our first Grammy-nominated CD, Teach Me Thy Statutes.

The 62nd Grammy Awards will be held in January 2020.

Click below to purchase The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom from various outlets:



Reference Recordings

Musica Russica




PaTRAM™ Master Class for Male Choir to Be Held Oct 21-23 at Holy Trinity Monastery

Don’t miss your next opportunity to learn from Maestro Vladimir Gorbik at our Male Choir Master Class and sing with Deacon Nikolai Kotar and Holy Trinity Seminarians. The master class will be held October 21st-23rd at Holy Trinity Monastery (HTM) in Jordanville, NY, during the Eastern American Diocese Pastoral Conference. The master class is open to all orthodox males and culminates in singing the Hierarchical Vigil and Liturgy officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion and His Grace Bishop Luka.

Course participation is FREE through a scholarship grant by PaTRAM Institute and meals are provided by HTM. Participants are responsible for lodging and transportation.

Space is limited! Please email for more information!

Click Here to See the Schedule of Events for the October Master Class


“The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom” by Kurt Sander Earns More Critical Acclaim

PaTRAM™ Institute’s most recent CD, The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by Kurt Sander, continues to grow in popularity with critics and consumers alike. It has consistently ranked in the Top Ten in Opera and Vocal New Releases on Amazon since its release and even reached #11 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Album charts!

James A. Altena from Fanfare, calls the CD “a landmark of sorts in the discography of Eastern Orthodox liturgical music.”

Bill Gatens of American Record Guide noted that, “the performance is superb and the includes the chanting of baritone Kevin Keys as priest and bass Vadim Gan as deacon. His lowest notes almost defy belief.”

In his review for Fanfare, J.F. Weber writes, “the music has a 19th-century warmth of its own that makes this an altogether remarkable experience of Orthodox liturgy.” He also goes on to remark that, “The singers bring a vast dynamic range to the music and exquisite tonal quality throughout.”

John Quinn at MusicWeb International also reviewed the new CD, writing that “the singing is marvelous throughout and I have the sense that the music could not be in better hands than those of conductor Peter Jermihov.” John Quinn also previously reviewed MusicWeb International’s 2018 Recording of the Year, PaTRAM Institute’s Teach Me Thy Statutes.

Finally, Daniel Morrison (Fanfare) writes, “the performance by the PaTRAM Institute Singers [Peter Jermihov, Conductor] is notable for its beautiful, blended tone, excellent intonation, perfect coordination, finely tuned balances, and profound depth of feeling.”

The CD is available for purchase from the following outlets and many other places where music is sold:


Reference Recordings


Musica Russica

PaTRAM™ Returns From Successful Recording Trip in Saratov, Russia

The PaTRAM Institute Male Choir recently returned from Saratov, Russia, where they recorded the next CD to be released on the Reference Recording label, More Honorable Than the Cherubim. Release date is TBA for 2021.

The new CD is a compendium of hymns to the Theotokos, performed by a fifty-six member male choir. The choir was directed by Grammy nominated Maestro Vladimir Gorbik. The singers hailed from Russia, Serbia, North America, and Australia. Michael Davydov was the featured soloist and the choir featured an unprecedented ten oktavists! Click here to listen to the choir during rehearsal and see more of the gorgeous Nikolsky Monastery.

The first day of rehearsal began with a Moleben at the seminary church in Saratov. The Associate Producers also spent the day watching the choir rehearse. Later that evening, the Kursk Root Icon arrived in Saratov with Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan. The PaTRAM Institute Male Choir sang at the Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral to greet the Icon as it arrived. Click here to watch and hear our choir. There was then a Moleben and Akathist at the Cathedral in honor of the Kursk Root Icon. Click here to watch the service and listen to our choir!

On the second day of recording, the PaTRAM Institute Male Choir continued rehearsal at Nikolsky Monastery. While the choir rehearsed, our Associate Producers enjoyed an all-day tour of churches and other points of interest in Saratov.

Our third day of rehearsal on Thursday, August 22nd culminated with a press conference and concert at the Saratov Conservatory. It was an evening to remember! The concert set a record for attendance and included the governor and minister of culture. Bishop Nicholas, carrying the Kursk Root Icon and accompanied by Metropolitan Longin, led the procession into the standing room only auditorium. The hierarchs, and the 1,000+ people in attendance, then witnessed a riveting performance culminating with an encore and standing ovation.

Click here to check out an article about our trip to Saratov that was posted to the Saratov Minister of Culture website.

The next day, the choir then began the professional recording of the new CD with multi-GRAMMY Award-winning production company, Sound Mirror. PaTRAM partnered with Blanton Alspaugh and John Newton of Sound Mirror on our last two CDs, including the Grammy-nominated Teach Me Thy Statutes. It was wonderful to work with them again toward what we hope will be a world-class Disc which showcases the beauty of Russian choral music.

On Sunday the 25th, the PaTRAM Institute Male Choir sang during the Hierarchical service that was held at the Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in the presence of the Kursk Root Icon. Metropolitan Longin acknowledged the group and awarded medals of the 1st order to Alexis and Katya Lukianov and Vladimir Gorbik; orders of the 2nd order to John Newton and Blanton Alspaugh of SoundMirror; 3rd order awards to Alex Milas, Tatiana Geringer, Natalia Prokopeca, and Andrei Zemtsov; and Gramotas to Andrei Chervikov, Leann Alspaugh, Oleg Guskov, and Michael Shoshin. Afterwards our group enjoyed a celebratory luncheon with Metropolitan Longin.

Click here to listen to the choir singing during the service.

From there, our group enjoyed a day of relaxation and fun on the Volga River. A boat ride took the group to a relaxing banya, dinner, ad hoc volleyball games, and swim in the beautiful Volga. It was a wonderful day and many new friendships were cemented!

On Monday, it was back to work for the final day of recording for the new CD. You can hear how fantastic the choir sounds by listening to these clips (here and here)! It was overall a very successful experience and we can’t wait to share the CD with you in the near future. PaTRAM was even featured on the local news in Saratov!

Following the final day of recording, many of the singers and support staff began to make their way back home, but some remained to celebrate the Feast of the Dormition. Eleven remaining members of the PaTRAM Institute Male Choir sang with the local choir during the Hierarchical Dormition vigil, which was celebrated by Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan with the Wonderworking Kursk Root icon at the Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral. While it was in Russia, more than 18,000 people came to venerate the Icon! We were blessed to have it traveling with us.

Alongside the tremendous effort of the choir, we also had our Associate Producers traveling with us as they enjoyed the Ultimate Russia Insider Experience! The Associate Producers arrived in Moscow a few days before the choir met in Saratov to rehearse and record the new CD.

On their first night in Moscow the Associate Producers were treated to cocktails and dinner on the roof of the Ritz Carlton, overlooking Red Square. The next day, Saturday, they enjoyed a VIP tour of Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. They also experienced a traditional Russian banya at the Sanduni Banya. In the evening, the group had dinner at the White Rabbit, one of the best restaurants in the world with breath-taking views of the city!

On the second full day in Moscow, we began with our choir singing the Liturgy at Podvorye in the morning with our Associate Producers in attendance. The Associate Producers then had lunch at Genatsvale, a wonderful Georgian Restaurant. From there they were treated to a Moscow riverboat excursion and then a tour around the city before dinner.

While in Saratov, the Associate Producers continued to enjoy the VIP experience with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the choir, front-row seats at our concert at the Saratov Conservatory, and tours around the city. If you are interested in the VIP Russia Experience stay tuned for how you can support PaTRAM during the recording of our next CD! All of our recording projects are generously funded by donors like you and we would love to have you involved in the process.

PaTRAM™ Institute to Record Next CD in Saratov, Russia, Accompanied by the Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God

Fresh off their GRAMMY nomination for their CD, Teach Me Thy Statutes, and their newly released CD, The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, the PaTRAM Institute will record their next CD in Saratov, Russia, this summer. The new CD, entitled More Honorable Than the Cherubim, is a compendium of hymns to the Theotokos by various composers, which will be sung by a fifty-six-member male choir. The singers hail from Russia, Serbia, North America, and Australia. GRAMMY-nominated Maestro Vladimir Gorbik will conduct the choir, which will include an unprecedented ten octavists, with baritone Michail Davydov as the featured soloist. On August 22nd, 2019, the choir will perform their repertoire in concert at the Saratov Conservatory.

The PaTRAM Institute Male Choir will be in Saratov for rehearsals and the recording of the new CD from August 20th-26th, 2019. The CD will be recorded at St. Nicholas Monastery by multi-GRAMMY Award-winning production company Sound Mirror. Sound Mirror has received more than one hundred GRAMMY Awards and nominations for their body of work. PaTRAM is thrilled to be working with them again to create a professional quality CD that brings the beauty of Russian choral music to a Western audience. Reference Recordings, a multi-GRAMMY Award-winning record label based in San Francisco, will print and distribute the completed CD.

With the special permission and blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, considered by the Orthodox Church to be wonderworking, will also be traveling with the choir, accompanied by Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan. The icon will be in Saratov, Russia, from August 20th-28th, 2019, including during services for the feast of the Dormition.

PaTRAM will hold a press conference regarding this special project on Thursday, August 22nd, at the Saratov Conservatory at 5pm before the concert, and include a question and answer period with Alex Lukianov, co-founder and CEO of PaTRAM, and Maestro Vladimir Gorbik and Katya Lukianov, co-founders of PaTRAM.

Alexis Lukianov, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of PaTRAM Institute said, “This is the next step for our organization. We are trying to replicate our success from our earlier CDs, but with different composers and prayers. Originally, we had planned to focus on just one composer for this next recording. But once we realized the incredible blessing of the icon traveling with us, we decided to change the repertoire to be comprised of hymns to the Theotokos to honor the Mother of God and to appropriately celebrate the feast of the Dormition right after our recording.”

PaTRAM’s GRAMMY-nominated CD Teach Me Thy Statutes was recorded in Russia in 2016 and featured both American and Russian singers. Teach Me Thy Statutes was also named MusicWeb International’s 2018 Recording of the Year. PaTRAM’s newest CD, The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, has consistently been in the Top 15 on Amazon’s list of Hot New Releases in Opera and Vocal since the CD was released at the end of April. Besides continuing to promote and develop the skills of Orthodox choral singers in North America, PaTRAM also views its work as a landmark opportunity to unite East and West as the organization brings together singers from different countries who share the same language, culture, and beliefs to create beautiful and prayerful music. PaTRAM seeks to broaden its partnerships around the world with the aim of introducing more people to the beauty and power of Russian liturgical music, so that their lives might be transformed through a connection to this ancient and soulful form of worship.


Мужской хор Российско-американского музыкального института имени патриарха Тихона запишет новый диск в Саратове

С 19 по 26 августа в Саратове по инициативе хора Русско-Американского института им. Патриарха Тихона (США), учредителем которого является Алексей Лукьянов, будет проходить запись нового диска духовных песнопений. В сводный мужский хор, собранный специально для записи,  также войдут Мужской хор Московского Подворья Свято-Троицкой Сергиевой Лавры и Архиерейский хор Саратовской митрополии.

В записи под руководством известного дирижера Владимира Горбика примут участие пятьдесят шесть певчих из пяти стран (США, Канады, Австралии, Сербии и России). В альбом войдут духовные произведения разных композиторов, посвященные Пресвятой Богородице.

Запись CD-диска будет проводиться в Свято-Никольском мужском монастыре компанией Sound Mirror – обладательницей более 100 премий «Грэмми». PaTRAM очень рады новой совместной работе и надеются, что создаваемая запись будет способна передать западной аудитории всю красоту звучания русской хоровой музыки. Предыдущий совместный альбом «Научи мя оправданием Твоим» (‘Teach Me Thy Statutes’) был номинирован на Grammy в 2019 г.

22 августа сводный хор выступит с концертом в Большом зале Саратовской государственной консерватории.

20 августа в Покровском храме сводный хор в течение дня проведет открытые репетиции и исполнит духовные песнопения в честь главной святыни Русского Зарубежья – Курской-Коренной иконы Божией матери. Хор Русско-Американского института им. Патриарха Тихона (США) организует принесение этой чудотворной иконы в Саратовскую епархию.

Верующие смогут поклониться святыне в Покровском храме Саратова (ул. Горького, 85). Встреча иконы состоится в храме 20 августа в 19.00. Икона будет доступна для поклонения ежедневно с 20 по 28 августа.

В 2020 году Хор Русско-Американского института им. Патриарха Тихона (США) исполнит произведения, записанные в Саратове, а также другие духовные песнопения, собирающие полные залы по всему миру, в Москве. Специальным гостем концерта станет народный артист России Евгений Миронов. Все вырученные от концерта средства будут направлены на поддержку подопечных Благотворительного фонда «Жизнь в Движении», учредителями которого являются Евгений Миронов и Наталья Шагинян-Нидэм.

Курская-Коренная икона была явлена в сентябре 1295 года недалеко от сожженного татаро-монгольскими полчищами Курска. Название Коренной она получила потому, что, по преданию, местный охотник увидел ее в лесу лежащей ликом вниз на корне дерева. Когда этот человек поднял икону, на месте ее обретения забил родник.

Согласно житию, в 1767 году после молитвы перед этой иконой исцелился, будучи ребенком, преподобный Серафим Саровский.

Образ покинул Россию в октябре 1920 года. С тех пор икона находилась в Сербии, Германии, Швейцарии, а в 1951 году была перевезена в США.

Этот святой образ не без оснований называют главной святыней Русского Зарубежья: перед ней молились о покинутой Родине, терзаемой безбожниками, несколько поколений русских эмигрантов, перед ней скончался во время молитвы святитель Иоанн Шанхайский. Место постоянного пребывания святыни — Синодальный Знаменский собор на Манхеттене г. Нью-Йорка. В 2009 году, спустя 90 лет нахождения за пределами нашей страны, икона была в первый раз привезена в Россию. 



16-17 августа | Москва | интервью и встреча с основателем PaTRAM Алексеем Лукьяновым.

20 августа | Саратов, Покровский храм | Пресс-брифинг, интервью, съемка Курской-Коренной иконы Божией материи, духовные песнопения.

22 августа | Большой зал Саратовской государственной консерватории | концерт.


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2019 PaTRAM™ Recording Singer Sponsorship Opportunity

Our recent Producers Circle fundraiser in New York was a success! We set a new fundraising record!

Our next recording is entitled, “More Honorable than the Cherubim” and will be recorded in Russia by a 60 voice male choir comprised of North Americans, Australians, Serbians and Russians. We have assembled – for the first time ever 10 Octavists. Maestro Vladimir Gorbik will be conducting and Our Grammy winning partners at Sound Mirror will be engineering and producing the work.

We invite you to be part of our next success story. Please consider sponsoring a singer for the 2019 PaTRAM™ recording. We still have several singers that need sponsors! A donation of $5,000 will provide an opportunity for a non-professional singer to be part of our next recording in Russia. Your gift will cover training, airfare, accommodations, and an unforgettable experience for a deserving singer.

When you become a sponsor, we’ll pair you with a singer and introduce you to them so that they can share updates with you along the way – including from the recording in Saratov! This will give you a rare inside look at what it takes to put together a professional recording of the highest caliber.

And that’s not all! As a sponsor, you’ll also receive a credit on the recording, “More Honorable than the Cherubim.” Who knows – with your help the new CD may even become a Grammy-nominated or Grammy award-winning recording!

Please watch the video below about our Singer Sponsorship opportunity and consider providing the gift of musical excellence to a deserving singer:



If you would like to sponsor a singer, please contact our Executive Director:

Alex Milas, Executive Director of PaTRAM Institute

PaTRAM™ Institute’s Newest CD Has Finally Arrived!

Today is the day! Our new CD, “The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom,” is now available for purchase!

This landmark album is an English-language recording of Orthodox choral music commissioned from composer, Kurt Sander, and performed by the PaTRAM Institute Singers under the direction of Maestro Peter Jermihov.

Two-time Grammy nominated Executive Producers, Alex and Katya Lukianov, have again partnered with label, Reference Recordings, and the production team at Sound Mirror to produce this outstanding recording that we know you’ll enjoy for years to come!

The CD is available for purchase from:


Reference Recordings




Teach Me Thy Statutes Nominated For A Grammy Award

PaTRAM™ is proud to announce their latest CD, “Teach Me Thy Statutes“, has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance!

On the heels of MusicWeb International’s recent designation of “Teach Me Thy Statutes” as their Recording of the Year, the Recording Academy has followed that honor with a Grammy nomination. The pinnacle of all recorded music accolades.

As if all that wasn’t enough, the Producer of “Teach Me Thy Statutes”, Blanton Alspaugh, has been nominated as Producer of the Year by the Academy! Mr. Alspaugh, and his production company Sound Mirror, are frequent collaborators of PaTRAM’s. Congratulations to Mr. Alspaugh!

The 61st Grammy Awards will be held in February 2019.

“Teach Me Thy Statutes” CD – More Solid Reviews

As more and more reviewers listen to PaTRAM™ Institute’s most recent CD, “Teach Me Thy Statutes”, the more accolades it garners.

Ron Schepper, from Textura (an online music magazine), begins his review by saying, “The rich sonorities generated by the male voices makes for a stirring and oft-haunting result, and even a listener coming to the Russian monastic style of singing for the first time will in all likelihood be captivated by this collection of Orthodox sacred music.”.

John Quinn, who reviewed the CD in a previously published review, also included it in his periodic group listening sessions, MusicWeb’s Listening Studio, added the PaTRAM CD to a premiere group of recordings of classical music. Grouped with a collection of well-known composers, Chesnokov takes his place with those legends via the “Teach Me Thy Statutes” CD.

The music is available from the following outlets:

“Teach Me Thy Statutes” CD Continues Garnering Accolades From Reviewers

On its path to recognition by reviewers, PaTRAM™ Institute’s most recent CD, “Teach Me Thy Statutes”, continues to receive positive, and sometimes stellar, reviews from critics. Following on the heels of our previous post, more reviews have been received and shared below.

John Quinn, from Music Web International, begins his review by saying, “this disc is, quite simply a stunner”. Mr. Quinn also adds, “as for the recorded sound, it is absolutely superb”.

Patrick Neas, writing for the Kansas City Star, wrote, “ will really be blown away by the power and profundity of this impressive disc…”.

Jason Victor Serinus, writing for, said, “this is a recording for those with a taste for Russian monastic singing, rarely heard outside that country..”.

Finally, a reminder to our readers that this Sunday, July 15th, from 6-9am Alaska Time (10am-1pm Eastern Time),  Joy Sharpe (radio host at KLEF-FM radio in Anchorage, AK) will feature “Teach Me Thy Statutes” on her radio show, “Sacred Concert”. Don’t miss it!

The music is available from the following outlets: