The PaTRAM Institute Conductors’ and Singers’ Summer Academy – June 25-28, 2020
Update on the 2020 Summer Academy
PaTRAM Institute has made the decision to cancel our Conductors’ and Singers’ Summer Academy, scheduled for June 25-28, 2020. It has become clear that it will not be possible or safe to gather together at this time. We remain hopeful that the global pandemic will pass, and we will again be able to invite the Orthodox community to join together to learn and sing to the Glory of God.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our participants.
Meanwhile, we wish you and your loved ones good health and all of God’s blessings.
CEO, PaTRAM Institute
Accommodations Update – See special instructions below
Don’t Miss Our Friends & Family Pascha Special, too!
PaTRAM Institute™ is delighted to announce the dates of our annual Summer Academy: Thursday, June 25 – Sunday, June 28! In 2020 we will be offering 3 fully immersive and rewarding music programs for:
- MIXED CHOIR SINGERS
- MALE CHOIR SINGERS
We have assembled a distinguished faculty to guide our participants in practical applications of both conducting and beautiful prayerful singing for Orthodox worship. Learn from the very best in the field of sacred music, including Grammy nominated Maestro Vladimir Gorbik and composer & conductor Benedict Sheehan, and bring your new knowledge and skills back to your home parish.
The PaTRAM Conductors’ and Singers’ Summer Academy will be held at St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ.
Participants of the Academy will have an opportunity to participate in the Hierarchical All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy by either singing or conducting, depending on the track they select.
Lunches, a very special outing and closing banquet are included.
Tuition is as follows:
Mixed or Male Choir Singer Program: $195
Beginner Conductor Program: $245
Intermediate/Advanced Conductor Program: $475
Auditor: $75 for the duration of the Academy or $25/day
(For Auditors: materials, lunches, outing and banquet are not included)
Summer Academy Hotel Accommodations – Special for PaTRAM
Comfort Inn, 2215 Route 37 East, Tom’s River, NJ – 732-929-2900
Room block & rate expires May 22nd! LIMITED AVAILABILITY!
We have arranged a VERY special rate & room block at the Comfort Inn!
GROUP RATE NAME: PaTRAM Institute
Room rates: $99/night Wednesday-Thursday and $179/night Friday-Sunday, double-queen or single-king occupancy. Participants should call the hotel directly and mention PaTRAM Institute.
This is a GREAT rate!
*Individuals are responsible for booking their own rooms.
We strongly suggest arriving Wednesday, June 24! Classes start early morning Thursday, June 25.
Free hot breakfast! Free Wi-Fi! Indoor pool! Restaurants, shops, pharmacy and other conveniences are very close by.
The Comfort Inn is about a 25-min drive to St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Car-pooling available upon request.
Friends & Family Pascha Special
Register with a friend and BOTH students will receive their choice of one of our Grammy Nominated CDs:
Teach Me Thy Statutes
The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Our Pascha gift to you!
Limited time offer expires May 10! Act fast!
* Note: to take advantage of the offer enter the name of the other student, with whom you’re joining, in the “Additional…Comments” text area on the registration form and you’ll both receive your selected CDs during the event registration process.
PaTRAM Summer Academy 2020
“I am very pleased to announce PaTRAM’s third Summer Academy. This year we will have 3 exciting programs:
1) The Conductors’ Program, which will include an opportunity to conduct both a mixed and male choir:
2) The Mixed Choir Singers’ Program;
3) The Male Choir Singers’ Program
Once again, we have put together a talented faculty, whose members are eager to share their knowledge with you! Last year attendees were very happy with how much they learned during the Academy. I invite you to come join us for this immersive and rewarding music program for Orthodox conductors and choristers.”
Katya Lukianov, Executive Director
Katya Lukianov is a 2019 & 2020 MULTI-GRAMMY NOMINATED Executive Producer for “Teach Me Thy Statutes” and “The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom”; and Associate Producer of “Memory Eternal,” all in the category of Best Choral Performance, Classical.
Uniting Musical Excellence with Orthodox Worship!
PROGRAM for CONDUCTORS
Conductors will learn to hone their craft of conducting and improve their manual techniques by obtaining one-on-one instruction from two Maestros.
–Maestro Benedict Sheehan will lead the Mixed Choir Conductor portion in English as practiced at St. Tikhon’s Monastery and at American parishes.
–Maestro Vladimir Gorbik will lead the Male Choir Conductor component in Slavonic singing, in addition to instructing Male Choir singers in chain breathing and other techniques as practiced at the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra.
Proper diction and best practices for singing in an Orthodox choir will be covered, as well as liturgical dynamics for more prayerful singing. Additionally, Musicianship and vocal skills will be advanced.
Participants will conduct portions of the Hierarchical services with the mixed choir in English as well as the male choir in Slavonic.
- Intensive training for advanced and aspiring conductors
- Individual attention as needed
- Hands on practice conducting the mixed and male choir
- Introduction to score preparation
- Opportunity to conduct at the Hierarchical Divine services
PROGRAM for SINGERS (All levels, Mixed and Male Choirs)
Laryssa Doohovskoy, Director of the Vocal Program, and Talia Maria Sheehan will provide instruction in choral singing. Participants will advance their vocal technique and health with proper breathing, diction, good resonance and beauty of tone, while expanding their repertoire.
- Expert knowledge of vocal mechanism
- Extensive work together as a choir with Maestros and Conductors
- Improvement of techniques for choral singing
- Opportunity to sing at the Hierarchical Divine services
MUSICIANSHIP FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS
Dr. Nicholas Reeves will work with all participants to help develop deeper musicianship skills which are critical to improving as a singer or a conductor.
- Work on note reading skills
- Develop a better understanding of rhythm and how it applies to choral singing
- Explore score preparation (for conductors)
Stay tuned for news about a SPECIAL OUTING for Academy participants and hotel accommodations.
Director of the Male Choir Program
Saint Tikhon’s Seminary & Monastery, Director of Music; The St. Tikhon’s Choir, Artistic Director; Artefact Institute CEO and Co-Founder
Adelphi University Faculty, PaTRAM Institute Faculty
PaTRAM Institute Faculty; St. Xenia Orthodox Church, Methuen, MA, Music Director; Middlesex School, Concord, MA, Music Teacher
Talia Maria Sheehan
Private Teacher of Voice, Conducting and Music Theory