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PaTRAM Institute Summer ACADEMY – June 25-28, 2020

June 25, 2020 @ 8:00 am - June 28, 2020 @ 3:00 pm EDT


The PaTRAM Institutes Conductors’ and Singers’ Summer Academy is scheduled for June 25-28, 2020!

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:


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)

Friends & Family Christmas Special!

As our gift to you, PaTRAM Institute is offering a

Friends & Family Christmas Special!

Register with a friend and BOTH participants will receive

10% off the tuition fee!

Enter the name of the OTHER registrant into the Comments field of the Registration Form to receive this discount

This is a limited time offer

Please register before January 19, 2020

to receive the special pricing.





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!


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


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.

Maestro Vladimir Gorbik
Director of the Male Choir Program
Benedict Sheehan
Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary & Monastery, Director of Music; Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery, Artistic Director; Clarion Choir, Associate Conductor
Dr. Nicholas Reeves
Adelphi University Faculty, PaTRAM Institute Faculty
Laryssa Doohovskoy
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

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June 25, 2020 @ 8:00 am
June 28, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
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St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
200 Alexander Avenue
Howell, NJ 07731 United States
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