Conductors’ and Singers’ Summer Academy
The Academy is a uniquely designed training program whose purpose is to bring all the disciplines of sacred music, such as Conducting and Singing, under one roof with multiple, world-class instructors, leading various threads of those disciplines in one venue. In addition, the Academy provides instruction in Musicianship, which gives students the theories behind the music and how it’s structured, arranged and executed.
The Academy is led by the PaTRAM Institute Co-Founder Katherine Lukianov, herself an accomplished sacred music choir conductor, arranger and professional producer, who designs all the aspects of this multi-course “classroom.” Mrs. Lukianov selects and arranges the musical repertoires, the faculty and guest speakers and coordinates, with the resident church choir, the prayerful singing and conducting of the learned repertoire by the students themselves during Hierarchical Services. In addition to the distinguished faculty, the Academy hosts speakers, both from the Clergy and not, who present their views on the beauty and purpose of Orthodox sacred music.
The Academy is held at the beautiful campus of St. Alexander Nevsky Parish and in the Diocesan Cathedral on-site. The Academy culminates with Hierarchical Divine Services where the students have the opportunity to conduct and/or sing. The final day of the Academy, at the banquet following the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, sees each student presented with their certificate of completion for their course of study by the senior officiating Hierarch. All students are recognized and announced at the banquet.
Originally the PaTRAM Institute organized online training courses that would bring student(s) and master conductor(s) and singer(s) in our faculty together. Although interest continues in these training courses, it was determined that the overhead (both fiscal and managerial) to manage these sessions was not practical enough to continue.
The new educational model is designed to bring the student directly to the faculty member through a PaTRAM Institute approved list of educators. These “Educational Listings” present summarized descriptions of course materials, the faculty instructor’s bio and contact information for that faculty member. The student selects their course choice, contacts the instructor and arranges both the financial and interactive schedule, one-on-one. PaTRAM Institute simply acts as the liaison and pre-screener of instructors to make sure they are up to PaTRAM Institute’s high standards.
This avoids having to delay students from participating in online multi-person classes that require a quorum in order to make it feasible for both the Instructor AND student to benefit.
Male Choir Master Classes
This program was designed to train male singers in the techniques and execution of the traditional Orthodox church choir.
The program is led by Grammy-nominated Maestro Vladimir Gorbik, a Master conductor of this traditional style as practiced at the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Representation (Povoriye) in Russia.
PaTRAM Institute does its best to keep this program at the lowest costs possible to students with much of the support provided by the Lukianov Family Foundation and the kindness of PaTRAM Institute’s generous donors.
To be a participant in this program, a singer must be familiar with the basics of singing, reading music and have experience with other church choirs.