Church Music Conference Held
The 17th Church
Music Conference was held in the city of Santa Rosa, CA, from October
6-10, 2004, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill
of San Francisco and Western America, organized by the Church Music
Committee of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church
Outside of Russia. A great deal of effort was devoted by the local
Church Music Committee, and also the Organizing Committee at the
Parish of SS Peter and Paul, headed by its rector, Protopriest Alexander
theme of the Conference was the liturgical chants of the Kievo-Pecherskaya
Lavra, as a result of which the main speaker was Deacon Dimitry
Bolgarsky, clergyman and choir director of Holy Trinity-St Jonah
Monastery in Kiev. He is also a teacher of church singing at Kiev
Theological Academy and Seminary, and is also a faculty member of
the Church Music Department of Kiev Conservatory.
lecture with a color film of contemporary life of the residents
of Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra, Deacon Dimitry gave a detailed account
on the special features of the Kievo-Pechersky chants, thanks to
which the chants represent a unique phenomenon within the treasury
of Russian ecclesiastical culture. This outline of the Kievo-Pechersky
chants was traced from the theoretical to the practical level. Deacon
Dimitry held a series of rehearsals during which the participants
of the Conference were able to experience the specifics of Kievo-Pechersky
singing, and all the requirements demanded of the church singer
by this music. The choir directors P. Fekula, S. Schidlowsky and
O. Reutt also held rehearsals with different repertoires.
1. Prof. M.V.
Ledkovsky: "V.K. Hoecke's Contribution towards the Liturgical
Life of the Russian Diaspora."
2. Priest Lavrenty
Margetich: "Liturgical Singing from the Pastoral Point of View."
lectures, the following events were also held:
Computer Program"—O. Reott.
2. "Voice"—Priest Andre Papkov.
3. "Solfeggio"—A. Roudenko.
4. "Singing by the Sputnik Psalomshchika"—E. Perekrestov.
On Friday evening,
a Russian quartet, "Sankt-Peterburg," under the direction
of Irina Grinberg, arrived at the hotel and gave a concert for the
Conference participants. A number of compositions by Chesnokov,
Kastal'sky, Bortniansky, Tchaikowsky and others were performed;
the second part included Russian folk songs. The Conferees were
thrilled by the concert.
combining business and pleasure, the organizers offered two trips:
one to Fort Ross, the other to local wineries, where the finest
California wines are made. Both trips were enjoyed greatly by the
A regular meeting
of the Church Music Committee of the Synod of Bishops was held that
day: current matters were discussed, which included the publishing
of notes, the organization of diocesan church music committees locally,
which do not yet exist, as well as the question of the location
of the next Church Music Committee, to be held next year. It was
decided to organize the Conference in the New York area, and if
possible, to hold the services at Novo-Diveevo Convent.
evening and Sunday morning, the services were led by His Eminence
Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, along with
Protopriest Alexei Poluektov, Protopriest Alexander Krassovsky and
Priest Andre Papkov, along with Protodeacon Nicholas Triantafillidis
and Deacon Sergei Arlievsky. During the services, the newly-learned
Kievo-Pechersky chants resounded, performed by two choirs consisting
of the conference participants. On Sunday, after liturgy, a splendid
luncheon was offered, organized by Matushka Tatiana Olegovna Pavlenko
and her assistants. Also to be thanked are the Parish Rector, Protopriest
Alexander Krassovsky, the President of the Organizing Committee,
S. Schidlovsky and his helpers: M. Kirchansky, A KRassovsky, M.
Mogilev, I. Poluektov, O. Reott, D. Shikaloff, Y. Sokoloff and A.
Zaharoff, who flawlessly organized the event. May the All-merciful
Lord reward His earnest servants for their efforts.