Vladimir Gorbik Master Class and Choral Workshop: “Interpreting Orthodox Sacred Choral Music”—Curriculum & Benefits

Master Class Curriculum and Benefits

In the course of the Master Class, Maestro Gorbik will work with conductors (pre-selected by required audition) and the Master Class Chorus of singers (also pre-selected by required audition) on the techniques and principles he has perfected with the Choir of the Moscow Representation Church. The topics covered and benefits of attending will include:

  • The uniqueness and high calling of the sacred choral art
  • “Soulfulness” (singing from the heart) as a path to achieving a “spiritual” manner of performance
  • The primacy of the word in liturgical music; music as a servant of the word
  • Technical particularities of Orthodox liturgical music, including chant and recitative
  • Choral intonation, both horizontal and vertical
  • Choral timbre, blend, and ensemble
  • Choral diction and articulation
  • Choral breathing and phrasing
  • Strengthening rehearsal techniques
  • Introduction to repertoire
  • Network opportunities with fellow musicians

Repertoire will be selected from the Orthodox All-Night Vigil and the Divine Liturgy, chiefly in English, but also in Church Slavonic.

All participants must audition! Download an Application and Instructions here.
THE DEADLINE FOR SENDING IN THE APPLICATION AND AUDITION MATERIALS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 14, 2012 (FOR CONDUCTORS AND SINGERS). THOSE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE WILL RECEIVE A SECURE REGISTRATION LINK. ANYONE NOT SELECTED MAY STILL REGISTER AS AN AUDITOR. THOSE PLANNING TO ATTEND AS AUDITORS SHOULD REGISTER EARLY, SINCE SPACE FOR THIS EVENT IS LIMITED; AUDITORS MAY REQUEST A SECURE REGISTRATION LINK FROM DR. NICHOLAS REEVES.