Orthodox Music: Past, Present, and Future

Fr. Ivan Moody
January 20, 2017
St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
575 Scarsdale Road
Yonkers, NY 10707

On Friday, January 20, 2017, at 7 p.m., Fr. Ivan Moody will share his thoughts on the past, present, and future of Orthodox music during an informal conversation with St. Vladimir’s Seminary faculty: Harrison Russin, lecturer in Liturgical Music, and Robin Freeman, director of Music. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Father Ivan, a celebrated composer, in-demand conductor, and accomplished musicologist, currently is a researcher at CESEM-Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and also is Chairman of the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM). ISOCM has recently released a book by Fr. Ivan, titled Modernism and Orthodox Spirituality in Contemporary Music.

While on the seminary campus Fr. Ivan will also spend time with the seminary choirs in a private classroom setting. Additionally, on Saturday, January 21, he will travel to New York City to attend the world premiere of his composition Vespers Sequence, which will be performed by the Grammy-nominated ensemble New York Polyphony. (Read concert information here.

In September 2016, as a participant in St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s weekend symposium entitled “Rethinking Sacred Arts,” Fr. Ivan was interviewed by Professor Peter C. Bouteneff, director of the Sacred Arts Initiative (SAI) at the Seminary. (Watch the interview here.) The symposium was the first in a series of events planned between Fall 2016 and Spring 2018, all of which are part of the SAI funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

The Seminary welcomes the public to what promises to be a lively and richly informative event! An open reception with light refreshments will follow.

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