Vladimir Gorbik Master Class and Choral Workshop: “Interpreting Orthodox Sacred Choral Music”

June 25, 2012 - June 30, 2012


The beautiful and inspiring sacred choral heritage of the Eastern Orthodox Church has in recent decades become more widely known in the West, through the increased availability of musical scores and recordings. Liturgical and academically-based choral musicians aspire to perform works from the Orthodox realm, both in liturgical worship and in concert settings. However, opportunities to study the technique, performance practice, and interpretation of Orthodox sacred music on a masterful level have been limited . . . until St. Vladimir's Seminary began cooperation with Dr. Vladimir Gorbik, one of the leading practitioners of sacred choral music in Russia today!

This choral master class—being repeated because of a highly successful Master Class in 2012—provides an opportunity to learn directly from one the master teachers of the Russian Orthodox Sacred music tradition. Dr. Gorbik will be offering his second Master Class on our campus in the interpretation and execution of Orthodox sacred choral music from the perspective of the Russian choral tradition.  


Who is invited to participate?

  • choral conductors of university, college, community, and professional choirs, and Orthodox church choir directors; up to six advanced level conductors and up to six beginning level conductors will be selected
  • up to sixty accomplished choral singers
  • up to fifty interested auditors, student assistants
All participants will be required to audition, and those selected will have an opportunity to engage in an intense schedule of rehearsals, coaching sessions, a choral recital, and four Orthodox services—All-Night Vigil and a Divine Liturgy for both the Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul (June 29th on the New-Style calendar), as well as the weekend's services. the Master Class will culminate in an off-campus concert, on June 30, 2013. To apply, please download an Application with Audition Instructions, here.
About Vladimir Gorbik

Vladimir Gorbik (b. 1970) began his musical studies in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and continued them at the Moscow State Conservatory, completing a specialization in choral conducting in 1998 and in orchestral conducting in 2000. Since 1996 he has served as the choral director at the Moscow Representation Church (Metochion or Podvorye) of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery, and since 1998 has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the professional men’s chorus formed at the Metochion. With this choir he has made over a dozen outstanding recordings of both liturgical services and concert programs. The choir has on numerous occasions sung at Patriarchal services in the Dormition Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin, and accompanied Patriarch Alexy II on his trip to the Holy Land. The repertoire of the Metochion’s Men’s Chorus cultivates the finest repertoire and interpretive traditions of the Moscow School and the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Videos of their choral performances may be seen on YouTube: TSLPodvoryeCHOIR. In September of 2012, Vladimir was appointed to the Conducting Faculty of the Moscow State Conservatory.

View selections from Maestro Gorbik's choir performances on YouTube, here.
Listen to an interview with Dr. Vladimir Morosan about the Gorbik Master Class, on Ancient Faith Radio, here.
Download a flier about the Master Class here.
Download an Application and Instructions here.
 DEADLINE:  Send Application and Audition materials by March 25, 2013 (conductors and singers). Selected participants will receive a secure registration link. Those who auditioned but who were not selected may still register as an auditors; auditors should register early (since space is limited) and may request a registration link from  Dr. Nicholas Reeves.