To Be Held
June 27-29, 2013 at St. Seraphim Orthodox Church in Santa Rosa, California.
About Vladimir Gorbik
Vladimir Gorbik is one of the most accomplished choral conductors in Russia today, specializing in the realm of Russian Orthodox sacred music. Since 1998 he has served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the professional Men’s Chorus at the Moscow Representation Church (Metochion) of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery.
With this choir he has made over a dozen outstanding recordings <http://www.musicarussica.com/search/results?fulltext=gorbik> of both liturgical services and concert programs. The choir regularly sings 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: http://www.youtube.com/user/TSLpodvoryeCHOIR?gl=BE
In September of 2012, Professor Gorbik was appointed to the Conducting Faculty of the Moscow State Conservatory, his graduate alma mater.
Listen to a recent concert here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mw8YgzCV3M&feature=player_embedded
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.
May 12, 2013 application deadline