PaTRAM -Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute. This class which predominantly online with one on one training via Skype allows people to train from home and get professional feedback. A truly wonderful opportunity for Parishes and Missions in the NW of Slavonic heritage. Please watch the video below and look at the website to learn more. (OrthodoxNorthwest has posted on learning the Tones according to Russian tradition via CD’s here)
“The foundational purpose of PaTRAM is
- to promote prayerful and professionally executed Russian Orthodox church singing in North America (in both English and Church Slavonic);
- to establish the process and infrastructure for Maestro Vladimir Gorbik and other Orthodox conductors to instruct and influence the dynamic beauty of Eastern Orthodox conducting and singing in America and Canada.
Our intent is to positively improve the prayerful sound and quality of Orthodox church singing through
- training a new generation of master conductors
- growing the ranks of professionally trained singers in church choirs
- significantly increasing the musical collaboration among members of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), and the faculty of the Moscow Representation Church of the Holy Trinity–Saint Sergius Lavra.
A Tradition of Orthodox Church Singing
Orthodox Christian liturgical worship cannot take place without singing. In the Russian Church, a glorious tradition of church singing dates back at least a thousand years. Even in the smallest towns and villages of Russia the standard “staff” of a church included an ordained priest and a tonsured psalm chanter whose responsibility was to organize and lead the choir and teach the children.”