The Synodal Summer School of Liturgical Music will be holding its annual session at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY from July 14-27, 2019.
The School looks forward to seeing any and all choir directors and choir members attend this unique opportunity to expand and enrich their knowledge of Russian Orthodox Church music.
This program was founded in 1992 with the blessing of the late Metropolitan Laurus (Škurla; +2008) to raise the quality of church singing in the parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. The school welcomes students from all Orthodox jurisdictions, and also non-Orthodox students who wish to acquaint themselves with Russian Orthodox music. The full course of study consists of three (3) two-week summer sessions.
As of last year, in recognition of the fact that many people come to wishing to improve their knowledge of church singing without necessarily becoming conductors, the School introduced a new specialization, in which students may be certified as "Church Singers" instead of pursuing the traditional "Conducting" track (which remains in place).
In addition, in 2018, in recognition of the Church-wide importance of the work carried out the by the school, the ROCOR Synod of Bishops declared it to be a Synodal Institution, with its own board of advisors, and blessed its renaming as the Synodal School of Liturgical Music.
Registration is open now. For more information or to register, visit sslm.hts.edu.