Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir

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The '''Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir''' is a choir composed of Orthodox Christian singers in the New York - New Jersey - Pennsylvania area of the United States. It is committed to singing in the English language the great works of Orthodox music that glorifies God and expresses the Orthodox faith, thus opening the treasury of Orthodox music to the community.
  
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==History==
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The Spirit Of Orthodoxy Choir was established in 1997 under the direction of Aleksei Shipovalnikov. The choir consists of singers from various [[parish]]es and [[jurisdiction]]s who are dedicated to church singing and who desire to be witnesses to the faith through music.
  
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These music selections represent three schools of Russian Church music and have been sufficiently translated into English. Some of the choir's repertoire has been unheard in the West. The Choir sings chiefly in English but also performs music in [[Church Slavonic]]. Their repertoire witnesses to the range and quality of the liturgical life of the Orthodox Church. Their singing is a capella, without instrumentation. This is typical of the Orthodox Church, where the human voice and soul are invaluable in worship.
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==Director==
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Aleksei V. Shipovalnikov was born in Rostov on the Don and studied composition, polyphony and conducting at the Gnesin Sate Conservatory and the Moscow Institute of Culture. His post-graduate studies included a master class with Leonard Bernstein in 1988. He served as Artistic Director and Manager of the Moscow State University Symphony Orchestra and Academic Choir and has conducted in the Soviet Union, West Germany and Poland. He established a reputation during the Communist era for innovative programming in spite of the political risks involved. In 1990 he moved to the United States, where he has served as Choir Director of Christ the Savior Church, San Francisco and Music Director of Slavyanka Men's Slavic Chorus. He was Professor of Liturgical Music at [[St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)|St. Tikhon's Seminary]], South Canaan, Pennsylvania. He is currently Music Director at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Jersey City, New Jersey.
  
==Ober-Procurators==
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[[Category:Church Music]]
*Ivan Vasilievich Boltin  ([[May 22]], 1722 – [[May 29]], 1725).
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[[Category:Organizations]]
*Alexei Petrovich Baskakov  (May 29, 1725 – [[July 25]], 1726).
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*R. A. Rayevsky  (July 25, 1726 – ?).
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*Nikita Sergeyevich Krechetnikov ([[December 31]], 1741 – [[March 29]], 1753).
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*A. I. Lvov  ([[December 18]], 1753 – [[April 17]], 1758).
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*Alexei Semenovich Kozlovsky  (April 17, 1758) – [[June 9]], 1763).
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*Ivan Ivanovich Melissino  ([[June 10]], 1763 – [[October 24]],1768).
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*Peter Petrovich Chebyshev (October 24,1768 – [[May 7]], 1774).
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*Sergei  Vasilievich Akchurin  ([[May 12]], 1774 – [[July 28]] 1786).
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*Apollos Ivanovich Naumov July 28]] 1786 – [[July 26]], 1791).
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*Count Aleksei Ivanovich Musin-Pushkin  (July 26, 1791 – July 8]], 1797).
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*Prince Vasily Alexeevich Khovansky ([[July 14]], 1797 – [[June 5]], 1799).
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*Count Dmitri Ivanovich Khvostov  ([[June 10]],1799 – [[December 12]],1802).
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*Alexander Alexeevich Yakovlev  ([[January 9]], 1803 – [[October 1]], 1803).
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*Prince Alexander Nikolayevich Golitsyn (1803 – 1817).
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*Prince Peter S. Meshersky  (1817 – 1833).
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*Steven Dmitrievich Nechayev (1833 – [[June 25]], 1836).
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*Count  Nicholas Alexandrovich Protasov  (1836 – [[January 16]],1855).
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*A. I. Karasevsky [[December 25]], 1855 – [[September 20]], 1856).
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*Count Alexander Petrovich Tolstoy  (September 20, 1856 – [[February 28]], 1862).
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*Alexei Petrovich Akhmatov (March 1862 – June 1865).
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*Count Dmitry Andreyevich Tolstoy  ([[June 23]], 1865 – [[April 23]], 1880).
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*[[Constantine Petrovich Pobedonostsev|Constantine Pobedonostsev]]  [[April 24]], 1880 – [[October 19]], 1905).
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*Duke Alexander Dmitriyevich Obolensky ([[October 20]], 1905 – [[April 4]], 1906).
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*Duke Alexei Alexandrovich Shirinsky-Shikhmatov [[April 26]], 1906 – [[June 9]], 1906).
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*Peter Petrovich Izvolsky  ([[June 27]], 1906 – [[February 5]], 1909).
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*Sergei Mikhailovich Lukianov  (February 5, 1909 – [[May 2]], 1911).
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*Vladimir Karlovich Sabler  (May 2, 1911 – [[July 4]], 1915).
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*Alexander Dmitriyevich Samarin ([[July 5]], 1915 – [[September 26]], 1915).
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*Alexander Nikolayevich Volzhin (October 1, 1915 – [[August 7]], 1916).
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*Nicholas Pavlovich Rayev  (August 7, 1916 – [[March 3]], 1917).
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*Vladimir Nikolayevich Lvov  (March 3, 1917 – [[July 24]], 1917).
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*[[Anton Vladimirovich Kartashev]] [[July 25]], 1917 – [[August 5]], 1917).
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Latest revision as of 07:33, March 10, 2012

The Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir is a choir composed of Orthodox Christian singers in the New York - New Jersey - Pennsylvania area of the United States. It is committed to singing in the English language the great works of Orthodox music that glorifies God and expresses the Orthodox faith, thus opening the treasury of Orthodox music to the community.

History

The Spirit Of Orthodoxy Choir was established in 1997 under the direction of Aleksei Shipovalnikov. The choir consists of singers from various parishes and jurisdictions who are dedicated to church singing and who desire to be witnesses to the faith through music.

These music selections represent three schools of Russian Church music and have been sufficiently translated into English. Some of the choir's repertoire has been unheard in the West. The Choir sings chiefly in English but also performs music in Church Slavonic. Their repertoire witnesses to the range and quality of the liturgical life of the Orthodox Church. Their singing is a capella, without instrumentation. This is typical of the Orthodox Church, where the human voice and soul are invaluable in worship.

Director

Aleksei V. Shipovalnikov was born in Rostov on the Don and studied composition, polyphony and conducting at the Gnesin Sate Conservatory and the Moscow Institute of Culture. His post-graduate studies included a master class with Leonard Bernstein in 1988. He served as Artistic Director and Manager of the Moscow State University Symphony Orchestra and Academic Choir and has conducted in the Soviet Union, West Germany and Poland. He established a reputation during the Communist era for innovative programming in spite of the political risks involved. In 1990 he moved to the United States, where he has served as Choir Director of Christ the Savior Church, San Francisco and Music Director of Slavyanka Men's Slavic Chorus. He was Professor of Liturgical Music at St. Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, Pennsylvania. He is currently Music Director at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Jersey City, New Jersey.

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