Archangel Voices is an Orthodox vocal ensemble that specializes in liturgical choral repertoire by present-day composer, particularly focusing on English-language settings either composed for English texts or adaptations of existing settings for English. Their Artistic Director is Dr. The intent of the recording is to represent the vast diversity of Orthodox hymnody about the Mother of God — hymns from the daily cycle of services as well as the Marian feasts, special services, and also para-liturgical compositions. There is not only a rich collection of hymns but also composers; there are many Slavic composers such as Chesnokov and Bortniansky presented here, as well as composers active in present-day North America, such as Benedict Sheehan, Morosan himself, and Psalm project composers Richard Toensing and Kurt Sander.
Archangel Voices Artistic Director
Sander graduated from SSLM in , and returned as an instructor in , by this time himself an experienced church choir director, having led Russian Orthodox liturgical choirs in Cleveland and Cincinnati. His compositions have been performed in ten countries on four different continents. While he has written extensively for the voice, he has also received praise for his chamber and symphonic music. Petersburg Quartet, and Romanian cellist Anton Niculescu. As a researcher, his work explores the relationships between Orthodox iconography and music and how theology and sacred traditions inform the creative process. He has given numerous presentations on these and other topics at various symposia, conferences, and choral workshops. Sander holds a doctorate in music composition from Northwestern University where he studied with Alan Stout and Andrew Imbrie and a master's degree in composition from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with Alan Sapp.
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Vladimir Morosan, Founder and President of Musica Russica , is one of the leading experts outside Russia in the fields of Russian choral music and Orthodox liturgical music. After completing his undergraduate degree in music at Occidental College, in Los Angeles, California, he received his masters and doctoral degrees in choral music and musicology from the University of Illinois. Combining his Russian heritage with an abiding love for choral music, he undertook groundbreaking research in Europe and the former Soviet Union under the auspices of fellowships from the Thomas J. He has taught and lectured widely at music workshops and conferences; conducted choirs in various Orthodox jurisdictions; served as guest conductor, coach and lecturer for a number of professional choirs; composed and edited numerous choral arrangements; and authored, edited and translated several books. He serves as a consultant for the Department of Liturgical Music of the Orthodox Church in America and has served as a consultant to the music department of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
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