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Saint Tikhons University choir participates in Valaam choral festival
In the closing days of July, the 3rd International Orthodox Choral Festival of Saint Vladimir, Prosvetitel [The Enlightener, name of a famous polemical work by Saint Joseph of Volotsktrans.], took place on Valaam Island. Famous musical groups and soloists from Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Serbia, and Cyprus came together to perform music from the Orthodox choral tradition. There were performances by Valaam Monastery Choir, the choir Ancient Russian Chant, the Syrian and Chronos Ensembles, the Chamber Choir of Saint Tikhons University, the Basiani Ensemble from Georgia, Hover Chamber Choir from Armenia, and other musicians.

Saint Tikhons University was represented at the festival by the Chamber Choir of the Faculty of Church Music, conducted by Tatiana Ivanovna Koroleva, head of the Department of Choir Conducting, adjunct professor of the Faculty of Church Music at Saint Tikhons University, and Lead Conductor of the Choir of the Church of Saint Nicholas in Kuznetskaya Sloboda in Moscow [also known as Nikolo-Kuznetsky Parish]. The choirs concert program was conceived as an offering of music to Saints Sergius and Hermann of Valaam and to the Holy Prince Saint Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Baptizer of Russia. In addition to this, it was deemed important to give a closer demonstration of the facultys work with various schools of church music.

Oksana Oksenbaevna Serikbaeva, a member of the chamber choir and teacher from Saint Tikhons University Faculty of Church Music, remarked that for us, it was a great joy to be on the holy ground of Valaam Island, to pray to the ascetics, visit the sketes [i.e. hermitages trans.], admire the majesty and unique character of the nature here and, of course, to represent our University at the Prosvetitel music festival.

Based on materials from the Valaam Monastery Web site and the page of the Faculty of Church Music of Saint Tikhons University. First published on August 6, 2017

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