SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL

October 4-6, 2019

St. James of Nisibis Armenian Church (Evanston, IL)

 

Friday, October 4, 2019

4:00        Bishop’s reception for choir directors and clergy

6:00        Vespers

6:30        Welcome. Dinner and fellowship

8:00        Prelude Performance by the NAREK Bell Choir of St. James Armenian Church

 "Gomidas Vartabed One Hundred and Fifty Years:  The Contribution of this Beloved Priest and Musician to Armenian Sacred Music."

Lecture – recital by Dn. Rubik Mailian. The lecture will include live examples of singing

 

 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

8:00                        Morning Service

9:00                        Breakfast

9:30- 10:15          Welcome and 1st Plenary Session

"When Armenians Sing with Angels" - Bishop Daniel

 

10:30 – 11:15 - 2nd Session

a. Workshop for choir directors (Dn. Rubik Mailian)

Conducting the Armenian Divine Liturgy - Badarak

Review of the general rules for conductors and  elements of conducting such as  proper posture, gesture, patterns, phrasing, changes in tempo, soft-strong dynamics, legato-staccato characters, rehearsal techniques, working with singers and motivating them.  The sessions will include individual conducting.

 

b. Workshop for organists (Fr. Mamigon Kiledjian)

The role of the organ in the Armenian Church

 

c. Wokshop for singers (Solange Merdinian)

Breathing, Vocal Health

This class teaches the basics of mainaining long-lasting vocal health through breathing exercises, nutrition planning, and posture exercises.

 

d. Instrumental music workshop (Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan)

Playing Armenian Church music with instrumental ensemble

 

11:30 – 12:15 - 3rd Session

a. Workshop for choir directors (Dn. Rubik Mailian)

Conducting the Armenian Divine Liturgy - Badarak

Review of the general rules for conductors and  elements of conducting such as  proper posture, gesture, patterns, phrasing, changes in tempo, soft-strong dynamics, legato-staccato characters, rehearsal techniques, working with singers and motivating them.  The sessions will include individual conducting. 

 

b. Workshop for organists (Fr. Mamigon)

How to help Deacon, Choir or Priest to sing in the right tune.

 

c. Wokshop for singers (Solange Merdinian)

Phrasing, Interpretation, Pronunciation

In this class we will learn to approach music from different angles. We will learn techniques to make a phrase or a song more expressive and to communicate with the listener while staying true to the composer and words.

 

d. Instrumental music workshop (Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan)

Playing Armenian Church music with instrumental ensemble

 

12:30                     Lunch

 

1:30 – 2:15 - 4th Session – Presentations

  • Aging Voice (Dn. Rubik Mailian)

A deeper understanding of chronological development and changes in voice, and exercises to help maintaining a healthy vocal production. The presentation includes colorful images and streaming media about voice disorders. Recommended for singers, public speakers and everybody specially ages 50 and up.

  • Nurturing Sacred Music in Youth (Sevag Derderian, Western Diocese)

This presentation will focus on weaving the thread of sacred music into the new generation of our youth. We will focus on acknowledging the role we play as adults into fostering, educating, and nourishing the hymns of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Participants will be tasked with live assignments and demonstrations, receiving education and instruction, and working with fellow class attendees. This workshop is open to all faithful, and will especially focus on the importance of co-dependent relations within the church itself and the community.

  • Church Music and 21st century technology (Fr. Hovhan) Presentation on the Diocesan SMC resources

 

2:30 – 3 15 - 5th Session

a. Workshop for choir directors (Dn. Rubik Mailian)

Conducting the Armenian Divine Liturgy - Badarak

Review of the general rules for conductors and  elements of conducting such as  proper posture, gesture, patterns, phrasing, changes in tempo, soft-strong dynamics, legato-staccato characters, rehearsal techniques, working with singers and motivating them.  The sessions will include individual conducting.

 

b. Workshop for organists (Fr. Mamigon Kiledjian)

How to use or change the manuals or stops, pedals of the organ.          

 

c. Wokshop for singers (Solange Merdinian)

Differences Between Solo Singing, Ensemble Singing and Choral Singing

In this class, we will learn differences and similarities between solo singing, ensemble singing and choral singing, through an exploration of the differences in technique, the production of sound and in interpretation.

 

d. Instrumental music workshop (Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan)

Playing Armenian Church music with instrumental ensemble

 

3:30 – 4:15 - 6th Session

  1. Workshop for Choir directors (Dn. Rubik Mailian)

Conducting the Armenian Divine Liturgy - Badarak

Review of the general rules for conductors and  elements of conducting such as  proper posture, gesture, patterns, phrasing, changes in tempo, soft-strong dynamics, legato-staccato characters, rehearsal techniques, working with singers and motivating them.  The sessions will include individual conducting. 

  1. Workshop for Organists (Fr. Mamigon Kiledjian)

The art of improvisation in the Badarak

 

c. Wokshop for singers (Solange Merdinian)

Vocal Training And Technique

In this class we will learn about vocal technique and the production of sound by speech and singing through the use of visualization and technical exercises in phonation, brilliance, posture, breath support, voice placement and more.

 

d. Instrumental music workshop (Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan)

Playing Armenian Church music with instrumental ensemble

 

 

4:30- 5:15 - 7th Session                         

Gomidas sectionals.                             

 

5:30 – 6:15 - 8th Session

Gomidas combined rehearsal.

 

6:30                        Dinner        

                         

8:00                        Concert                                               

 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

9:00        Morning Service

10:00     Episcopal Badarak

Farewell Brunch

 

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