The Russian Choral Heritage Foundation
The Russian Choral Heritage Foundation
The Russian Choral Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose primary mission and goal is the preservation and cultivation of the Russian sacred choral tradition.
The Russian Choral Heritage Foundation began its existence as the Russian Choral Society, a performing organization founded in the 1970s by Basil F. Joukov and Vladimir P. Roudenko, in the New York area, for the purpose of cultivating and disseminating the knowledge and appreciation of Russian sacred choral music—a tradition that was severely suppressed in the country of its origins, beginning in the 1920s.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the choir of the Russian Choral Society, some 70 or 80 voices strong, gave a series of high-visibility concerts in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, under the direction of Founding Conductor Vladimir Roudenko. After Mr. Roudenko's retirement in the early 1980s, the musical leadership of the choir was assumed by Vladimir Morosan, Doctor of Musical Arts. Under his direction, the choir of the RCS participated in concerts marking the celebration of the Millennium of Russian Orthodox Christianity.
To mark the Millennium within the North American choral community, the Russian Choral Society sponsored a Russian Choral Festival in August of 1988, held on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York. The Guest Clinician on that occasion was Maestro Vladimir Minin of Moscow, Artistic Director of the famed Moscow Chamber Choir. The week-long series of lectures, master classes, and rehearsals culminated with a gala concert in New York City.
Also in connection with the Millennium, the Russian Choral Society in 1988 sponsored the publication of a series of scholarly editions of Russian sacred choral music—The Monuments of Russian Sacred Music—the aim of which was to make the 1000-year history of Russian sacred chant as well as the works of major Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Gretchaninoff, Kastalsky, and Chesnokov, and others, accessible to the Western musical world. With endorsements from famed cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Russian Academician Dmitry Likhachev, and with the assistance of a bequest from Iwan A. Schian, the Russian Choral Society partnered with music publisher Musica Russica to initiate an unprecedented series of editions, which have done much to make Russian choral music accessible to choral performers and audiences throughout the world.
With the transition of the Russian Choral Society to the Russian Choral Heritage Foundation, the essential mission of the organization remains unchanged: to ensure that accurate, authentic sources and subsequent high-quality editions of Russian sacred choral music continue to be widely available to performers, scholars, and church musicians around the world. The establishment of the online Orthodox Sacred Music Reference Library is designed to fulfill that mission. We will be grateful for your support and patronage.
Board of Directors
Her research interests focus on historically informed analytical methods, palaeography and notation of Russian neumatic polyphony, 17th century music theory, composition techniques of late Romanticism, and the limits of tonality.
As part of her dissertation project, “The All-Night Vigil in early Russian polyphony,” a comprehensively commented facsimile edition with transcriptions of project-relevant works is being prepared for publication.
Board of Advisors:
Oleg Bychkov (Moscow) — Founder of “Zhivonosnïy Istochnik” publishing house for Orthodox liturgical music in Russia
Protodeacon Ioann Drobot (Paris) — Protodeacon at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Paris; liturgical composer, scholar and collector of Orthodox church music
Vladimir Gorbik (Moscow) — Head Choirmaster of Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery Representation Church; Professor of Choral Conducting at the Moscow State Conservatory; Music Director of the Capital Symphony Orchestra; Music Director of the PaTRAM Institute Male Chorus
Paul Jabara (Montreal)— Chairman of Sacred Music Department of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Dr. Peter Jermihov (Chicago) — Russian-American choral and orchestral conductor; Founder and Artistic Director of the Society of St. Romanos the Melodist; Music Director of the PaTRAM Institute Singers
Elizabeth Ledkovsky (New York) — Chairperson of the Eastern American Diocesan Music Commission (ROCOR), granddaughter of eminent Russian Orthodox liturgical composer and choirmaster, Boris Ledkovsky
Dr. Alexander Lingas (London) — Founder and Artistic Director of Cappella Romana (Portland, Oregon), Reader in Music, City, University of London
Katherine Lukianov (Highland Beach, Florida) — Co-Founder of the Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute (PaTRAM)
Fr. Ivan Moody (Lisbon) — British Orthodox composer and conductor; Chairman of the International Society for Orthodox Church Music; writer and scholar of Orthodox liturgical music
Dr. Marina Rakhmanova (Moscow) — Senior Scholar of the State Institute for the Study of the Arts, Moscow; editor-in-chief of the series Russian Sacred Music in Documents and Materials
Dr. Kurt Sander (Cincinnati) — American Orthodox composer; Professor of Music Theory and Composition, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky
Dr. Nicolas Schidlovsky (Princeton) — Dean and Professor of Sacred Music, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, NY; Russian-American scholar of Russian Orthodox liturgical chant; Co-Founder of the Russian Orthodox Church Musicians’ Conference (ROCOR)
Benedict Sheehan (Waymart, Pennsylvania) — American Orthodox composer and conductor; Director of Music at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and Monastery; Founder and Artistic Director of the Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery
The Orthodox Sacred Music Reference Library (OSMRL) is a multilingual Internet-based resource that makes available accurate and authentic sources of choral scores by major Russian composers, primarily in the form of facsimiles of first editions in PDF format.
The OSMRL allows any interested individual who seeks a deeper understanding of Orthodox music and culture
- to become fully acquainted with the output of prominent composers through their scores,
- to download them as needed,
- to listen to available recordings of individual works, and
- to be directed to links for existing sheet music publications and audio recordings.
We expect that the materials presented in the OSMRL will generate new scholarly studies, editions, and concert programs of these works, thus expanding and broadening interest in Russian Orthodox music and culture.
The material included in the Orthodox Sacred Music Reference Library meets the following criteria:
- Original manuscripts by prominent Orthodox composers (scanned facsimiles or PDFs)
- Published first editions of works by prominent Orthodox composers prepared under the composers' supervision
- Published secondary editions of works by prominent Orthodox composers prepared using accepted scholarly techniques (citation of sources and clear differentiation between the composer's own material and editorial additions)
Examples of material that is not intended for inclusion:
- Arrangements and adaptations for other types of voicing
- Adaptations into other languages
- Secondary editions in which the sources and editorial procedure are not identified.
We would like to thank the following organizations and individuals who have offered their support to the development of the Orthodox Sacred Music Reference Library:
Patrons ($5,000 and over)
- The Russian Nobility Association in America
- The Sushko Memorial Grant, received through the Russian Orthodox Theological Fund, Inc.
Benefactors ($1,000 to $4,999)
- Roy Campbell
- The Glenmede Donor-Advised Fund
Supporters ($500 to $999)
Contributors ($250 to $499)
- St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Howell, NJ
- St. Tikhon's Monastery, Waymart, Pennsylvania
- Society of Saint Romanos the Melodist, Chicago, Illinois
Donors ($100 to $249)
- Anonymous, in memory of Dr. Marina V. Ledkovsky
- Archpriest Jon Braun
- Maria Ignatow Bandrauk
- Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Harrisburg Pennsylvania
- Protodeacon Brendan Doss
- Dr. Rodney Eichenberger
- Peter and Paula Genis
- Archpriest Serge Lukianov
- Archpriest Daniel Ressetar
- Priest John Robinson
- Anna Rodzianko
- Saint Mark Orthodox Church, Bethesda, Maryland
- Dr. Nicolas Schidlovsky
Friends (to $99)
- Matthew Arndt
- Julia Azrael
- Richard Barrett
- Blagovest Bells
- John Considine
- William and Joan Dupkanick
- Deacon Gregory Ealy
- HohMade Music
- Tatiana Morosan
- Archpriest Peter Perekrestov
- Mike Palmer
- Romanos Music and Books
- Matthew Wettlaufer
- Bernard J. Wilson
- Zinaida Zack
We also express our appreciation to:
• Endpoint Corporation and their fine staff of programmers and developers
• Elena Chernova and Eugen Babeschko for the graphic concept and design
Your Financial Support Is Needed
The Orthodox Sacred Music Reference Library (OSMRL) exists because of the generosity of donors who appreciate the cultural significance of this resource for future generations of performers and scholars. The project has been initiated through a grant from the Russian Orthodox Theological Fund, based in New York. It receives no institutional or government funding, however.
To bring the project to a successful completion and to maintain it, your support is needed. There are costs associated with scanning and adding material to the OSMRL, as well as monthly hosting and technical support fees.
To ensure the ongoing maintenance of the OSMRL, the Russian Choral Heritage Foundation has undertaken the establishment of an endowment fund income from which will be used to cover maintenance and technical support costs over an extended period of time. Donations made to the Russian Choral Heritage Foundation are fully tax-deductible under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3). The organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 83-1444995.
Sample amounts: $50 – Pays for one week of web hosting
- $100 – Pays for one week of web hosting and tech support
- $250 – Pays for one month of web hosting
- $500 – Pays for one month of web hosting and tech support
- $1,000 – Pays for two months of web hosting and tech support
Dr. Vladimir Morosan
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