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Voice Lab 100: Independent Study (Term 2 2021)

This class will consist of open coaching alongside education about how the voice works and how to maintain vocal health. Students will learn to feel, monitor, and control the parts of their larynx and upper body that contribute to vocal quality and volume.  The course materials and resources for this class will remain roughly the same each term as the main focus of this class is the coaching and guided practice found in the live practice sessions.  Students who are enrolled in another class this term and add this class will receive a 50% discount (look for the "Vocal Production: Add On" class around Holy Week).
Prerequisites: None
Class Dates: 2nd Term 2021 (May 10 - June 27, 2021)
Live Practice Sessions:  Wednesdays, 8:30 - 9:30 pm Eastern Time

Cost: 
$150 for students not taking another class this term
$75 for students enrolled in another class (option coming soon)

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Papadic 403: 4th and Plagal 4th Mode (T2-2021)

This class continues with the Papadic 'Octoechos' in which a Cherubic hymn, Sunday Communion Hymn, and festal papadic hymn in both 4th and Plagal 4th mode will be the focus, covering a total of 6 Papadic pieces in 7 weeks. Performance practice and formula theory and recognition will be the main focus of the Papadic Octoechos courses.

Prerequisite(s): All of the Papadic courses require completion of Octoëchos 200 level courses and Introduction to Papadic 401, or an instructor evaluation. To request an instructor evaluation, please send email to info@trisagionschool.org.

Class Dates: 2nd Term (May 10 - June 27)
Live Practice Sessions: TBD

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Papadic 401: Introduction to the Papadic Genre (Term 2 2021)

This course functions as an introduction to the slow melismatic (“papadic”) genre of Byzantine Chant. Students will study the characteristics of each mode’s papadic form and will focus on one representative composition of each mode in this genre. Repertoire will be analyzed in terms of modal theory/intervals, melodic structure/morphology, liturgical execution, and other related topics.

Class Dates: 2nd Term 2021 (May 10 - June 27)
Live Practice Sessions: TBD

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Automela 111 – 2nd Term 2021

Automela 111 is the first course in a four-part series that will study the model melodies (automela) which serve as the musical and metrical basis for other hymns (prosomia). Students will learn one automelon per week, studying the hymns from both musical score and text and then applying those melodies to other texts while taking into account small rhythmical or melodic changes that may be necessary.

Automela 111 will cover the following melodies:

O all-lauded Martyrs, 1st Mode
When he took Thee, 2nd Mode
Upon that mount in Galilee, 2nd Mode
Thy confession, 3rd Mode
Thou Who as God adornest, 3rd Mode
As one valiant, 4th Mode
On this day Thou hast appeared, 4th Mode
Let us worship the Word, Plagal 1st Mode
Having laid up all their hope, Plagal 2nd Mode
O strange wonder, Plagal 4th Mode

Prerequisite(s): None. The ability to read Byzantine notation will be helpful, but is not required.

Class Dates: 2nd Term 2021 (May 10 - July 2nd). NOTE: This is an 8-week course.
Live Practice Sessions (all times Eastern):
Tuesdays, 8:30 - 9 pm
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 2:30 pm
Thursdays, 8:30 - 9:00 pm
Thursdays, 9:00 - 9:30 pm
Fridays, 2:00 - 2:30 pm
More practice sessions may be added based on enrollment numbers.

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ByzB 101: Parallagi, Scales, and Basic Vocal Training (Term 2 2021)

Students will study two hymns and learn to chant them on the text of the hymn and on parallagi (solfège). Students will learn about the different modes and scales in Byzantine chant and study the intervals of the Diatonic and Hard Chromatic scales. They will also study the basics of good vocal technique.  Students should plan to come to at least one half hour regular practice session and one half hour Vocal Technique Session each week.  
Prerequisite(s): None.
Materials: ByzB Starter Set from the Trisagion School store (enrollees receive 25% off-find the access code in the Introduction to the course)

Class Dates: 2nd Term 2021 (May 10 - June 27, 2021)
Practice Sessions (all times Eastern time):
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8 pm, 
Thursdays, 2 - 2:30 pm, 8:30 - 9 pm
Vocal Technique sessions (all times Eastern time):
Tuesdays, 8:00 - 8:30 pm
Thursdays, 8:00 - 8:30 pm

Spots in this class are limited so enroll early!

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ByzB 102: Intro to Byzantine Notation (Term 2 2021)

In this course, students study the foundational symbols needed to read a syllabic hymn in Byzantine notation and continue their study of modal theory. Students will study intervallic symbols, qualitative symbols, rhythmic symbols, and symbols that indicate the mode and scale. Students study Heirmologic hymns on parallagi (solfège) and melos in the Diatonic Modes: 1st, Plagal 1st, 4th, and Plagal 4th Modes. Students should plan to come to at least one half hour regular practice session and one half hour Vocal Technique Session each week.
Prerequisites: ByzB 101 (please contact the school if you did not take ByzB 101, but feel qualified to start with ByzB 102)
Materials: ByzB Starter Set from the Trisagion School store (enrollees receive 25% off-find the access code in the Introduction to the course)

Class Dates: 2nd Term 2021 (May 10 - June 27, 2021)
Practice Sessions (all sessions listed in ET):
Mondays 8:30 - 9 pm
Thursdays  7:30 - 8 pm
Vocal Technique sessions (all times Eastern time):
Tuesdays, 8:00 - 8:30 pm
Thursdays, 8:00 - 8:30 pm

 

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Typikon 101 (Term 2 2021)

In this course, students will learn how to build services for every day using the Great Horologion, Octoechos, Menaion, and - when appropriate - the Triodion or Pentecostarion, using the Typikon of Protopsaltis Georgios Violakis as a guide. Students will also learn the history of various other Typika (the plural of Typikon) and the differences between these Typika. Typikon 101 will focus on the Sunday and Festal Cycle of services, as those are the most commonly chanted in parishes.  

Prerequisite(s): None.   

Class dates: 2nd Term 2021 (May 10 - June 27, 2021)

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COURSE CATALOG

Standard 7-Week Course: $225*

Course Cost: Registration includes access to pre-recorded instructional videos, repertoire scores, audio recordings, class forum, instructor assessments, and at least two ½-hour online live practice sessions each week.

Live Practice Sessions: Students should plan to attend 1 -2 live practice sessions a week after they have done some of the coursework for the week and have questions or are prepared to practice some of the skills learned in the coursework.

Class Transfer Policy: Students have 10 days from the start of each academic term to transfer into a lower or higher-level course, with no charge, at the permission of the instructor(s).

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: The cost of each course includes a $25 deposit, which consists of a $5 processing fee and a $20 evaluation fee. If a student withdraws within 10 days of the beginning of the academic term and they have not been administered a placement evaluation by an instructor, they will receive a full refund, minus the $5 processing fee. If a student has had a placement evaluation administered, the cost of that evaluation will also be subtracted, for a refund of $200 ($225 - $5 processing fee - $20 evaluation fee). There will be no refunds after 10 days from the start of the academic term.

* For group discount inquiries, please contact us at info@trisagionschool.org.

2020/2021 Academic Program

3rd Term 2020 (T3-2020): August 31- October 18, 2020
---- 1-Week Fall Break -----
4th Term 2020 (T4-2020): October 26 - December 13, 2020
---- Nativity Break ----
1st Term 2021 (T1-2021): January 11 - February 28, 2021
---- Lenten Break -----
2nd Term 2021 (T2-2021): May 10 - June 27, 2021
---- Summer Break -----

Course Descriptions

Byzantine Beginnings

Materials: All courses use the ByzB Starter Set which is available from the Trisagion School store (enrollees receive 25% off-find the access code in the Introduction to the course)

ByzB 101: Parallage, Scales and Basic Vocal Technique
Students will study two hymns and learn to chant them on the text of the hymn and on parallagi. Students will learn about the different modes and scales in Byzantine chant and study the intervals of the Diatonic and Hard Chromatic scales. They will also study the basics of good vocal technique.  Students should plan to come to at least one half hour regular practice session and one half hour Vocal Technique Session each week.  
Prerequisite(s): None.

Class Dates: 2nd Term 2021, (May 10 - June 27, 2021)
Practice Sessions (all times Eastern time):
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8 pm, 
Thursdays, 2 - 2:30 pm, 8:30 - 9 pm
Vocal Technique sessions (all times Eastern time):
Tuesdays, 8:00 - 8:30 pm
Thursdays, 8:00 - 8:30 pm

ByzB 102: Introduction to Byzantine Notation
Students study the foundational symbols needed to read syllabic hymns in Byzantine notation and continue their study of modal theory. Students will study intervallic symbols, qualitative symbols, rhythmic symbols, and symbols that indicate the mode and scale. Students study Heirmologic hymns on parallagi and melos in the Diatonic Modes: 1st, Plagal 1st, 4th, and Plagal 4th Modes. Students should plan to come to at least one half hour regular practice session and one half hour Vocal Technique Session each week.

Prerequisite(s): ByzB 101  or equivalent.
Class Dates: 2nd Term 2021 (May 10 - June 27, 2021)
Practice Sessions (all sessions listed in ET):
Mondays 8:30 - 9 pm

Thursdays  7:30 - 8 pm
Vocal Technique sessions (all times Eastern time):
Tuesdays, 8:00 - 8:30 pm
Thursdays, 8:00 - 8:30 pm

ByzB 103: Byzantine Notation - Basic Reading Fluency
This course focuses on developing reading fluency on parallagi in syllabic hymns and sticheraric hymns and goes much deeper into symbols indicating the mode and scale (martyries and fthores).  Students study four Diatonic Sticheraric hymns as well as Heirmologic hymns in the in the Enharmonic and Chromatic Modes: 2nd, Plagal 2nd, 3rd, and Grave Mode. Students will continue to vocal technique and should plan to come to at least one half hour regular practice session and one half hour Vocal Technique Session each week.
Prerequisite(s): ByzB 102 or equivalent.
Class Dates: 3rd Term 2021
Live Practice Sessions: TBD

Automela (Model Melodies)

These four courses serve as a systematic study of the model melodies (automela) which serve as the musical and metrical basis for other hymns (prosomia). Students will learn one automelon per week, studying the hymns from both musical score and text and then applying those melodies to other texts while taking into account small rhythmical or melodic changes that may be necessary. The automela covered in these classes constitute all of the melodies used for Kathismata, Apolytikia, Stichera, and Exaposteilaria. Thus, upon completion, students will be able to perform the majority of hymns found in the liturgical books of the Orthodox Church without the need for a musical score.

Prerequisite(s): None. The ability to read Byzantine notation will be helpful, but is not required.

Automela 111: Model Melodies, Part 1
Automela 111 will teach the following melodies:
"O all-lauded Martyrs," 1st Mode; "When he took Thee" and "Upon that mount in Galilee," 2nd Mode; "Thy confession" and "Thou Who as God adornest," 3rd Mode; "As one valiant" and "On this day Thou hast appeared," 4th Mode; "Let us worship the Word," Plagal 1st Mode; "Having laid up all their hope," Plagal 2nd Mode, and "O strange wonder," Plagal 4th Mode

Class Dates: 2nd Term 2021 (May 10 - July 2nd). NOTE: This is an 8-week course.
Live Practice Sessions (all times Eastern):
Tuesdays, 8:30 - 9 pm
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 2:30 pm
Thursdays, 8:30 - 9:00 pm
Thursdays, 9:00 - 9:30 pm
Fridays, 2:00 - 2:30 pm

Automela 112: Model Melodies, Part 2
Class Dates: TBD.

Automela 113: Model Melodies, Part 3
Class Dates: TBD.

Automela 114: Model Melodies, Part 4
Class Dates: TBD.

Octoëchos (The 8 Modes)

The eight Octoëchos courses serve as a systematic primer in the theoretical and practical aspects of the eight modes of Byzantine Chant. Each mode is studied within the context of the Anastasimatarion, that is, the Resurrectional hymns of Saturday night Vespers and Sunday morning Orthros. Upon completing all of the Octoëchos courses, a student will be proficient in all eight modes in their heirmologic and sticheraric forms.

Prerequisite(s): All of the Octoëchos courses require ByzB103 (Basic Reading Fluency) or an equivalent course of study. Also, while it may be helpful for a student to take the Octoëchos courses sequentially, one Octoëchos course is not a prerequisite to another. For example, a student may study Plagal of the 1st Mode before 1st Mode.

Octoëchos 201: 1st Mode
Class Dates: TBD

Octoëchos 205: Plagal of the 1st Mode
Class Dates: TBD

Octoëchos 208: Plagal of the 4th Mode
Class Dates: 3rd Term 2021 (Sep-Oct)

Octoëchos 204: 4th Mode
Class Dates: TBD

Octoëchos 203: 3rd Mode
Class Dates: TBD

Octoëchos 207: Grave Mode
Class Dates: TBD

Octoëchos 206: Plagal of the 2nd Mode
Class Dates: TBD

Octoëchos 202: 2nd Mode
Class Dates: TBD

Festal Menaion

The five Festal Menaion courses constitute a systematic study of the hymnography of Vespers, Orthros, and Divine Liturgy for the major feasts of Christ and the Theotokos.

Prerequisite(s): Octoëchos 201 through 208 or equivalent.

Festal Menaion 301
This course will study the hymnography of the feasts of the Nativity of the Theotokos (September 8th) and the Elevation of the Cross (September 14th).
Class Dates: 3rd Term 2020 (August 31- October 18, 2020)
Live Practice Sessions: Mondays at 9:30 – 10 PM ET & Wednesdays 6:30 – 7 pm ET

Festal Menaion 302
This course will study the hymnography of the feasts of the Entry of the Theotokos (November 21st) and the Nativity of Christ (December 25th).
Class Dates: 4th Term 2020 (October 26 - December 13, 2020)
Live Practice Sessions on Mondays at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT & Wednesdays at 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PM PT.

Festal Menaion 303
This course will study the hymnography of the feasts of the Theophany (January 6th) and the Presentation of Christ (February 2nd).
Class Dates: 1st Term 2021 (January 11 - February 28, 2021)
Live Practice Sessions: TBD

Festal Menaion 304
This course will study the hymnography of the feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos (March 25th) and the Transfiguration of Christ (August 6th).
Class Dates: 3rd Term 2021
Live Practice Sessions: TBD

Festal Menaion 305
This course will study the hymnography of the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15th), as well as the Small and Great Paraklesis services that are chanted from August 1st to August 14th.
Class Dates: 4th Term 2021
Live Practice Sessions: TBD

The Papadic Genre

The three Papadic courses constitute a systematic study of the slow melismatic (“papadic”) genre of Byzantine Chant repertoire and will focus entirely on Cherubic Hymns and Communion Hymns - the most common and essential representatives of this melodic style.

Papadic 401
This course functions as an introduction to the slow melismatic (“papadic”) genre of Byzantine Chant. Students will study the characteristics of each mode’s papadic form and will focus on one representative composition of each mode in this genre. Repertoire will be analyzed in terms of modal theory/intervals, melodic structure/morphology, liturgical execution, and other related topics.
Prerequisite(s): Octoëchos 201 through 208 or equivalent.
Class Dates: 3rd Term 2020 (August 31- October 18, 2020)
Live Practice Sessions: TBD with student input, Please note that this is an 8-week course and there will be no break before T4.

Papadic 402
This course functions as an in-depth study of papadic repertoire in the 1st and Plagal of the 1st Modes. Students will study one Cherubic Hymn and one Communion Hymn in each of the aforementioned modes, along with one festal Communion hymn, analyzing each selection in terms of modal theory/intervals, melodic structure/morphology, liturgical execution, and other related topics.
Prerequisite(s): Papadic 401 or equivalent.
Class Dates: 1st Term 2021 (January 11 - February 28, 2021)
Live Practice Sessions: TBD

Papadic 403
This course functions as an in-depth study of papadic repertoire in the 4th and Plagal 4th Modes. Students will study one Cherubic Hymn and one Communion Hymn in each of the aforementioned modes along with a festal Communion hymn, analyzing each selection in terms of modal theory/intervals, melodic structure/morphology, liturgical execution, and other related topics.
Prerequisite(s): Papadic 401 or equivalent.
Class Dates: 2nd Term 2021 (May 10 - June 27, 2021).
Live Practice Sessions: TBD.

Papadic 404
This course functions as an in-depth study of papadic repertoire in the 2nd and Plagal 2nd Modes. Students will study one Cherubic Hymn and one Communion Hymn in each of the aforementioned modes along with a festal Communion hymn, analyzing each selection in terms of modal theory/intervals, melodic structure/morphology, liturgical execution, and other related topics.
Prerequisite(s): Papadic 401 or equivalent.
Class Dates: 3rd Term 2021.
Live Practice Sessions: TBD.

Papadic 405
This course functions as an in-depth study of papadic repertoire in the  3rd and Grave Modes. Students will study one Cherubic Hymn and one Communion Hymn in each of the aforementioned modes, along with one festal Communion hymn, analyzing each selection in terms of modal theory/intervals, melodic structure/morphology, liturgical execution, and other related topics.
Prerequisite(s): Papadic 401 or equivalent.
Class Dates: 4th Term 2021
Live Practice Sessions: TBD

Typikon (Order of Services)

Typikon 101: The Cycles of Services
In this course, students will learn how to build services for every day using the Great Horologion, Octoechos, Menaion, and - when appropriate - the Triodion or Pentecostarion, using the Typikon of Protopsaltis Georgios Violakis as a guide. Students will also learn the history of various other Typika (the plural of Typikon) and the differences between these Typika. Typikon 101 will focus on the Sunday and Festal Cycle of services, as those are the most commonly chanted in parishes.

Prerequisite(s): None.

Class dates: 2nd Term 2021 (May 10 - June 27, 2021).

Typikon 201: Vespers and Orthros
Description coming soon.

Class dates TBD.

Typikon 301: Festal Services
Description coming soon.

Class dates TBD.

Vocal Production Modules

Vocal Production Module 
Students focus on the craft of singing in this class. The class will consist of open coaching alongside education about how the voice works and how to maintain vocal health. Students will work to feel, monitor, and control the parts of their larynx and upper body that contribute to vocal quality and volume.  The course materials and resourses for this class will remain roughly the same term to term (more resources may be added over time) as the main thrust of the class is the open coaching and practice found in the live practice sessions.  
Prerequisites: None
Class Dates: 2nd Term 2021 (May 10 - June 27, 2021), most terms after that
Live Practice Sessions:  8:30 - 9:30 pm Eastern Time
Cost for Non-Matriculated Students 
$150 for students not taking another class this term

Cost for Matriculated Students
$75 for students taking another class this term (option coming soon)