This course will study vocal performance, advanced modal theory, and high level interpretation of the Short Sticheraric Genre through the lens of the the hymnography of the feasts of Theophany (January 6th) and the Presentation of Christ (February 2nd). Class Dates: 1st Term 2021 (January 11 – February 28, 2021) Live Practice Sessions: Mondays at 8:30…

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This class begins the Papadic ‘Octoechos’ in which a Cherubic hymn, Sunday Communion Hymn, and festal papadic hymn in each 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…

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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…

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This course will study vocal performance, advanced modal theory, and high level interpretation of the Short Sticheraric Genre through the lens of the 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…

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In this course, you will learn how to build services for every day with the Great Horologion, Octoechos, Menaion, and – when appropriate – the Triodion or Pentecostarion, using the Typikon of Protopsaltis Georgios Violakis as your guide. You will also learn the history of various other Typika (the plural of Typikon) and the differences…

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3rd Term Course: Registration is CLOSED 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. This course, Festal Menaion 301, will study the hymnography of the feasts of the Nativity of the Theotokos (September 8th) and the…

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3rd Term Course: Registration is CLOSED 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,…

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In this course, 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…

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3rd Term Course: Registration is CLOSED 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…

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Students have learned most of the symbols used in Byzantine notation at this point.  The focus of this class is on developing reading fluency on parallgae in syllabic hymns.  Students will also study more advanced rhythms as found in sticheraric hymns.  On completion of this course, students will be able to chant from a score…

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In this course, students study the foundational symbols needed to read a syllabic hymn in Byzantine notation.  Students will study interval symbols, qualitative symbols, rhythm symbols, and symbols that indicate the mode and scale.  Students will study Heirmologic hymns on parallagi as they learn the symbols. Class Dates: October 26 – December 13, 2020 (2nd…

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