BYZANTINE CHANT INSTITUTE CONVENES AT ST. NICHOLAS RANCH JUNE 14-20

Workshop Features Guest Scholars
Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash) of London
and Dr. Alexander Khalil

~ Leading Byzantine Cantors ~
~ Intimate Instructional Sessions ~
~ Idyllic Ranch Setting ~


The Saint John Koukouzelis Institute for Liturgical Arts presents an intensive workshop in Byzantine Chant and Liturgy, to take place at St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, California, June 14-20.  


Students of all levels will spend the week immersed in Byzantine Music and in the liturgical life of the Church. The workshop’s daily schedule includes two instruction sessions, chapel services and a lecture each evening by one of two guest scholars, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne the Very Reverend Ephrem (Lash) from London and Ethnomusicologist Dr. Alexander Khalil from the University of California, San Diego. 


Instruction in Byzantine Music and liturgical rubrics, both in the original Greek and in translation, will be directed by John Michael Boyer, Protopsaltis (First Cantor) of the Metropolis of San Francisco, along with Protopsaltis Stelios Kontakiotis of the Shrine to the Mother of God on the island of Tinos, Greece; Dr. Constantine Kokenes from the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Atlanta; and Dr. Alexander Khalil, Protopsaltis of St. Spyridon Church in San Diego.  


Comments from the last institute:


“The workshop surpassed all expectations. Chapel services were held with antiphonal choirs... in practical application of the day’s lessons.  The celebrant was the indescribable British Archimandrite and scholar Fr. Ephrem (Lash), who was available and approachable for incomparable conversation and counsel. Intensive instructional classes were held... the evenings reserved for lectures in hymnography, history of church music and the Typikon (order of church services).  I give my standing commitment to serve at the Institute whenever my schedule allows… for a boy from the deep South, I thought I was in Paradise! "

- Dr. Constantine Kokenes

“I went not knowing what to expect, and found an intimate gathering of students from all over North America --  working, eating, laughing and worshipping together.  The natural setting of the ranch was magically lovely, especially the "Barn Chapel" (which turned out to be literally a barn chapel!). The world-class teachers and lecturers amazed us with their generosity, as fascinating presentations and conversations went late into the night. It was an intense and challenging week, but a beautiful one which I will never forget.
I can recommend with all my heart the workshops in Byzantine chant offered by John Michael Boyer's Koukouzelis Institute. “

- Matushka Jenny Hainsworth

Fr. Ephrem, the Ecumenical Patriarchate's official translator for the English Language and an expert in liturgics, will address topics of music, liturgy, language and translation, and the role of Church musicians.  His writings and liturgical translations can be found at www.anastasis.org.uk and his book On the Life of Christ: Kontakia, a translation of the Kontakia of Romanos the Melodist, is in wide circulation.  His translation of the Orthodox Psalter is forthcoming from Saint Vladimir Seminary Press. 


Dr. Khalil is an expert in a wide variety of world musics.  His dissertation explores the phenomenon of the “Patriarchiko Yphos,” the tradition of the current chanters of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.


Registration fees covering tuition, materials, meals and lodging for six days and five nights range from $575 to $625 per person, depending on accommodations.


Spaces will be limited: register today!


Registration forms are available at www.koukouzelis.org. For more information, contact Protopsaltis John Michael Boyer at (510) 717-1248, protopsaltis@koukouzelis.org.


Set in the rolling hills of California's Central Valley near King’s Canyon National Park, St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center is home to the Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring (Zoodochos Pigi) www.stnicholasranch.org. 


Focusing on the artistic elements of Greek Orthodox Liturgy, the Koukouzelis Institute was founded to provide the faithful of the Metropolis of San Francisco with the tools to cultivate full and strong liturgical programs in parish life, and to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the liturgical life of the Church.  


KOUKOUZELIS CHOIR SINGS FORGIVENESS VESPERS IN SAN FRANCISCO


The Saint John Koukouzelis Institute Choir sang for the Metropolis of San Francisco Northern California Vicariate's Forgiveness Vespers at Holy Trinity Church in San Francisco on Sunday.  Led by Protopsaltis John Michael Boyer, the choir of five chanters sang the

Psalms and hymns of the service in traditional Byzantine fashion, alternating Greek and English.  Protopsaltis Boyer prepared the musical scores for the occasion, drawing from standard classical Byzantine Chant books and composing/adapting English versions to be used in alternation.  (For a copy of the musical scores, click here.)  A beautiful and fulfilling liturgical expirience, the Forgiveness Vespers service, so beautifully chanted, was, as it is designed to be, the perfect way to begin Great and Holy Lent.


The Koukouzelis Choir is available to chant for special occasions and services.  For more information, please contact Protopsaltis John Michael Boyer at protopsaltis@koukouzelis.org.



BYZANTINE CHANT INSTITUTE CONVENES

AT ST. NICHOLAS RANCH APRIL 22-28, 2006


Workshop Features Guest Scholars

Dr. Alexander Lingas and Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash)


Leading Byzantine Cantors

Intimate Instructional Sessions • Idyllic Ranch Setting


 

The Saint John Koukouzelis Institute for Liturgical Arts presents another intensive week-long workshop in Byzantine Chant and Liturgy, to take place at St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, California, April 22-28.


Instruction in Byzantine Music, both in the original Greek and in English translation, will be directed by John Michael Boyer, Protopsaltis (First Cantor) of the Metropolis of San Francisco. Also teaching will be Stelios Kontakiotis, Protopsaltis and Music Director of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and Constantine Kokenes, Byzantine Music Instructor for the Metropolis of Atlanta and Lambadarios (Left Cantor) of Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta. This year’s special honored guest is one of the world’s leading scholars in Byzantine Musicology, Dr. Alexander Lingas. Returning to the Institute will be Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash) of St. Andrew’s Monastery in Manchester, England, who will be Chaplain and Spiritual Advisor for the week.


Students of all levels of experience will spend the week immersed in Byzantine Music and in the liturgical life of the Church. The daily program will include instruction sessions on both music and liturgy, chapel services, and a lecture each evening by either Dr. Lingas or Archimandrite Ephrem.


Dr. Lingas is Lecturer at City University in London and Artistic Director of the world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana. He will be speaking on the history and meaning of liturgy, music’s function in liturgy, and the role of Church musicians. Dr. Lingas’s work can be found in the New Grove Dictionary of Music, The Oxford Companion to Music, and Einaudi’s Enciclopedia della musica. His scholarly articles on Byzantine music treat a broad range of topics ranging chronologically from Late Antiquity to the present. His forthcoming projects include a study of Sunday Matins in the rite of Hagia Sophia for Ashgate Publishing and a general introduction to the history of Byzantine chant for the Yale University Press.

The registration fee of $599 includes tuition, meals and lodging for 6 days and nights at the Ranch. Spaces will be limited and scholarships may be available.


Set in the rolling hills of California's Central Valley near King’s Canyon National Park, St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center is home to the Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring (Zoodochos Pigi) www.stnicholasranch.org. For more information, contact Protopsaltis John Michael Boyer at (510) 717-1248, protopsaltis@koukouzelis.org, or St. Nicholas Ranch at (559) 338-2103, info@stnicholasranch.org.




THE JOSQUIN SINGERS TO PERFORM PROGRAM OF LENTEN MUSIC
MARCH 15, 17 & 22 2007, 2006

The Josquin Singers, a professional vocal ensemble based in the Bay Area, present “The Gates of Repentance: Lenten Music from the Byzantine and Slavic Traditions,” a free concert in cooperation with the St. John Koukouzelis Institute for Liturgical Arts and sponsored in part by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. Some of the most elegant and profound music ever created comes out of the Lenten period of the Eastern Orthodox tradition. This program will include Byzantine chants, including the famed “Great Troparion,” by the 9th century composer Kassiane the Nun and excerpts from the “Great Canon” of St. Andrew of Crete (7th-8th centuries); and Slavic chants and polyphony, including selections of Dvestmenny polyphony and compositions by Peter Tchaikovsky.

The program will be performed Thursday, March 15th in San Francisco at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 3281 16th Street; Saturday, March 17th at Sacramento’s Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 600 Alhambra Blvd.; and Thursday, March 22 in Oakland at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave, as part of The Greek Cultural Celebration Week. Admission is free; suggested donation is $15.

About the Josquin Singers

Founded in Berkeley in 2002, the Josquin Singers are a professional vocal ensemble specializing in Josquin and other Medieval and Renaissance music of Western Europe, and in the repertoires of the Eastern Orthodox Church, including Chants of the Greek Byzantine tradition as well as Slavic chant and polyphony from periods ranging 500 years. The ensemble’s performances of Byzantine Chant are sung from transcriptions by artistic director John Michael Boyer, who is Protopsaltis (First Cantor) of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, and alumnus of the Music Department of the University of California, Berkeley.

The Josquin Singers’ mission is to present, in a setting affordable to the public, stellar performances of ecclesiastical vocal repertoire ranging from the ensemble’s namesake Josquin de Prez to the rarely-heard chant and polyphonic traditions of the Greek and Slavic churches.





PROTOPSALTIS JOHN MICHAEL BOYER TO LECTURE

AT ARCHANGEL BOOKSTORE IN SAN FRANCISCO'S SUNSET DISTRICT

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2005

Institute Director John Michael Boyer will be giving a lecture-demonstration on the received tradition of Byzantine Music Friday, October 20 at Archangel Bookstore (1352-A Ninth Avenue between Judah and Irving) beginning at 7:30 p.m.  John, along with some members of the Koukouzelis Institute will be presenting examples of the traditional music of the Greek Orthodox Church, along with some of the stories behind it.  All are encouraged to attend.  For more information, contact Archangel Bookstore at  (415) 242-9698. 





SAINT JOHN KOUKOUZELIS CHOIR TO SING
AT SAN FRANCISCO'S GREEK FESTVIAL
SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 1, 2005


Members of the St. John Koukouzelis Choir, the performing choir of the Koukouzelis Insititute, will be performing short demonstrations each day of Annunciation Cathedral's annual Greek Festival, San Francisco's only festival of Greek food and culture.  Demonstrations will be given in the afternoon and evening of each day of the festival, September 29, 30 and October 1.  The festival will take place at Annunciation Cathedral, 245 Valencia St. in the Mission district of San Francisco.  For more information, call the Annunciation Cathedral at (415) 864-8000 or email Institute director John Michael Boyer at protopsaltis@koukouzelis.org.



BYZANTINE CHANT INSTITUTE CONVENES

AT ST. NICHOLAS RANCH AUGUST 6-12, 2005


Workshop Features Guest Scholar

Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash) of

St. Andrew's Monastery in Manchester, England

The Saint John Koukouzelis Institute for Liturgical Arts, a ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, presents an intensive week-long workshop in Byzantine Chant and Liturgy to take place at St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, California, August 6-12.

Students of all levels of experience, ages 15 and up will spend the week immersed in Byzantine Music and in the liturgical life of the Church. The daily program includes two instruction sessions, chapel services and a lecture each evening by guest scholar and Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne, the Very Reverend Fr. Ephrem (Lash) of the Monastery of St. Andrew in Manchester, England. Fr. Ephrem will be speaking on topics of music, liturgy, language and translation, and the role of Church musicians. Samples of Fr. Ephrem's work can be found at www.anastasis.org.uk. Instruction in Byzantine Music, both in the original Greek and in translation, will be directed by John Michael Boyer, Protopsaltis (First Cantor) of the Metropolis of San Francisco, along with other prominent cantors from the Archdiocese.

The registration fee of $625 includes tuition, materials, meals and lodging for 6 days and nights at the idyllic Ranch. Spaces will be limited and scholarships may be available. Set in the rolling hills of California's Central Valley near Yosemite National Park, St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center is home to the Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring (Zoodochos Pigi) www.stnicholasranch.org. For more information, contact Protopsaltis John Michael Boyer at (510) 717-1248, protopsaltis@yahoo.com, or St. Nicholas Ranch at (559) 338-2103, info@stnicholasranch.org.