During their Spring Session in Syosset March 29—April 1, 2016, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops awarded the Order of Saint Romanos to Dr. Vladimir Morosan and Aleksei Shipovalnikov in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the field of liturgical music in the Orthodox Church in America.
A native of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Aleksei V. Shipovalnikov served as Artistic Director and Manager of the Moscow State University Symphony Orchestra and Academic Choir. His post-graduate studies included a master class with Leonard Bernstein in Moscow in 1988. He has also conducted in West Germany and Poland, where he established a reputation for innovative programming in spite of the political risks involved during the communist era. Such ventures included the presentation of the first Stockhausen Festival in the USSR and the establishment of the “Fellowship of Musical Evenings” in Moscow under the auspices of Moscow University and the Russian Musical Society in 1985. Mr. Shipovalnikov immigrated to the US in 1990 and has been a guest lecturer at Columbia, George Washington, Princeton, Stanford and Southern Methodist Universities and Professor of Liturgical Music at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA. In 1991, he was appointed Music Director of Slavyanka Men’s Slavic Chorus. Two years later, he recorded the world premiere of Shvedov’s “Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom” for Harmonia Mundi. In 1994 he was named Artistic Director of the Concertino Chamber Orchestra in Moscow and, in the same year, he directed choral selections for the musical soundtrack of the film, Little Odessa, with Twentieth Century Fox. He is Founder and Director of the Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir and Music Director at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Jersey City, NJ.
A celebration of Musical Gems with Texts Common
to both the Eastern and Western Churches
including Byzantine Chant& Choral Setting by Alstott, Archangelsky, Chesnokov, Pitchard, Rachmaninoff, Walker and others.
- The Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir – Directed by Aleksei Shipvalnikov & Stratos J Mandalakis
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Choir – Directed by Michael Wada
- Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir – Directed by Subdeacon Rassem El-MassihSunday
April 10th at 4 PM
Reception immediately following
Free Admission – Seating is limited
Call 201.568.8840 to reserve seats – today
Saint Anthony Orthodox Church
385 Ivy Lane, Bergenfield, NJ 07621
Spirit of Orthodoxy Workshop
with Mark Bailey
Yale Russian Chorus (YRC) artistic director since 1995, Mark Bailey is an expert in Slavic music, with particular focus on the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. Currently he is also artistic director of the American Baroque Orchestra, which he founded. Mr. Bailey frequently guest conducts renowned ensembles, such as The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, as well as Cappella Romana.
Sessions to inspire & motivate us as we prepare for our April Concert
Friday : February 5th at 7 to 9 PM
Master Class for Directors who sing in SoO
Saturday : February 6th 9 AM to 6 PM
Workshop for all singers (Lite Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks will be provided)
Location: Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church
76 Whitehead Avenue
South River, New Jersey 08882
Please RSVP for one or Both sessions by 1/29/2016
5 PM at Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church
170 Lexington Avenue, Passic, NJ
His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Primate Antiochian Orthodox Christain Archdiocese, will be the Homilist
Saturday, January 31
Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church
109 Grand St.
Jersey City NJ
Call time with coffee and etc. Sing from 9:30 AM to Noon
Music/Rubrics specific to Lenten
Vespers will be our Concentration
Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers is Sunday March 1st
at 5 PM Saint John the Baptist Church in Passaic, NJ
Additional rehearsals scheduled for
- Wednesday, February 11
- Thursday February 19
7:30 to 9:30 PM Location To-Be-Announced
RSVP by Wednesday 1/28
Include: First/Last Name, Parish/Jurisdiction,Voice Part
Recording clips are available upon request.
Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir invites you to a
morning of Singing Fun & Fellowship:
Sounds of the Winter Pascha:
Hymns/Folk Songs/Carols Celebrating Orthodox Seasons of Nativity/Theophany
(English settings from the Slavic/Antiochian/Greek traditions & more…)
Sponsor: Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir
Aleksei V. Shipovalnikov, Director
Stratos J. Mandalakis, Assistant Director/President
Saturday, November 22, 2014
9:00 AM – 11:45 AM
St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church Hall
281 Main Street
South Bound Brook NJ 08880
Special thanks to our hosts Vladyka Daniel Zelinsky & UOCUSA
9-9:30 AM Continental Breakfast/Registration
9:30-10:30 AM – Welcome & Singing Session I
10:30-10:45 AM – Break
10:45-11:30 – Singing Session II
11:30 – Closing Remarks & Prayer
Cost: FREE & includes pack of Music
RSVP by Wednesday, November 19
Name Last, First
Voice Part (SSATBB)
Home parish name, City, State
For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org
YOU’RE INVITED !!!
DATE: Tuesday, February 4th
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
285 French Hill Road
Wayne, NJ 07470-3976
Come see and hear what we’re all about !!!
Enjoy some food, drink, good conversation, and fellowship while singing a few songs with our current members.
People of all Orthodox Christian denominations are welcome to attend.
For more information about us and our performances and recordings, please feel free to explore our website.