New York Metro area choir


Holy Synod awards Order of St. Romanos to noted liturgical musicians

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.

Conductioning in Alaske 2003

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.



Diamonds are Forever

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.

St. Anthony Orthodox Church 1956-2016

St. Anthony Orthodox Church 1956-2016




    • 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

Spirit of Orthodoxy Workshop

with Mark Bailey

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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



Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers – March 1st

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

Clergy/ Heirarchs from Multiple jurisdictions to concelebrate with two chiors (mixed and Byzantine)

Workshop Rehearsal for: Sunday of Orthodoxy Vesper Music

Saturday, January 31
Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church
109 Grand St.
Jersey City NJ

Driving Directions.

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

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Photo from November 22, 2014 workshop

Save this date – January 31st, 2015 for Sunday of Orthodoxy workshop.

>May God grant you Many years of health & Happiness during this

> >Nativity Theophany Season Many blessings in the New Year!


Singing Fun & Fellowship – Saturday, November 22

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

Please include:

Name Last, First

Voice Part (SSATBB)

Home Address

Home parish name, City, State


For more info email:


Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers – March 9, 2014

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If you would like to sing with us please RSVP by February 17th with name, parish and voice part to:

email: or call:  201-615-0710

Pre-event rehearsals required.

The Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir 2014 Open House




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.

Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir
About the Choir: The Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir was formed in 1997 and is pan-Orthodox, composed of singers from various Orthodox jurisdictions in the NY-NJ-PA area. The choir is committed to singing the great works of Orthodox music in the English language.