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A series of pragmatic workshops for singers and directors to help improve church choirs.

Interactive Seminar I:

Church Choir Fundamentals in the Russian Tradition

Sponsored by the Eastern American Diocesan Music Committee

General  Information

Dates: May 28-29, 2010
The conference will begin on Friday, May 28 at 9:30 AM and end on Saturday, May 29 at 4:00 PM.

Location: St. John the Baptist Cathedral - Washington, D.C.

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The Conference is organized by the Eastern American Diocesan Music Committee with the blessing of the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion. Registration is open to choir conductors and singers (registration is limited).


Historical Survey of Russian Liturgical  Music in Russia and Abroad -  Natalia Zelensky

Multiplying Talents: The Church Singer's Privileges and Responsibilities - Elizabeth Ledkovsky


Practical Methods of Choir Directing - Youri A. Petcherkin

  • Choir warm-up exercises

  • Directing techniques

  • Recognizing and correcting common problems

  • Hands-on conducting practice

Practical Methods for Arranging Liturgical Music - Archpriest George Johnson Jared Brewer 
Youri A. Petcherkin
Eugenia Temidis

  • Adapting choral scores for mixed and all-male or all-female voices

  • Arranging Russian compositions in English

  • Adapting music for the "unexpected and varying sostav" on kliros

Basic Vocal Technique for Choral Singers - Inna Petcherkin

  • Sound production techniques: Theory, well-known systems, and vocal exercises

  • Opportunities for individual voice lessons



Each registrant must submit a check in the amount of $100.00 per person made payable to St. John's Russian Orthodox Cathedral to cover the costs associated with registration, conference materials, and select meals. (Hotels will offer breakfast each morning. Lunch and dinner will be served on Friday. Lunch and snack will be served on Saturday.) Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Financial aid is available by contacting Ms. Elizabeth Ledkovsky at eledkovsky@hotmail.com 

Registrations will be considered complete only if full payment
and registration form are received by May 1st.

Mail registration forms to:

Attn: Eugenia Temidis
66 Leber Road
Blauvelt, NY10913

Registration form

Lodging Information

Conference delegates are responsible for making their own hotel accommodations 
with one of the following local hotels:

Bethesda Court Hotel

  • Boutique Hotel in Bethesda, MD

  • 20 minutes from cathedral

  • Special rate of $109. 00/night

  • Free breakfast and free WiFi  included

  • Book with code: “EADMC Workshop” (by May 1, recommended).

Residence Inn Silver Spring – by Marriott

  • Silver Spring, MD location

  • 20 mins from Cathedral

  • Special rate of $89.00/night

  • Complimentary daily breakfast and free parking  included

  • Thursday evening lobby reception with appetizers included

  • Book by calling Marriott reservations at (800) 331-3131 with code “EADMC Workshop” by May 6, 2010.  


Local airport:
Reagan National Airport
Dulles International Airport

Church Address:
4001 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20011-5302


 Elizabeth Ledkovsky
General Information

Eugenia Temidis

Phone: (845) 406-1194