May 12, 2016
Glen Cove, NY: Youth Choir of Prince Vladimir Association sings
Evening Service in Holy Intercession Church, performs Paschal
Bright Friday, May 6, the youth choir of Prince Vladimir Association
sang Paschal Vespers and Matins in Holy Virgin Intercession Church
in Glen Cove, NY, and then performed a Paschal concert in the parish
The evening service was led by Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern
America & New York, co-served by Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan,
Archpriests Serge Lukianov (secretary of the Eastern American
Diocese) and Andrei Sommer (senior priest of the Synodal Cathedral
of the Sign in New York City), Hieromonk Photius (Oulanov; parish
cleric), Protodeacons Paul Wolkow and Eugene Kallaur (clerics of St.
Seraphim Memorial Church in Sea Cliff, NY), and Deacon Vladimir
Barros (parish cleric).
Upon completion of the service, the clergy, faithful, and concert
guests from nearby states proceeded to the parish hall where, under
the direction of conductor Adrian Fekula, the young singers
performed Paschal hymns by Russian and European composers.
the young singers and guests, Metropolitan Hilarion expressed his
joy at seeing skilled choristers singing in Russian Orthodox
churches today, especially at such a professional level.
is the third such festal concert performed by the youth choir. The
first took place last year, also during Paschaltide, at St. Vladimir
Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ. Roughly 20 singers take part in each
concert. The composition of the choir changes from one concert to
the next, with new members joining the ranks. This year, joining the
choir for the first time were young singers from Albany, NY:
Alexandra Wolkow, Patrick Soloviev, David Taylor, and Natalia
Petrochko, as well as Katherine Lukianov from New Jersey.
"When choosing the compositions for our repertoire, we tried to
reflect not only the Russian musical tradition, but also the
Western," explains Adrian Fekula. "In addition to well-known and
loved works by Russian composers, we sang music by English and
French composers, and hymns to the words of the Holy Hierarch
Ambrose of Milan and of the Gospel text, entitled, ‘If thou
May 16, twelve singers of the youth choir of Prince Vladimir
Association, along with its director, Fr. Andrei Sommer, will embark
on a trip to Ukraine. Bishop Nicholas will lead the group. The young
choristers will perform two concerts, one of which, in Kiev, will be
attended by Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev & All Ukraine; they will
visit an orphanage in Bancheny, Bukovina, and will pass along
collected donations for the children. The choir will also sing at
several divine services alongside other choirs at the Pochaev Lavra
on the feast of Venerable Job of Pochaev, as well as at the later
Liturgy on the patronal feast day of one of the local convents. For
many of the young singers, this will be their first time in Ukraine.
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