Church music comprises a great part of the services of the Orthodox Church. In this course in Byzantine Church Music the participants will develop their skills to become competent chanters. For this purpose, the participants will study vocal performance, Byzantine notation, the hymns of the Resurrectional Octoëchos, the hymns of the Great Feasts, the use and application of the Typikon and the basic papadic repertoire. In addition to Church music, students will be introduced to the ordo of the Divine Liturgy and the Horologion services, the history, and development of the Divine Liturgy and interpretation of the symbolism of the Divine Liturgy, with particular focus on the chanted parts of the Liturgy.
The Octoëchos serves as a systematic primer in the theoretical and practical aspects of the eight modes of Byzantine Chant. Each mode is studied within the context of the Short Anastasimatarion, that is, the Resurrectional hymns of Saturday night Vespers and Sunday morning Orthros in their Short forms. Upon completing all of the Octoëchos courses, the participant will be proficient in all eight modes in their heirmologic and basic sticheraric forms. On completion of this course, participants will be able to chant from a score along with an experienced chanter.
The course is divided into 4 parts:
- In part 1 the participants will study vocal performance and Byzantine notation.
- In part 2 the participants will study the hymns of the Resurrectional Octoëchos.
- In part 3 the participants will study the hymns of the Great Feasts
- In part 4 the participants will study the use and application of the Typikon and the basic papadic repertoire.