St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 St. Tikhon’s Hosts Jesse Brandow, Guatemalan Missionary Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">[South Canaan, PA, STOTS Communications]&nbsp; On Friday, March 17, St. Tikhon's Seminary hosted Jesse Brandow, a missionary to Guatemala through OCMC (Orthodox Christian Mission Center), for a lunch-time talk. Jesse was in Guatemala from April 2015 through January 2017, and is currently in the United States on furlough raising support to return to Guatemala for another 2-year term.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jesse shared with the gathered students, families, and staff members a brief history of the Orthodox Church in Guatemala, the growth that is taking place, and the needs of the Guatemalan Church. Highlights of his own work include: setting up a print shop to produce Orthodox materials in Spanish, compiling and translating a daily Spanish liturgical guide, mentoring the seminarians and pre-seminarians, teaching the lay catechists from the villages, and supporting the Guatemalan priests in their ministry. &nbsp;Jesse encouraged those gathered to answer Christ's command to "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Matt. 28:19-20) by engaging in missions themselves, supporting missionaries who are working in other countries, and praying consistently for the Church around the world.</p> <p>St. Tikhon's student body supported Jesse during his last 2-year term, and has pledged to renew their support for the next 2 years.&nbsp; Student Government officers hope to strengthen the connection between St. Tikhon's students and the Guatemalan Church, especially the seminarians Jesse has been working with, in the year to come.</p> <p>(Article by Megan Lincoln, Student Government Secretary, and Photo, by Dn. Andrew Nelko, Student Government President)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s Seminary Student Government Holds Elections Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">[South Canaan, PA, STOTS Communications]&nbsp; On Thursday, March 16<sup>th</sup>, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminarians gathered to hold elections for the coming academic year&rsquo;s officers.&nbsp; According to Megan Lincoln, current Student Government Secretary: &ldquo;We sought to hold elections earlier this year so that the new officers will have more time to shadow current officers to learn their respective roles before we graduate.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The new officers include (from Left to Right):&nbsp; Joseph Sharmin, President, Robert West, Vice President, Rony John, On-Campus Representative, Isaac &nbsp;Lampart, Secretary, Augustine Lewton, Treasurer, &nbsp;and Reader Timothy Kolb, Off-Campus Representative.&nbsp; &nbsp;May God grant our new Student Government Officers many years!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Alumni Update: Joseph Frangipani Ordained to the Subdiaconate Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>[South Canaan, PA, STOTS Communications]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Joseph Frangipani, (STOTS Class of 2016) was ordained to the Subdiaconate by Metropolitan Joseph, head of the Antiochian Christian Archdiocese in North America on Sunday, February 12th, at&nbsp;By His Eminence, Joseph, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America&nbsp;of the Antiochian Archdiocese. &nbsp;The ordination took place at St Andrews Orthodox Church, Arlington,Wa.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Mission Choir Visits Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg PA: Updated Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>[South Canaan, PA, STOTS Communications]</p> <p>St. Tikhon's Seminary Mission Choir visited Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg, PA. &nbsp;This was the first visit the Mission Choir made to Holy Apostles Mission since the completion of the first of their new permanent buildings. &nbsp;The first photo album below are from the visit for Vespers on Saturday evening, with Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki. &nbsp;The choir then traveled to Harrisburg to celebrate the Divine Liturgy at Christ the Savior Church in Harrisburg, with Archpriest Stephen Vernak, Rector, and Archpriest Daniel Ressetar, now retired former pastor.</p> <p>Thank you to both parishes for your active support of the seminary!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Dn. Matthew Fuhrman Ordained to the Holy Priesthood Sun, 12 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>[South Canaan, PA, STOTS Communications]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On Sunday, March 12th Dn. Matthew Fuhrman was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery Church. Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated the ordination. &nbsp; Concelebrants joining him included Archmindrite Sergius, Monastery Igumen, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, Archpriest Alexander Garklavs, who worked with Matushka Jessica's family as former OCA Chancellor, Archpriest Dennis Swencki, Seminary CFO,&nbsp;and Archpriest Theodore Boback, former STOTS Alumni President, and Military Endorser. &nbsp;Many classmates also served, including Priests Matthew Joyner, Basil Ferguson, John Kennerk. &nbsp;Serving with Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak (Metropolitan Tikhon's Secretary) and Hierodeacon Maximus were more classmates, Deacons Andrew Nelko and Jonathan Lincoln. &nbsp;All concelebrating classmates are senior seminarians as is Fr. Matthew.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fr. Matthew Fuhrman is actively preparing for service as a military chaplain. &nbsp;Fr. Steven shared that his thesis is part of his effort to prepare for this role. &nbsp;As all endorsements are processed through Metropolitan Tikhon's Office, it was most meaningful that he was able to be the celebrant for this ordination. &nbsp;Many family members were present for the ordination as well.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photos, Robert West and Mat. Jessica Fuhrman (who has assisted with photography for many ordinations occurring at the monastery church).</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Spring Appeal Letter Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p class="Default"><em><span style="font-size: 13.0pt; font-family: Georgia; color: #232d32;">The children at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s gather under the flowering trees after Divine Liturgy. Your Lenten gift helps these families prepare for ministry in the Orthodox Church. Thank you so much for your support!</span></em></p> <p>Beloved in the Lord,</p> <p>Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!</p> <p>When you think about Lent, what comes to mind? For many of us, we might think immediately about the serious ascetic tasks of increasing our prayer life, more rigorous fasting, and attending more services.</p> <p>But Fr. Thomas Hopko paints a very different picture in his famous book <em>The Lenten Spring</em>. He begins by saying:</p> <p>&rdquo;The Church welcomes the Lenten spring with a spirit of exultation&hellip;with the enthusiasm of a child&hellip; The tone of the church services is one of brightness and light.&rdquo;</p> <p>Here at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s, we are so blessed to be reminded of the &ldquo;enthusiasm of a child&rdquo; during our Lenten journey, precisely because we are surrounded by children in every service. Right now, there are over 40 children in our seminary community, with another 5 on the way this year!</p> <p>It&rsquo;s only because of your generosity that these families are able to attend St. Tihkon&rsquo;s and prepare to become leaders of the Church.</p> <p>Your past donations have helped cover tuition for these families, and even helped them cover emergency costs like medical expenses and car repairs. St. Tikhon&rsquo;s is a faithful steward of your investment, and we do everything possible to help seminarians and their families when they need it. Thank you for making that generosity possible!</p> <p><strong>During Lent, will you consider a new gift of $100, $250, or more to help the seminarians at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s?</strong></p> <p>Your generosity makes such a difference to the seminarians here &mdash;and to their families.</p> <p>The children have watched their parents leave extended family and careers behind, come to a new place, and sacrifice so much to follow God&rsquo;s calling to serve the Church.</p> <p>Yet these same children also get to experience your generosity and love. They see that Orthodox Christians like you around North America care enough about the future of the Church to support their parents during seminary. What an amazing gift you provide!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Seeing Your Gift Make a Difference</span></p> <p>Thanks to your support, we have celebrated 7 ordinations since December. <strong>And</strong> <strong>I&rsquo;m so happy to share with you that the Seminary's accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Association of Theological Schools for seven years with no notations!&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>This amazing accomplishment is a tremendous validation of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s effectiveness. Our sole focus is practical preparation for ministry, rooted in the spiritual and liturgical life of the Church. Thank you for standing with us in this sacred mission!<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">How We Say Thank You&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Will you consider a new gift of $100, $250, or more to help the seminarians at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s during Lent?</strong></p> <p>By sending a new gift, you are re-committing to a special community of prayer and faith. We look forward to sending you pictures of the young families you are helping, and would like to remember you and your family by name in prayer during our daily Divine Liturgy.</p> <p>Please use the enclosed reply envelope to send your prayer list and your contribution today. Thank you so much for your support, and may God bless you!</p> <p>Wishing you a blessed Lenten journey,</p> <p><strong>Archpriest Steven Voytovich</strong></p> <p>Dean of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary</p> <p>P.S. Your generous support in the past has made St. Tihkon&rsquo;s what it is today. Please join us once again this Lent by sending in your Lenten gift today. &nbsp;Click <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/donate.html"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here </span></a></span>to go to our online donation page. &nbsp;Thank you so much!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Board of Trustees Holds Spring Meeting Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>[South Canaan, PA: &nbsp;STOTS Communications]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">St. Tikhon's Board of Trustees gathered at the seminary for their spring meeting. &nbsp;Board Committees met during the course of the day on Thursday involving a broad spectrum of representatives from seminary constituencies, followed by a full day's meeting of Trustees on Friday. &nbsp;Among the items discussed was the recent ATS reaccreditation review. &nbsp; The photo shows Director of Mission Advancement, Seraphim Danckaert, addressing board members.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Mission Choir Visits Ohio Sun, 05 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-4ec5acad-bde9-c396-454b-ea3a922f2503"></strong>After celebrating the fullness of services of Clean Week, St. Tikhon's Seminary Mission Choir visited Ohio during the first weekend of Great Lent. &nbsp; Please visit the three photo slideshows chronicling the weekend's events.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On Saturday evening, the choir, with Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, visited St. Nicholas Orthodox Chruch in Mogadore, Ohio. &nbsp;Archpriest Nicholas Wyslutsky, parish rector, serves as a member of the Seminary's Alumni Association. &nbsp; After singing the responses for Great Vespers, the congregation and mission choir together enjoyed an evening meal in the church hall. &nbsp;The choir offered a brief program of liturgical music during the dinner. &nbsp;Fr. Steven thanked Fr. Nicholas for his hospitality, and his continued service with the Alumni Association.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On Sunday morning the mission choir visited St. Andrew Church, in Maple Heights. &nbsp;Archpriest Emilian Hutnyan serves as a member of the Seminary's Board of Trustees. &nbsp;Fr. Steven preached the homily and again thanked the parish for their many years of financial support of the seminary. &nbsp;Paul Kappanadze directed the mission choir for the Divine Liturgy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sunday afternoon the choir visited Presentation of our Lord Orthodox Church (Romanian Episcopate) in Fairlawn, Ohio, for Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers. &nbsp;Clergy and faithful came together from many neighboring parishes. &nbsp;Fr. Silviu Bunta, a member of the faculty of the University of Dayton offered the homily. &nbsp;Proceeds from the collection was targeted to St. Tikhon's Seminary. &nbsp;Fr. Steven spoke of the pastoral formation ongoing at the seminary as Vespers ended. &nbsp;An evening lenten meal was served for all attending Vespers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">May God bless all those who made contributions during the course of the weekend to support the work of pastoral formation at the seminary!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s Seminary to host 75th Annual Commencement; His Grace, Bishop Thomas (Joseph) to be Graduation Speaker Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">(South Canaan, PA) It is with great joy that Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary announces that it will hold its 75th Annual Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 27, 2017&nbsp; with His Grace, Bishop Thomas, Bishop of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese serving as commencement speaker. The graduation exercises will be held in front of the All Saints Belltower Chapel on the grounds of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, beginning at 1:00 p.m.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Biography of His Grace, Bishop Thomas</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Of Arab-American heritage, Thomas Joseph was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1953. He attended John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, graduating in 1970. He went on to college at William Paterson College, graduating in 1974. After college, he worked in the Department of Community Improvements in Paterson, then served as a teacher for the Paterson Board of Education. When the Antiochian Village camp opened in the late 1970s, he was recruited by Fr. John Namie to serve as one of the original camp counselors from 1979 to 1982.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the fall of 1979, Thomas began part-time study at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, and was made a subdeacon by Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) of Blessed Memory in July of 1982. He continued his studies until the spring of 1983, when he was assigned to Virgin Mary Church in Yonkers, New York.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 1984, Metropolitan Philip assigned him to St. George Church in Houston, Texas, where he served as Director of Christian Education and Youth Services. While in Texas, the Archdiocese also assigned him to oversee Christian Education and then later teen activities for the churches in the Southwest Region (now the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America). In July of 1988 Thomas was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Michael (Shaheen) of Toledo.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On August 28, 1994, Bishop Antoun (Khouri) ordained Dn. Thomas to the priesthood, and Fr. Thomas served as assistant pastor at his parish in Houston until August of 1996, when he was appointed pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Pinellas Park, Florida, near St. Petersburg.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Between 1996 and his consecration to the episcopacy, Fr. Thomas served in multiple capacities aside from his work as a pastor. He was an appointed member of the Archdiocese Youth Department Board; Spiritual Advisor to the Teen SOYO (Society of Orthodox Youth Organization) Southeastern Region; Chairperson of the Tampa Bay Orthodox Clergy Association; Director of Programs in Pastoral Bioethics for the International Academy of Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine in the United States; Speaker at Braunels, Germany, and at City University of Hong Kong on Bioethics; author of published articles on Christian Bioethics; Speaker at Antiochian Village and third session camp priest for many years; and past President and Vice President of the Tampa Bay Council of Orthodox Churches. In July 2002, Fr. Thomas was granted a Master of Arts degree in Applied Orthodox Theology jointly from the Antiochian House of Studies and the St. John of Damascus School of Theology of the University of Balamand in Lebanon.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On February 15, 2004, Fr. Thomas was elevated to the rank of archimandrite by Bp. Antoun, and on December 5, 2004, he was consecrated to the episcopacy by Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch in Damascus, Syria.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bishop Thomas was enthroned as Bishop of Oakland and the East at St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh (Borough of Oakland), Pennsylvania, on May 6, 2005. In August of 2006, he was awarded a Doctorate in Education from California Coast University. His Grace also sits on the editorial board of the journal Christian Bioethics, which is published by Oxford University Press.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His Grace is also the author of several published articles, including "The Sanctification of Our Parish Life," "Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Its Importance in the Culture Wars," "Training Up a Child: Educational Options for Orthodox Christians," "An Orthodox University: Higher Education for Orthodox Christians" "Sanctified Schooling: Working out Salvation Within Education," "Instructing Your Spiritual Children for Salvation," and the "Orthodox Christian Witness" series. He also co-authored "The Emergence of Local Orthodox Christian Societies in America," and has given presentations for the St. Tikhon's 2016 Continuing Education program including "Instructing your Spiritual Children for Salvation Through Faith in Christ Jesus: The Role of the Pastor in the Lives of Young People" and "Introduction to Orthodox Homeschooling." Other articles include "Orthodox Christian Witness Through a Vibrant Parish Spiritual Life," "Holy Hierarch Nicholas: Patron of Children and Model for Parents," "Sacred Music in the Holy Orthodox Tradition," "Rebuilding the Walls of Jerusalem: The Spiritual Benefit of Frequent Communion," and "Seeking First the Kingdom of God."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to his duties in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, Bishop Thomas also served as the locum tenens of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest from December 2010 to December 2011. Within the Archdiocese, His Grace assists Metropolitan Joseph in overseeing the Antiochian Village, the Christian Education Department, the Youth Department and the Antiochian House of Studies.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since 2011, Bishop Thomas has also chaired the Committee for Youth of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.&nbsp; In May 2014, His Grace was appointed Assistant to the President of the Balamand University in charge of Student Recruitment in North America.&nbsp; Since May 2015, His Grace has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Seminary.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Dr. David Ford Visits Buffalo, NY Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><div style="text-align: justify;">Dr. David C. Ford, Professor of Church History at the Seminary, visited Buffalo over the weekend of March 3-5, 2017, at the invitation of the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of the Niagara Frontier (COCCNF), headed by its new president, Fr. Jason Vansuch (STS 1999), pastor of St. George Orthodox Church (OCA) in Buffalo.&nbsp; Dr. David led a retreat at St. George's&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_276339555"><span class="aQJ">on Saturday</span></span>, on the theme of "The Spiritual Struggle in the Contemporary World." &nbsp;During the retreat he shared a reflection he and his wife have written entitled "The Beauty of Holiness - An Orthodox Offering in Response to the Sexual Revolution of our Time."</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_276339556"><span class="aQJ">On Sunday</span></span>, during the Coffee Hour after the Divine Liturgy, Dr. David spoke on "Getting to Know the Saints Better," and shared a lengthy passage from his newly published translation of St. John Chrysostom's&nbsp;<em>Letters to Saint Olympia</em>, published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press in their Popular Patristics series.&nbsp; Then that&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_276339557"><span class="aQJ">Sunday</span></span>&nbsp;evening, after the Pan-Orthodox Vespers service held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, where the head priest is Fr. Christos Christakis, Dr. David gave a presentation that included reading St. Tikhon of Moscow's homily for the&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_276339558"><span class="aQJ">Sunday</span></span>&nbsp;of Orthodoxy which he preached in 1903 at his cathedral in San Francisco, as he was Archbishop of the Russian Missionary Archdiocese in America.&nbsp; This homily appears in a book published by St. Tikhon's Monastery Press that came out last year, entitled&nbsp;<em>Saint Tikhon of Moscow: Instructions and Teachings for the American Orthodox Faithful&nbsp;</em>(1898 - 1907), which Dr. David helped to translate and edit.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_276339559"><span class="aQJ">Saturday</span></span>&nbsp;evening Dr. David had the pleasure of reconnecting with Stephen Gjurich, one of Fr. Jason's classmates in the Class of 1999 at the Seminary (see photo).&nbsp; Stephen has been a teacher of English as a Second Language at the college level for 18 years now, while attending the Serbian Orthodox Church in Buffalo, and an ongoing donor to the seminary.</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's memorial concert to feature Tchaikovsky Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications]</p> <p dir="ltr">The Chamber Choir of <a href="">Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery</a>, a professional vocal ensemble under the auspices of America&rsquo;s oldest Orthodox monastery, will sing a memorial concert of sacred music, including Tchaikovsky&rsquo;s Nine Sacred Pieces, at Saint Stephen&rsquo;s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM.</p> <p dir="ltr">Proceeds from the concert, titled &ldquo;Blessed Remembrance,&rdquo; will benefit <a href="">Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary</a> [STOTS].</p> <p dir="ltr">The concert will be the second annual Memorial Day Concert by the Chamber Choir, and will honor departed loved ones. The program will include two a cappella choral works: Stepan Smolensky&rsquo;s deeply contemplative Memorial Service for Tsar Alexander III (1904), scored for male chorus, and presented in a new English transcription by Benedict Sheehan; and seven of Tchaikovsky&rsquo;s seminal Nine Sacred Pieces (1885), performed in the original Church Slavonic.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;One of the distinguishing features of Orthodox Christianity is the extent to which the departed are held in continual remembrance,&rdquo; says artistic director Benedict Sheehan. &ldquo;There is literally no service in the Orthodox Church that does not at some point remember those who have fallen asleep, often by name. This phenomenon witnesses to the fact that living believers see themselves as but a small part of that great &lsquo;cloud of witnesses&rsquo; who have gone before, and which we ourselves will ultimately join. This depth and timelessness, this sense of being connected to an eternal reality, runs through Orthodox sacred music. Our concert is an attempt to present some of that reality, and to invite others to participate in it by remembering their own departed loved ones.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to commemorating the departed in Smolensky&rsquo;s Memorial Service, the choir will present seven of Tchaikovsky's Nine Sacred Pieces.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;While only one of Tchaikovsky&rsquo;s pieces expressly refers to the departed,&rdquo; says Sheehan, &ldquo;all of them partake in that sense of the nearness of eternity that characterizes the best examples of Orthodox music. They also formed an artistic foundation for the immense flowering of Russian sacred choral music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky&rsquo;s triumphant chorus, Blessed Are They Whom Thou Hast Chosen (Блажени, Яже Избрал).</p> <p dir="ltr">The Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery is composed of some of the finest solo and ensemble singers in the New York area and around North America.</p> <p dir="ltr">Among those appearing with the ensemble during this concert will be Portland-based baritone John Michael Boyer, known internationally for his work with Cappella Romana; and mezzo-soprano Tynan Davis, whose voice may be heard in Grammy award-winning ensembles Conspirare and Roomful of Teeth and who recently appeared in the cast of the North American Tour of Phantom of the Opera. The choir will also be joined once again by renowned American basso profundo Glenn Miller, a veteran of numerous recordings and concert stages, including Robert Shaw&rsquo;s seminal recording of Rachmaninoff&rsquo;s All-Night Vigil (1990), Conspirare&rsquo;s Grammy award-winning Sacred Spirit of Russia (2014), and Clarion Choir&rsquo;s recent Grammy-nominated Passion Week (2016).</p> <p dir="ltr">Tickets are $30.00 for adults and $10.00 for students.</p> <p dir="ltr">Memorial gifts and concert sponsorships are welcome, and the names and photographs of departed loved ones will be featured during the performance, as well as commemorated during the weekend&rsquo;s Divine Liturgies.</p> <p dir="ltr">Corporate sponsors of the event include <a href="">Renovation Angel</a>, a national non-profit organization that recycles luxury kitchens and donates proceeds to charity, and the <a href="">Patriarch Tikhon Russian American Music Institute</a>, which is holding a<a href=""> weekend training seminar</a> for Church singers and conductors that overlaps with the benefit concert. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Please contact Seraphim Danckaert, STOTS Director of Mission Advancement, at 570-561-1818, ext. 104 for more information, or to make a memorial gift in honor of loved ones you would like remembered during the concert.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary