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Journal of the ISOCM

Volume 2 – Authors

Dimitrios K. Balageorgos, professor, Byzantinologist, performer and conductor, studied theology and musicology in Athens, where he also earned his PhD with a thesis on The Psaltic Tradition of the Akolouthiai According to the Byzantine Secular Typikon (published in Athens, in 2011). He is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Musical Studies of the University of Athens. He deals with the scientific study and research into Byzantine music in all its theoretical, practical, historical and aesthetic aspects, in the broader cultural area of Orthodox Christianity. Equally important is his participation in the programme of cataloguing the manuscript codices of Byzantine music preserved on Mount Sinai.

Jopi Harri holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Turku, where he currently works as a postdoctoral researcher, specializing in the Orthodox church music culture in Finland. He is also employed as a part-time precentor in the Orthodox Parish of Turku, and arranges and composes music for liturgical use.

Bohdan Kindratiuk is doctor of the History of Art, researcher and lecturer at the Carpathian National University of Vasyl Stefanyk. His sphere of scientific interests includes questions of education and musical teaching, the culture of bell-ringing in Ukraine and campanology.

Nataliya Aleksandrovna Kostyuk, PhD, is a senior member of the academic staff at the M.T. Rylsky Institute of Art, Folklore Studies and Ethnology of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Kiev, Ukraine. Her research interests include historical, cultural and stylistic problems of Ukrainian musical culture, choral (especially liturgical) music and trends in contemporary choral performance.

Archpriest Ivan Moody studied music and theology at the Universities of London, Joensuu and York (where he took his PhD). He studied composition with Brian Dennis, Sir John Tavener and William Brooks and his music has been performed and broadcast all over the world, and recorded on labels such as Hyperion, ECM, Telarc, Warner Classics, Sony and Challenge. He has been commissioned and performed by many of the world’s outstanding performers, including the Hilliard Ensemble, the Tallis Scholars, Chanticleer, the BBC Singers, the English Chamber Choir, Raphael Wallfisch, Paul Barnes, Suzie LeBlanc, Cappella Romana, the Coro Nacional de España, the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Trio Mediaeval, Singer Pur, the Goeyvaerts Trio and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.


His largest works to date are Passion and Resurrection (1992), the Akathistos Hymn (1998) and Qohelet (2013). Other significant works include The Dormition of the Virgin (2003), the double-bass concerto The Morning Star (2003), the piano concerto Linnunlaulu (2003), Passione Popolare (2005), Ossetian Requiem (2005), the tuba concerto Pipistrello (2007), Stabat Mater (2008), Moons and Suns (2008), the piano quintet Nocturne of Light (2009), the bass clarinet concerto Dragonfly (2013), Simeron (2013) for vocal trio and string trio, and the Dante Trilogy (2014) for choir and ensemble. He is currently working on new pieces for the pianist Artur Pizarro and for soprano Suzie Leblanc. (For further information see http://www.ivanmoody.co.uk)


As a conductor he works regularly with professional choirs and ensembles in both Europe and America, and has paid special attention to contemporary music and Orthodox church music. As a musicologist his work has dealt with the music of the Balkans and the Iberian Peninsula, contemporary sacred music and the theology of religious music. He is a researcher at CESEM – Universidade Nova, Lisbon.

Dr Kurt Sander's compositions have been performed in twelve countries on four different continents. Hailed for writing "intensely beautiful spiritual music," Sander seeks to capture the sublime dimensions of the Eastern Orthodox faith in both his choral and instrumental works.


While his record of work includes a variety of contemporary concert pieces, his energies are heavily focused on the choral music of the Orthodox Church and writing about the aesthetics of Orthodox creativity.


His sacred choral work has been sung by many fine performing ensembles including Cappella Romana, the Cincinnati Camerata, the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, the St. Romanos Cappella, Conquering Time Ensemble, Archangel Voices, and the The Patriach Tikhon Choir. It has also been featured at the CREDO International Festival of Orthodox Choral Music by the Orthodox Singers under the direction of Valery Petrov.


Sander has also acquired notoriety for his works written for both chamber ensembles and orchestras. He was recently named a finalist in the American Prize for his chamber work "Ella's Song" about the life of St. Elizabeth, Grand Duchess of Russia. Other instrumental works have been performed by the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the Brasov Philharmonic (Romania), the Plevan Philharmonic (Bulgaria) and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Synchonia, the Corbett Trio, the Solaris Wind Quintet, the St. Petersburg Quartet. 

Sander also is an active presenter and author. His reseach is directed toward the relationships between Orthodox iconography and music, and the unique traditions that inform the creative process for the artist and composer, more specifically, the work of contemporary Orthodox composer Arvo Pärt.


Sander holds degrees in composition from Northwestern University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Cleveland State University. His teachers include Bain Murray, William Karlins, Alan Stout, Rudolph Bubalo, Andrew Imbrie, and Alan Sapp.

Paul Barnes: Praised by the New York Times for his “Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity,” and the San Francisco Chronicle as “ferociously virtuosic,” pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured four times on APM’s Performance Today and on the cover of Clavier Magazine and his recordings are broadcast worldwide. He has performed in England, China, Korea, Taiwan, Austria, Russia, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Hungary, and in all major cities throughout the US.


Barnes is Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music. He teaches during the summer at the Vienna International Piano Academy and the Amalfi Coast Festival in Italy.


Barnes also serves as head chanter at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Lincoln where his devotion to Byzantine chant has led to many commissioned works based on byzantine chant. These include Victoria Bond’s piano concerto Ancient Keys based on a Greek Orthodox communion hymn and Ivan Moody’s piano quintet Nocturne of Light featuring the venerable Greek Orthodox hymn “Christos Anesti – Christ is Risen.”


Barnes's twelfth CD New Generations: The New Etudes of Philip Glass and Music of the Next Generation was released in November of 2015. Produced by Glass’s label Orange Mountain Music, the recording features a selection of Glass’s etudes juxtaposed with works by N. Lincoln Hanks, Lucas Floyd, Ivan Moody, Jason Bahr, Zack Stanton, and Jonah Gallagher. The sonic result is a breathtaking panorama of the energetic and expressive landscape that is twenty-first century piano music.


In celebration of twenty years of collaboration, Barnes is commissioning Philip Glass to write a piano quintet to be premiered with the Chiara Quartet in March of 2018. Entitled Piano Quintet No.1 Evangelismos (Annunciation) the quintet will be based on Greek Orthodox hymns for the Annunciation of the Theotokos. Barnes’s recordings are available on Pandora, iTunes, YouTube, and Amazon.

John Michael Boyer has been a professional singer and conductor since 1999. His early childhood music training was in Gregorian Chant and Renaissance polyphony under Dean Applegate in the renowned ensemble Cantores in Ecclesia. He began studies in Byzantine Music at age 14 under musicologist Alexander Lingas and has since studied with the late Lycourgos Angelopoulos (+2014) and with renowned muicologist, cantor, and composer Ioannis Arvanitis.


For his degree in music from the University of California, Berkeley, he studied orchestral, choral and operatic conducting with David Milnes and Marika Kuzma. He has sung as a core member of Cappella Romana since 1999. As Protopsaltis (First Cantor) of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco since 2006 and an expert Byzantine cantor, he lectures on liturgical music across the United States and abroad. He was artistic director of the Josquin Singers, and associate conductor of Bay Area Classical Harmonies (bayareabach.org). He coached Chanticleer for their Grammy award-winning recording of Sir John Tavener's Lamentations and Praises


Boyer is an active composer, producing music for Cappella Romana's Divine Liturgy, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology's All Creation Trembled, as well as a wide variety of material for liturgical use in the Byzantine tradition in English, such as settings of the Orthodox Funeral Office for Sir John Tavener’s funeral in 2013. He also collaborated on the Psalm 103 project for the St John of Damascus Society with composers Matthew Arndt, Alexander Khalil, Kurt Sander, Richard Toensing (+2014), and Tikey Zes. In 2014, John graduated with his Master’s of Divinity as a seminarian at Holy Cross and plans to pursue a PhD in musicology through the University of Athens.


In addition to his continued work singing, teaching, and composing as Protopsaltis of the Metropolis of San Francisco, he is currently writing a textbook entitled Byzantine Music: The Received Tradition – A Lesson Book, projected to be published in 2017.

Dr Sydney Nicoletta Freedman is a performer and student of Georgian, Byzantine, and Slavic chant repertories as well as early Western music. She holds a BA in Music History and Mediaeval Studies from St Olaf College and an MA in Ritual Chant and Song from the University of Limerick. Her PhD in Arts Practice, also from the University of Limerick, explores the theology of singing in Orthodox Christian worship, with a focus on Holy Week and Paschal hymnography with a concentration on Georgian Orthodox chant traditions.


Dr Freedman has chanted with Orthodox communities throughout Ireland and the United States, including several Greek, Romanian, and Georgian parishes, and has sung with a variety of early music ensembles in Ireland, including Cantoral, with whom she recorded early Irish repertoire.


Dr Freedman served as the choir director at the Three Holy Hierarchs Mission in Northfield, MN, and is continuing her research in the study of patristic writings and her ongoing fieldwork in the Svaneti region of Georgia while living at the St Nina's Monastery in Union Bridge, MD.

John Black has been involved in liturgical music as a director and arranger for nearly twenty years.  He was most recently choir director at St Stephen's Cathedral (OCA) in Philadelphia from 2008-2012. Prior to that, John directed at Holy Trinity Church in Pottstown, PA and St. Michael the Archangel in Wilmington, DE, and has assisted in arranging and typesetting for the Department of Liturgical Music of the Orthodox Church in America from 2005–2009.

John earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania where he studied music education, composition, and percussion. He studied liturgical music at St Vladimir's Seminary and also completed the Diaconal Formation Program offered through St Tikhon’s Seminary.

John has spent time in both Antiochian and OCA parishes, and was surrounded by Orthodox liturgical music from an early age since his father (also a long-time choir director) directed at many parishes in the New York City and northern New Jersey areas. He firmly believes in music as a powerful witness of the Orthodox faith to the world, especially when it is written and executed in a way that connects with the people in their own language and culture. These ideals have guided his own compositions and arrangements of liturgical music. In the future, John plans to continue graduate work in choral studies; with a particular focus on the adult learner, and bridging the gap between resources and techniques offered by western music education and the demands on those who serve musically in the Orthodox faith.

Juliana Woodill is a choral director in Fairfax County, VA. She began teaching in 2009 after she received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Musical Theater from Westminster Choir College. During her time at Westminster, she studied conducting with Dr Joe Miller, and sang with the Westminster Symphonic Choir under the baton of many conducting greats including Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Jarvi, Pierre Boulez and Kurt Masur.


She has taught music across all ages in Fairfax County Public Schools and currently teaches chorus at Lanier Middle School. Her four choirs consistently receive superior ratings at local and state adjudications, where they regularly receive comments about their incredibly mature sound and artistry, rarely found in middle school choirs. 

Juliana grew up singing in the Orthodox Church at her home parish in California and began singing in the church youth choir at age 8. Being surrounded by beautiful choral singing in a church context set her on the path to becoming a conductor. During her time at Westminster, she conducted the choir at Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox mission in Princeton, NJ. She continues this work today as the assistant choral director at All Saints of America Orthodox Church in Alexandria, VA and loves the opportunity to bring the musicianship and skills of the choral world into the church setting.


She believes strongly in the importance of beautiful, healthy singing both in church, and in her school choirs.


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