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“Preparing Our Hearts for Great Lent” title of Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania Woman’s Retreat


The Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania will host a Women’s Retreat titled, “Preparing Our Hearts for Great Lent” on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 9:30am – 3:00pm at the Monastery of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk.

Mother Gabriella (Ursache), Abbess of the Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery, will be the main speaker. The cost of the retreat is $10.00 per person and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information and to register please contact Matushka Emilia Shepherd at 910-988-3462, or

Society of Saint Romanos the Melodist to Host Master Class in Chicago


The Orthodox Music Master Class 2020 for Composers and Conductors will be held in Chicago, June 17-21, 2020.

The Master Class is sponsored by the Society of Saint Romanos the Melodist and will be lead by a faculty of internationally renowned composers and conductors including Fr. Ivan Moody, Dr. Matthew Arndt, Natasha Bogojevich, Maestro Steven Fox, Dr. Peter Jermihov, Dr. Tamara Petijevic, Dr. Irina Riazanova, Dr. Kurt Sander and Anastasia Serdseva and accompanists Matushka Velislava Franta, Timothy Morrow and Melita Zdravkovic.

Special features include the appearance of St. Stephen of Dachani Choir as the Master Class Choir and pianist Paul Barnes performing works by Fr. Ivan Moody, Matthew Arndt, Victoria Bond, Phillip Glass and Kurt Sander.

More information is available online.

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International Society of Orthodox Christian Music and SVOTS Offer Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium


Registration is now open for the 2020 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium which will take place Wednesday, June 10 through Sunday, June 14, 2020 on the campus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary [SVOTS].

The event, co-hosted by SVOTS and the International Society for Orthodox Church Music [ISOCM] will explore the theme of “Music as Liturgy,” with masterclasses, keynote presentations, and workshops. The Symposium is designed for choir directors, singers, chanters, composers, musicologists, church school teachers, clergy, youth leaders, readers, and anyone interested in developing their liturgical music skill sets.

“This Symposium, hosted in collaboration with St. Vladimir’s, represents an exciting new development for both ISOCM and the Seminary in the promotion and understanding of Orthodox church music in the English-speaking world,” according to Protopresbyter Ivan Moody, chair of the ISOCM board.

The complete schedule and more information is available online.