A Composer’s Insight on New CD, “Till Morn Eternal Breaks”

A Composer’s Insight on New CD, “Till Morn Eternal Breaks”

Our primary goal at the  Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is to share the truth of Orthodoxy with the world. Our secondary goal is to generate fruitful conversations that strengthen us in our own faith and increase our ability to share it in meaningful ways with our fellow human beings. This is why...

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Some Thoughts About Musical Professionalism

Some Thoughts About Musical Professionalism

This past Spring, I had the privilege of recording a CD of my own compositions for St. Tikhon’s Monastery, where I live and work. The CD will be called “Till Morn Eternal Breaks: Sacred Choral Music of Benedict Sheehan.” It was a clearing of the backlog for me, a sort...

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Why Don’t We Pay Our Church Musicians?

Why Don’t We Pay Our Church Musicians?

When, as an eighteen-year-old music student, I took my first paid choir directing job in an Orthodox church, I initially felt a little uneasy about accepting a paycheck. Not because I was overly modest—nobody who knew me then would have accused me of that—but because I thought that, since singing...

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