Holy Week presents us with powerful experiences, liturgically and musically. On “Icons in Sound,” Vlad Morosan explores some of the musical and hymnographic highlights of Great and Holy Week, featuring beautiful hymns from the Byzantine and Slavic traditions sung, for the most part, in English.
Dr. Vladimir Morosan, Founder and President of Musica Russica, is one of the leading experts outside Russia in the fields of Russian choral music and Orthodox liturgical music. After completing his undergraduate degree in music at Occidental College, in Los Angeles, California, he received his masters and doctoral degrees in choral music and musicology from the University of Illinois. Combining his Russian heritage with an abiding love for choral music, he undertook groundbreaking research in Europe and the former Soviet Union under the auspices of fellowships from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, IREX/Fulbright-Hays Exchange Program, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the process, he compiled one of the largest and most complete reference collections of Russian choral scores, which became the basis for the ongoing series, Monuments of Russian Sacred Music, published by Musica Russica. His book Choral Performance in Pre-Revolutionary Russia (1986) is considered the definitive study of this topic. Vladimir Morosan is Founder and Artistic Director of Archangel Voices, a professional-level choral ensemble dedicated to producing CDs of Orthodox liturgical music in English. He is also the composer and editor of numerous choral arrangements, chiefly for Orthodox liturgical use, and the Program Director of The Rudder, an internet radio program that airs on the Orthodox Christian Network. He serves as consultant to the music departments of the Orthodox Church in America and the Antiochian Orthdodox Christian Archdiocese, and is Director of Liturgical Music at St. Anthony Antiochian Orthodox Church in San Diego, California.