Next weekend, the St. James Church in Evanston, IL, will be the site for the Eastern Diocese’s “Sacred Music Festival”—a gathering of choir singers, directors, instrumentalists, and lovers of Armenian sacred music from throughout the Diocese.
Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel will preside over the festival, which will run Friday to Sunday, October 4-6, and is open to all who love Armenian liturgical music, and wish to elevate their understanding and improve their performance.
The festival—dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gomidas Vartabed—is built around a schedule of educational and inspirational seminars and “hands-on” workshops with expert musicians.
The evening schedule includes a Friday night lecture/recital on Gomidas by Dn. Rubik Mailian, and a Saturday night screening of the documentary “Singing in Exile,” about a vanishing aspect of liturgical singing, with a follow-up discussion.
The Sacred Music Festival is a presentation of the Diocese’s Sacred Music Council. You can still register online registration right here on the Diocesan website.
Click on the following direct link to the online registration form, to find contact information and details about fees, workshop choices, and a downloadable schedule of speakers and presentations.