Archpriest Andre Papkov
Archpriest Andre Papkov, along with his work with the newly formed Liturgical Arts School, is a founding faculty member and director of Summer School of Liturgical Music at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY. In addition to heading the School, he teaches Liturgical Performance Practice course, a unique first-year level class that he developed to introduce students to the practical issues facing singers and conductors of Russian church choirs, and to address creative solutions to the most unexpected kliros situations.
Father Andre was born in 1951 in Munich, Germany. Arriving in the US in 1956, and after completing his secondary education he entered the Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY, where he graduated in 1973. The same year he was ordained to the diaconate, in which capacity he served for 28 years, in Nyack, NY (1973-1976), at the San Francisco Cathedral of Joy of All who Sorrow (1976-1982), and at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville (1982-2001). From 1982-1984 he was enrolled in the New England Conservatory as a graduate student majoring in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance, graduating with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 1984. In 2001 he was elevated to the holy priesthood and was assigned to the Holy Trinity Monastery until 2005, whereupon he was assigned as the Cathedral Dean to Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago-Des Plaines area, where he is serving presently.
Father Andre has been extensively involved in the field of Russian Liturgical Music since the 1970s. In the 28 years that he served as a deacon and later protodeacon, Father Andre was recognized throughout the Russian Diaspora and Russia as an exemplary Orthodox bass soloist, recording numerous CDs and working with some of the best Orthodox choirs in the world. In the 1980s, he directed the choir of the Holy Epiphany parish in Roslindale, MA, and was, for several years, the director of the Seminary Choir at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, where he also taught liturgical singing. In 1992, with the blessing of the late Metropolitan Laurus he founded the Summer School of Liturgical Music at Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary in Jordanville. He has also been active in the work of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia’s Synodal Liturgical Music Commission for more than twenty years, and is presently serving as its chairman.
Protodeacon Vadim Gan
Protodeacon Vadim Gan was born in Syracuse NY but grew up in Northern California, active in both his home parish of St. Seraphim’s in Monterey and as a student of the Sts. Kirill & Methodius school at the San Francisco cathedral “Joy of All Who Sorrow.” After studying at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY, he began studying the art of leading an Orthodox choir in Sacramento with Dimitri Gortinsky, formerly the master of the Pattiarchal choir in Belgrade, Serbia. He dedicated seven years of service to the parish of All Saints of Russia as its choir director, prior to moving to Australia, where he was ordained to the holy diaconate in 2000. In 2006 he accepted an invitation to relocate in order to lead the diaconate of the Diocese of Chicago and the Midwest. He bore this duty until 2014, when he transferred to the Synodal Cathedral in New York.
In those years, protodeacon Vadim has served at many special occasions and ordinations, led numerous workshops on arts as diverse as bell-ringing and the interactions between choir and clergy, and represented ROCOR at an invitational Deacons ‘ festival and concourse in Irkutsk, Siberia. He has also appeared on numerous concert stages and recordings as a soloist, performing both sacred and secular works. His family is well known for its influential clerics, especially his grandfather, Archpriest Rostislav of blessed memory.
For the final two days of the conference
HIs Grace, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan
will officiate the hierarchical All night vigil and divine liturgy.