Fall 2020 Late-Start Class

Russian Church Singing

The influence of the Russian church singing tradition extends beyond Russian Orthodox Christianity and the Russian-rooted Orthodox Church in America, to the many other Orthodox Churches and jurisdictions, and even to secular classical music! This course will cover the historical development and content of the Russian Orthodox chant repertoire, and the practical execution of Russian-style chant in the English-speaking Orthodox Church. Students will learn the system of ‘eight tones’ and some of the fixed hymnography, coming away prepared to sing the main services of the Eastern Orthodox Church in English with beauty, confidence, and clarity. Previous musical experience is helpful, but not necessary. Students will be required to sing alone during class.


  • Prerequisites: Basic singing ability is necessary.
    Instructor: James Latimer, M.Div.
    Age Level: 12 years – adult, or by permission of instructor.
    Minimum Enrollment: 5

    Maximum Enrollment: 15
    Tuition per Semester:  $175

    Class Meets
    : Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:30 PM Pacific
    Class Dates: October 20 to December 8

    Click Here to see the 2020-21 Class Schedule 

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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James Latimer, M.Div.

James Latimer’s love of language and learning began as a child when he used to make up his own languages. He received his B.A. from St John’s College, where he double majored in Philosophy and History of Mathematics & Science, and double minored in Comparative Literature and Classical Studies. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and a Precentor and Choir Director’s Certificate from the Synodal School of Liturgical Music in Jordanville, NY. James has served as a choir director in Orthodox Churches for about eight years. He enjoys singing, gardening, baking bread, and swimming in ice cold water. He lives with his wife and children in South Carolina.


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Russian Church Singing
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