I began composing and arranging music for my monastic brotherhood after attending a Summer Institute at St. Vladimir’s seminary in 2002. Studying under such notable Orthodox choral musicians as Prof. David Drillock, Mark Bailey, Jessica Suchy-Pilalis helped to start this labor of love. The knowledge and wisdom they passed on to us students was invaluable.
My motivation was simple: a desire to have our daily monastic services singable and pleasing to the ear, without requiring many voices to pull it off. Monasticism in this country is, after all, in its infancy. Through the years, some of my arrangements and compositions have made their way into people’s homes and churches after the production of the CD The Eyes of All Look to Thee with Hope. [Click on the title to download a physical CD, or for Digital downloads visit CD Baby.com]*
Occasionally I get email requests for sheet music, because for a couple years my original web page for downloads has not been available. After a number of requests, I decided it was high time to make good on my promise to make things available online again.
With the blessing of my abbot, Fr. Tryphon, I’m making available a wide variety of music for download. All contributions are either original arrangements/settings or compositions.
I dedicate this web site to my dear friend, an inspiration, an encouragement and a kindred spirit: Maia Aprahamian. May her memory be eternal. To learn more about our monastery, visit this link: All-Merciful Saviour Monastery
*All album and track proceeds go to the Monastery of St. John in Manton, CA