Tamara Ohanyan is Senior Book Conservator
at the Library of Congress.
March 11, 2011
Ms. Tamara Ohanyan, Senior Book Conservator at the U.S. Library of Congress, will give a live demonstration of the Armenian art of book-binding and manuscript restoration at St. Nersess on Friday, March 25 at 7:30PM.
Ms. Ohanyan, a native of Yerevan, Armenia, is a graduate in Art at the Pedagogical State University of Yerevan. She has worked as a book conservator at the Matenadaran National Manuscript Archives in Yerevan, and the New Julfa Armenian Monastic Library in Isfahan, Iran.
As an artist, her works have appeared in exhibits in Armenia, the U.S. and Canada.
Ms. Ohanyan will speak about her vast experience of restoring ancient Armenian manuscripts, which are windows into Armenia's history, culture and faith.
The presentation is free and and open to the public. A reception will follow.
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St. Nersess alumnus Deacon Rubik Mailian will lecture about and perform Armenian sacred hymns and sharagans at the Seminary on Monday, February 7 at 7:30PM. All are welcome.
Deacon Rubik Mailian, Director of Music at St. John's Armenian Church of Greater Detroit, Michigan and a graduate of St. Nersess Seminary, will present a lecture-recital at the Seminary entitledThe Art of Armenian Sacred Song.
The program will take place this Monday, February 7, 2011 at 7:30PM at the Seminary in New Rochelle, New York.
Beauty, Song and God
Sacred song goes back to the origins of Armenian Christianity. There is not a single service of the Armenian Church that is not suffused with vocal melody, be it simple chants or more complex melodies. Why is singing essential to worship? What has beautiful singing to do with God? Deacon Rubik will explore the foundations and essence of sacred song in Armenian Church worship through a lecture illustrated by renditions of various Armenian hymns and sharagans in his own, hauntingly beautiful tenor voice.
Alumnus of St. Nersess
A classically-trained vocalist, Deacon Mailian has performed with the Houston Symphany, the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Macomb Symphony Orchestra. He holds the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Houston as well as graduate theological degrees from St. Nersess Seminary and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. As well, he has lectured internationally on the sacred music of the Armenian Church.
Theology and Art
The program is the second in a series of lecture-demonstrations organized this year by St. Nersess Seminary entitled, The Arts of Theology. "For the Armenian Church, theology is not merely a matter of words and abstract intellectual concepts," said the Dean, Fr. Daniel Findikyan. "Armenians have always understood theology to be the ongoing process, taken up by all Christians, to come to know a God who is in their midst. As such, theology is revealed in a variety of sacred arts," the Dean added.
All are welcome to attend the lecture and enjoy the music. A reception will follow.
The lecture has been subsidized by the Edward and Anita Essayan Educational Fund of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. For more information write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (914) 636-2003.
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Lectures Streaming Live
The course will begin on Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30PM EST, when the first live lecture will be broadcast from the Seminary in New Rochelle, via UStream.com, where St. Nersess has a dedicated channel. Past lectures will be archived there as well for later viewing at one's convenience. Lectures will follow almost every Wednesday at the same time until May 18, 2011.
Dozens of Sharagans Available in English Translation for Study and Prayer
A wealth of unique resources including Fr. Findikyan's lecture notes and readings, quizzes, glossary, flashcards and original English translations of dozens of sharagans will be available from the Global Classroom only to those who register for the course by making a donation of $125 to support the development of the Seminary's Global Classroom.
One of the oldest printed editions of the Armenian Sharagnots (Book of Hymns) published in 1685 in Amsterdam. In his course,
Fr. Findikyan will discuss the content and layout of the Sharagnots, as well as the history behind its compilation and publication.
Learning in the Coffee House
"The online courses offered through St. Nersess Seminary are an excellent way to make the faith and beliefs of the Armenian Orthodox Church more accessible," said Global Classroom student Eric Vozzy of St. Sarkis Armenian Church (Charlotte, NC). "The medium allows me to watch the lectures in the comfort of my apartment or coffeehouse."
Fr. Daniel Findikyan has been on the faculty of St. Nersess Seminary since 1997, and has served as Dean for ten years. He is also Visiting Professor of Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. A graduate of St. Nersess Seminary, he continued his studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, where he earned a doctoral degree in Liturgical Studies, under the renowned scholar, Robert F. Taft, S.J.
Among his numerous published studies on the history, theology and other aspects of the worship tradition of the Armenian Church, Fr. Findikyan recently published a series of articles in which he has demonstrated that a number of sharagans are much older than once thought, dating to the first half of the fourth century, well before the creation of the Armenian alphabet.
Musical-Poetic-Theological Celebrations of Christian Faith
"Our church's sharagans constitute a sublime mirror of the Armenian Church's theology and spirituality," said Fr. Findikyan. "In our course we will dig deeply in our sacred music to discover how, in prayerful words, poetry, and music, our ancestors grasped and celebrated their faith in Jesus Christ and how the sharagans can deepen our faith and prayer today. I invite any and all--wherever you are--to join me on this expedition."
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