The Summer School of Liturgical Music at Holy Trinity Seminary was founded in 1992 with the blessing of the Rector of the Seminary, Metropolitan Laurus (+). SSLM was originally established as part of a broader effort by the Synodal Liturgical Music Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia to raise the quality of church singing within ROCOR parishes across the Russian Diaspora. Almost immediately, the School expanded its mandate to welcome students from across all Orthodox jurisdictions, from all corners of the globe, as well as non-Orthodox students who wish to acquaint themselves with the unique tradition of Russian Orthodox liturgical singing.
The two week summer sessions take place in the spiritually enlightening setting of the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, where the students have the opportunity to attend services and to interact with the monastic brotherhood, whose support for the School has historically been deeply appreciated.
SSLM is part of the Holy Trinity Seminary, and as such is accredited by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York. Classes take place in the Seminary’s classrooms, and some of our male students are housed in the Seminary dormitory.
In order not to disturb the Monastery brotherhood, the School runs its own dining facilities, where students enjoy three full meals a day, with Lenten meals served on the relevant days of the Julian Calendar. Coffee, tea and snacks are available throughout the school day. The dining hall also has a computer station for student use, and is connected to wifi that the students may access. The SSLM administrative office is located in the same building as the dining hall, and the School staff is on-site from 7 am to late at night to address student and faculty needs.