Jun 21, 2014

OCMP Project

The Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian Music Project (OCMP), was founded in the summer of 2009 by Com­poser and Choir Direc­tor Robert Sirico for the advance­ment of sacred music both litur­gi­cal in func­tion and devo­tional in spirit.

The cat­e­chism of the Ortho­dox Church is no more clearly expressed than in the ancient hymnog­ra­phy sung dur­ing the sacred ser­vices of the litur­gi­cal year. We, as com­posers of Sacred Music, say noth­ing new or express our own opin­ions.  Rather, we echo what has been time­lessly repeated by the Holy Ortho­dox and Catholic Church which pro­claims ‘Jesus Christ who is the same yes­ter­day, today, and for­ever ….’ (Heb 13:8)

The Mis­sion of the ‘Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian Music Project’ is mul­ti­fac­eted and its works include:
Bring­ing the sacred texts of the ancient church to the ears of the mod­ern listener by assim­i­lat­ing and re-presenting them through orig­i­nal music rooted in ancient forms.  When one plumbs the riches of the texts of var­i­ous hymno­g­ra­phers from var­i­ous peri­ods in the churches’ his­tory, there is an astound­ing cor­pus which reflects the diver­sity of top­ics for which, and needs of per­sons about whom, the church prayed.  The church has always been con­cerned for the wel­fare of her suf­fer­ing souls here on earth as well as for their eter­nal sal­va­tion in the age to come.  This is nowhere more appar­ent than by sur­vey­ing the table of con­tents of the Menan­ion or the ‘Great Book of Needs’. 

Char­i­ta­ble Outreach: It is the explicit objec­tive of the OCMP to com­pose new music from the ancient sacred texts and to pre­mier these works in con­certs, prayer ser­vices, or Divine Litur­gies to spir­i­tu­ally min­is­ter to the needs of the souls of our hear­ers, to raise social aware­ness about the needs of our suf­fer­ing brethren, and to coop­er­ate with the char­i­ta­ble works of  the Holy Ortho­dox and Catholic Church and orga­ni­za­tions such as the Inter­na­tional Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian Char­i­ties (IOCC).

Pro­mot­ing Good Musi­cian­ship and Pro­vid­ing Sup­port and Train­ing for Choir Staff of the Parishes in the Ortho­dox Church in America: As an endeavor of the OCMP, sem­i­nars and work­shops are in devel­op­ment to pro­vide sup­port, train­ing, and music mate­ri­als for choir direc­tors, choir mem­bers, and ‘Read­ers’ to help them learn the cycle of ’Ser­vice Books’, pre­pare for the holy feasts, improve their singing tech­nique, and to chant fluidly.

Future Endeavors
The Orthodox Christian Music Project has had the privilege of premiering original liturgical music to accompany services at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers New York, the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection in New York City, as well as para-liturgical performance cantatas drawn from the hymnography for Christmas and Holy Friday. A full video playlist is available on the Orthodox Christian Music Project YouTube Channel.

There are two OCMP concerts planned for the future which include “The Epiphany Cantata” due for performance in 2015 and the biographical cantata, “The Life of St. Seraphim of Sarov”,  half complete but due for premier in 2016-17.  

As the Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian Music Project is still in its infancy, there is a long road ahead to achieve, by God’s grace, all the objec­tives listed in the mis­sion state­ment and on the performance agenda.  Nonethe­less, we are pleased to be of ser­vice to the Church and her flock, and hope to receive the bless­ings and finan­cial sup­port to con­tinue this min­istry for years to come.  Please visit the “Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian Music Project” website, or our Facebook page for status updates on projects, concerts, and ministry activity.

Robert Sirico
Composer & Founder
Orthodox Christian Music Project



Robert Sirico said...

Thank you OFA for your interest in the Orthodox Christian Music Project. I am honored to be included with so many fine contemporary artists. May all of their ministries be blessed.


Gwen said...

Music has the power to communicate each aspect of the gospel.