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Very Rev. Fr. Bohdan Hladio: Cantoring Skills Workshop Introduction.mp3

Cantoring Skills Workshop: Course Syllabus

Purpose of the Course

The purpose of the course is to deepen the faith by broadening the understanding and appreciation of the order, logic and structure of Orthodox liturgical services.

Instruction will be provided in:

  • Basic vocal technique
  • Use of the Typikon in the reconciliation of the Monthly, Daily and Paschal cycles
  • The Kyivan or Obikhod melodies of the 8 Tones — Vesperal, Resurrectional and Prokeimen
  • Basic melodies of the Divine Liturgy and Vespers
  • The Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts and other Lenten services
  • Particularities of annual services including the Great Water Blessing and Holy Week

Those attending the workshops will leave with new knowledge of an ancient faith — and an enriched liturgical experience.

Who may Attend

Everyone — men, women; young and old. Though the name of the Workshop series is “Cantoring Skills”, the courses are not intended solely or even principally for those currently fulfilling this responsibility in their own parishes. Nor are they meant chiefly for choir directors and choristers. Anyone interested in gaining insight into what we do in Church and why we do it — should attend.


pastyr.ca_NB_Fr._BohdanThe Very Reverend Archpriest Bohdan Hladio is pastor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist in Oshawa, Ontario.

Fr. Bohdan was ordained deacon in July, 1986, and entered into the priesthood in November, 1988 in L’viv, Ukraine. A frequent lecturer on aspects of Orthodox life and worship, Fr. Bohdan has been instrumental in the preparation and dissemination of liturgical texts and music — including widely-used books for the Divine Liturgy, the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts, Vespers, the Panakhyda and Moleben’ services.

Fr. Bohdan has served the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada as Priest in charge of parishes from Hamilton, Ontario — to Winnipeg, Manitoba — to Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

His audio recordings of the prayers and responses of the Divine Liturgy in Galician chant are used as guides by the Orthodox faithful in parishes steeped in Western Ukrainian musical tradition — and are available on the website of the Alberta Benevolent Cantors Association.

Time, Location

The Cantoring Skills Workshops begin promptly at 1:00pm on one Saturday every month from September, 2013 to June, 2014, at the Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor of St. Demetrius, on Lakeshore Blvd. West, in Etobicoke:

Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius

3338 Lakeshore Blvd. West
Etobicoke, ON
M8W 1M9

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Lectures run from 1:00pm to shortly before 5:00pm — and are followed immediately by Vespers, which permit course participants to apply what they’ve learned that day immediately. While attending all the workshops is, of course, the ideal, the lectures are designed as individual stand-alone units, so that participants who miss one workshop, or join later in the program will not be lost or confused.

Language of Instruction

Instruction will be in English and Ukrainian. Unilingual English or Ukrainian speakers are both welcome.

Musical Notation

This section is dynamic, and will change throughout the course of the workshops.
For Saturday, September 7th, those attending are asked to print off the following files and bring them with them to St. Demetrius’ church:
Вечірня (UA) • Vespers (EN)
Воскресні голоси (тропарі) 2-5 (UA) • Resurrectional Troparia tone 2-5 (EN)
Стихири Св. Іоана Дамаскина (UA) • Stykhyry of St. John of Damascus (EN)

Course Fees

There are none. The courses are offered under the auspices of the Eastern Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada for the benefit of all.

Required Texts

Course participants must have the following:

  • Добрий Пастир ∞ Good Shepherd prayer book, (UOCC, either the 2013 or 2007 edition)
  • Funeral Rite of a Layman, (UOCC, 2008)

Available through the Consistory Church Goods Store:

A limited number of these texts will be available for purchase at the workshop. To reserve a copy, contact Fr. Bohdan:, or at: (905) 433-5577.

Recommended Reading

It is highly recommended that course participants purchase a copy of the book The Typikon Decoded by Archbishop Job Getcha.
Another text which participants may find useful is A Practical Handbook for Divine Services by Fr. Gregory Woolfenden.

Lesson Plan

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner • Господи, Ісусе Христе, Сину Божий, помилуй мене, грішного
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner.
Господи, Ісусе Христе, Сину Божий, помилуй мене, грішного.
Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν ἁμαρτωλόν.

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