of Archangel Voices are, for the most part, engaged in various types
of work as music professionals in and around New England and the Mid-Atlantic--music
teachers, solo recitalists, church choir directors, college faculty
and staff, and members of various other choral ensembles, including
CONCORA, the New Haven Oratorio Society, and the Patriarch Tikhon Choir. The following outstanding
vocalists have been part of Archangel Voices over the past ten
Stacey Schinas Grimaldi
Natalka Pavlovsky Weismantel
Salli-Jo D. Borden
Mary Ann Sporcic
Fr. Sergius Halvorsen
Michael A. Ciavaglia
Kevin McGoff, OFM
Joseph W. Scott
Voices began in 2003 as a collaborative idea between its Founder
and Artistic Director, Vladimir Morosan, and Fr. Sergius Halvorsen.
At that time, both were serving at SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
in Meriden, Connecticut, where, from time to time, they had occasion
to sing various liturgical solos and duets in the course of divine
services, sometimes joined by one of the choir members to form a
trio. Not knowing exactly how long they would continue to have the
opportunity to sing together, Fr. Sergius and Vlad decided to make
a recording, initially simply as a “souvenir” of their
experience of singing at SS Peter and Paul, and as a fund raiser
for the fledgling organization of Orthodox church musicians, PSALM.
With the help of Stacey Schinas Grimaldi, a professional soprano
who was a member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange,
Connecticut, a group of eight top-caliber voices was assembled to
record an CD that would focus on small-ensemble liturgical works
for both women’s and men’s voices, as a way of demonstrating
the beauty that could be achieved in liturgical singing even with
a relatively small contingent of singers. The title of the first
CD was “With the Voice of the Archangel,” named after
the initial track, the Magnification for the feast of the Annunciation.
CD was so well received that two years later, in the fall of 2005,
we decided to record another one, this time dedicated to the hymnography
and carols of the Nativity of Christ, including the pre-festal period
leading up to it. This time the size of the group was expanded to
twelve singers, and we were extremely fortunate to have the services
of Natalka Pavlovsky Weismantel as Music Producer. By this time
it was apparent that the group needed a name, and in a moment of
inspiration, the name “Archangel Voices” came to us,
providing an obvious connection with the initial CD.
of working on “Christ Is Born! Give Glory!” proved to
be so rewarding for everyone concerned, that although the group
did not have a continuous existence after the recording sessions,
every singer except one was able to enthusiastically answer the
call when it was decided to record “Resurrection!” in
the spring of 2006. Joined by two additional singers, Archangel
Voices was now thirteen strong.
recording “Resurrection!” Vlad and his wife Helen moved
from Connecticut to San Diego, California. The increased distance
did not affect the work of Archangel Voices, however. In the fall
of 2007, we gathered again, this time sixteen voices strong, to
record “Master, Bless!” Although we were sorry to leave
the familiar confines and rewarding acoustics of SS Peter and Paul
Church, we found an equally welcoming acoustic environment at St.
Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange, Connecticut, which had
the advantage of being in a quieter location for recording purposes.
We were also pleased to welcome composer Roman Hurko as Music Producer
for this project.
interior of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Orange, Connecticut
St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Orange, Connecticut
In 2009 Archangel Voices recorded "Lamentations" once again in the splendid acoustics of
St Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Orange, Connecticut.
In 2013 Archangel Voices returned to St Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange, Connecticut to record "Panagia."
On June 8, 2013, following the recording sessions for "Panagia," Archangel Voices made their
first concert appearance as part of the "Music on the Mount" concert series, at Holy Trinity Church, Danbury, Connecticut.