Robert Sirico, was born in 1970 and raised in Sufflok County, Long Island, NY. He is a professional educator specializing in High School Regents and AP level Physics. Mr.Sirico’s musical experience includes independent composer and Liturgical Choir Director where he oversees the music program at his spiritual home in the parish of St. John Theologian Orthodox Church in Shirley, NY (www.stjt.org).
Mr. Sirico has studied music composition as a private student for the past 20 years under the ausipicies of such notable American composers as Charles B. Griffin, the late Ludmila Ulehla – Former Chairwoman of Manhattan School of Music Composition Department (d.2009+), and as of 2008, Dr. Nicholas Reeves, Professor of Sacred Music at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood , New York.
In addition to his multiple degrees and teaching licences in the sciences including Physics, Mathematics, and Environmental Engineering, Mr. Sirico has most recently completed a Bachelors of Music (2013) accredited by the State University of New York’s Empire State College, in association with the Music Department of SUNY Stonybrook, with a concentration in Composition as well as passing the NYS Music Teacher’s License Exam.
As a composer and church choir director, Robert Sirico founded the collaborative known with increasing popularity as the ‘Orthodox Christian Music Project’ (OCMP) which has been premiering original compositions for the advancement of sacred music both liturgical in function and devotional in spirit since 2009.
It is his hope to use the gift of music to bring the sacred texts of the ancient church to the ears of the modern listener, promote good musicianship, and provide professional level ensemble experience to musicians in the New York Area.
Nicholas Reeves, born in 1981, holds degrees in composition from Westminster Choir College and Manhattan School of Music. He has studied at the Brevard Music Center, participated in a master class at Manhattan School of Music during the Pierre Boulez/IRCAM residency, and during the summer of 2005 his music was featured at the Winds of Læsø art festival in Denmark. In February he embarked on an ambitious four-day concert engagement, The Four Stop Tour. This was a versatile series of performances in Manhattan encompassing four aspects of American musical culture: film, theater, sacred hymns and concert works. His music was heard at The Riverside Church, The 45th Street Theater, and Merkin Hall. Of especial interest was an historic performance of selections from Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil sung by the Canticum Novum singers under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum. The Vespers portion was sung as an actual Orthodox Service with Propers composed by Reeves. Now he is currently pursuing a DMA in classical composition as a student of Richard Danielpour.
Seraphim Huling: Seraphim Sound & Vision, LLC
OCMP Audio Engineer
Studio Owner and audio engineer Seraphim Huling is honored to collaborating with the Orthodox Christian Music Project. Seraphim combines the art of music with the science of acoustics and technology, to create pristine recordings that live and breathe with the same vibrancy as the live performance.
A trained musician, Seraphim composes original music and creates sound design elements for film and television post-production, He has engineered at Boston’s Symphony Hall, Hynes Convention Center, and Connecticut’s Jurgensen Auditorium on featured performances including conductor Seiji Ozawa, drummer Roy Haynes, and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. His studio recording and mobile installation expertise has been put to good use by Comcast, WLVX, PostWorks, and Photomag, installing editing suites for the likes of Sofia Coppola’s feature film Marie Antoinette.
Seraphim’s 20 years of experience in the audio industry encompass concert and studio recording, theater, television, radio production, and sound reinforcement. He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from Queens College. He studied music production and engineering, composition and saxophone at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. and the University of Connecticut. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.