The Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir’s Seminary represents:

A collaboration born out of the deep connection between the composer and the spiritual tradition that grounds his music.


The seminary is working with Arvo Pärt and his trusted conductor Tõnu Kaljuste to compile a select repertoire of his compositions. These will be performed by the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir – two world-class ensembles that have extensive experience with the performance and recording of Pärt’s oeuvre. Pärt’s current CD release, Adam’s Lament, recorded with these musicians has just won the Grammy award for Best Choral Performance. These events will bring Arvo Pärt in person to New York for the first time since 1984.


The flagship event will be a concert presented by St. Vladimir’s Seminary at Carnegie Hall on May 31, 2014 the same day that Arvo Pärt will come in person to receive an honorary doctorate from St. Vladimir’s Seminary. The choir will also perform Pärt’s Kanon Pokajanen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 2. Concerts will also take place in Washington, DC, at the John F. Kennedy Center on May 27 and the Phillips Collection on May 29.

Lectures and discussion sessions with Dr. Peter Bouteneff, an SVS faculty member with degrees in music and theology, will detail the spiritual foundations of Pärt’s signature compositional style, deepening the appreciation of the composer’s work.

Shining a light into previously unexplored depths of Pärt’s work


St. Vladimir’s Seminary is working with Maestro Pärt to distill and explicate the spiritual impetus behind his music and his compositional journey. Their interactions will form the heart of publication projects that will shine a light into previously unexplored depths of Pärt’s work.



A lasting collaborative relationship


St. Vladimir’s Seminary is working with the Arvo Pärt Centre to develop a lasting collaborative relationship. Read about it on the Centre’s website here.

Areas under discussion include exchanges of book and manuscript resources, student internships, lecture series, and academic conferences.