Anastasia Serdsev

Anastasia Serdsev is a conductor, teacher, and performer working in numerous musical styles. She is also an active participant in various Orthodox liturgical music conferences, concerts, and projects. She is particularly interested in the training of current and future generations of Orthodox church musicians in North America. In July 2020, she joined the faculty of the Synodal School of Liturgical Music in teaching choral methods and conducting. At the 2017 PaTRAM Memorial Day Workshop, she gave a talk titled “Choral Tone and Prayerful Singing” and another titled “Working with Your Church Choir: Will the ‘Next Generation’ Follow?” at the 2015 Russian Orthodox Church Musician’s Conference. In April 2017, she directed the Prince Vladimir Youth Association Choir in its third annual Paschal liturgy and concert. In the preceding year, she travelled with select members of the choir to Ukraine, where they performed at several of the country’s most prominent monasteries. She participated in the Patriarch Tikhon Choir’s debut concert series in September 2013 and in the choir’s recording “Praise the Lord, All Ye Nations” in December 2014. More recently, she sang in the premiere performances of two newly-composed liturgies by Kurt Sander (2017) and Benedict Sheehan (2019). Besides conducting ensembles, singing in choirs, and teaching students of all ages, Anastasia enjoys performing folk music, particularly in the Eastern European tradition. She holds an M.M. in Conducting from the Bard College Conservatory of Music and an M.A.T. in Music Teaching from Lehman College.