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The First International Conference on Orthodox Church Music

“The Traditions of Orthodox Music”

Joensuu, Finland / 13-19 June 2005

2005 Conference


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Conference Schedule

The First International Conference on Orthodox Church Music was held at the University of Eastern Finland, School of Theology, Agora AT100, Yliopistokatu 4, Joensuu


Monday 13th June 

Arrivals, registration / Orthodox Seminary


18:00 Vespers at the Church of St John the Theologian
Torikatu 41
Rev. Father Rauno Pietarinen
Cantor: Anneli Pietarinen


19:00 Dinner at the Orthodox Seminary

Tuesday 14th June

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Addresses

Professor Petri Piiroinen
Introduction to the Department of Orthodox Theology

Archon Protopsaltis Nikolaos Nikolaides
Chanting of Ti hypermacho

Professor Teuvo Pohjolainen,Vice Rector, University of Joensuu
Introduction to the University of Joensuu

His Grace, Bishop Arseni of Joensuu
Introduction to the Finnish Orthodox Church

Professor Hilkka Seppälä, Professor of Orthodox Church Music
Introduction to Orthodox Church Music Education at the University of Joensuu

Lecturer Elina Laakso
Introduction to Lutheran church music education at the Sibelius-Academy, Helsinki and Kuopio, Finland

Nikolaos Nikolaides and Hilkka Seppälä
Launch of 3 CD set and Book of Byzantine educational material

Ivan Moody, Head of Organizing Committee
Introduction of all participants

12:30 Lunch at the University Restaurant “Aura”

First session: Balkan Chant I:

Alexandru-Marius Dumitrescu
Byzantine Musical Tradition in Romania as revealed in Romanian Anastasimataria (19th - 20th centuries)


Dimitar Dimitrov
Tserkovnaya muzyka Bolgarii 

Second session: Orthodox Church Music in the West
James Chater
Staying awake at the wheel: some thoughts on arranging and composing Orthodox church music


Anneli Pietarinen
Daily Vespers - A new possibility for parish life 


18:00 Vespers, Church of St John the Theologian, Orthodox Seminary

19:00 Reception at the University of Joensuu,
Hosted by the Director of Administration Mr. Petri Lintunen

Wednesday 15th June

Third session: Orthodox Church Music in Finland

Petri Nykänen
Approaching old traditions of singing in the Finnish Orthodox Church – Arrangements, Notation and Language


Wilhelmiina Virolainen
Some composers of Finnish Orthodox Music


Tarja von Creutlein
Einojuhani Rautavaara’s All-Night Vigil in memory of St. John the Baptist


12:30 Lunch at the University Restaurant “Aura” 


Fourth session: Chant in Russia I

Jopi Harri
The “Decay” Revisited: The St Petersburg Court Chant in the context of other common chant traditions of 19th century Russia.


Svetlana Poliakova
Certain compositional characteristics in the heirmoi of the 8th Tone (based on Russian sources from the 12th -17th centuries)


Fifth Session: Balkan Chant II

Bogdan Djakovic
Serbian Orthodox Choral Music in the First Half of the 20th Century


Danica Petrovic
Church Chant in the Serbian Orthodox Church through the Centuries


18:00 Vespers at the Church of St John the Theologian
Presided over by His Eminence, Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland


19:30 Dinner

Thursday 16th June

Sixth session: Byzantine Chant

Hilkka Seppälä
The Dust of the Ground Praises His Creator: A View of the Essence of Orthodox Church Singing


Alexander Lingas
Festal Liturgy in Late Byzantine Thessalonike: Liturgy, Music and Mystagogy


Ioannis Arvanitis
The Heirmologion by Balasios the Priest: A Middle-point between Past and Present


12:30 Lunch at the University Restaurant “Aura”


Seventh Session: Chant in Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania

Maria Takala-Roszczenko
Aspects of the Study of the Development of Orthodox Church Singing in Poland-Lithuania in the 16th – 17th Century


Deacon Dimitry Bolgarsky
Kievo-Pechersky raspev


Eighth Session: Free Papers

Alexei Jaropolov
Conceptualization of the Musical Alphabet in Russian theory of the 17th century


Pekka Metso
Church music singing through the eyes of a theologian


19:00 Reception at the Regional Council of North Karelia
Torikatu 9

Friday 17th June

Ninth session: Russian Chant II

Tatiana Vladishevskaya
Osobennosti kondakarnago peniya na materiale russkikh kondakarey XI - XII vekov


Anatoly Grindenko
Vozmozhnost’ vosstanovleniya Znamennago peniya v Rossii


12:30 Lunch at the University Restaurant “Aura”


Tenth session: Establishment of the International Society of Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM)


15:00 Press conference


18:00 Vespers. Free night.


16.30 Annual meeting of ISOCM

Saturday 18th June 

Departure by bus to Lintula Convent

Lunch at the Restaurant “ABC” in Marjala


Visit to Lintula Convent


Departure by bus to Valamo Monastery


Guided tour of Valamo Monastery, Museum and Lay Academy

by Pekka Tuovinen and Vladimir Sokratilin

18:00 Vigil at the Church of the Transfiguration, Valamo Monastery
Presided over by the Hegumen of Valamo Monastery, Rev. Archimandrite Sergei


20:30 Reception by Archimandrite Sergei 


22:00 Departure by bus to Joensuu 

Sunday 14th June

10:00 Divine Liturgy at the Church of St Nicholas, Joensuu

12:00 Lunch



Opening the conference
Official opening session
Opening session
Nikolaos Nikolaides
The launch of a CD set
His Grace Bishop Arseni of Joensuu
Alexandru-Marius Dumitrescu
Dimitar Dimitrov and Hrmnk Merkury
Petri Nykänen
Jopi Harri, representing Turku, Fi
Danica Petrovic
Danica Petrovic
Tarja von Creutlein
James Chater
Past time in good company
Wilhelmiina Virolainen
Maria Takala-Roszczenko
Dmitry Bolgarsky
Tatiana Vladishevskaya
Ioannis Arvanitis
Dimitrov, Bolgarsky, Hurko and Moody
Alexander Lingas
The Society organizers
Conference delegates
Lunch break
Finnish-Serbian lunch break
New connections
Monastery church
Lintula monastery cafe
New Valamo Saints
Dumitrescu and Arvanitis in Valamo
At the reception
Archimandrite Sergei
At Valamo
Valamo meal
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