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The Second International Conference on Orthodox Church Music

“Composing and Chanting in the Orthodox Church”

Joensuu, Finland / 4-10 June 2007 

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

Monday 4th June 

Arrivals, registration / Orthodox Seminary

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

19:00 Dinner at the Orthodox Seminary

Tuesday 5th June

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Addresses

Greetings from:

Professor Teuvo Pohjolainen, Vice Rector, University of Joensuu

Professor Petri Piiroinen, Faculty of Theology, University of Joensuu

His Eminence, Archbishop Leo, Orthodox Church of Finland

Professor Hilkka Seppälä, Faculty of Theology, University of Joensuu

Opening of the Conference:

Ivan Moody, Chairman, ISOCM

Book Launch

The Traditions of Orthodox Music

Proceedings of the First International Conference, June 2005

Introduction of participants



First Session: The Byzantine Tradition I

  • Fr Spiridon Antoniou
    The composition and psalmody of the Communion Hymns

  • Hilkka Seppälä
    Singing into flames of fire. A remembrance from the Martyr Church

  • Christiana Demetriou
    Composing and Chanting during the Venetian Period in Cyprus


Second session: Chant in Russia

  • Svetlana Poliakova
    Russian manuscripts of the 12th - 13th century as witnesses of the celebration of the Triodion Cycle

  • Albina Kruchinina
    O dvukh tipakh sluzhb russkim prepodobnym svyatym

  • Melitina Makarovskaya
    Znamenny raspev kak sistema pevcheskogo myshleniya


18:00 Memorial service for Archon Protopsaltes Nikolaos Nikolaides (d. 2006)


19:00 Reception at the University of Joensuu

Wednesday 6th June

Third Session: The Byzantine Tradition II

  • Nicolae Gheorghita
    The Byzantine Chant in the Romanian Principalities during the Phanariotic Period

  • Ardian Ahmedaja
    Byzantine Chant in Arbërëshe churches

  • Gabriela Ocneanu
    Evstatie’s Cherubic Hymn in Mode III Authentic in the 16th Century Putna Anthologies


Fourth session: Chant and Composition in Finland

  • Jaakko Olkinuora
    The Adaptation of Byzantine Chant into Finnish 

  • Wilhelmiina Virolainen
    Presenting Leonid Bashmakov, a Finnish composer

  • Timo Ruottinen
    Finnish Orthodox church music: Three generations of contemporary
    composers - Our musical iconography


Fifth Session: Old Rite Chant

  • Nikita Simmons
    Vocal techniques of Russian Old-Believer Singing

18.30 Vespers

19.00 Reception at the Town Hall of Joensuu

Thursday 7th June

Sixth Session: Chant in the Balkans

  • Bogdan Djakovic
    The modern traditionalist Milivoje M. Crvcanin (1892-1978) - a portrait of a priest, diplomat and composer

  • Stefan Harkov
    Breitkopf’s influence: A Balkan way of musical publishing

  • Sara Peno
    The Liturgical Typikon as a Source for Medieval Chanting Practice




Seventh Session: Composition and Adaptation

  • James Chater
    Unity or uniformity? How important is a unified translation?

  • Oleksandr Kozarenko
    Tserkovnaya monodiya v sovremennom kompozitorskom tvorchestve Ukrainy 

  • Jopi Harri
    Principles of harmonization in eastern Slavic chant


Eighth Session: Georgian Chant

  • John Graham
    Divergent Chant Traditions in Modern Caucasus Georgia: An Examination of the Earliest Recordings and the Influence of Western Choral Practice

Friday 8th June

Ninth Session

  • Alexander Lingas
    Title to be confirmed

  • Achilleas Chaldaiakis
    The figures of composer and chanter in Greek psaltic art

  • Traian Ocneanu
    Romanian Schools of Eastern Chant and Their Role in Shaping and Transmitting Orthodox Chanting Traditions to the Northern Slavs



Tenth Session

  • Jeffers Engelhardt
    Every Bird has its own song”: Congregational singing and the making of Estonian Orthodoxy, 1840s-1940s

  • Ivan Moody
    The idea of canonicity in Orthodox liturgical singing



15.00 Annual meeting of ISOCM

Saturday 9th June 

Excursion to Lintula Convent
9.00 Departure 


10:00 Arrival at Convent


12:30 Departure by bus to Valamo Monastery


13:00 Moleiben


14:00 Guided tour of Valamo Monastery, Museum and Lay Academy


15:00 Lunch


18:00 Vigil at the Church of the Transfiguration, Valamo Monastery


22:00 Departure by bus to Joensuu 


19.30 Departure to Joensuu

Sunday 10th June

10.00 Divine Liturgy: Church of St Nicholas, Orthodox Parish of Joensuu

11.45 Lunch