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The Fifth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music

“Church Music and Icons: Windows to Heaven”

Joensuu, Finland / 3-9 June 2013

Conference Schedule

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

Monday 3rd June 

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Addresses

Welcome presented by:
Maria Takala-Roszczenko, Secretary, ISOCM

Opening of the Conference:

Ivan Moody, Chairman, ISOCM

Book Launch
Unity and Variety in Orthodox Music: Theory and Practice. 

Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference, June 2011


First Session

  • Alla Generalow (USA): Process in Contemporary Hymnography and Iconography:  Fr. Vasilije Sokolovic and his father, St. Budimir of Dobrun

  • Jaakko Olkinuora (Finland): Hymnography as iconic telling: the Entrance of the Theotokos

  • Sydney Freedman (Ireland): 'Evidence of the Divine Economy': Christ's Work and Condescension in the Iconography and Hymnography of the Bridegroom Services


Second Session

  • Ivan Moody (Portugal): Mary of Egypt as Opera and Icon

  • Lisa Radakovich Holsberg (USA): A Simple Tune: Contemporary Chant Settings of Byzantine Poetry

Third Session

  • Bogdan Djakovic (Serbia): Serbian Orthodox Choral Music: last three decades of its revival

  • Nina Zakharina (Russia): Stichera for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God: problems of reconstruction: Стихира Успению Богородицы «Егда преставление»: Проблемы реконструкции

18.00 Vespers, Church of St John the Theologian, Orthodox Seminary

19.00 Reception hosted by the Orthodox Church of Finland

Tuesday 4th June

Fourth Session

  • Simon Marincak (Slovakia): Liturgical Music of the Eparchy in Mukacevo - References in the Oldest Written Witnesses

  • Svetlana Kujumdzieva (Bulgaria): An interpretation of the Song of Moses’ miniature depicted in manuscript Vaticanus Graecus 752

  • Flora Kritikou (Greece): Abbot Sisoes’ lamentation: a composition with iconographical origins



Fifth Session

  • Achilleas Chaldaiakis (Greece): Illustrating Melodies: Iconographical Instructions into Byzantine Music Theory and Practice

  • Thomas Apostolopoulos (Greece): Diagrams and “Kanonia” as Visual Representations of Musical Instruments in the Theory of Psaltic Art

  • Michalis Stroumpakis (Greece): Byzantine Iconography and Byzantine Church Music: two parallel paths


Sixth Session

  • Dimitrios Balageorgos (Greece): Imaging the Holy Trinity with Words and Music

  • Vasileios Salteris (Greece): Music as Iconography: the case of a Despoticon Sticheron

  • Meri Kumbe (Albania): Music through Iconography in Albanian Churches

18.00 Concert of Byzantine Chant, led by Achilleas Chaldaiakis

19.00 Reception hosted by the ISOCM

Wednesday 5th June

Seventh Session

  • David Lucs (USA): Introducing children to hymnography through iconography

  • Panagiotis Panagiotidis (Greece): Hymn and Melody as they are Depicted in the Icons of the Orthodox Church’s Holy Week

  • Costin Moisil (Romania): A pilgrimage, an icon, and a few songs


Eighth Session

  • Galina Alexeeva (Russia): New methodological approaches to the analysis of the processes of adaptation of Byzantine art in ancient Russia: singing tradition and liturgical action

  • Denis Gordeev (Russia): The interpretation of the colours of the clothes in the iconography of the great Theotokos feasts through hymnographic texts

  • Rev. Ionut Gabriel Nastasă (Romania): Unpublished Testimony About Church Music at Văratic Monastery (First Half of the XXth Century)



Ninth Session

  • Irina Gerasimova (Belarus/Russia): Ожившая икона Рождества Христова в 8-голосном концерте А. Цибульского "Таинство странное вижу"

  • Natalia Plotnikova (Russia): Трезвоны иконам Божией Матери в партесном многоголосии (in absentia)

16.00 Workshop - Serbian Chant, Fr Milos Vesin

18.00 ISOCM General Meeting

Thursday 6th June

Tenth Session

  • Katariina Husso (Finland): Tradition re-evaluated: Discourse on Orthodox icons in Finland

  • Maria Takala-Roszczenko (Finland): The Byzantine "revival" in Finnish Orthodox church music in the 1950-60s

  • Anna Sander (UK): Musical inspiration and musical imagery in the liturgical visions of Mechtild von Hackeborn of Helfta (1241-1299).




Eleventh Session

  • Svetlana Poliakova (Portugal): Russian Studite Sticheraria: some remarks on their Palestinian origins

  • Gregory Myers (Canada): Archbishop John of Novgorod, a Miraculous Icon and the Singing of a Kontakion



Twelfth Session

  • Natalia Kostyuk (Ukraine): Общенародное пение в богослужениях ХІХ − первых десятилетий ХХ века (по материалам периодической печати) (in absentia)

  • Yuliya Artamonova (Russia): The earliest hymns to Iosif Volotsky from Eparchial collection


15.30 Workshop – Serbian Chant, Fr Milos Vesin


17.30 Vespers - Church of St. John the Theologian - Orthodox Seminary

18.30 Reception hosted by the City of Joensuu


Friday 7th June
Thirteenth Session

  • Evan Freeman (USA): Beyond Style as a Criterion of Orthodoxy: Orthodox Iconatrophy in the Writings of Florensky, Ouspensky, and Kontoglou, and Suggestions for a New Orthodox Iconology

  • Gregory Ealy (USA): Teaching and Tradition: Singing the Bakhmetev and Kievan Obikhods in English

  • Girolamo Garofalo (Italy) The Byzantine chant of the Arbëresh (the Sicilian-Albanian minority) of Sicily: a Greek-Byzantine musical island inside an Italian island




Fourteenth Session

  • Aleksey Gudkov (Russia): Снедая свиток: мотив творческой инициации в иконографии прп. Романа Сладкопевца [The eating of the scroll: the motif of creative initiation in the iconography of Roman the Melodist]

  • Grammenos Karanos (USA): Poetic and Musical Imagery in Kalophonic Heirmoi to the Theotokos (in absentia)


Fifteenth Session

  • Daniel Galadza (Canada): "Open your mouth and attract the Spirit": Participation in the Icon of Worship

  • Melita Mudri-Zubacz (Canada): Liturgical Song as an Aural Icon: Towards a Theology of Sound and Participation


15.30 Workshop – Serbian Chant, Fr Milos Vesin

Saturday 8th June 

Excursion to Lintula monastery
Excursion to New Valaam monastery,

9.15 Departure (Hotel GreenStar)

11.30 Lunch

19.30 Departure to Joensuu

Sunday 9th June

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


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