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Eighth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music:

“The Sounds of the Holy: From Manuscript to Performance"

Joensuu, Finland / 10-16 June 2019

The International Conference was held at the University of Eastern Finland, in Joensuu, Finland, on 10-16 June 2019.

Organizer: International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM)

Conference theme

The Eighth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music aims to develop a number of aspects of themes discussed in previous conferences and published in their proceedings. The overall thematic title is "The Sounds of the Holy: From Manuscript to Performance", understood as covering a wide range of perspectives, which include but are not limited to:

- performance studies and Orthodox church music

- the sensorium in Orthodox liturgical life

- the study of manuscripts in their liturgical / performance context

- soundscapes in historical and contemporary liturgical-performance studies and Orthodox church music

- the importance of historical performance / historically-informed performance in Orthodox church music

Conference presentations

We have received a delightful number of presentation proposals dealing with different aspects of the theme of the conference as well as other questions of Eastern church music. 

See the programme of the conference.

The conference sessions consisted of presentations of 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for discussion.

Papers based on the conference presentations will be published in the ISOCM conference proceedings. It is expected that all presenters submit their papers with necessary corrections and alterations in time for publication.


The language of the conference is English.


The programme of the conference includes a workshop and a concert of Russian Baroque by the Early Music Vocal Ensemble Uzorika from Moscow, Russia.

Other highlights of the programme are the excursion to the monasteries of Lintula and Valaam in Heinävesi as well as the multi-tradition divine services in the churches of the Orthodox seminary and the Orthodox parish of Joensuu during the week.

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