Ninth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music:

“Church Music and Topography:
City, Village, and Monastery”

Online / 7–11 June 2021

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The International Society for Orthodox Church Music is pleased to announce the Ninth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, exploring the theme of “Church Music and Topography: City, Village, and Monastery.”


The conference will take place fully online, 7–11 June 2021.

On account of COVID-19-related border entry restrictions, it is unfortunately not possible for us to convene in Finland. All participants of the conference will thus take part online.

See the full Conference Programme.

Abstract Book (pdf)

Parts of the programme are open to all, you are warmly welcome to follow them on the ISOCM YouTube channel!

Time zone: EEST (UTC+3)

Monday 7 June 2021, 16.00–16.45

Daniel Galadza: Sacred Topography and Hymnography for Holy Week in Jerusalem in Codex Hagios Stavros gr. 43 (AD 1122)


Tuesday 8 June 2021, 16.00–16.45

Bissera V. Pentcheva: Eternal Victory: Byzantine Territorial Expansion and Constantinopolitan Liturgical Splendor at Hosios Loukas (Steiris, Greece)

Thursday 10 June 2021,16.00–16.45

Alexander Khalil: The Chanting of Rev. Hanna Sakkab: a musical topography of time

Wednesday 9 June 2021, 15.00–17.00

John A. Graham: Georgian Chant

  • Liturgical services

Tuesday 8 June 2021, 18.00

Vespers, Church of St John the Theologian, Joensuu (Finland), live streamed on YouTube

Wednesday 9 June 2021, 17.00

Vespers, Ascension of Our Lord Orthodox Church, Iași (Romania), live streamed on YouTube

Friday 11 June 2021, 18.00

Vespers, St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, London (UK), live streamed on YouTube

Monday 7 June 2021,18.00–19.15

Ilkka Heinonen and Vladimir Belov: Echoes of Karelian Saints

  • Voices of ISOCM – video greetings from ISOCM members to the Conference

Published each day on YouTube.

Changes to the programme are possible.

Recordings of the live streamings on the ISOCM YouTube channel will remain there until 19 June 2021 unless otherwise specified.

Registration Information

Registration is closed.

Contact: Tuuli Lukkala, ISOCM Secretary:


The International Society of Orthodox Church Music

School of Theology, University of Eastern Finland