The ISOCM Board
Elected in 2021
Ivan Moody, Chairperson
The Very Rev. Dr Ivan Moody is a composer, conductor and musicologist, and archpriest of the Greek Orthodox Church.
His largest work to date are Passion and Resurrection (1992), a complete setting of the Akathistos Hymn in English (1998) and Qohelet (2013); other extended works include a series of concertos for piano, cello, recorder, double-bass and viola. His extensive output of liturgical music includes a Finnish-language Vigil Service.
Published research includes a large number of articles and papers on contemporary and early music, and a book, Modernism and Orthodox Spirituality in Contemporary Music (ISOCM/SASA 2014). He is a researcher at CESEM-Universidade Nova, Lisbon, editor of the Journal of the International Society of Orthodox Church Music, and co-editor of the Revista Portuguesa de Musicologia.
Maria Takala-Roszczenko, Vice-Chairperson, Editorial Secretary
Dr Maria Takala-Roszczenko is a postdoctoral researcher acting as professor of church music (tenure track) at the School of Theology of the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu, Finland.
She has studied English and Russian languages at the University of Joensuu and the University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin, Poland (Master of Philosophy 2003) as well as folklore studies and Orthodox church music at the University of Joensuu (Master of Theology 2005). She defended her doctoral thesis “The ‘Latin’ within the ‘Greek’: The Feast of the Holy Eucharist in the Context of Ruthenian Eastern Rite Liturgical Evolution in the 16th-18th Centuries” at the University of Eastern Finland in 2013.
Her research interests include the evolution (“latinization”) of Eastern Rite liturgy in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the national and ideological aspects in the development of Finnish Orthodox church music in the 20th century. She has also published collections of Orthodox paraliturgical songs and carols arranged into Finnish.
Dr Bogdan Djaković is a musicologist, choir conductor and a graduate of the Faculty of Music, Belgrade, Musicology Department. His research in the history of Serbian music is focused on the development of the Orthodox church music in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2013 he defended his PhD thesis, “The functional and stylistic-aesthetic elements in the Serbian Church Choral Music from the first half of the 20th century.”
He has served as assistant at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Department for Musicology, Professor of Choral Literature at the Department of Composition and Musical Theory, and has taught Art and Medicine and Art Therapy at the Medical Faculty of the University of Novi Sad.
Following a number of years of singing in several Serbian and Yugoslav choirs, he founded the church singing society, “St. Stephen of Dečani,” and afterwards the St. George’s Cathedral choir, 1987 in Novi Sad, where he currently conducts.
Bogdan also conducts the Chamber Choir of the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad and the Kotor-Art Festival Choir (Montenegro). In October 2014 he conducted a program of Orthodox Church Music Sacred Songs of Serbia with Cappella Romana in Portland and Seattle (USA).
He has published forty musicological studies and over thirty music critics and has produced four audio editions/compact discs and one DVD edition with St. George's Cathedral Choir. Along with cultivating all forms of Christian church music, Bogdan Đaković is trying to stimulate active Serbian composers to revive the liturgical musical genre.
Margaret Haig is a civil servant working on copyright policy in the Intellectual Property Office in London, United Kingdom. She is also on the editorial team for the Journal of ISOCM.
Margaret is a choir director of the Orthodox Parish of St Peter and St Paul in Clapham, south London. She also directs the Mosaic Choir, which has members from many Orthodox backgrounds. Mosaic sings liturgical music in services and in concert, as well as folk music from around the world. Concerts have taken place around the UK, in Amsterdam and a tour in Montenegro. Mosaic is under the umbrella of the Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist, which brings together members of the several Orthodox traditions in the British Isles and Ireland. Margaret is the current Chair of the Fellowship.
Margaret has attended ISOCM conferences in Finland and the United States, and in 2021 presented on the experience of young people singing at Orthodox youth camps in the UK.
Dr Costin Moisil is a researcher at the National University of Music, Bucharest, and at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest.
He received his PhD in musicology from the University of Athens in 2012, with a thesis titled The Construction of Romanian National Church Music (1821–1914).
He is the author of Românirea cântărilor: un meșteșug și multe controverse [The “Romanianization” of Chants: One Technique and Many Controversies], 2012, and Geniu românesc vs. tradiție bizantină: imaginea cântării bisericești în muzicologia românească [Romanian Genius vs. Byzantine Tradition: The Image of Church Chant in Romanian Musicology], 2016.
Since 2015 Costin Moisil has been an executive editor of Musicology Today: Journal of the National University of Music Bucharest. He was an Odobleja fellow of the New Europe College, Bucharest, from 2012 to 2013.
Costin regularly sings at divine services in central Bucharest, including at the Stavropoleos Church.
Tuuli Lukkala, Secretary and Treasurer (outside the Board)
Tuuli Lukkala is a doctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Joensuu. She studies the soundscapes of Orthodox worship in Finland and the experiences of participants. In connection with the ethnographic fieldwork for this research, she has initiated an audio archive project for recording contemporary liturgical practice in the Orthodox Church of Finland. She has taught liturgical singing for students of Orthodox church music at the UEF.
She has studied Orthodox church music (Master of Theology 2015, University of Eastern Finland) and folk music (Joensuu Conservatory 2013), as well as ecology and environmental management (Master of Science 2010, University of Jyväskylä, Finland).
Her research interests include the present-day formation of local traditions of church music, especially choice of style and repertoire, the revival and adoption of old chant traditions, and the adaptation of Znamenny chant to other languages.
The Board of the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM)
According to the ISOCM rules, at the annual meeting the chairperson is elected for the term of four years.
Other Board members are elected for the term of two years.
The Board meets by request of the chairperson, or if s/he is indisposed, of the vice-chairperson. Three members present constitute a quorum. If vote is tied, the chairperson's vote is the deciding vote.
The name of the Society is written by two of the following together: the chairperson, the vice-chairperson or the secretary.