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Journal of the ISOCM

Volume 1 - Authors

Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea is a Romanian composer and pianist, Ph.D. Associate Professor for composition, forms and analysis at the Bucharest National University of Music, Composition Department. Her music has been performed in Romania, Spain, Italy, Great Britain, Ukraine, Moldavia Republic, Denmark, Switzerland, Tasmania, Indonesia, Australia and USA.


She has published articles in Contemporary Music Review, 2003, 22 (1+2), Timbre versus Spectralism, 87–104, Routledge and Muzica (Romania). She has published 2 books: Musical Timbre-Composition Strategies (2004) and Forms and analysis Treatise (2005). She has written a large number of works for various ensembles, vocal and symphonic. She is one of the Endeavour Award holders - Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for 2008 at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, where this article was research for and written up, and is a member of the Endeavour Awards Alumni Network.


In the last few years, she has established a fruitful collaboration with the staff of the Music School Conservatorium, Monash University, composing a number of chamber music pieces for the performance staff and engaging in musicological research with Joel Crotty.

Joel Crotty is a Senior Lecturer PhD of Musicology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, at the School of Music-Conservatorium.  He has a twin research interest in both Romanian and Australian art-music and his recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Musicological Research, Music and Politics and Acta Musicologica.

Gregory Myers is an independent scholar, publisher and bibliographer currently residing in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He holds a MLIS and a PhD. in historical musicology from the University of British Columbia.


He specializes in the music of Eastern Europe, specifically Russia and the Balkans, and researches, publishes extensively and lectures on issues of medieval music (Byzantium and the Slavs) and the post World War II musical developments of these countries. Myers has held fellowships at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Ivan Dujcev Centre for Slavo-Byzantine Studies in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., Ohio State University and the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana.

Vesna Sara Peno graduated from the Faculty of Music Art (the Department of Musicology) and from the Faculty of Philology (Serbian Literature and Language with General Literature Department) of Belgrade University. She finished postgraduate studies at the Art Academy in Novi Sad in 2000, and obtained the degree of a chanter from the Musical College of Thessaloniki. In 1999 she was appointed at the Institute of Musicology in the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.


Between 2001 and 2007 she received scholarships by the Ministry for Science and Technology of the Republic of Serbia, the “A.S. Alexander Onassis” foundation, the Danish Institute and the “Eleni Naku” foundation, as well as the Republic of Greece National Scholarship Foundation, which allowed her to specialize in the neumatic Byzantine and late Byzantine paleography, theory and church chanting practice, residing in Athens, Thessaloniki and Copenhagen. She defended her doctoral thesis at the Department of National Medieval History of the Belgrade University Faculty of Philosophy in 2008. She has founded the female choir “Saint Cassiana”.

During the summer term of 2005 she lectured at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology on the recent Serbian and Byzantine chanting. She has been a lecturer on History of Music at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade since 2010. She has participated in numerous scientific conferences both in the country and abroad. She is a member of the The International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM), the American Society of Byzantine Music and Hymnology (ASBMH) and the IMS study group “Cantus Planus”. She has been editor-in-chief of the international journal Muzikologija since 2011.

Jaakko Olkinuora holds a voice diploma (Sibelius-Academy, Finland) and has also studied Orthodox church music (University of Joensuu, Finland), classics (University of Helsinki, Finland) and early music (Metropolia University of Applied Science). He is also the first Finn ever to obtain the diploma of Byzantine chant (under the tuition of Dr Ioannes Liakos).

He has published several recordings and publications that include Finnish adaptations of Byzantine music. He is also the current chairman of the Finnish Society for Byzantine Music. At present he works as a freelance musician and is preparing his doctoral dissertation in the field of Byzantine hymnography.


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