ISOCM Members Participate in Orthodox Church Festival

Joensuu, Finland – Members of the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) recently participated in the Festival of Finnish Orthodox Church “Church – the Hope of the Creation” which took place here 11-13 June 2010.

Among the more than 2,000 guests and visitors was His All Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch, who concelebrated Vespers and Divine Liturgy with Finnish clergy during the festival. Click here to read the text of the homily given by His All Holiness at the conclusion of the service.

At right: Maria Takala-Roszczenko, ISOCM secretary, assisted by Pavel Moshnikov at the church music stall of the OrthBazaar.

The ISOCM was well-represented at the Festival through its members. ISOCM member Jaakko Olkinuora joined chanters from Thessalonica and Athens, Greece to sing during the Patriarchal Liturgy which also included the premiere of liturgical music composed by one of ISOCM’s founding member, Jopi Harri. The liturgy was broadcast live on Finnish radio.

ISOCM members were prominently featured during the Festival’s concerts of Orthodox church music. The Choir of Orthodox Cantors presented hymns during its programme including compositions by ISOCM members Roman Hurko, James Chater, Mikko Sidoroff, Timo Ruottinen, and three premiere compositions by Heikki Hattunen, who has studied composition under the guidance of Fr Ivan Moody, ISOCM Board Chairman.