News Elsewhere: Of interest to Church singers and musicians

FINLAND: Call for papers for the Fifth International Orthodox Music Conference

The International Society for Orthodox Church Music [ISOCM] recently announced an official Call for Papers for its fifth conference to be held at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland, June 3-9, 2013.

Presentation topics should relate to the theme of the conference—“Church Music and Icons: Windows to Heaven.”  The language of the conference will be English.

The conference, which is open to everyone interested in the theme in particular or liturgical music in general, will feature a variety of educational presentations and an excursion to the monasteries of Valamo and Lintula.  It is expected that participants from around the world will attend.

Possible paper topics include Church music as icon, the aesthetic and historical parallels between church music and icons, icons in hymnography, and hymnography in icons.  Interdisciplinary contributions—art history, iconography and hymnology—are also encouraged and welcome.

Proposals should be sent by March 1, 2013 to the Society using the on-line form available here. All papers will be published at the conclusion of the conference.

Additional information and on-line registration forms may be found here, while questions may be directed to Priest Ivan Moody, ISOCM Board Chair, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); David Lucs, ISOCM board member, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); or Maria Takala-Roszczenko, ISOCM Secretary, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Visit ISOCM’s web site.

MILWAUKIE, OREGON: Workshop for choir singers October 13


“Liturgical Arts in the Orthodox Church” is the theme of a workshop for Orthodox choir singers at the Church of the Annunciation, 13515 SW Rusk Rd., Milwaukie, OR on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Dr. Aaron Cain will lead the workshop.  He will be introduced by Archpriest Matthew Tate, rector.

Three registration fee rates are available.

  • Plan 1: Lunch/3 Sessions + materials/Vespers Practice/Dinner - $40 per person.
  • Plan 2: 1 meal (Lunch or Dinner)/3 Sessions/Vespers Practice - $30 per person.
  • Plan 3: No meals/3 Sessions/Vespers Practice - $20 per person.

For additional information, registration, and related concerns, please write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Registration deadline is October 6.