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12 - 18 Jun 2023


9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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10th International Conference on Orthodox Church Music

The International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) will organise the Tenth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music: ‘O Taste and See that the Lord is Good: Church Music, Food, and Nourishment’ in cooperation with the UEF School of Theology on 12–18 June 2023 in Joensuu, Finland.

The Conference programme features academic presentations, musical workshops, concerts, and divine services. Scholars, composers, singers, choir directors, and enthusiasts of church music are invited to participate on site or online.

The topics of the conference include:

  • Church music and hymnography and the execution thereof as spiritual and/or physical nourishment
  • The materiality of spiritual nourishment: Holy Communion as a physical manifestation of the nourishment of the spirit
  • Food metaphors in hymnography
  • Fast and feast in church music and hymnography
  • Related questions dealing with Eastern traditions of a liturgical or paraliturgical kind, for example, the kolyva used at memorials for the departed, the Holy Supper served in some traditions at Christmas, artoklasia (litiya), Paschal Artos, the blessing of fruits, and Vasilopita
  • The understanding of the nourishment provided by food and drink as parallel to that provided by the composition or intoning of spiritual/liturgical texts
  • Local traditions and transmissions


University of Eastern Finland
Joensuu, Kuopio, Finland

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University of Eastern Finland
Joensuu, Kuopio, Finland

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