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Update: 5/21/20 - Registration for the Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium is now closed.


Discover “Music as Liturgy” this summer—from home! Plans for the 2020 Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium have been reconfigured to a global online format on Thursday, June 11 through Saturday, June 13, 2020. 

The event, cohosted by St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) and the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM), will explore the theme of “Music as Liturgy” with masterclasses, keynote presentations, and workshops.

The Symposium, centered this year on the theme of “Music as Liturgy,” is designed for choir directors, singers, chanters, composers, musicologists, church school teachers, clergy, youth leaders, readers, and anyone interested in developing their liturgical music skill sets.

Masterclass topics include:

  • Vocal Techniques
  • Choral Leadership
  • Introduction to Liturgical Conducting
  • Advanced Liturgical Conducting
  • Byzantine Chant for Beginners
  • Advanced Byzantine Chant
  • Composing in the Orthodox Context
  • Engaging Young People with Music

Workshop sessions will explore other themes for application in parish life:

  • Introduction to liturgical theology
  • Training for reading and chanting
  • Arranging settings for voices
  • Achieving a unified choral sound
  • Para-liturgical activities
  • The spiritual dimensions of the Church musician

Keynote Presentations include:

  • Music as Liturgy: Models from Ancient Syriac Christianity
  • Liturgy as Music

Find the full schedule, presentation abstracts, speaker biographies, and more at

The organizers at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and ISOCM look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be an incredible Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium this summer!