About the Journal

The Journal of the International Society for Orthodox Church Music, a peer-reviewed publication, was founded in 2014. It focuses on a wide variety of aspects of Eastern Orthodox and related chant traditions, both monophonic and polyphonic, written from a range of musicological, theological, compositional and practical perspectives.

In addition to peer-reviewed articles, the JISOCM incorporates the Proceedings of the Conferences of the ISOCM in Finland, Czech Republic, and USA, making it thereby not only the Society’s only publication channel, but one of the main venues for publishing on Orthodox church music in the world. Papers from other conferences that focus on Orthodox church music are also published as part of the Journal. The Journal also publishes theme issues.

The ISOCM was founded by an international group of musicians and scholars on 18 June 2005, following the First International Conference on Orthodox Church Music at the University of Joensuu, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Leo of Karelia and all Finland. The Society has also worked in collaboration with other institutions in both the organization of events and in publishing.

The ISOCM is a member of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies. In the classification of publication channels in Finland, the JISOCM is on level 1 (2019).