Organs in Orthodox Worship: Debate and Identity


  • Harrison Russin


organ, instrumental music, Orthodox worship, debate, diversity


Conceptions of Orthodox identity typically involve three important topics—dispute, validation, and diversity. This essay examines the use of instrumental music, specifically organs, within Orthodox parishes, a phenomenon localized mostly to churches of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and the means by which debates around instrumental use form conceptions of Orthodox identity. After examining arguments for and against the use of instruments within worship, the essay concludes with a call for a greater emphasis to be placed on diversity within Orthodox liturgical praxis and, to a larger degree, thought.

Conference Papers: Ancient & Modern Creativity, Minneapolis 2018



How to Cite

Russin, Harrison. 2020. “Organs in Orthodox Worship: Debate and Identity”. Journal of the International Society for Orthodox Music 4 (1):98–108.