International Conference for Orthodox Music in Prague – ICOMP

Deadline Extension! The deadline for submission of papers to this conference has been extended to 16 April 2016.

Call For Papers

International Conference for Orthodox Music in Prague – ICOMP

Ars Nova East and West

Prague, 14 – 16 October 2016


ISOCM – The International Society For Orthodox Church Music

Faculty of Education of Charles University, Prague

Philokallia Association


The Conference Theme

The idea of a Byzantine ars nova has existed for some time as a description of the elaborate repertories of kalophonic chant, on the analogy of the western mediaeval “new art”. It is also useful, however, as a term to include other kinds of “new art” in the field of Orthodox church music. This conference aims to explore the idea of innovation in Orthodox chant, from the Byzantine period to compositions written today; topics include, but are not limited to, the way in which innovation can be reconciled with tradition, analysis of the reception of different kinds of innovative repertories, correspondences and contrasts between Eastern and Western techniques of chant composition, and discussion of the means and techniques by which an “ars nova” might be implemented.


In addition, 2016 is the 700th anniversary of the birth of the Holy Roman Emperor, King Charles IV (born in Prague in 1316); papers related to music during his reign, and its ramifications in both East and West, will therefore also be particularly welcome.


Submitting a paper
Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes (thus allowing discussion time of 10 minutes) in duration and will be published online as the Proceedings of the Conference. It is expected that all participants will submit their papers with any necessary corrections and alterations in time for publication. A short abstract of the paper (c. 150 words) should be sent to the Organizing Committee at by 15 April 2016.


Sugestions for panel sessions are also welcome.


The language of the Conference is English.


The Conference will take place at the Charles University in Prague.

Participation fee: €50 Euros.


Participation in the Conference and the publication of a text whose topic has been accepted by the Scientific Committee are conditional upon payment of the participation fee. Travel expenses, per diem expenses and hotel accommodation are to be covered by participants. The organizers will provide assistance with finding affordable accomodation and meals; information about this, and other details, will be forthcoming in the near future.



Registration must be effected by 15 March 2016; this will be effected by a special registration page on the ISOCM website, which will be set up in the next two weeks.


Scientific Committee:

Dr Grigoris Anastasiou – Ιnstitute of Byzantine Musicology, Athens

Prof. Dr Achilleas Chaldaeakes – National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Very Rev Dr Ivan Moody – CESEM – Universidade Nova, Lisbon

Prof. Dr Stanislav Pecháček – Charles University, Prague

Dr Maria Takala-Roszczenko – University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu


Organizing Committee

Dr Marios Christou – Charles University, Prague

Very Rev Dr Ivan Moody – CESEM – Universidade Nova, Lisbon

Dr Maria Takala-Roszczenko – University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu


Additional information
For more information, please contact:

Fr Ivan Moody or Dr Marios Christou at


ISOCM Website: