Summer Institute for Byzantine Church Music (12-30 August 2012, Ohrid)

Euro-Balkan Institute is pleased to announce its first annual Summer Institute for Byzantine Church Music for 2012 in the frame of 15th Ohrid Summer University. The Institute is designed to advance theoretical and practical exploration of the Byzantine Church Music that include different traditions and interpretations. The main objective of the Summer Institute is to provide a higher level of knowledge and competence for those who want to upgrade their current academic background and interest in Byzantine church music. The Summer Institute is offering the participants a rare opportunity to acquire advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will complement their further professional and academic carrier related to Byzantine church music and the Byzantine Studies in general.

The Summer Institute puts the idea of examining and reconstructing the Byzantine church music recognizing that from the deepest layers of Byzantine music and the folk traditions of the peoples formerly united in the “Byzantine Commonwealth” we can discover the common cultural traditions, influences and relationship. Our endeavour is to examine the Byzantine church music and its traditions, deriving from its universal character and the growing interest among the researchers and academics from all over the world for theoretical and practical study of the Byzantine church music. By bringing together a group of highly motivated participants and an internationally renowned faculty and practitioners, the summer institute seeks to establish a framework of intensive collaborative learning and training in the field of Byzantine Church Music.

The theme of the Summer Institute in 2012  “Theory and Practice of the Byzantine church singing according to the New System” reflects the focus on the theoretical and practical issues related to the musical concepts and all complimentary forms and components of the Byzantine church singing according to the ‘New System’ and Athos tradition.

The music notation of Byzantine church singing according the ‘New System’ arise from the last reform that was ended in 1814 by the Ecclesiastes Chrysanthos (1843), Gregory Protopsaltes (1820) and Chourmouzios Chartophylax  (1840). Significantly simplified relative to the previous development of Byzantine music, this notation is often known as Chrysanthos notation, which was grandly accepted among the orthodox expanse. Today it is widely used in almost the whole Balkans’ orthodox world and in the last two decades it is increasingly represented in the areas where it wasn’t previously applied (Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia). In the theoretical part of the program the Damascene’s eight tone system (known as Oktoih) would be included as a base for the east-church singing in the Orthodox Oikoumene. We will examine different theoretical aspects of the Byzantine church singing according to the “New System”, accompanied with the training for its practical interpretation and reconstruction.

In regard to the high standards established by the Euro-Balkan Institute and due to its membership in the Erasmus Charter, the Summer School will grant the participants appropriate certificate with 12 credits (ECTS), applicable in the master studies of participant’s home universities.

Two and a half week course will be organized in series of lectures and master classes, accompanied with the practical sessions, held by the renown scholars from R. Macedonia and Greece:

Prof. Dr Jane Kodjabashija, Euro-Balkan Institute, Skopje, R. Macedonia

M.A. Panaiotis M. Somalis, Protopsaltes from Athens, Greece

Application Deadline: June 15th 2012.

Contact person:
Dragana Karovska
Academic Coordinator of OSU
Euro-Balkan Institute
Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Tel/Fax. ++ 389 2 30 75 570

More information of the Summer Institute and an application form is available online:


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