About the ROCM Conferences

28th Annual Russian Orthodox Church Musicians’ Conference  –  
October  2 – 6,  2019

Continuity and Growth:
Ensuring the Future of Liturgical Chant in our Churches

Coхранение традиций в дальнейшем развитии церковного пения

This year’s conference will focus on the very future of Orthodox church singing – how to nurture your church choir to sustain it and even grow – to attract new and inspire existing singers, both from our youth and all ages.

This year 2019 marks the occasion of the 28th ROCM Conference, and the Liturgical Music Commission of the Synod of Bishops (ROCOR) is especially pleased to welcome you to Boston. Over more than a quarter-century of the ROCM’s activity, these conferences have fulfilled a critical role—inspiring, encouraging, and creatively guiding the living musical practice of countless Orthodox churches and communities around the world.

As every year, our emphasis will be on the Obikhod, or Common Chant Tradition. We will explore its rich diversity of liturgical expression and how this tradition facilitates prayerful and understandable singing/chanting in the Divine Services. This will lead us to better understand what will help nurture and develop our church choirs.

We will continue to focus on the liturgical artistry of the clergy – reader, deacon, priest – and the necessary techniques to achieve prayerful singing/chanting of the highest quality in harmony with the singers.

Throughout the three-day  program, an exciting blend of historical, theoretical, and practical considerations will prepare Orthodox singers, both in the choir loft and in the altar, to sing praises to our Lord reverently.

This year’s conference brings together choir members, conductors and clergy of all levels of experience to explore the wealth and beauty of the Divine Services of the Orthodox Church.


Becoming a better church musician is a function of many things. In our Orthodox context, it signifies not only refined musicianship and technical study, but also a deep engagement with multiple areas of knowledge, insight, and learned understanding. As “Orthodox” church musicians, we are carriers of a tradition that today, more than ever, suggests the need for familiarity with history, theory, culture, and liturgics, not to mention the basics of theology and philosophy as the wellspring of our unique joy in beautiful expression. All of these come together as the bedrock of our single, overriding objective—which is earnest prayer as members of the church choir from the heart.

We look forward to an enriching time with you in Boston! Our gratitude extends to all the hundreds of dedicated individuals who have made these conferences possible in the past, and to those who will continue to do so in the future… Thank you for coming this year!

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