Traditional Eastern Orthodox Chant Documentation Project
PSALOM - Traditional Eastern Orthodox Chant Documentation Project is a space for Orthodox musicologists, to be used as a research tool, an archive of original source materials, and a place for guest musicologists to make their writings available to their colleagues. Of great importance to the Orthodox music community is the ability to identify and become familiar with all the various regional chanting systems, which is one of the prime goals of the Chant Documentation Project.

General Links (specific links are included on each page regarding a particular subject)

Links relating to the Liturgy and Music of the Orthodox Church (Many thanks to Ivan Moody for his extensive collection of links)

Please note that many areas are still under construction. Links will be added to these pages as they are made available. Inquiries can be made to:


Last updated on:
24 November, 2010.


April 2, 2010: New Transcriptions for Pascha:

  • The Ypakoi, Kontakion and Oikos for Holy Pascha – While the texts are according to the New Rite (upon request from a choir director), the melodies are all traditional Znamenny Chant. The melodies for the Ypakoi and Kontakion (the first setting only) can be found in the Synodal square-note editions, while the second setting of the Kontakion and the melody for the Oikos are only found in pre-Nikonian neumatic chant books. [MIDI file]
  • The Katavasia for Holy Pascha in Great Znamenny Chant – While this melody can be found in the Synodal square-note editions, it lacks some of the extra melismatic passages found in pre-Nikonian neumatic chant books. [MIDI file]

April 15, 2009: I have revised and expanded my collection and study of Znamenny Chant melodies for the Paschal Canon; this collection is by no means complete, and I plan to add several more items in the future, including some sample recordings. I have also re-organized my collection of articles and musical transcriptions on my personal research page.

April 6, 2009: I have again decided to revise my classifications of hymnographic genres from 8 to 9, adding the genre of Paraliturgical Singing. I have also refined the pages presenting the Regional Chant Systems.

January, 2008: Significant Differences in the Manner of Worship Between the Russian Old and New Rites new

January 5, 2008: After much internal debate, I have decided to revise my classifications of hymnographic genres from 7 to 8, adding the Psalmodic (or Stichologic) Genre, which includes the responsorial-based singing of the Psalms at Vespers and Matins. In the majority of singing traditions, these have their own melodies and performance techniques, which justifies their classification as a separate genre. In light of this, every page under the category of Hymnography (see the left side-bar) has been updated and reorganized, with many more improvements and additions planned. (Some of the pages are mere place-holders and are waiting for me to add real content.)

September 2, 2007: The Regional Chant Systems pages have been consolidated, and will subsequently be revised in the near future. Several broken links have been fixed.

March, 2007: Musical Transcriptions of Paschal Hymns New

March, 2007: Достойно есть, на 8 гласов. Знаменнаго распева. New

March, 2007: Square-Note Fonts designed by Nikita Simmons New

March, 2007: Instructions for Singing "LORD, I HAVE CRIED" according to the Russian Old Rite New


November 9, 2007 New
The Church of Our Lord's Ascension in Gervais, Oregon, a parish of priested Old Believers under Archbishop Sofronii (jurisdiction of the Belokrinitsa Hierarchy of Old Believers, based in Braila, Romania), is pleased to announce the release of their first recording: a 2-CD set entitled "The Russian Old Rite Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in Znamenny Chant." The entire service is sung in Church Slavonic. We have recorded the complete Divine Liturgy (sung in unison) for a typical Sunday, including three additional selections of alternate melodies. MORE... (including audio samples)