PSALOM
Traditional Eastern Orthodox Chant Documentation Project
Guest Musicologists: Notes for Participants

Call for Membership and Submissions

I would like to extend an invitation to all musicologists and researchers (both trained and self-taught scholars) who are interested in taking part in the Guests Musicologists project.

What is this project all about, and who can take part in it?

The "Guests Musicologists" part of this website is my way of offering a public venue for those professional and amateur Orthodox musicians who have conducted research in any area of church singing (history, theory, practice, transcriptions, etc.). Participants in this project will have a convenient place on the internet where their articles may be hosted free of charge for years to come (God willing), and will also be able to browse through articles written by their peers.

In addition to research articles, I would also like to host transcriptions of traditional chant melodies, both in original languages and in translation. This will help to build a public library of hard-to-find original chant sources for education and research (as well as for reviving older singing traditions which are on the verge of extinction).

Some of you may feel that your research may not qualify you to be listed among those who have demonstrated a lot of experience. I assure you that ALL contributions have importance to the rest of us, and every bit of research that comes to light helps us all progress further along the path of discovery in music. Both professional and amateur works will be welcome on this site, provided they meet the basic guidelines.

What are the Guidelines for Submissions?

1) Topics must be pertaining to traditional Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox or Byzantine Catholic music. Although the focus of most articles should be sacred music, I will also host articles regarding the paraliturgical folk music of various ethnic cultures who embrace any of the previously-stated religious affiliations. I will also accept book reviews, audio reviews, critiques, etc.

2) Quoting Sources: Articles must have some form of documentation. I will not be extremely picky about how detailed your documentation should be, but at the least I expect contributors to provide their readers some basic information about where the information came from, even if it was received from oral sources. (Obviously, the more documentation you provide, the more weight your arguments will carry.)

3) Articles, reviews, critiques, etc. should be in good taste, keeping in mind that we are all Christians and should reflect our religious values. Materials containing criticism must avoid slander.

4) Musical transcriptions of traditional chants are encouraged, but original compositions will not be accepted. This project is intended to document and promote our historical traditions.

5) I will accept materials in the following formats: PDF, text files, HTML and MSWord/OpenOffice. Please try to observe standard naming conventions in the names of any files you submit: no spaces, slashes, ampersands, or other characters which Unix file servers don't like, and please keep file names somewhat brief. If you send images, please try to send JPG files, not GIFs or TIFs or large file formats (I can assist with optimizing images for the web upon request).

6) Any questions? E-mail the editor (Nikita Simmons): starina77-at-yahoo.com

How do I get started?

If you are interested, you may write to me with your request, and I will set up a guest page for you. Then, at your convenience you may submit articles and materials that you feel are worthy contributions to the study and advancement of Orthodox music, and at my earliest convenience I will post them to your page. (I can place them in a particular order if you have a preference.) I have almost no space limitations on my server, so please feel free to contribute as much as you wish. Please keep in mind, however, that these materials will be available to all our peers all over the world, so if you feel an article is not quite ready because it lacks some proof of facts, etc., then by all means hold onto it until it is ready.

Nikita Simmons, editor
Woodburn, Oregon USA


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