Liturgical Music Resources

This is just a list of links to sites I often use to find musical settings for pieces of the Divine Liturgy and other services. I’m posting it primarily as a reference for the singers of my choir, since I am moving away and will no longer be choir director. These are vaguely listed in order of how useful they have been to my particular needs over the past several years. Unfortunately, there is no one-stop location as things are scattered across the Internet. (That is something I’d one day like to try to fix, perhaps in the not too distant future.)

To my choir: note that the melodies you are most accustomed to will be called either ‘Obikhod’, ‘L’vov-Bakhmetev’, or if the site is Russian/OCA, ‘Common Chant’ as well. All three are used about interchangeably.

Sheet Music Resources  OCA Department of Liturgical Music publications. My first stop. Translations typically match what we have and the quality is always good, if they have what you’re looking for. This is usually the second place I look. The mixed chorus section is your best bet, but the male-only is worth checking. An online ministry of ROCOR’s Chicago and Mid-West Diocese. Sorted by category across the top. Translation may differ from what we have in our service books. Note that if you are looking for music for Vespers, it would be under ‘Vigil’ here. OCA Diocese of the West’s liturgics resource. They have some general information, as well as some musical settings. OCA Diocese of the Midwest music downloads. Some good things here. I’m especially fond for the work of the late Archbishop Job, because he made a lot of settings in the Carpatho-Rusyn chant I grew up with. Music from the Choir of St. Seraphim’s Cathedral in Dallas. OCA Diocese of the South Liturgical Music Committee. It has the ‘Many Years’ for our bishop, as well as settings for things in Archbishop Dmitri’s translation, like the Our Father (debts/debtors) and the Creed. Music from a Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Parish in New York. I don’t care for the way most of the music is formatted, but some good stuff here. Most of it is in Carpatho-Rusyn chant melodies, but other stuff as well. English and Slavonic resources. Excellent small choir settings from St. Tikhon’s Monastery in a variety of chant styles. All written for only two-part harmony. The Metropolitan Cantor Institute from the Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh contains an exceptional amount of music for services set to Carpatho-Rusyn prostopinije melodies. The version of the Akathist to the Theotokos we use is from here, as are a few random things that we’ve used, especially para-liturgical hymns. Translations of services will definitely not be the same, and any service with a great litany will include a litany for the Pope of Rome. Music from ROCOR’s Eastern American Diocese. Music from St. Maximus the Confessor (OCA) parish in Denton, TX. Includes Archbishop Dmitri’s translations. The ‘Obikhod Schematics’ can be useful, as they give you the melody for Stichera and Troparia in each of the 8 tones and you can fill in the words. St. Romanos the Melodist Society’s Russian Orthodox Chant in English. Not a lot here, but the Pannikhida file might be useful since it contains all the music and is a lot larger print than the little books. Hymnography from the Antiochian Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America. The work of the wonderful Bishop Basil (Essey). The Antiochian Archdiocese’s Sacred Music Library has a lot of things, including Russian Obikhod settings and Byzantine Chant. Not always the easiest to navigate and I rarely actually get settings from here, but good to know about. Music for Vespers throughout the year from ACROD, set to Carpatho-Rusyn plain chant. The works of Ms. Johanna Katchen, an Orthodox choir director living in Taiwan. Pretty extensive, various languages (including English) and chant styles. Unmercenary Sacred Music. Contains different music in various chant traditions from the region around Ukraine. I’m not terribly familiar with the site but it looks to have a fair number of pieces available. The Divine Music Project from St. Anthony’s Monastery. All in Byzantine Chant, but available in English and in Western notation. Russian Orthodox Church Music. I’ve never actually used anything from this site, but listed here for any one who finds this page and might find their work useful. Site navigation is in English, but from what I’ve seen all music appears to be in Slavonic (and possibly some Russian.) PSALM used to be a great resource, but unfortunately the site has been ‘Under Construction’ for years. Just listing it here in case it ever returns.

In the future I will post some resources for liturgical texts (no music) and general liturgics as well. A few of the sites above also contain some of these resources.

I also plan to make available the musical settings that I have created, in PDF format.