The Department of Psaltic Art and Musicology of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies came into being in September 2013. Its creation was the next step in a series of musicological activities carried out by the Volos Association of Chanters and the Holy Metropolis of Demetrias and Almyros.
The main goals of the Department include the musicological research of “Psaltiki” (the art of chanting) of Orthodox Christianity and the so-called Byzantine tradition primarily, but also of all musical idioms related to religious worship; they include also the preservation, support and dissemination of the relative cultural heritages.
Aiming to this goal, the Department plans conferences, seminars and educational workshops, musicological research, publication of books and sound carriers, web sites, radio programs etc. The creation of a comprehensive archive of bibliographic, visual and sound resources is also of crucial importance.
Director of the Department of Psaltic Art and Musicology is Konstantinos Charil. Karagounis, Αssistant Professor in the Supreme Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens. The Scientific Work Group currently consists of Costis Drygianakis, Vasiliki Gousi, Efstathios Grammenos (President of the Demetrias Chanters Association), Zoi Naoum(Department’s Secretary).
Short bios of the members of the Department will be uploaded soon.