Mission and Vision

The purpose of the Orthodox Sacred Music Reference Library (OSMRL) is to be a multilingual Internet-based resource that makes available accurate and authentic sources of choral scores by major Russian composers, primarily in the form of facsimiles of first editions in PDF format.

The OSMRL allows any interested individual who seeks a deeper understanding of Orthodox music and culture

  • to become fully acquainted with the output of prominent composers through their scores,
  • to download them as needed,
  • to listen to available recordings of individual works, and
  • to be directed to links for existing sheet music publications and audio recordings.

We expect that the materials presented in the OSMRL will generate new scholarly studies, editions, and concert programs of these works, thus expanding and broadening interest in Russian Orthodox music and culture.