The Society, an international entity, was founded in 2002 to foster, coordinate, develop and disseminate the scientific, scholarly and educational activities relating to the study of Byzantine and post-Byzatnine Music and hymnography.

The Society encourages and promotes the general field of scholarly and scientific research of issues relating to the history, the science and the art of Byzantine Music and hymnography.

The Society will promote also support ecclesiastical and public education in all areas relevant to its objectives illustrated above through publications, scientific and scholarly fora and musicological exhibits/presentations.

Founded in 2002 with the support of the Byzantine Studies Initiative -a program of the Russian and East European Studies Center of the University of Pittsburgh, the Society and its mission have been enriched by those serving on its advisory body