The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław
Faculty of Music Education, Choral Art
and Church Music
Choir Conducting Chair


National Forum of Music

Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

 Honorary patronage:

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Wroclaw City Mayor
Wrocław - the meeting place

Marshal of Lower Silesia

Honorary Consulate of Austria

Honorary Consulate of Latvia

Honorary Consulate of Ukraine

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Italy

Rector of
The Karol Lipiński
Academy of Music
in Wrocław
The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław


The Jury

Prof. dr hab. Marta Kierska-Witczak - head of the jury

Prof. Marta Kierska-WitczakA graduate from the institutions of higher music education in Wrocław (honours diploma, 1990) and Bydgoszcz, and a professor of music arts (2011). Head of the Section for Church Music at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, where she is responsible for teaching within the speciality (choral literature, methodology of choral art, conducting) and chairs national symposia and workshops devoted to choral art and sacral music.

A juror at national and international music competitions, the Head (since 2008) and the president of jury (since 2014) of the International Choral Conducting Competition TOWARDS POLYPHONY, the coordinator of the Lower Silesian Science Festival (2008-2013). A multiple Erasmus+ and Ceepus scholarship recipient, she had lectures and led choral conducting masterclasses and workshops. She has cooperated with ensembles at many European institutions of higher education, for instance in Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, Croatia, Romania, Bosnia& Herzegovina, Norway, Belarus and Lithuania.

Marta Kierska-Witczak has cooperated with various Wrocław-based choirs, winning with them top awards at Polish or European festivals and competitions (Italy, Lithuania, Spain). In the years 1993-2015, she was the artistic director of the Chamber Choir of Wrocław University of Technology ‘Consonanza’, with which she prepared and conducted several hundred concerts, presenting varied programmes ‒ from medieval monody to contemporary vocal-and-instrumental forms; the choir took part in and won high awards (including special and individual ones) at numerous festivals and competitions (in Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, France, Macedonia, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Great Britain, Italy, Belgium, France).

Former members of her choirs perform on professional stages in Poland, other European countries and USA, her former students succesfuly leads their own choirs and ensambles.

Marta Kierska-Witczak is an scientific editor of the book Psalate synethos 1 (AMKL), author of a plenty of articles about sacral choral art, commissioned by European Capital of Culture 2016 and National Forum of Music among others.

She has been a reviewer as part of many qualification procedures and an author of numerous articles on the performance of choral music; a reviewer in the process of granting the honorary title of doctor honoris causa to Wojciech Kilar (University of Silesia).

Working as a member of the governing bodies of the Society of Polish Church Musicians and of AISCGre – the Polish Section, she is involved in raising the standards of Polish liturgical music; she runs ensembles, specialist workshops, initiates concert series and festivals, teaches young conductors and organ players, and popularises forgotten works of music found at monasteries throughout Silesia.

Prof. Graham Lack

Prof. Graham LackStudied Composition and Musicology at Goldsmiths’ College and King’s College in the University of London and Music Paedagogy at Bishop Otter College in the University of Chichester, moving to Germany for doctoral studies (Technische Universität Berlin). He held a Lectureship in Music at the University of Maryland (1990-1998) and has chaired symposia on New Music for the University of Oxford and the Goethe Institut. He contributes to Groves Dictionary and Tempo.

Graham Lack is Corresponding Member of the Institute of Advanced Musical Studies King’s College London as well as erstwhile Consultant Editor of the organisation’s quarterly Choral Bulletin (International Federation for Choral Music). He is currently Artistic Director of the concert series ‘punkt5’ in Schloss Bissingen Germany, from autumn 2016 he is the first Whitgift Composer Associate with Trinity Boys Choir London.

Graham Lack was selected as a winner of the 2015 Ortus International New Music Competition New York. He was a jury member of the Rimini International Choral Competition (2013, 2015) and Jury President for the Competitions for Choral Composition (2011, 2013) respectively under the auspices of the IFCM.

His works are published variously by Musikverlag Hayo, Schott, Edition Peters and Thomi-Bergand recorded on Sony Classical and Signum. Among other choral works should be mentioned Sanctus (commissioned by Queens’ College Cambridge), Hermes of the Ways (for Akademiska Damkören Lyran Helsinki) and Estraines (a commission for the King’s Singers). The Legend of Saint Wite was a BBC prize-winner (2008). REFUGIUM, for chorus, organ and percussion was premiered by Trinity Boys Choir London (2009). Wide reception has been accorded to the Four Lullabies (recorded by VOCES8). The cycle Demesnes was commissioned by Quartonal and premiered to great critical acclaim at the Mecklenberg Vorpommern Festival (2013) and the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival (2014). Sjaella commissioned and premiered the cycle Desire Lines at the MDR Musiksommer (2014). Besides the orchestral and instrumental works G. Lack composed the cantata The Angel of the East, A Sphere of Ether for chorus and orchestra (Denver 2012), Michaelmas Dark (London 2013) and Sitherwood for large orchestra, chorus and soprano – the premiere peformance by the Monteverdi Chor and Vogtland Philharmonie (Würzburg 2015).

Prof. Vytautas Miškinis

Prof. Vytautas MiškinisVytautas Miškinis graduated as a choral conductor from the Lithuanian Academy of Music (1976), where he is now a professor. He is also the President of the Lithuanian Choral Union.

He began his career in Azuoliukas Boys’ and Men’s Choir at the age of seven as a singer, and has been its Artistic Director since the age of 25.

Vytautas Miskinis conducted the Kaunas State Choir and Vocal Ensemble of the Museum Musicum. Prof. Miskinis is an Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the All-Lithuanian Choir Festival. He has led the choral performances of his choir in some 25 countries. He has conducted a great number of compositions for choir with symphonic orchestras, lectured and held seminars in numerous countries all over the world. He has participated in numerous national and international choral events as a composer or an advisor. He has also conducted workshops in several Europa Cantat Festivals, World Choral Symposiums, World Choir Games. He is a member of the World Choir Council.

Prof. Miskinis worked as a member of numerous adjudicating panels in international choir and choral composition competitions all over the world (over 200 events), including the World Choir Games 2000-14. He has led workshops in China, Singapore, Philippines, Italy, Spain, Russia, South Africa, USA, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Malta, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Taiwan, Kazachstan, Jakutsk, Japan, Czech, Netherlands, Poland, the UK, etc.

Prof. Miskinis has composed approximately 400 religious motets a cappella, 18 masses, Magnificat, The Passion according to St. John, 4 cantatas, 2 musicals with orchestras and about 400 secular songs, which are performed and recorded by choirs throughout Lithuania and abroad. A great number of his compositions have been published not only in Lithuania but also in France, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Japan, Singapore, Latvia, Russia and the USA. He has been awarded many governmental and national prizes.

Prof. dr hab. Marcin Tomczak

Prof. dr hab. Marcin TomczakHe graduated with honours from the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk in: Theory of Music and Choral Conducting. He has participated in conducting seminars held by world-renowned authorities: E. Ericson, U. Gronostay, H. Poos. He attended a master course run by F. Bernius.

Since 1992 he has been the artistic director and conductor of the Academic Choir of Gdańsk University, with which he has toured extensively, both at home and abroad, performing in: Albania, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, USA, South Korea, China, Argentina and Ecuador. M. Tomczak has won numerous prizes at major domestic and international choral competitions, including: the F. Schubert Grand Prix Festival in Vienna (2000), two Gold Medals at the Choir Olympics in Busan (South Korea, 2002), 1st Prize at the International Choral Competition in Malta (2003), Grand Prix at the International Festival of Academic Choirs in Pardubice (The Czech Republic, 2010), Grand Prix, 1st Prize and Special Prize at the International Choral Competitions in Vilnius (Lithuania, 2010, 2014); Grand Prix, 1st Prize and Special Prize at the International Choral Festival in Ohrid (Macedonia 2013), Gold Medal at the World Choir Games Riga, (Latvia, 2014), individual conducting awards (Poland, Korea, The Czech Republic), university rector’s awards, prizes awarded by local authorities – a two-time nominee to the Pomeranian Artistic Award, Honorary Award of the Art Friends Society for Artistic Achievements in Music (2002), Award of the City of Gdańsk in the Field of Culture ‘Splendor Gedanensis’ (2006) and ministerial awards.

Juror of domestic and foreign choral festivals and competitions (Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Slovakia), the Artistic Director and the Jury Chairman of the International Choral Festival Mundus Cantat Sopot (since 2007).

He is currently employed, as a full professor, by the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, where he has been the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Choral Conducting (1999-2005), the Vice-Rector for Art and Student Matters (2005-2012) and the Head of the Chair for Choral Conducting (2005-2008 and 2012-2016).

Prof. Raul Talmar

Prof. Raul TalmarGraduated from the Tallinn Conservatory as choral conductor in 1982. He sang in mixed choir Noorus since 1977 and was the choir’s principal conductor in 1991–2012. At present,
he conducts the mixed choir K.O.O.R.. Earlier, he has worked with the Academic Male Choir of the Tallinn University of Technology, the male choir of the Helsinki Trade University,
the female choir of the Klementi Sewing Factory, the Pärnu Mattone Chamber Choir,
the national girls’ choir Leelo, the Tallinn Russian Choir and Tallinn St. Charles Church Concert Choir. In 2006, he was nominated the Conductor of the Year by the Estonian Choral Association. Since June 2013, Raul Talmar is the President of the Estonian Choral Association.

Since 1993, Raul Talmar has conducted mixed and female choirs at the Youth Song Celebrations and since 2004 at all Estonian Song and Dance Celebrations. In 2011 he was
the artistic director of the Estonian programme of the 16th Gaudeamus Students’ Song Festival.

Since 2008 is Raul Talmar Assistant Professor of choral conducting in Tallinn University.


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