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


Competition choirs


The choir was established in 1988, on the initiative of Prof. Zofia Urbanyi-Krasnodębska, who also proposed that it be named after the Academy’s first Rector, priest Prof. Hieronim Feicht. For seven years, it operated under its founder, giving concerts both at home and abroad (France, the Netherlands). It has taken part in the Choir Festival FLORILEGE VOCAL DE TOURS in France (1991) and several times in the Miner’s Day Festival of Academic Choirs in Wrocław, winning a special prize in 1989.

Its choirmasters have been: Bogusława Orzechowska (1995-2005), Jolanta Szybalska-Matczak (2005-2014) and since 2014 – dr Artur Wróbel, currently assisted by Magdalena Lipska.

The ensemble combines artistic and educational functions. It is used for practice by undergraduate and graduate students of the Faculty of Music Education, Choral Art and Church Music. It also gives concerts, cooperating with the Faculty’s String Orchestra, the Academy’s Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Cracow in the preparation of big vocal-instrumental forms, the major ones of which include: Te Deum by A. Bruckner, Angelus by W. Kilar (conductor: M. Pijarowski, 2003), Symphony No. 9 byL. van Beethoven (conductor: T. Strugała, 2004), The Bells by S. Rachmaninoff (conductor: J. Maksymiuk, 2006), Demeter byK. Szymanowski, Schicksalslied by J. Brahms (conductor: J. Kaspszyk, 2007), Requiem by G. Verdi (conductor: R.J. Delekta, 2015), Coronation Mass by W.A. Mozart (conductor: M. Pijarowski, 2016), a suite from the ballet Daphnis at Chloé by M. Ravel (conductor: M. Pijarowski, 2016).The ensemble adds splendour to numerous official ceremonies at Wrocław’s institutions of higher education, performs at concerts held throughout the region and abroad (International Festival Eurochestries Charente-Maritime, France 2014).

The choir has given premiere performances of many works by Wrocław’s contemporary composers. On six occasions, it has acted as the testing ground for participants of the International Choir Conducting Competitions TOWARDS POLYPHONY, and has won 2nd prize and an honourable mention at the L. Laprus Choral Song Competition at Wrocław (1999), an honourable mention at the Polish Choir Competition LEGNICA CANTAT (2000).



The Chamber Choir SENZA RIGORE of the Academy of Music in Wrocław was established in October 2000, and already in December of that year it gave its first performance during the 27th Miner’s Day Academic Choir Festival. It is made up of the Academy’s students and graduates. Its founder, artistic director and conductor is Prof. dr hab. Jolanta Szybalska-Matczak. Her Assistant is mgr Magdalena Lipska (since October 2016).

SENZA RIGORE has performed at many prestigious festivals, including: International Organ Music Festival CANTUS ORGANI at Wołów, WIECZORY TUMSKIE concerts at Wrocław, Gliwice Choral Meetings, 15th Festival MAY WITH OLD MUSIC at Wrocław, Legnica Organ Conversatorium, International Choral Festival at Hradec Kralove, International Choral Festival KAMPANILA at Mikulov, International Festival of Choirs and Orchestras at Riva del Garda, International Festival EUROCHESTRIES at Pons, International Choir Festival and Competition at Lloret de Mar.For years now, SENZA RIGORE has been used for testing competitors during International Choir Conducting Competitions TOWARDS POLYPHONY, has performed at schools of higher education at Warsaw, Bydgoszcz and Katowice, as well as abroad (the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Italy, France, Spain).

The choir has won numerous prestigious awards, including Grand Prix and an honourable mention at the Lucjan Laprus Choral Religious Songs Interpretation Competition at Wrocław (2002); first prize and a special award at the 1st National Passion Songs Competition at Bydgoszcz (2003); Grand Prix at the 6th Łódź Choral Festival CANTIO LODZIENSIS (2003); 1st prize and a special award at the 2nd National Passion Songs Competition at Bydgoszcz (2005); an honourable mention and a special award at the 9th International Sacred Song Festival ŁAPSKIE TE DEUM at Łapy (2006); Grand Prix, an honourable mention and an honourable mention for the conductor at the 20th Polish Festival MARINE SONGS at Wejherowo (2008); 1st prize and the Gold Medal at the International Competition MUSICA RELIGIOSA at Olomouc (2009); Gold Diploma and two special prizes at the 9th F. Nowowiejski International Choral Music Festival at Barczewo (2012); Grand Prix, a special award and the prize for the best conductor at the 10th International Festival RYBNIK CHOIR AUTUMN at Rybnik (2014); four Gold Diplomas and special awards at the 5th International Choir Festival and Competition at Lloret de Mar (2015).



The Choir of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice is made up of students of the first two years of the Faculty of Composition, Interpretation, Music Education and Jazz as well as the Vocal-and-Instrumental Faculty. The ensemble takes an active part in the Academy’s artistic life, mainly performing vocal-and-instrumental works in cooperation with the Karol Szymanowski Academic Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, with NOSPR (National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra), the Polish Radio Orchestra in Cracow and the Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy AUKSO.

The choir, which has a total of over 100 performers, also gives concerts in smaller groups, singing a cappella. In 2009, the ensemble added splendour to the international celebrations of Europe Day taking place in Paris, gave concerts in Düsseldorf (as part of the Days of Culture of Śląskie Province, 2010), and in Ukraine – in Lviv and in Crimea as part of the Paschal Music Festival in Sevastopol (2012).

In the academic year 2014/2015, it gave concerts in Rome and the Vatican.

The Academy of Music Choir has won prizes at numerous Polish and international choir competitions, including: 6th Polish Choir Competition ‘Canto Lodziensis’ (Łódź 2004) – 1st prize and a special award, 36th Polish Choir Competition ‘Legnica Cantat’ (Legnica 2005) – 1st prize, 19th International Choir Competition ‘Praga Cantat’ (Prague 2005) – 1st prize in the Advanced Choirs category, 9th International Choir Competition at Riva del Garda – 1st prize (2006), 8th International Competition ‘Moscow – the City of Peace’ – 2nd place (Moscow 2008), International K. Fober Choir Competition ‘Gaude Cantem’ in Bielsko-Biała – Gold Diploma (2009 and 2013).

In 2014, together with the Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy AUKSO under Marek Moś, the Choir of the Academy of Music recorded vocal-instrumental works by Wojciech Kilar. In 2015, the record was awarded the Fryderyk statuette in the category ‘Album of the Year – Symphony and Concert Music’.

Since 2003, the Choir Director has been Prof. dr hab. Aleksandra Paszek-Trefon.



The choir was founded in 2006 by Andrzej Kosendiak as part of Wrocław Philharmonic, which was transformed into the National Forum of Music in May 2014. Since its inception it has been run by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, under whom it quickly established itself as one of Poland’s leading choral ensembles thanks to its rich and varied repertoire, which includes both pieces a cappella and large oratorio, operatic and symphonic works. It has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as, for instance: Giovanni Antonini, Bob Chilcott, Konrad Junghänel, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jan Łukaszewski, James MacMillan, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Paul McCreesh and Krzysztof Penderecki.

In the ten years of its existence, the choir has given over 260 public performances, collaborating among others with the Gabrieli Consort, Il Giardino Armonico and the NDR Orchestra, giving concerts at the Salle Pleyel (Paris), the Barbican Centre (London), the Royal Albert Hall (London), Gewandhaus (Leipzig). It was a guest of the music festivals: Schleswig-Holstein, Gent van Vlaanderen, Wratislavia Cantans, Warsaw Autumn, Ankara Music Festival.In addition to regular performances with the other NFM ensembles, the group tours Poland, performing with leading Polish philharmonic orchestras, including the Polish Radio Orchestras in Katowice and Warsaw. It is often broadcast on the Polish Radio and abroad. In 2009 and 2011 it was the first Polish choir to be invited to the legendary BBC Proms. In 2011, at the Varaždin Baroque Evenings Festival in Croatia, it received one of the three main awards – the Kantor Award for an exceptional performance of works by Johann Sebastian Bach. In June 2013 the Choir made its first tour of the United States of America and in October of that year it performed with the world-wide known group The Swingle Singers.

An important part of the ensemble’s discography is a number of recordings under Paul McCreesh: Berlioz’s monumental Grande Messe des Morts (2011, BBC Music Magazine Technical Excellence Award 2012), Mendelssohn’s Elijah (2012, Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2013), and Britten’s War Requiem (2013, BBC Music Magazine Choral Award 2014).The choir’s a cappella albums include: Słowa dźwiękiem malowane [Words painted with sounds] (2012), The Seeds of Stars with pieces by Bob Chilcott (2012) and Miłość na ludowo [Love in folk music] (2014). February 2016 saw the release of De profundis – a new album with a cappella music.


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