Fryderyk Chopin University of Music / Church Music Department

CHURCH MUSIC - Cantor and Conductor, second-cycle

Level of study: second-cycle Form of study: full-time Education profile: og√≥lnoakademicki Duration: 2 years

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Fields of studies and specializations

Conducting units

Enrollment

from 2020-05-01 to 2020-06-20 23:59:00

Language

Polish

Description

MA studies in the Major of Church Music allow for widening the basic competencies in this field, acquired during BA studies. Teaching contents refer to the specificity of the major covering three areas – organ playing (instrumental studies), conducting and liturgical monody. Thanks to a number of practical and theoretical subjects students have an option to widen their knowledge of specialist music literature (organ, choir, vocal and chamber music) as part of a liturgy and outside of it. They can develop their skills in organ playing, liturgical accompaniment and piano improvisation in a liturgy in different forms and styles, and Gregorian chorale. The aim of MA studies is also to prepare graduates for performing the role of artistic managers of diverse vocal ensembles, cooperating with other musicians as part of liturgical forms, and to obtain competencies to unassistedly prepare and carry out a full setting of a liturgy according to the requirements of the liturgical law and on the basis of the best music literature models.

Admission rules

The enrolment procedure is competitive and its results are public.

Tests

  • organ with test of liturgy accompaniment skills – sending audio-video recordings
  • choir conducting and voice production – sending audio-video recordings
  • interview – online (using the ZOOM app)

Scope of material

  • organ with test of liturgy accompaniment skills – sending an audio-video recording (performance on a classical or electric organ, the film frame must show a candidate in such a way that his/her unambiguous visual identification is possible):
    • performing the candidate-prepared solo programme, stylistically or formally varied, with a high difficulty level (presentation up to 15 minutes – pieces to select by the committee),
    • harmonisation of two stanzas of a candidate-selected church song with an introduction and a diversified texture/harmony,                                                                
  • choir conducting and voice production – sending an audio-video recording (conducting an accompanist, a recording available on the internet or a CD; singing with an accompanist, with background music available on the internet or a capella, the film frame must show a candidate’s movement apparatus in such a way that his/her unambiguous visual identification is possible):
    • vocal-and-instrumental piece
    • vocal a capella piece,
    • performing a vocal part from any church music piece
  • interview – an online connection at a set time (the link will be sent by email to the address given by a candidate).

Date of exams

01.07.2020 - 06.07.2020 (on-line)

Additional documents

26.06.2020: candidates must submit an electronic version of scores of pieces performed on the organ, scores of the conducted piece and the sung piece to the following address: muzykakoscielna@chopin.edu.pl