Fryderyk Chopin University of Music / Church Music Department

CHURCH MUSIC - church music - additional enrolment, first-cycle

Level of study: first-cycle Form of study: full-time Education profile: og√≥lnoakademicki Duration: 3 years

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Fields of studies and specializations

Conducting units

Enrollment

from 2020-09-04 to 2020-09-13 23:59:59

Language

Polish

Description

BA studies in the Major of Church Music cover multi-scope education, preparing students for the function of an organist musician responsible for the whole setting of a liturgy and practical rendering of all necessary elements as required by relevant liturgical rules and traditions. The Major and basic module covers, among others:

  • learning to play the organ – allowing to present stylistically varied solo organ pieces from different periods, with special reference to compositions inspired by liturgy,
  • organ improvisation and liturgy accompaniment – developing liturgy accompaniment shaping skills in different styles, learning and practical rendering of improvised forms applied in a liturgy,
  • conducting – preparing for work with vocal ensembles (one-voice and multi-voice), choir, liturgical schola – allowing to practically learn the repertoire of vocal and vocal-and-instrumental music which is representative for the Major of studies,
  • voice production – allowing to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in voice production as needed to conduct diverse ensembles of singers.

Students also have an option to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in the Gregorian history and semiology, performance principles of Gregorian singing, history of music and music literature with special attention paid to Polish music, theology and liturgy – especially in reference to the liturgy music law.

Admission rules

The enrolment procedure is competitive and its results are public.

Tests

  • organ or piano (candidate’s choice) with test of liturgy accompaniment predisposition – sending audio-video recordings; interview – online test (using the ZOOM app)
  • ear training – online test (using the ZOOM app)
  • conducting and vocal predisposition test – sending audio-video recordings

Scope of material

  • organ or piano with test of liturgy accompaniment predisposition
    • organ (performance on classical or electronic organ, the film frame must show a candidate in such a way that his/her unambiguous visual identification is possible):
      • J.S. Bach — prelude (toccata, fantasy) and fugue,
      • J.S. Bach — chorale with cantus firmus or ant chorale arrangement if a candidate does not have access to a relevant instrument,
      • free piece,
    • piano (performance on a grand or upright piano, or on a digital instrument, the film frame must show a candidate in such a way that his/her unambiguous visual identification is possible):
      • etude with any problems,
      • J.S. Bach — prelude and fugue from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier or 3-voice invention,
      •  free piece,
    • performance on an organ, piano or a digital instrument, the film frame must show a candidate in such a way that his/her unambiguous visual identification is possible
      • harmonisation on the organ of a church song selected by a candidate
    • interview - an online connection (using the ZOOM app) at a set time (the link will be sent by email to the address given by a candidate): we will ask about previous music experiences and a vision of work of a church musician
  • ear training:
    • test of proficiency in singing at sight,
    • test of ability to identify melodic, harmonic and rhythmic structures (relevant sound files and scores will be sent by an examiner during online contact)
  • conducting and vocal predisposition test – sending audio-video recordings (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 in such a way that his/her unambiguous visual identification is possible):
    • conducting a choir a capella piece (at least two voices) – by heart,
    • performance of a vocal part of a church song or a classical repertoire piece — by heart.

Exceptions from admission procedure

Prize winners and finalists of artistic “Olympics” competitions at the central level will be exempt from the enrolment procedure from the subjects the competition pertained to. In such a case they obtain the highest number of points for these given subjects.

Date of exams

21.09.2020 (on-line)

Additional documents

08.06.2020: candidates must submit an electronic version of scores of pieces performed on the organ or piano, scores of the conducted piece and the sung piece to the following address: muzykakoscielna@chopin.edu.pl