Fryderyk Chopin University of Music / Vocal and Acting Studies Department

VOCAL STUDIES - Musical, first-cycle

Level of study: first-cycle Form of study: full-time Education profile: ogólnoakademicki Duration: 3 years

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Fields of studies and specializations

Conducting units


from 2020-05-01 to 2020-05-31 23:59:00




The Department provides young artists with vocal and acting training, preparing them for working at music theatres, and for stage activity using different vocal forms – songs, cantatas and oratorios. The curriculum covers the subjects aimed at developing vocal technique (Solo Singing), vocal preparation of the repertoire consisting of different forms and styles (Work with Pianist, Musical Parts Development – cooperation with the Roma Theatre). The Musical specialty also provides a very wide range of acting subjects. A musical actor is a versatile artist with numerous skills to interpret and create meaningful stage characters. As we know, the core of librettos of the greatest musicals consists in the combination of music and vocal score with large fragments of dramatic dialogues. A skilful use of voice, especially in high vocal parts, and an easy shift into expressive and dramatic dialogues are quite challenging for a musical actor. Therefore, the University offers a long list of acting subjects ranging from elementary acting tasks during freshmen year to scenes from contemporary and classical dramas in further years. There are also classes in prose, verse, stage songs and the so-called skill-training and technical subjects, such as Diction, Contemporary and Classical Dance, Gesture, Style, Stage Make-up, and many more. The University extensively collaborates with the Theatre Academy, Unit of Dance at the FCUM and School of Art Visage.

The studies offer general music subjects, humanities and other subjects necessary for developing skills and widening knowledge. It also offers an option to acquire practical skills thanks to participation in operas, concerts or music events presented at the FCUM and other institutions of culture – cooperation with Gorzów Philharmonic, Holy Cross Philharmonic, Subcarpathian Philharmonic, Musicakademie Rheinsberg, Warsaw Chamber Opera, Great Theatre – National Opera, or Paderewski Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, Jan Kiepura Festival in Krynica, and others.

List of class teachers in the academic year 2020/2021:

  • professors: Ryszard Cieśla, Robert Cieśla, Ewa Iżykowska-Lipińska, Izabela Kłosińska, Mikołaj Moroz, Włodzimierz Zalewski;
  • professors at the FCUM: Krystyna Jaźwińska-Dobosz;
  • holders of post-doctoral degree (dr hab.): Eugenia Rozlach;
  • holders of MA degree: Anna Gigiel-Biedka, Jacek Kotlarski, Kaja Mianowana, Marcin Wortmann.

Admission rules

The enrolment procedure is competitive and its results are public.


  • singing, acting and movement predisposition test – a three-stage exam – sending three audio-video (vocal, acting and dance) recordings
  • ear training  – oral test – online test (using the ZOOM app)

Scope of material


Recording any three musical arias (in one file or in three separate files), one must be in Polish, with background music of piano accompaniment.
A candidate indicates the piece to be listened to during the first stage.


    • Recording of recitation of any classical poem,
    • Recording of recitation of any contemporary poem,
    • Recording of recitation of any fragment of classical prose (at least 5 minutes),
    • Recording of recitation of any fragment of contemporary prose (at least 5 minutes )

All texts with original interpretation. Recordings of recitation in one file or in separate files,


    • Recording a 3-minute movement composition (prepared earlier) performed in person by a candidate in jazz dance technique.
    • Recording a 2-minute movement composition (prepared earlier) performed in person by a candidate in contemporary dance technique.
    • Recording a 1-minute movement composition (prepared earlier) performed in person by a candidate in classical dance technique.

The selection of music pieces is up to a candidate. Movement recordings in one file or in separate files

Course of exam:

    • stage 1 – The committee will assess the recording of an aria/recitation of poem and prose/movement chosen by a candidate fot the first stage
    • stage 2 – The committee will assess singing, recitation and dance based on all recordings sent.
    • stage 3 – online (by means of the ZOOM app):
      • a candidate will present (online) a musical aria selected by the committee, the committee may define vocal tasks to perform (e.g. check voice range, give a vocal fragment to be sung in a specified style)
      • a candidate will perform (online) acting tasks defined by the committee and based on the texts prepared earlier (ability to move away from the prepared interpretation), acting tasks and etudes on a given topic (no text, work with imagination, improvisation), diction and breathing tasks defined by the committee (exercises testing the articulation apparatus for speaking, as well as diction accuracy of separate sounds),

The committee may define movement sequences to perform.

All video files should show a candidate in their whole posture throughout the whole recording, no close-ups, no picture movement and no editing, with well-audible music constituting accompaniment for singing; in good light allowing to fully identify the singer/reciter/dancer. The recording covers a candidate’s presentation and information about a piece (composer, text author/translator, title of operatic work/oratorio/song/play).

Ear training – online exam

    • singing at sight,
    • rendering a rhythmic passage.

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

06.07.2020 - 10.07.2020 (on-line)

Additional information

  • During examination: required clothing that allows to perform dance exercises, ballet shoes.
  • Candidates are required to do a warm-up before the examination unassistedly.
  • Candidates are obliged to submit an USB with the musical piece to which the composition was prepared to the head of the Examination Committee – on the day of the examination.