Fryderyk Chopin University of Music / Vocal and Acting Studies Department

VOCAL STUDIES - Solo Singing, first-cycle, language of tuition: English

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 2020-05-22 23:59:00




The Department provides young artists with vocal and acting training, preparing them for working at music theatres (opera, operetta, musical), 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, Opera Parts Development – cooperation with the Great Theatre – National Opera and Warsaw Chamber Opera, Classical Recitative, Execution of Early Music, Chamber Music, Vocal Ensembles), as well as extended stage preparation (Acting, Diction, Prose and Verse, Dance, Style and Gesture, Stage Make-up – cooperation with the Theatre Academy, Unit of Dance at the FCUM and School of Art Visage). The Department offers general music subjects, humanities and other subjects necessary for developing skills and widening knowledge. The studies also offer an option to acquire practical skills thanks to participation in operas, concerts and music events presented at the FCUM and other institutions of culture – cooperation with Gorzów Philharmonic, Holy Cross Philharmonic, Subcarpathian Philharmonic, Musicakademie Rheinsberg, 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, Jerzy Knetig, Małgorzata Marczewska, Mikołaj Moroz, Jadwiga Rappé, Włodzimierz Zalewski;
  • professors at the FCUM: Jolanta Janucik, Krystyna Jaźwińska-Dobosz, Anna Radziejewska, Artur Stefanowicz;
  • holders of post-doctoral degree (dr hab.): Robert Gierlach, Dorota Radomska, Eugenia Rozlach;
  • holders of doctoral degree (dr): Joanna Freszel, Agnieszka Kurowska-Janecka, Yang Liu, Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział, Aleksandra Resztik, Katarzyna Trylnik, Ye Young Sohn, Witold Żołądkiewicz;
  • holders of MA degree: Jeannette Bożek, Erni Deng, Jacek Laszczkowski, Anna Simińska, Małgorzata Trojanowska

Admission rules

The enrolment procedure is competitive and its results are public.


  • singinga two-stage exam – sending audio-video recordings (three classical pieces + vocal exercise)
  • acting and movement predisposition test – sending an audio-video recording and an online test (using the ZOOM app)
  • ear training – online test (using the ZOOM app)

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).

Scope of material

  • singing – A two-stage exam; a candidate records three free pieces, range: – classical chamber music, oratorio or opera, with piano accompaniment (also in case of a version of a recording made with a pre-recorded accompaniment), plus any vocal exercise presenting a candidate’s voice range. While sending files a candidate should indicate a piece to be listened to during the first stage and a vocal exercise:
    • stage 1: qualification based on the piece selected by a candidate to be listened to during the first stage and a vocal exercise,
    • stage 2: qualification based on all vocal recordings which were sent
  • acting and movement predisposition test
    1. acting predisposition:
      • recording a selected fragment of prose (at least 5 minutes) with original interpretation,
      • recording a selected poem (classical or contemporary) with original interpretation
      • Having listened to the sent recitations, during an online exam the committee will give:
        • an acting task using the text candidates had prepared, checking the ability to move away from the prepared interpretation
        • acting tasks and acting studies on a given topic (no text, imagination and improvisation)
        • diction and breathing tasks, exercises testing the articulation apparatus for speaking, as well as diction accuracy of separate sounds,
    2. dance and movement predisposition:
      • A recording presenting the knowledge of steps of basic Polish dances covering:
        • POLONAISE: basic polonaise steps dances for the duration of 7 bars + 1 bar and a bow (man’s – in case of a male candidate; woman’s – in case of a female candidate), everything danced to music;
        • CRACOVIAK: Cracovian gallop danced for the duration of 3 bars + one landing on two legs; everything danced to music,
        • CRAKOVIAK: heel-clicking pirouettes around a square: two of them directed towards the right leg and ended with three accents with a quarter-turn; two directed towards the left leg and ended with three accents with a quarter-turn.
      • The selection of music pieces is up to a candidate.
        The recording presenting a 1.5-minute movement composition performed in person and prepared beforehand by a candidate, to any music, any style and any dance technique.
        The assessment of movement predisposition will be based on the sent recordings.

  • 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)