XXXVIII International Festival
Information about the Festival
The organizer of the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music “Hajnówka” in Bialystok is the “Orthodox Church Music” Foundation in Hajnówka.
We have held the Festival annually since 1982. So far, 869 choirs from 40 countries from Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia have participated in the Festival. We hosted choirs from Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, India, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States and Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro).
During the Festival orthodox church music is performed by the choirs regardless of their nationality or religion – we host not only orthodox church choirs, but also catholic, Greek catholic, protestant, old-believers’, as well as muslim, buddhist, jewish. The openness of the Festival, the variety of repertoire and cultural diversity is an example of mutual respect and tolerance, confirming the idea of the Festival as the Musical Forum of East and West.
The aim of the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music “Hajnówka” in Bialystok is to present the great artistic and spiritual values of Orthodox Church music. Its program also creates opportunities for discussions, meetings, exchanges of experiences and forming new relationships between participants from different environments – thus enriching its aims with aesthetic and educational objectives.
The Festival takes place under the Patronage of the President of Poland as well as the Patronage of the Polish Ministry of Culture and the Artistic Patronage of prof. Krzysztof Penderecki – one of the most prominent contemporary composers.
Choirs participating in the Festival`s competition are judged by an international jury in the following categories: amateur (parish and secular), children and youth, music academies and professional. In 1995, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage qualified the International Festival of Orthodox Music „Hajnówka” in Bialystok to the musical art events at the highest level, giving it a „zero category”, same as International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition and thus the most famous Polish world music events.
Among the award winners of the Festival are: 1. Amateur choirs: a) parish choirs: Choirs: “Saghmos” from Erevan (Armenia), from Lahovichi, of Church of the Icon of the Mother of God „Joy of all in sorrow” from Minsk, Minsk Theological Seminary from Zhirovitsi, of the Iverska Icon Mother of God’s Orthodox Church from Homel (Belarus), “Vila” from Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina), of the Church St. Petka from Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Kykkos Monastery Choir (Cyprus), Coptic from Faisal – Giza (Egypt), of the Church St. Nicholas from Tallin, “Supriadki” from Narva (Estonia), from Oulu, from Tampere (Finland), of the Church St. A. Nevsky from Paris (France), of the Church of St. Panteleimon from Tbilisi, “Nekressi” from Lagodekhi (Georgia), of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Berlin (Germany), Coptic “St. Kyrel” from London (Great Britain) “Zumoro” Theological Seminary from Kottayam-Kerala (India), Metropolitan from Riga, of Old Believers from Daugavpils (Latvia), “St. Zlata Maglenska”, “St. Kliment Ohridski” from Skopje (Macedonia), of the Monastery of St. Teodor from Chisinau (Moldova), Białowieża, Białystok, Fasty, Hajnówka, Narewka, Priests of the Orthodox Białystok-Gdańsk Diocese, Children’s, Youth and Mixed Choirs of the Church St. Nicholas, The Cathedral “Carmen” from Białystok, Orthodox Institute of Psalmists from Hajnówka, Christian Academy of Theology and of the Church St. Maria Magdalena, of the Church Uspenska from Warsaw, “Słowiki 60” from Szczecin, from Lublin, Sanok, Wrocław, Zabłudów (Poland), Kondopoga, Sviblov, Orthodox Church Clergy Academy from Sankt Petersburg, The Schools of Orthodox Church Chant of Kruticky Patriarch „Podworja”, of Novospassky Monastery from Moscow, Church Choir from Nizhnij Novgorod, Female Choir from Novgorod, Sortowała, of the Church St. Apostle Andrew form Kaliningrad, “Rostov-Don Art Music” of the Church St. George form Rostov, of the Orthodox College from Smolensk, of the St. Petersburg’s Orthodox Metropolis from Saint Petersburg, of the Dormition’s Cathedral from Vladimir (Russia), of Orthodox Theology Faculty of The University from Iassi (Romania), Jarabina, of Orthodox Theology Faculty of The University from Presov, of the Greek Catholic Diocese in Košice (Slovakia), “Sofia” from Stockholm (Sweden), Choir from Kiev – Pecherskaya Lavra, Youth Choir “O chudiesie” Orthodox Church St. Nicholas from Kiev, of Svyatopokrovsky Monastery from Kharkov, from Moshna, Children Cathedral from Vinnitsa, from Zolotonosha (Ukraine), „Mokranjac”, St. Arch. Gabriel’s Church from Belgrade (Yugoslavia). b) secular amateur choirs:
“Dietstvo” from Borisov, “Raduga” from Baranovichi, Railway Cultural Centre from Brest, “Dziannitsa” from Homel, Trade Union Cultural Centre ,“Ranitsa” and “Cantus Juventae”, Chamber Choir “Salutaris”, “Mozaica” from Mohilov, Linguistic State University, from Minsk, Chamber from Novopolatsk, “Cantere” from Orsha, “Bielaya Vezha” of the University of Technology from Brest (Belarus), „Molitva” from Roosdaal (Belgium), „Dariali” from Tibilisi (Georgia), “Na’ama” form Givat Ada (Israel), Vilnius University Choir “Pro musica” (Lithuania), “Accolada” from Riga, Music Academy from Daugavpils, „Stars” of the National Guard of the Republic of Latvia from Riga (Latvia), “Rustiko” from Skopje (Macedonia), “Gloria” and “Lira” from Chisinau (Moldova); Medical Academy, Academic of the University, Politechnical Institute, Provincial Police Command from Bialystok, Chamber from Bydgoszcz, Częstochowa Politechnical Institute, Medical Academy, Chamber University from Gdańsk, Politechnical Institute from Gliwice, “Psalmodia” of the Theological Academy from Krakow, of the Catholic University of Lublin, “Bel Canto” from Olsztyn, “Capella Musicae Antique Orientalis” from Poznań, Named after Zofia Kurowska from Słupsk, The Inter University Academic of Warsaw, Politechnical Institute, University from Warsaw, “Cansonanza”, “Cantilena”, “Gaudium”, Politechnical Institute Miners’ and Medical Academy from Wrocław, Intercollegiate from Warsaw, „Ars Cantandi” of the of University of Economics in Wrocław (Poland), State University from Omsk, of the Municipal Autonomous Community Center from Great Novgorod (Russia), “Collegium Musicum” of the State University of Arts from Belgrad (Serbia), “Capella Russian Male Chorus” from New York, “Romeiko” from Philadelphia (USA), “Vidrodzenniya” from Krivi Rih, “Orpheus” and Lecturers’ from the State Musical Secondary School from Lviv, “Shkolnyie Godi” from Simferopol, Politechnical Institute from Kiev, “Oriana” from Odessa (Ukraine).
c) сhildren’s сhoirs: “Lira” from Minsk, of the Junior High School – College at the State Academy of Music from Minsk, of the Glinka’s State College of Music from Minsk (Belarus), Choir of Lithuania Radio and TV from Vilnius, „Ąžuoliukas” from Vilnius (Lithuania), State Conservatory in Rostov, “Viesnianka”, “Annino” from Moscow, of the boys’ and youth’s Choir School from Konakovo (Russia), “Vohnyk” Palace of Children and Youth, Choir of National Music Academy in Kiev, “Zorinka” from Ternopol, of the Revutsky’s Municipal University from Kiev (Ukraine). 2. Music Academies Choirs:
„Elegia” from Minsk, “Sonet” from Grodno, Female Choir of Music College from Lida (Belarus), “Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis” from Budapest (Hungary), „Renaissance” of Music Academy from Chisinau (Moldova), Conservatory Students, Female Choir of the National College of Music from St. Petersburg, Music Academy Gnesinykh from Moscow, of the State University of Culture in Krasnodar (Russia), “Collegium Musicum” National University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), Academic “Soniachnyi strum” from Nikolayev, of the Nezhdanova’s National Academy of Music from Odessa (Ukraine).
3. Professional Choirs:
“Ter-Oganisjan”, “Avedis” from Yerevan (Armenia), Chamber from Grodno, Philharmonic from Homel, State Broadcastings and Television from Belarus, State named after R. Shirma, Music Academy, The Orthodox Church Brotherhood named after “Archstrategist Michael”, “Radziwiłły”, “Cantemus” from Minsk (Belarus), “Ivan Spasov” and “Filopopolis” from Plovdiv, “Alleluia”, “Joan Kukuzel-Angeloglasniat” from Sofia (Bulgaria), Male National of Estonia from Tallinn (Estonia), “Kiedrov” from Paris (France), “Orovela” from Tibilisi (Georgia), Byzantine „Drama’s Domestics”from Drama, (Greece) “Musica Aeterna” from Jerusalem (Israel), Byzantine “St. Ephraim” from Budapest (Hungary), “Eufone” from Turin (Italy), The National Theatre of Opera and Ballet from Astana (Kazakhstan), “Theotokos” from Beirut (Lebanon) “Orthodox Church Music” from Riga (Latvia), “Aukuras” from Klajpeda, “Brevis”, “Vilnius” and “Orthodox Music Ensemble” from Vilnius (Lithuania), of the Music Academy, Theatre and Fines Arts, “Renesans” and “Credo”, “Gavriil Musicescu”, Chamber of the National Philharmonic, Radio and TV “Moldova” from Chisinau, National Transnistrian Choir from Tiraspol (Moldova), Polish Broadcastings and Television Choir from Kraków, “Ensemble of Orthodox Church Music” of Warsaw’s Chamber Opera, “Male Ensemble of Orthodox Church Music” from Warsaw, Philharmonic from Wrocław, of the orthodox church singing “Partes” from Poznań (Poland), Chamber from Kaluga, Chamber of the Moscow State Conservatory, State Choir of. Svieshnikov, Russian Academic Choir “Kozhevnikov”, Jurlov’s State Academic Capela Choir, „Vivat”, “Drevnierusski raspev” from Moscow, “Nizhnyi Novgorod”, “Ural State Chamber” from Perm, “Svietilen” from Starocherkask Monastery from Rostov, State Capela named after Glinka from St Petersburg, “Saratov Theatre of Choral Music” from Saratov, “Rachmaninov Chamber” from Tambov, Capela of the University from Tomsk, North Ossetia’s Philharmonic Male Choir from Vladikavkaz, Academic Chamber Choir of National Philharmonic from Kostroma (Russia), “Corala Patriarhiei Romane”, “Preludiu” of the National Center of Arts from Bucharest (Romania), Dnepropetrovsk Philharmonic, “Legenda” from Drohobych, Chamber „Kiev” and “Credo”, “Khreshtchatik”, Men’s Choir ”Revutsky” from Kiev, “Oranta” from Luck, “Oreya” from Zhitomir, “Tavricheskiy Blagoviest” from Sympheropol, “Voskriesinniya” from Ivano – Frankivsk, Academic Chamber Choir of D. Bortnansky from Chernihov, “Sophia” from Kiev (Ukraine).
- We have been organizing the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music „Hajnówka” annually, every May since 1982.
- Mixed, male and female choirs (max. 35 singers in choir) both from Poland and from abroad are able to participate in the Festival in the following categories:
- amateur choirs:
- music academy choirs
- professional choirs
- The category and the authenticity of each amateur choir should be personally confirmed by its artistic manager.
- The repertoire should contain no less than five Orthodox Church music pieces, while the time to perform them should be about 18-20 minutes.
- Applications should be sent to the Organizer’s Office by 20 December 2018.
- The organizers will inform choirs whether they’ve qualified for the Festival by the end of January 2019.
- Choirs qualified and invited to participate in the Festival are requested to submit the following information by the end of February 2019.
- The performances of the choirs are estimated by the international jury presided by Prof. Romuald Twardowski based on the following criteria:
- All participating choirs will receive commemorative diplomas. The best choirs will be awarded with prizes. The choirs appointed by the jury are obliged to take part in the Gala Concert (in the same composition as during the qualifying auditions).
- The Organizers provide lodging and sustenance (3 meals a day).
- Participants cover their travel expenses and are to partly finance their visit through a money transfer (20 EURO per person per day) onto the organizers’ bank account to be made by 15 February 2019.
- A written resignation from the participation in the Festival before 1 March 2019 will allow the return of the transferred funds.
- Aside from participation in the Festival, the Organizers anticipate the choirs to perform in accompanying concerts (also using different repertoires).
- The organizers reserve unlimited right for recording, duplication and distribution of recorded concerts through various means. The choirs and their conductors do not receive any compensation for participation in the concerts or for eventual radio or TV recordings made during the Festival.
- All decisions of the regulations are final.
- Festival applications and any additional information may be obtained from:
- a) parish choirs
b) secular choirs
c) children’s choirs
We recommend varying up the repertoire in its historical cross-section, as well as using contrasting tempos, dynamics, and forms.
Any changes in the repertoire can be reported until 15 March 2019.
a) phonetic titles and performance times of each composition
b) full names of their composers
c) a single copy of notes for each of the compositions included in the program.
a). choice of repertoire
d). artistic impression
of International Festival of Orthodox Church Music „Hajnówka” in Bialystok
Tamary Sołoniewicz 2, 17- 200 Hajnówka, Poland
tel./ fax. 0048 85 682 20 89 or 0048 85 682 32 02
Director of the Festival