We held the Festival annually ever since 1982. 726 choirs from 35 countries from Europe, Asia, North America and Africa have participated in the Festival so far. There were choirs from Armenia, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, India, Israel, Serbia and Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Germany, Poland, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraine, the USA.
The aim of the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music “Hajnówka” is to present the great artistic and spiritual values of Orthodox Church music. Its program creates also the opportunity for discussion, meetings, exchanges of experiences and making of new relationships among the participants from different environments – and thus, it is equally enriched by the aesthetic and educational objectives.
So far the Festival has taken place under the Patronage of the President of Poland as well as the Patronage of the Polish Ministry of Culture and under the Artistic Patronage of prof. K. Penderecki.
Among the members of the jury of the previous Festivals, one would find such names as: prof. R. Twardowski, W. Bielecka, M. Erigina, prof. Cz. Freund, prof. K. Górski, prof. R. Grucza, prof. S. Krukowski, prof. E. Kulikowski, rev. dr M. Lenczewski, prof. J. Łukaszewski, prof. B. Sawicka, rev. J. Szurbak, prof. W. Miłkowska, J. Zawisza (Poland), prof. L. Jefimowa, prof. W. Rowdo, O. Janum (Belarus), prof. D. Dymitrow, rev. A. Łaszkow, W. Nikołow (Bulgaria), dr D. Oikonomou, G. Picardo (England), prof. N. Ossorguin (France), J. Dautov (Kazakhstan), A. Brandaws (Latvia), prof. P. Gylis (Lithuania), prof. Z. Zaprow (Macedonia), prof. W. Bołdurat, prof. T. Zgurianu (Moldova), prof. A. Kożewnikow, prof. W. Minin, rev. Nikifor, prof. I. Rajewski, prof. B. Tewlin, prof. B. Sieliwanow, prof. G. Dmitrak, A. Kiselow (Russia), dr A. Derevjanikowa (Slovakia), P. Vitovec (Switzerland), I. Cyklińskij, prof. Ł. Dyczko, M. Gobdycz, Archbishop Ionafan (Ukraine), , and other experts in choral and orthodox church music.
Among the award winners of the Festival are:
1. Amateur choirs:
a) parish choirs:
Choirs: “Saghmos” from Erevan (Armenia), from village Lahovichi, of Church of the Icon of the Mother of God „Joy of all in sorrow” from Minsk, Minsk Theological Seminary from Zhirovichy (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. Newsky from Paris (France), of the Church of St. Panteleimon from Tbilisi, “Nekressi” from Lagodekhi (Georgia), of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Berlin (Germany), “Zumoro” Theological Seminary from Kottayam-Kerala (India), Metropolitan from Riga, Old Believer Choir 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, 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 (Russia), of Orthodox Theology Faculty of The University from Iassi (Romania), Jarabina, of Orthodox Theology Faculty of The University from Presov (Slovakia), “Sofia” from Stockholm (Sweden), Choir from Kijewo – Pieczerska Ławra, Youth Choir “O czudiesie” Orthodox Church St. Nicholas from Kiev, of Svyatopokrovsky Monastery from Kharkov, from Moshna, Children Cathedral from Winnica, from Zolotonosha (Ukraine), „Mokranjac”, St. Arch. Gabriel’s Church from Belgrade (Yugoslavia).
b) secular amateur choirs:
“Dietstwo” from Borysow, “Raduga” from Baranovichi, Railway Cultural Centre from Brest, “Dziannica” from Homel, Trade Union Cultural Centre ,“Ranica” and “Cantus Juventae”, Chamber Choir “Salutaris”, “Mozaika” from Mohylew, Linguistic State University, from Minsk, Chamber from Novopolatsk, “Cantere” from Orsza (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 (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 (Poland), State University from Omsk (Russia), “Collegium Musicum” of the State University of Arts from Belgrad (Serbia), “Capella Russian Male Chorus” from New York, “Romeiko” from Philadelphia (USA), “Widrodzennia” from Kriwyj Rih, “Orfeusz” and Lecturers’ from the State Musical Secondary School from Lviv, “Szkolnyje Gody” from Simferopol, Politechnical Institute from Kijow, “Oriana” from Odessa (Ukraine).
c) сhildren’s сhoirs:
“Lira” from Minsk (Belarus), Choir of Lithuania Radio and TV from Vilnius (Lithuania), State Conservatory in Rostov, “Wiesnianka” from Moscow (Russia), “Wohnyk” Palace of Children and Youth, Choir of National Music Academy in Kiev, “Zorinka” from Ternopol (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 Gnesinych from Moscow (Russia), “Collegium Musicum” National University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), Academic “Soniacznyj strum” from Nikolayev (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), “Kiedrova” 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), “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” Rev. J. Szurbak from Warsaw, Philharmonic from Wrocław (Poland), Chamber from Kaluga, Chamber of the Moscow State Conservatory, State Choir of A. W. Svieshnikov, Russian Academic Choir “Kozevnikov”, The State Academic Capella Choir A. Jurlowa, „Vivat”, “Drevnierusski raspew” from Moscow, “Niżnij Novgorod”, “Ural State Chamber” from Perm, “Svietilen” from Starocherkask Monastery from Rostov, State Capella named after M. Glinka from St Petersburg, “Saratov Theatre of Choral Music” from Saratov, “Rachmaninov Chamber” from Tambow, Capella 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), Dnietropietrowsk Philharmonic, “Legenda” from Drohobych, Chamber „Kiev” and “Credo”, “Krieshtchatik”, Men’s Choir ”Revucky” from Kiev, “Oranta” from Luck, “Oreya” from Zhitomir, “Tawriczeskij Błagowiest” from Symferopol, “Woskriesinnia” from Ivano – Frankivsk, Academic Chamber Choir of D. Bortnansky from Chernihov (Ukraine).
1. We have organized the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music „Hajnówka” every year in May since 1982.
2. Mixed, male and female choirs (max. 35 singers in choir) both from Poland and from abroad participate in the Festival in the following categories:
1. amateur choirs:
a) parish choirs
b) secular choirs
c) children’s choirs
2. music academies choirs
3. professional choirs
3. The category and the authenticity of each amateur choir should be confirmed by its artistic manager.
4. Repertoire should consist of at least five compositions of orthodox church music only and its time should be 18-20 minutes.
The organizers recommend selecting repertoire from different historical periods.
Any changes in the repertoire should be reported till March 15, 2014.
5. Applications should be sent to the Organizers’ Office by 15 December 2013.
6. The applications should be supplemented by program and records (audio or video) of the choir.
7. The organizers will inform choirs about the qualification to the Festival till the end of January 2014.
8. Qualified choirs, invited to participate in the Festival, are requested to submit the following data till the end of February 2014.
a) phonetic titles with duration time of each composition
b) full names of their composers
c) notes of all the compositions in the program.
9. The performances of the choirs are estimated by the international jury presided by Prof. Romuald Twardowski on the basis of the following criteria:
a) choice of repertoire
d) artistic impression
10. All participating choirs will be granted commemorative diplomas. The best choirs will be awarded prizes. The choirs appointed by the jury are obliged to take part in Gala Concert.
11. Organizers cover lodging and sustenance (3 meals a day).
12. Qualified participants cover their travel expenses and are to partly finance their visit by making the transfer of money (18 EURO per person – daily) onto the organizers’ bank account before 15 of February 2014.
13. The written resignation from the participation in the Festival before March 01, 2014, enables the possibility of the return of the carried funds.
14. During the Festival the choirs have an opportunity to give additional concerts (also with a different repertoire).
15. The organizers reserve unlimited right for recording, duplication and distribution of recorded concerts. The choirs and their conductors do not receive any fees for participation in the concerts or for eventual radio or TV recordings made during the Festival.
16. All decisions of the regulations are final.
17. Applications and any additional information may be obtained from:
of International Festival of Orthodox Church Music „Hajnówka”
ul. Tamary Sołoniewicz 2, 17 – 200 Hajnówka, Poland
tel./ fax. 0048 85 682 20 89 or 0048 85 682 32 02
of the Festival
APPLICATION FORM OF THE
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ORTHODOX CHURCH MUSIC “HAJNÓWKA”
1. Name of a choir, address, phone number, e-mail:
2. Name and surname of a conductor, address, phone number, e-mail:
3. Patronating institution (address):
4. The category in which the choir is going to perform (according to rules and regulations):
5. Number of participants (man and women):
6. The sort of transport the choir is going to arrive:
7. We accept conditions of regulation.
– information about choir,
– artistic biography of conductor,
– a god quality photo of the choir (format 9 x 14),
– recording of a choir,
– other informational and advertising materials.
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