XXXVII International Festival
of Orthodox Church Music
„Hajnówka 2018”
in Białystok
16-20.05.2018 r.



  Information about the Festival 

The organizer of the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music “Hajnówka” is the “Orthodox Church Music” Foundation in Hajnówka.

We have held the Festival annually since 1982. So far, 838 choirs from 38 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, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, India, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro).

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 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.

Jury members of the previous Festivals include such names as: prof. R. Twardowski, prof. 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, dr Y. Ustinskov (Latvia), prof. P. Gylys (Lithuania), prof. Z. Zaprow (Macedonia), prof. W. Bołdurat, prof. T. Zgurianu, I.Stepan (Moldova), Fr. dr Ivan Moody (Portugal), prof. A. Kożewnikow, prof. W. Minin, Fr. 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 Festival’s award winners we find: 

1. Amateur choirs:

a) parish choirs: 

“Saghmos” from Erevan (Armenia), Diocese of the New Zealand-Australian from Sydney (Australia), from Lahovichi village, the of the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God „Joy of all in sorrow” from Minsk, Minsk Theological Seminary from Zhirovichy, Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Orsha, Chamber “Preobrażenije” Parish Christmas from Borisow (Belarus), “Vila” from Prijedor (Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina), of the Church St. Petka from Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Kykkos Monastery (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), 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),  Priests of the Orthodox Białystok-Gdańsk Diocese, Children’s, Youth and Mixed of the Church St. Nicholas and “Carmen” Cathedral from Białystok, Orthodox Institute of Psalmists from Hajnówka, Christian Academy of Theology and of the Church St. Maria Magdalena of the Uspenska Church from Warsaw from Białowieża, Białystok, Fasty, Hajnówka, Narewka, Lublin, Sanok, Wrocław, and Zabłudów (Poland), Orthodox Church Clergy Academy from Sankt Petersburg, The Schools of Orthodox Church Chant of Kruticky Patriarch „Podworja” of Novospassky Monastery from Moscow, Church from Nizhnij Novgorod, Female from Novgorod, Sortowała, of the Church St. Apostle Andrew from Kaliningrad, “Rostov-Don Art Music” of the Church St. George from Rostov and “Lampada” Children’s from Kursk, “Simwoł Wiery” from Voronezh (Russia), of Orthodox Theology Faculty of The University from Iassi (Romania), „Mokranjac”, St. Arch. Gabriel’s Church from Belgrade (Serbia),  Jarabina, of Orthodox Theology Faculty of The University from Presov, „Chrysostomos” Greco-Catholic Cathedral from Bratislava (Slovakia), “Sofia” from Stockholm (Sweden), from Kiev – 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,  Kiev Orthodox Christian Academy, “Znamiennia” from Rowno (Ukraine), Orthodox church “St. Thomas” from Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

b) secular amateur choirs: 

“Dietstwo” from Borysow, “Raduga” from Baranovichi, Railway Cultural Centre from Brest, “Dziannica” from Homel, Trade Union Cultural Centre ,“Ranica”, “Cantus Juventae”, Chamber “Salutaris”,Belarus  National University Folk Choral Capella from Minsk, “Mozaika” from Mohylew, , Chamber from Novopolatsk, “Cantare” from Orsza, Ranica from Minsk (Belarus), „Molitva” from Roosdaal (Belgium), „Dariali” from Tibilisi (Georgia), “Na’ama” form Givat Ada, “Megiddo” from Megiddo (Israel), “Pro musica” Vilnius University, ”Kamertonas” from Kovno  (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, Lublin Catholic University, “Bel Canto” from Olsztyn, “Capella Musicae Antique Orientalis” from Poznań, „Slowiki 60” from Szczecin, Zofia Kurowska Cameral from Słupsk, The Inter-University Academic and Military Academy of Technology of Warsaw, Politechnical Institute and Warsaw University, “Cansonanza”, “Cantilena”, “Gaudium”,  Politechnical Institute Miners’ and Medical Academy from Wrocław (Poland), State University of Omsk, Academic Male (MIFI) and „Soglasije” Cameral of the Moscow National Agricultural University (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 and University “Dnipro” from Kiev, Oriana” from Odessa (Ukraine).

c) children’s and youth

Children’s Fine Arts School from Kamieniec, “Lira” from Minsk (Belarus), of Lithuanian Radio and TV from Vilnius (Lithuania), Youth Cultural House from Bialystok (Poland), State Conservatory from Rostov, “Wiesnianka”, „Radost”, “Lel” and “Kastalija” from Moscow, Children’s Choral Kapelle of Great Novgorod (Russia), “Wohnyk” Palace of Children and Youth, National Music Academy Boys’ from Kiev, “Zorinka” from Ternopol (Ukraine). 

2. Music Academies Choirs: 

National Music Acadeny from Astany (Kazachstan)¸ Belarus National Music Academy Students’, „Elegia” from Minsk, „Visson” of the Republican justify of Contemporary Christian Culture, „Blagowiest” from Minsk, “Sonet” of the Grodno Music Academy, Lida Music College Female (Belarus), “Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis” from Budapest (Hungary), Academy of Music S. Brok from Daugavpils (Latvia), „Renaissance” of the Chisinau Music Academy (Moldova), Cameral Music’s Academy of Katowice (Poland) Student of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Female of the St. Petersburg National Music College, Gnesinykh Music Academy, Music College of the Moscow Conservatory (Russia), “Collegium Musicum” of the National University of Fine Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), “Soniacznyj strum” Academic from Nikolayev, Worobkiewicz Provincial Fine Arts School from Czerniowce, Academic of the Institute of Fine Arts of the East European National University in Lutsk, State Music University from Dniepropietrowsk (Ukraine).

 3. Professional Choirs: 

“Ter-Oganisjan” and “Avedis” from Yerevan (Armenia), Chamber and „Grodnienskaja Kapella” from Grodno, Philharmonic from Homel, National Radion and TV from Belarus, R. Shirma National, Music Academy, Archstrategist Michael Orthodox Brotherhood, “Radziwiłła”, “Cantemus” and The State Chamber of the Republic of Belarus in Minsk (Belarus), “Ivan Spasov” and “Filopopolis” from Plovdiv, “Alleluia” and “Joan Kukuzel-Angeloglasniat” from Sofia (Bulgaria), Estonian Male National from Tallinn (Estonia), “Kiedrova” from Paris (France), “Orovela” from Tibilisi (Georgia), „Drama’s Domestics” Byzantine from Drama, (Greece) “Musica Aeterna” from Jerusalem (Israel), “St. Ephraim” Byzantine from Budapest (Hungary), “Eufone” from Turin (Italy), 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), Music Academy Theatre and Fine Arts, Moldova Republic National Philharmonic, “Credo” of the Orthodox Metropolis, „Moldova” of National Radio and TV, “Gavriil Musicescu” from Chisinau, National Transnistrian from Tiraspol (Moldova), Polish Radio and TV Broadcast from Kraków, Warsaw Chamber Opera “Orthodox Church Music” Cameral Ensemble,  Szurbak Male of Church Music and „Modo Maiorum” from Warsaw, Wrocław Philharmonic, “Collegium Cantorum” Częstochowa Philharmonic (Poland), Chamber from Kaluga, “Niżnij Novgorod”, Ural National Chamber from Perm, “Svietilen” from Starocherkask Monastery from Rostov, M. Glinka National Capella from St Petersburg, “Saratov Theatre of Choral Music” from Saratov, Cameral from Tambow, Tomsk National University Choral Capella, North Ossetia’s Philharmonic Male from Vladikavkaz,  National Kostroma Philharmonic Academic Chamber, Cameral National Philharmonic from Czelabinsk, Chamber National Conservatory, Svieshnikov National, “Kozevnikov” Moscow National, “Drevnierusski raspew”, Jurlov National Capella, „Vivat” and the State the Academic Chamber “Minina” from Moscow, “Tiebie pojem” from Krasnojarsk (Russia), “Corala Patriarhiei Romane”, “Preludiu” of the National justify of Arts and „Divina Armonie” from Bucharest (Romania), Dnitropietrowsk Philharmonic, “Legenda” from Drohobych, „Kiev” ,“Credo”, “Krieshtchatik”, Rewucky Men’s Choral Capella and “Sophia” of the National Composer Association from Kiev, “Oranta” from Lutsk, “Oreya” from Zhitomir, “Tawriczeskij Błagowiest” from Symferopol,  “Woskriesinnia” from Ivano-Frankivsk, D. Bortnansky Academic from Chernihiv, of the National Radio of Ukraine from Kiev (Ukraine).


    1. We have been organizing the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music „Hajnówka” annually, every May since 1982.
    2. 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:
      1. amateur choirs:

a) parish choirs
b) secular choirs
c) children’s and youth choirs

      1. music academy choirs
      2. professional choirs
    1. The category and the authenticity of each amateur choir should be personally confirmed by its artistic manager.
    2. The repertoire should contain no less than five Orthodox Church music pieces, while the time to perform them should be about 18-20 minutes.

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 2018.

    1. Applications should be sent to the Organizer’s Office by 15 December 2017.
    2. The organizers will inform choirs whether they’ve qualified for the Festival by the end of Januar 2018.
    3. Choirs qualified and invited to participate in the Festival are requested to submit the following information by the end of February 2018.

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.

    1. The performances of the choirs are estimated by the international jury presided by Prof. Romuald Twardowski based on the following criteria:

a) choice of repertoire
b) interpretation
c) conducting
d) artistic impression

    1. All participating choirs will receive commemorative diplomas. The best choirs will be awarded 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).
    2. The Organizers provide lodging and sustenance (3 meals a day).
    3. 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 2018.
    4. A written resignation from the participation in the Festival before 1 March 2018 will allow the return of the transferred funds.
    5. Aside from participation in the Festival, the Organizers anticipate the choirs to perform in accompanying concerts (also using different repertoires).
    6. 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.
    7. All decisions of the regulations are final.
    8. Festival applications and any additional information may be obtained from:



Managing Office

of International Festival of Orthodox Church Music „Hajnówka”

Tamary Sołoniewicz 2, 17- 200 Hajnówka, Poland


tel./ fax. 0048 85 682 20 89 or 0048 85 682 32 02

e-mail: biuro@festiwal-hajnowka.pl






Director of the Festival

Mikołaj Buszko