„Orthodox Church Music” Foundation
2 T. Sołoniewicz str.
17-200 Hajnówka, Poland

tel./ fax +48 85 682 20 89, +48 85 682 32 02

Place of Festival realisation:

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok
2 Podleśna str.



XXXIX      Międzynarodowy

Festiwal  Muzyki  Cerkiewnej


XXXIX   International  Festival

of    Orthodox    Church   Music

15-19.05.2019 r


Honorary Patronage

of the President of the Republic of Poland

Andrzej Duda


Artistic Patronage of Krzysztof Penderecki

Patronage of the Polish Composers Union

Patronage of the President of the City of Białystok






of the XXXVIII International Festival of Orthodox Church Music

„Hajnówka 2019” in Białystok


Organizer: „Orthodox Church Music” Foundation in Hajnówka
Place: The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok, 2 Podleśna street



15 May 2019     7.00 p.m.


„Masterpieces of European Orthodox Church Music”


the State Transnistrian Choir from Tiraspol (Moldova)
conducted by Tatiana Tverdohleb




16.05.2019 (Thursday)    5.00 p.m.


1. Children’s Ensemble “Mtatsmindelebi” – Tbilisi (Georgia)
2. Boys’ Choral Capella „Orliata” – Zelenograd (Russia)
3. Exemplary Choir „Raduga” of the Children’s Choral School – Baranavichy (Belarus)
4. „Lybid’” Choir of the Children’s Music School – Kiev (Ukraine)
5. Concert Choir „Raduga” – Moscow (Russia)
6. Sofia Boys’ Choir – Sofia (Bulgaria)
7. Youth Choir „Adamant” – Riga (Latvia)
8. „Varvitsa” Choir – Varva (Ukraine)
9. Male Choir – Vitebsk (Belarus)


17.05.2019 (Friday)   5.00 p.m.


1. Female Vocal Ensemble „Mironosice Subotica” – Subotica (Serbia)
2. Karelian Male Choir – Petrozavodsk (Russia)
3. „Gaudium” Choir of the Wrocław University – Wrocław (Poland)
4. Vene Koorikapell – Russian Choral Capella – Tallin (Estonia)
5. Warsaw Archcathedral’s Choir – Warsaw (Poland)
6. Youth Choir of the State Music College – Brest (Belarus)
7. Students’ Choir of the Music College – Zhytomyr (Ukraine)
8. Mixed Choir of the Music Secondary School – Riga (Latvia)
9. Choir of the Music College at the State Conservatory – Moscow (Russia)


18.05.2019 (Saturday)   3.00 p.m.


1. „Societas Cantica” Choir – Vranov nad Topl’ou (Slovakia)
2. “Akademia” Female Choir of the National Pedagogical University – Odessa (Ukraine)
3. „Medici Cantantes” Choir of the Medical University – Wrocław (Poland)
4. Chamber Choir of the State Philharmonic – Astrakhan (Russia)
5. „Cantores Minores Wratislavienses” Choir – Wrocław (Poland)
6. Mixed Choir – Minsk (Belarus)
7. “Chernivtsi” Choir of the Philharmonic – Chernivtsi (Ukraine)
8. “Harmonious Chorale” – Accra (Ghana)
9. Academic Choir „Mlada” – Perm (Russia)




19.05.2019 (Sunday)


2.00 p.m. Jury’s verdict and award ceremony
4.00 p.m. GALA CONCERT



– Admission to the Inaugural Concert – upon presentation of free admission cards, which will be available at the ticket office at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok at 1 Odeska str.

– Admission to competition auditions – free

– Admission to the Gala Concert – upon presentation of paid admission cards, which will be available at the ticket office at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok at 1 Odeska str.

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.





  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:
    2. a)  parish choirs
      b) secular choirs
      c) children’s choirs

    3. music academy choirs
    4. professional choirs
  3. The category and the authenticity of each amateur choir should be personally confirmed by its artistic manager.
  4. 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 2019.

  6. Applications should be sent to the Organizer’s Office by 20 December 2018.
  7. The organizers will inform choirs whether they’ve qualified for the Festival by the end of January 2019.
  8. Choirs qualified and invited to participate in the Festival are requested to submit the following information by the end of February 2019.
  9. 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.

  10. The performances of the choirs are estimated by the international jury presided by Prof. Romuald Twardowski based on the following criteria:
  11. a) choice of repertoire
    b) interpretation
    c) conducting
    d) artistic impression

  12. 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).
  13. The Organizers provide lodging and sustenance (3 meals a day).
  14. 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.
  15. A written resignation from the participation in the Festival before 1 March 2019 will allow the return of the transferred funds.
  16. Aside from participation in the Festival, the Organizers anticipate the choirs to perform in accompanying concerts (also using different repertoires).
  17. 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.
  18. All decisions of the regulations are final.
  19. Festival applications and any additional information may be obtained from:

    Managing Office

    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

    Mikołaj Buszko