20th – 28th August 2005
International Summer School of Sacred Music
Premonstratensian Abbey Želiv
Orthodox Choir class
English Renaissance and Baroque Choirs
Czech and Central European Renaissance Polyphony
Vocal Sacred Music of the 20th century
Responsaria of J.D.Zelenka
Choral conducting class
Sense and purpose of Convivium
• spreading the awareness of the nature and use of sacred music
• experience with its performance in an authentic environment
• experience with a lesser known repertoire of sacred music
• meeting people interested in active performing of sacred music
Friday and Saturday evening 26th and 27th August will be reserved for a concert of sacred music performed by the participants of Convivium – selection of studied compositions in the monastic Church of the Birth of Virgin Mary. Other rehearsed works will be performed during the ceremonial morning mass at the end of Convivium. In the course of the whole week, participants will have many opportunities for informal performances of other works (even outside the class programme).
Following the Gregorian courses “Canta et Ambula”, this year’s Convivium will focus on introducing Gregorian repertoire as one of the foundation stones of the Christian musical tradition. An every-day, one-hour long Gregorian class (GREGO 1) is intended for all participants.
All classes are situated on the premises of Premonstrate Abbeyeliv. Three parallel classes will run in the morning. In the early afternoon, there will be two parallel classes and three optional classes in the late afternoon. There will also be time for additional practice and rehearsals, see the schedule. All classes will focus on working in chamber choirs and vocal ensembles. During the choir classes, solo singing and organ classes will take place.
A programme for you children from about 3 to 10 years of age (in the form of kindergarten or childcare), led by an experienced children psychologist, will be prepared for the whole course of the classes.
In addition to the work in the classes, you can also attend evening lectures, listening sessions and two or three concerts of sacred music. More personal consultations can take place after dinner. We will gladly devote our time to you. One afternoon in the week is free for relaxation and trips to the surroundings.
Conductors and choirmasters!
We would like to point out our invitation to the class of Jan Mikušek, which will consist of choir singing as well as lectures for choirmasters (those interested in choir singing only are equally welcome).
• you will be registered as soon as your payment is credited to our account
• course fee payment by 1. 8. 2005 price 3 450,- CZK
• course fee payment after 1. 8. 2005 price 3 950,- CZK
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• the course capacity is 85 active participants and max. 30 accompanying persons including children.
Every participant (including those interested in solo singing or organ consultations) registers for one choir class indicated in red and one class indicated in blue colour – i.e. obligatory classes 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00. You cannot register for two classes indicated in the same colour as they run simultaneously. Every participant will further fill in an alternative choice for the red classes – for organizational reasons, it is necessary to adjust the proportions of singing voices and the number of singers in each class. You can also register for three optional classes (indicated in the schedule in green colour. The number of participants in the optional classes is limited. The final participation in every class is a subject to lecturers’ approval and will be confirmed three weeks before the start of Convivium at the latest.
Organists and solo singers can work individually or in small groups during the whole day (classes of Vincent Rigot, Andrew King and Nicki Kennedy) but they are also expected to participate in singing in the choir classes, i.e. will fill in the choir classes in their application forms as well.
Accommodation and Catering
Simple rooms from double to six -bed units (most rooms have four to six beds) with shared conveniences on each floor. Each participant fills in the application form names of the persons with whom he/she would like to be accommodated. Families with children will of course be accommodated in separate rooms. In other cases, we will try to accommodate you according to your requests stated in the application form, but especially with those registered later, this cannot be guaranteed as the capacity is limited. The space for accompanying persons (see price P) is very limited and the date of registration will be the decisive factor.
Catering: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Dining room is located on the monastery premises.
Jiří Hodina and Martin Horyna
Czech and Central European Renaissance Polyphony
• At Convivium, Jiří Hodina will lead the everyday shared morning class of Gregorian chant basics (GREGO 1) and the shared Gregorian completorium sessions.
• Both lecturers will cooperate on the afternoon choir class GREGO 2 - OFFICIUM, aimed at spreading the awareness of the use of the Gregorian and polyphonic repertoire during the present-day liturgy. Selected parts of vespers and ordinaria will be practiced to be performed during the liturgy at the end of Convivium.
• In the afternoon block from 16:15, Jiří Hodina will lead a three-day optional class GREGO 3, aimed at vocally advanced chamber interpretation of Gregorian chant.
• In the afternoon optional block, Martin Horyna will lead a narrower class specialized in selected themes in Czech and Central European Renaissance Polyphony, literary brotherhoods etc. This class will consist of lectures and practical rehearsal of the repertoire.
completed his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris, being awarded the first prize for conducting of a Gregorian choir. Since 1987 a member of the ensemble Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, in 1997 he founded the female vocal ensemble Schola Benedicta. He is a member of Choeur Grégorien de Paris, with which he regularly takes part in the Easter liturgy during the Holy week in Fontfroide monastery in Southern France. He was one of the founding members of the Czech-Moravian Music Society (today Čechomor); later he left and founded his own group Marcipán, which performs Czech and Moravian folk songs. Since 2001 he has been working as an external teacher of Gregorian chant at the University of Hradec Králové.
teaches early music history and musical theory at the Faculty of Education of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. He leads his own vocal ensemble Dyškanti (The Discants), devoted to performing medieval and Renaissance music. He has published a number of editions of early music, e.g. A. Michna: The Czech Lute 1653, O. Chrysoponus Jevíčský: Bicinia nova 1579, J. Trojan Turnovský (1550-1606): Opera musica, H. Isaac (1450-1517): Missa Presulem ephebeatum. His main interests are the polyphony works of Czech composers of the 16th century, the period musical life and theory of music. The main aim of his work is editions of significant works. He cooperates regularly with the radio and television.
Vocal Ensembles of English Renaissance and Early Baroque
The English tenor Andrew King is acknowledged as one of the leading interpreters of Renaissance and Baroque music. He is much in demand as an oratorio singer, particularly as Evangelist in the Bach Passions. His love of chamber music is exemplified by his work with the Consort of Musicke, Musicians of the Globe, Pro Cantione Antiqua, and The Renaissance Ensemble (which he also directs). He has performed in many early operas by Caccini, Monteverdi and Peri. Interpreting arranged.
British soprano singer. Since 1998 she has been teaching solo singing at Trinity College of Music in Cambridge. She led master courses in Cambridge at Queen´s College and at the Broxborne Festival. Nicki Kennedy specializes in the music of baroque and classicism, she has performed as a soloist with Les Musiciens du Louvre, Konzertchor Darmstadt, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Florillegium, Purcell Quartet (Bach´s Passion According to St. John, Haendel´s Messiah, Samson and Saul, Haydn´s The Creation, Vivaldi´s cantatas etc.). She has also played several title roles in operas. Nicki Kennedy records as a soloist for EMI, Deutsche Gramophon, Tactus, Amadeus and others. For this class, prepare two to three arias or solo ensembles, particularly from the area of early sacred music. Nicki Kennedy speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian. Solo singers can work individually or in small groups during the whole day, but they are also expected to participate in singing in the shared classes. We point out a suitable connection with the solo parts in the class of A. King. Interpreting arranged.
A professor of organ playing and composition at Conservatoire de Metz. He studied organ playing and conducting of Gregorian choir at the Conservatoire de Paris. In 1998 he was appointed main organist in the church Saint-Louis des Invalides in Paris. In 1995 he received the first prize in regional improvising competition of Ile-de-France. In 1996 he received the main award in the International improvising competition Boellman-Gigout. He is a laureate of the International improvising competition in Paris (1997) and Biarritz (1999). Vincent Rigot will accompany the class of Gregorian basics (GREGO 1) and he will lead the organ class. This class will work on a two-manual Baroque organ and several practice electronic organs with pedalboards. The class concentrates namely on Gregorian improvisation, but it will be possible to consult different repertoire as well. Organists can work individually or in small groups during the whole day, but they are also expected to take part in singing in the shared classes. Interpreting from French is arranged.
Jan Dismas Zelenka and Sacred Music of the 20th century, choir and choirmaster class
He studied conducting and dulcimer at the Conservatoire in Brno. He continued his conducting studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he completed in the class of F.Vajnar. In 1991 he became the second conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Ensemble Brno, where he studied oratorio and cantata works of major world literature (Janáček – Glagolithic Mass, J. Haydn – The Creation, A. Dvořák – D Major Mass, G. Verdi – Requiem). In 1994 he was awarded the prize for the best conductor’s performance at the international competition Prague Days of Choral Singing. He conducted the musicals Hair and Rusalka and in the Chamber Theatre in Pilsen he arranged and in the 2002-3 season performed the Russian rock opera Juno And Avos. Since 2000 he has also been the conductor of the chamber ensemble Vox Nymburgensis. Jan Mikušek took private singing lessons under the tutelage of Terezie Blumová and he regularly takes part in master classes given by M. van Alten. He actively performs early music, mainly as a singer with the ensembles Capella Regia and Ritornello, with which he has recorded several CDs. His cooperation with the experimental vocal ensemble Affetto extends his repertoire to contemporary music. In 1999 he performed as the soloist in J.S.Bach’s St. Matthew Passions with Boni Pueri and the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra on a tour in the Netherlands. In 2004 he was hired as a singer in the opera Nagano in the National Theatre in Prague.
Orthodox Sacred Music – choir class
Artistic leader of the men vocal ensemble Oktoich specializing in orthodox repertoire. An orthodox clergyman, he studied at the theological faculty in Warsaw and Moscow. Since 1980s, he has been working as a conductor and psalmist in different orthodox churches in Warsaw and as a soloist of an ensemble specializing in secular music. Grzegorz Cebilski is a laureate of the conducting competition of the International Festival of Religious Music (1987, 1994). In 1997 he was awarded an honorary medal of the Ministry of Culture of the Polish Republic and named an artist of outstanding merit. He is one of the founders of Bach’s Society in Wroclav. Interpreting arranged.
An experienced child counselor and kindergarten teacher, a mother of four. She comes from Prague, but in the 1980s moved to the country with her whole family, closer to the countryside and natural environment. In children groups she encourages the creative spirit and natural and sensitive relationship with nature. She keeps children amused by games and walks and has an active and positive relationship to music.
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