Ohrid Choir Festival: Archive 2011

Youth Choir “Carduelis”

Poniatowa, Poland

Dagmara Matysik - conductor
Wojciech Wójtowicz - manager

Competition Section

Title Composer
Der Mensch, vom Weibe geboren Johann Christoph Bach
See, see the shepherd’s Queen Thomas Tomkins
Lux aurumque Eric Whitacre
Namawiała Kasia Romuald Twardowski
La nuerte del angel Astor Piazzolla
Rum, dum, dum Dragan Suplevski

Sacred Section

Title Composer
Locus iste Anton Bruckner
Ave Regina celorum Tadeusz Pacierkiewicz
Crux Fidelis Mateusz Dębski
Gloria z Missa Brevis Carlos Alberto Pinto Fonseca

The Youth Choir “Carduelis” repertoire varies from a cappella to vocal-instrumental pieces by Polish and foreign composers. It performs music spanning the 15th to 21st century, from ancient to modern and pop music, and regularly commissions new works. It has made a number of critically acclaimed recordings, many premiere performances of contemporary works and artistic projects with professional music groups. The choir takes part in numerous festivals and contests in Poland, all over Europe and beyond, gaining the highest prizes and awards. It gives over 25 concerts annually throughout Poland and abroad, including regular concerts at the Polish National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw as the only amateur choir.

From December 2010 the Youth Choir Carduelis works in the House of Music under auspices of the city authorities - Poniatowa. The conductor and artistic director of the Youth Choir Carduelis (selected from choir “Szczygiełki”) is Dagmara Matysik, who has been the conductor of the Szczygielki Choir from 1997 untill 2007. Dagmara graduated from T. Szeligowski Music School in Lublin in the solo singing class, and obtained her degree at The Institute of Music and Fine Arts at Marie-Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin in The Faculty of Music Education. She was also awarded a postgraduate qualification in choir masters studies with honours at F. Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz. Dagmara is an alumnus of the Poniatowa’s ensembles.

International Choir Contests:

  • XI International Choir Contests of Sacra Musica in Preveza - Greece (2005 – I place – gold medal and the maximum number of points in all categories)
  • XVIII International Choir Contests of Sacra Musica in Namestov – Slovakia (2008 – I place “Złote Pasmo” and a special award for the piece: Vic Nees - “De profundis”)
  • II International Youth Music Festiwal - Slovakia (2010 - I place in category Sacred Music a cappella, and I place in category Youth Choirs up to 21 years SATB and Special prize for excellent conducting performance)

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