prof. dr hab.

Wanda Tchórzewska-Kapała

choral conducting

Completed studies with honours at the Department of Music Education, Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, class of Professor Ryszard Zimak. Currently she is an academic teacher employed at the Department of Choir Conducting, Music Education, Church Music, Rhythmics and Dance, where she runs the class of Choir Conducting. In 2000 she acquired qualifications of the 2nd degree in musical art, in 2005 she obtained her post-doctoral degree; and the title of Professor of musical arts in 2013.

She has carried out her artistic and teaching activity at the G. Bacewicz Complex of State General Education Music Schools no. 3 in Warsaw since 1988.  She presents the results of her work at Festivals of Choirs of Primary and Secondary Music Schools of the Mazovia Region, where she wins numerous awards and honorary mentions, including the Grand Prix award (twice: in 2000 and 2006). At the 33th All-Poland Choir Tournament Legnica Cantat, together with her ensemble she won the 2nd award in the category of youth choirs. In 2000 she participated in the 1st European Choir Meetings organized by the Great Theatre in Warsaw and the Alla Polacca Foundation. In 2002 she performed at the Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra, participating in the 9th All-Poland Festival: The Stars Promote. She gave many concerts in Legnica as part of the Organ Conversatorium Festival. She participated in the 1st and 2nd International Music Schools Meetings in Wilanów.

She prepared the FCUM Mixed Choir to performing great vocal and vocal-and-instrumental pieces, such as Symphony no. 9 in D Minor by L. van Beethoven, Carmina Burana by C. Orff, Stabat Mater by S. Moryto, and Stabat Mater by K. Szymanowski.

Her performances in Poland and abroad (Germany, Great Britain, Hungary) took places in such prestigious places as the Royal Academy of Music in London and the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. She performed many times in Warsaw’s concert halls, e.g., at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, the John Paul II Museum, the Royal Castle and the Palace Museum in Wilanów.  As part of interschool exchange she often gives concerts in Germany, e.g. in. Heide, Meldorf and Brunsbüttel.

She participated in many scholarly symposiums in Poland and abroad, and was a jury member during choir festivals and competitions.

Since 2005 she has worked at the Warsaw Chamber Opera holding the post of choir conductor (until 2009) and soloists’ ensemble conductor. As part of this activity she prepared choir parts to pieces by such composers as: Albertini, Donizetti, Fauré, Montéclair, Mozart, Verdi, Weber, Dankowski, Elsner, Gorczycki, Kurpiński, Pękiel, Stachowicz, and Żebrowski.

Her individual achievements are awards and honorary mentions, e.g.: 1st degree award of Director of the Centre of Artistic Education (1997), Award for The Best Conductor given by the Chair of Choir Conducting (the FCAM in Warsaw: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006), Silver Cross of Merit (state award, 2000), 2nd Degree Award of the Minister of Culture (2005), 2nd Degree Award of Rector of the FCAM in Warsaw (2005), honorary decoration For Merits to the Polish Culture (2008) and numerous awards of Headmaster of the G. Bacewicz Complex of State General Education Music Schools no. 3 in Warsaw.