The Department of Vocal Pedagogy is a relatively young unit in the structure of the University, as it was established in the 2019/2020. Its task is to supervise the educating OF future singers in the field of opera theater, operetta, musicals and other vocal-theatrical forms, and to provide them with the widest possible range of pedagogical qualifications acquired during second-cycle studies. A particularly important form of work of the Department is supervising the artistic and scientific activity of both students and teachers of Vocal Studies at the Faculty of Instrumental and Pedagogy, Music Education and Vocal Studies at the Białystok Branch of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.
The traditions of building a vocal training center located east of the Vistula date back to earlier years. It was formed gradually, from the academic year 2004/2005 first as a solo singing class. Then, from the academic year 2006/2007 as a field of study carried out jointly with the Faculty of Vocal and Acting at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The initiators of the project were: an outstanding Polish singer, teacher of many generations of singers, at that time the Dean of the Vocal Faculty, prof. Urszula Trawińska-Moroz and prof. Leszek Sokołowski, Dean of the then Faculty of Instrumental and Pedagogy in Bialystok. It was supposed to be a small, but relatively dynamic center educating young adepts of vocal art for the needs of the then emerging opera house in Poland, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic. Apart from the aforementioned prof. U. Trawińska - Moroz, working on the site of ad. qualification of II cycle Cezary Szyfman and also, ad. dr hab. Mikołaj Moroz, ad. dr hab. Anna Jeremus and ad. dr hab. Iwona Kowalkowska. Over time, the teaching staff was also supported by ad. Ewa Iżykowska and prof. Włodzimierz Zalewski. Among the pianists there were ad. Dr. Urszula Iżbicka, lect. Adam Kondratowicz, Ewelina Mucha - Kondratowicz, lecturer Krzysztof Kiercul,
lect. Elżbieta Uss - Jońska, ad. Dr. Katarzyna Makal-Żmuda.
The composition of the teaching staff of the Vocal Studies faculty underwent a natural transformation. Courtesy of the authorities of the Vocal and Acting Department in the persons of subsequent Deans, prof. Ryszard Cieśli and prof. Jerzy Knetig and the Head of the Department of Vocal Studies,
prof. Małgorzata Marczewska joined the group of singing teachers: ad. dr hab. Krystyna Jaźwińska - Dobosz and ad. Dr. Eugenia Rozlach. At the same time, a long-term program of educating the faculty’s own staff was launched.
Pursuant to the resolution of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music Senate of March 2010, Vocal Department is established, which begins its activity on October 1 of that year under the direction of dr hab. Cezary Szyfman - prof. of Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. In the academic year 2017/2018 it is transformed into the Department of Vocal Pedagogy, and two years later it becomes the Department of Vocal Pedagogy.
The result of several years of work both by students and those working with them
educators-members of today’s Department, there is a fairly extensive list of activities and interesting artistic undertakings, among which it is worth mentioning:
● concerts organized in Aula Magna of the Branicki Palace in Białystok,
The Palace in Choroszcz - the Branicki summer residence and the Podlasie Museum in the Białystok City Hall;
● regular concerts at the Concert Hall of the FCUM branch in Białystok for the University of the Third Age,
● cooperation with the Białystok Singing Society Stanisław Moniuszko
● realizations of opera performances and staged concerts
( Flis - St. Moniuszko - dir. N. Bobińska, The Marriage of Figaro - WA Mozart - dir. P. Aigner,
Love and politics- dir. P. Chomczyk, The musical world of Gioachino Rossini - dir. P. Chomczyk, Cosi fan Tutte - WA Mozart - dir. P. Chomczyk, Love and death - dir. P. Chomczyk,
Home Songbook - St. Moniuszko - dir. P. Chomczyk , Apothecary - J. Haydn - dir. B. Redo-Dobber , New Don Quixote, or a hundred follies - S. Moniuszko, A. Fredro - dir. P. Chomczyk),
● organizations vocal seminars conducted by outstanding artist-vocalists (prof. K. Pustelak, prof. J. Artysz, prof. P. Kusiewicz, prof. K. Szostek - Radkowa, prof. LA Mróz, prof. U. Krygier, Olga Pasiecznik, J. Frakstein, J. Laszczkowski,
dr hab. J. Janucik, prof. J. Rappe, prof. R. Karczykowski; prof. Włodzimierz Zalewski,
prof. Ewa Iżykowska-Lipińska),
● organization of the next editions of the National Scientific and Artistic Conference Challenges of Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy,
Members of Choir
prof. dr hab. Cezary Szyfman - Head of the Department
prof. dr hab. Adam Zdunikowski
ad. dr hab. Paweł Chomczyk - secretary
ad. dr hab. Marta Wróblewska
ad. dr Aleksander Teliga
ad. dr Aleksandra Zwierko-Wiercioch
as. mgr Olga Pasiecznik