About festival

Feliks Nowowiejski’s International Festival of Choral Music is a cyclical event, which has been taking place in our city for fifteen years. The creator and executor of the festival is the Association for Civil Initiatives in Barczewo in cooperation with other entities.

The first edition took place in 2002 and was directed only to Polish choirs. Since the following year, the formula changed into international and so continues today.

The main aim of the festival is to commemorate figure and work of Feliks Nowowiejski who was a great composer, conductor, organist virtuoso born on 7th February 1877 in Barczewo. He was a creator of operas, oratorio “Quo Vadis”, organ symphonies, vocal and choral pieces, a great patriot and a Pole whose activity was an important factor in shaping the Polish consciousness of the lands of the north in the interwar period.


Jury of the 22th International Choir Music Festival Feliks Nowowiejski in Barczewo

25-27-may  2023.

   1.  prof. Marek Rocławski – przewodniczący  / Polska (Akademia Muzyczna im.   St. Moniuszki w Gdańsku)

Prof. dr hab. Marek Rocławski graduated with honors from the Choral Conducting Department of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. In the years 2002-2008 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Choral Conducting, Music Education and Eurhythmics at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, in the years 2008-2012 he was the Head of the Department of Choral Conducting at Gdańsk Music Academy. From October 1, 2012 to the present, he has been the Vice-Rector for Organization and Science at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. He is a ministerial expert of the Polish Accreditation Committee.

In the years 1983-1993 he was the conductor of the Moniuszko Male Choir in Gdańsk. From 1985 to 2016 he was the artistic director and conductor of the Cantores Veiherovienses Mixed Choir from Wejherowo (currently he is its honorary conductor). He took part in many choir competitions and festivals, winning many awards and distinctions. He is a winner of, among others: the International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf (Germany), the International Festival of Polyphonic Music in Marcelín (Italy), the International Choir Competition in Zadar (Croatia), the International Choir Competition in Preveza (Greece), SEGHIZZI 2011 International Choral Music Competition in Italian Gorizzi, International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music in Prague (Czech Republic), the Festival of Advent and Christmas Songs in Bratislava, International Festival of Religious Songs in Rumia, Gaude Cantem International Choir Competition in Bielsko-Biała, Legnica Cantat National Choir Tournament in Legnica, Cantio Lodziensis Choir Festival in Łódź, and the National Festival of Maritime Songs in Wejherowo. He has given concerts in many European countries.

He took part in International Composition Competitions twice. He has been invited to work in selection committees and juries of choir competitions and festivals. He is the chairman of the artistic council and a juror National Maritime Song Festival in Wejherowo. Marek Rocławski is also the chairman of the jury of Pater Noster National Festival of Religious Songs in Strzepcz, the International Festival of Religious Music in Rumia and Music Everywhere National Festival of Contemporary Choral Music in Gdańsk. He has been collaborating as a conductor with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic in Sopot and other musical institutions of the Gdańsk Coast, performing many oratorio and cantata concerts.

He is the author of numerous publications issued in national professional press, research studies and academic books,he also wrote a number of compositions and arrangements for a cappella choirs and for choirs with orchestra. He has received many awards and distinctions for his artistic and research activity, for example, the Gold and Silver Cross of Merit, Gloria Artis Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture, Distinguished Cultural Activist Award, Pro Ecclesia et Populo (For the Church and the Nation) Distinction and PZCHiO Golden Badge with Diamond. He is a winner of the Remus Award for outstanding achievements in the field of culture.


2.  prof. Rolandas Daugėla / Litwa (Vytautas Magnus University w Kownie – Litwa)

Rolandas Daugėla  is Associate Professor at the Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) Music Academy of Kaunas (Lithuania); since 1998 the chief conductor of World Lithuanian Song Celebrations; Artistic director and conductor of church chamber choir “Cantate Domino”, VMU Academic choir “Vivere Cantus”,  and the childrens choir “Cantica”; Lithuanian choral expert – advisor.  In 1992 he launched Cantate Domino, a festival of sacred music, which evolved by 2011 into a series of international choral competitions under the Kaunas Cantat brand before becoming Lituania Cantat, an organisation in charge of six international choral contests and festivals. Every year he works as head or member of jury at international choral competitions in Lithuania and Europe. A member of the Lithuanian Musicians’ Union and the Lithuanian Choir Union, he has been the chief conductor of regional song festivals in Kaunas since 1996 and larger events for Lithuanians from all over the world since 1998. Every year he works as head or member of jury at international choral competitions in Lithuania and Europe. 1998, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania provided this artist with the 1st degree S. Šimkus award, a winner of “Authentic music” award (2008), “Golden bird” award for nomination of “International shine star” (2009), was awarded the Kaunas City Municipality Culture and Art Prize (2010) and the city of Kaunas burgomaster Jonas Vileišis brass medal (2011). Lithuanian Choral Association Art award (2020)


3. prof. dr. hab. Dariusz Dyczewski / Poland

prof. dr. hab. Dariusz Dyczewski 

In the 1990s, he founded the Don-Diri-Don Children’s Choir of the Szczecin University of Technology and the Polish Television Pueri Cantores Boys’ and Men’s Choir. He participated in festivals, competitions and music congresses in Europe, as well as in the USA, Canada, the Bahamas, China, Brazil, Venezuela, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates, winning over 80 awards and distinctions. He has performed with choirs at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw and Philharmonics: Szczecin, Berlin, Pekin.

As part of his scientific, artistic and teaching activities, in the years 1991-2010 he was employed at the Academy of Music in Poznań – Branch in Szczecin, where in the 2004-2010 term he was the Dean of the Faculty of Music Education. In the years 2003 – 2012 he conducted classes at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. In the years 2010 – 2016 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Music Education of the Academy of Art in Szczecin, and in the 2016-2020 term he was the Rector. On November 3, 2011, he received the act of nomination of professor of musical arts. He gave lectures in Austria, Italy and the Canary Islands. He was a juror in international competitions, incl. in Slovakia and Lithuania. He is appointed a reviewer of habilitation and professorships.

Prof. Dariusz Dyczewski is also active in the field artistic education of primary and secondary level. Since 2010, he has been a consultant at the Artistic Education Center in Warsaw. In 2015-2018, he was a member of the Council for Artistic Education appointed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. He is the principal of Leonard Piwoni’s Private Music Schools in Szczecin.

Prof. Dariusz Dyczewski is one of the key figures in the Polish choral scene. In 2006 he was appointed the artistic director of the International Festival of Choral Song in Międzyzdroje – one of the oldest choral festivals in Poland. He is also a member of the Artistic Council and a juror of the Legnica Cantat National Choir Festival In 2013, he was elected President of the Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras in Poland for the term of 2013-2017, and then 2017-2021 , 2021 – 2025 .He is active as a juror in national choir competitions in Bydgoszcz, Legnica, Barczewo, Międzyzdroje, Kalisz, Łódź, Katowice , Lublin , Poznań , Cieszyn.





Dyrektor Organizacyjny / Organizing Director                                                                

   Danuta Zielonka


Dyrektor  Artystyczny / Artistic Director

  prof. Benedykt Błoński

                                    Dyrektor  Konferencji  Naukowej  / Director of scientific session                            

                                                    dr  hab. Krzysztof Szatrawski                                               



Asystenci dyrektora organizacyjnego

Krystyna Żygadło

             Zbigniew Stodolnik

Administrator strony internetowej / Website Administrator

Anna Jakończuk-Klonowska

KONTAKT Z MEDIAMI /contact with the media   

               Magdalena Łowkiel, Patrycja Nowicka

Pozostali członkowie zespołu organizacyjnego:

Elżbieta Wołosewicz – Tabaka

Leszek Krawczyk

Danuta Łowkiel


Maciej Rżysko