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 19th International Choir Music Festival Feliks Nowowiejski in Barczewo 15-17 X 2020.

  1. Dr. Milan Kolena/Slovakia-chairman of the jury

Dr. Milan Kolena

At the Zilina Conservatory he studied piano, singing and choir conducting. After graduating with a degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava under the tutelage of Prof. Peter Hradil, he continued his studies in sacred music at VSMU. He also continued his studies of Gregorian Chant with Prof. J.Kohlhaufl at the University for Music and Darstellende Kunst in Vienna where he is the author of the first Slovak professional publication on Gregorian chant: ”Súčasné smery v interpretácii gregorianskeho choralu” (Current Directions in Interpretation of Gregorian Chant). He actively cooperates in the interpretation of Gregorian chant with Prof. Dr. F.K. Prassl from Graz and Prof. Dr. J.B. Goschl from Munich. Milan Kolena was an assistant with the Chlapčenský zbor (Boys´ choir) in Bratislava and was conductor of the Spevácky zbor bratislavských učitelov (Bratislava Teachers‘ Choir). In addition, he currently serves as conductor of Schola Gregoriana Bratislavensis. Milan Kolena teaches choir conducting and Gregorian chant at VŠMU. Since 1998 Milan Kolena has been the Art Director of the International Sacred Music Choir Festival Námestovské hudobné slavnosti, Musica Sacra in Bratislava, Slovakia Cantat. He is active as a Jury member at national and international choral competitions in Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Slovakia. He has led many workshops and seminars about vocal polyphony, Gregorian chant and Slovak contemporary music. During 2004-2006 together with Schola Gregoriana Bratisalvensis recorded 3 CDs of Bratislava antiphons for Slovak National Library. Since 2013 he is the president of the Slovak Choral Association. In 2014 he gave lectures at three American universities: Illinois Wesleyan University School, University of Missouri School of Music, Colorado State University, topic: The Question of the Interpretation of Latin texts in Sacred Choral Music. He was awarded the best conductor special prize of the „Singing World“ choral competition in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2015. In the same year he also did workshops in China and Hong Kong. In 2018 he received the first place with his Apollo choir at “Moscow Sounds” Festival in Folk Music category and a Grand Prix for Sacred Music category.

   2. Professor Ludmiła Osipowna Czernilowskaya / Belarus

Prof. Ludmila Chernilovskaya

Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design, Assistant Professor of the Department of Musical Art, a member of the Belarusian Union of Musicians. She teaches conducting and choral disciplines. She is actively engaged in attracting students to the implementation of creative projects. Her graduates are laureates of international and national contests. For many years she has been the artistic director of choral groups that participated in contests, festivals, conducted active concert activities. Particular attention is paid to the promotion of national choral music. She has taken part as a jury member in national and international vocal and choral contests. He has scientific publications on the issues of conducting and choir education and performance.

3.Mara Marnauza

Mara Marnauza is professor, PhDat the JāzepsVītols Latvian Music Academy at Department of Choir Conducting. She is a chief conductor at the Latvian Song Festival, at the Baltic States’ Student Song Festival Gaudeamus

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

prof. dr. hab. Dariusz Dyczewski

Rector of the Academy of Art in Szczecin appointed for the term 2016-2020. A graduate of the Faculty of Music Education at the Academy of Music in Poznań, Postgraduate Voice Emission Study, Postgraduate Choirmaster Study at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Postgraduate Study at the Academy of Music in Wrocław in the field of management of educational and cultural institutions. He was an assistant of the choirmaster in the Szczecin Opera and Operetta, he cooperated with the PLECIUGA Puppet Theater, he conducted classes on voice and pastoral phonetics at the Archbishop’s Major Seminary in Szczecin as well as at the Postgraduate Voice Emission Study
in Bydgoszcz. In the 1990s, he founded the Children’s Choir of the Szczecin University of Technology – Don-Diri-Don, and the Boys’ and Men’s Choir of TVP-Szczecin – Pueri Cantores. 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, the United Arab Emirates, Qaţar winning many awards and distinctions. The Choir gave concerts at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw and in Szczecin, Berlin, and Pekinese philharmonics. In 1991-2010, he was employed at the University of Music in Poznań – Branch in Szczecin, he was the dean of the Department of Music Education (2004-2010). In the years 2003 – 2012 he conducted classes at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. He also lectured in Austria, Italy, and the Canary Islands. He is active as a juror in national and international choral competitions. He has been appointed many times by the Central Commission for Scientific Degrees and Titles as a habilitation and professorship reviewer. In 2013, he was appointed the President of the Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras
in Poland for the term 2013/2017, 2017/2021. The Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras brings together almost 400 choirs and orchestras from all over Poland. On November 3rd, 2011, he received the act of nomination for a Professor of Musical Arts awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland. Since 2010, he has been a consultant at the Center for Artistic Education in Warsaw. In 2006, he was appointed the artistic director of the International Choir Festival in Międzyzdroje. He is the director of private music schools of Leonardo Piwoni in Szczecin. Since 2014, he is a member of the Presidential Council for Culture by the President
of the City of Szczecin. In 2015-2018, prof. Dariusz Dyczewski was a member of the Council
for Artistic Education appointed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

 5. Raimondas Katinas / Lithuania

Raimondas Katinas

Choir director, conductor and a teacher. During various times he was a leader of famous Lithuanian choirs. Lithuanian National Radio has close to 300 different recordings of his choral pieces. Since 2000 he is a leader of a broadly known choir “Viva Voce”, with which he won many international choir competitions, such as “In … Canto sul Garda, Antalya International Choir Festival, Montreux choral festival, Torrevieja Habaneras, Kaunas Musica Religiosa. The choir still actively performs in Lithuania and abroad.
R.Katinas is a jury member for various choirs and conductors contests. He teaches conducting in the National M.K.Čiurlionis School of Art. Many of his students became laureates and diploma holders of different contests. R.Katinas also performs as an artistic director and a chief conductor of the Lithuanian Song Festival.
During his life he harmonized and developed many Lithuanian and other countries folk songs. For his choir he arranged, customized, edited and created more than 100 original compositions. He published series of articles and reviews. Cooperates closely with the national press and is often heard on the Lithuanian radio. He is a member of the Lithuanian Choir Union Presidium. Raimondas Katinas is a conductor, an educator, a choral leader, a music arranger as well as an author of musical compositions. In the past – a choirmaster at Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, a longtime conductor of the Lithuanian Radio Choir. Currently, he is a teacher at National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts, so called Small Lithuanian Academy of Music, where he teaches conducting and choir disciplines. His students have won numerous awards at International Competitions for Young Conductors, and a lot of them successfully work in Lithuania as well as abroad. Since 2000 under his leadership a well-known youth choir of Vilnius Balys Dvarionas Music School VIVA VOCE has  achieved a victory in over ten international competitions, a lot of Grand Prix and has become gold winner of SLOVAKIA CANTAT 2018. At the moment he has over 160 mixed-age students in the choir. VIVA VOCE participated in different concerts in the USA, Japan, Italy, France, England, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Estonia and Latvia. The music performed by the choir ranges from the Renaissance to contemporary jazz and even rock music. Raimondas Katinas has an extensive record of musical activity. Over 300 choral and orchestral musical performances have been recorded on the Lithuanian Radio up-to-date. Raimondas Katinas has been the artistic director of various globally unique Lithuanian Song festivals, where a choir of up to 20.000 singers perform at the same time. Apart from being a member of the Lithuanian Choral Union for many years, Raimondas Katinas also writes articles and reviews, is in close cooperation with the Lithuanian Radio and Television, as well as consults Lithuanian regional choirs and conductors. Mr. Katinas has not only arranged over 200 Lithuanian and other nations folk songs and choral pieces, but also adapted to choir different instrumental musical works. He is the author of numerous original a cappella choral compositions as well as various classical, folk, jazz and rock ones.He has  held positions in juries of various Young Conductors and international choral competitions and is the recipient of numerous state and other honourable awards.