Extraordinary Music Workshop 2015
In 2015, the Foundation is organizing (for the third time) a weeklong extraordinary music workshop.
Extraordinary Music Workshop 2015
Faith – culture – education
In 2015, the Dominican Liturgical Centre Foundation is organizing (for the third time) a weeklong extraordinary music workshop for singers and instrumentalists who are interested in modern and ancient liturgical music. We are expecting 300 participants from Poland and Ukraine. For the most part, these are people around 30 years of age; believers and seekers who wish to deepen their faith. The lecturers for this program will be 12 outstanding musicians, composers and experts in the fields entrusted to them. This year's edition will be particularly directed towards dialogue with the Orthodox Church, because Orthodox lecturers will be present.
The workshop aims to broaden the knowledge of music and develop practical skills in vocal and instrumental performance as well as formation in a mature faith. Participants are trained in such a way that they can share the skills gained during the workshops with their home communities – parishes, religious groups and schools. In addition, each day of the workshop we will have a concert or worship-service using artistic means of expression.
The workshop is a unique opportunity to encounter a variety of cultural trends and forms of religiosity, meet people of different sensibilities and vocations, share experiences, and engage in creative dialogue. We will gather both Catholics and Orthodox, laity and clergy, people from small towns and large urban centers, both educated and uneducated. The workshop is an event bringing into contact the sacred (liturgy, prayer, liturgical music) and the profane (jazz, ethnic and folk dances), and placing old traditions (Gregorian chant, Orthodox music) in juxtaposition with new forms of piety (such as those experienced in community prayer vigils).
Characteristic features of the Workshop
Workshops take place in a unique formula that combines liturgical prayer, practical exercises and theoretical learning with active musical expression derived from different traditions. Each day workshop includes:
- About 2 hours of liturgical celebrations,
- 5.5 hours of practical classes,
- 2 hours of concert or worship,
- Lecture or catechesis.
The program includes a full week of classes. A participant may elect to participate in all workshops or in selected parts – three or four days, respectively.
Extraordinary Music Workshop 2014 (in Polish), video by Matylda Horodyska
Objectives of the Workshop
By drawing together such a unique group of leaders for such a rich program, we hope to help participants to live their faith in their daily lives in a way that is deeply rooted and expressed in culture.
Faith in the Liturgy
First of all, we hope that participants are able to experience the beauty and depth of jointly-celebrated liturgy. We believe that this experience will allow them to get closer to God and each other. Daily catechesis will be given to aid their participation in prayer. The workshop program includes prayer from the tradition of the Church of the West (for instance, the morning prayers or matutinum) and the East (the akathist). We wish to draw from the wealth of the whole Church rather than focus on divisions.
Faith in Culture
People coming from smaller towns are often unable to make contact with teachers who are competent in the field of singing. That is why we are excited by the chance to allow participants to benefit from meeting a large number of people who are professionally engaged in sacred music, devoted to the study of Gregorian chant and the traditions of the Eastern liturgical singing, competent in the proper conducting of vocal and vocal-instrumental music. This year, we will bring together 12 experts from all over Poland.
One of our goals is guiding the participants in broadening their musical horizons and developing their skills for the development and creative use of culture. Concerts play an important role in this process.
Faith in the community
In addition, we believe that the workshop will help participants find new opportunities to express their talents in the liturgy. We are always eager to bring together the cultures and experiences of those involved in Christian communities other than the Catholic Church. The traditions of the Orthodox and Protestant communities contain works of great cultural and spiritual importance. Getting to know them through the prism of music, and adapting them where appropriate to Catholic piety, brings individuals and churches closer together. The integration of Greek Orthodox (Byzantine) and Russian Orthodox music into the Workshop is a step towards the deepening of mutual respect among Christians.
We are asking for your donation via PayPal (via form below or our e-mail [email protected]), DotPay (secure way for credit cards) or international bank transfer (on our account in PLN). Details available in ”Donate” tab on the top of this page.
The Polish Province of the Dominicans to develop and promote the achievements of those involved in the renewal of the liturgy after Vatican II established Dominican Liturgical Centre Foundation. The Foundation is an advocate and organizer of cultural events, including concerts by recognized musicians. It promotes the achievements of young composers in particular, through the publication of the two-volumes book of liturgical music entitled “Inconceivable Trinity” (Niepojęta Trójco), which contains about 670 works of music in total, and 15 professionally-recorded CDs of sacred music. Apart from that, the Foundation is involved in music education and theological formation through workshops, sessions and seminars, as well as a two-year course for singers and conductors of sacred music called the School of Cantors. It operates a website (www.liturgia.pl) which is the largest internet portal dedicated to the liturgy in the Polish language. In its work, the Foundation draws from the traditions of the Christian East and West, explores ancient liturgical forms and creatively employs folk art-forms.
The biggest project of the Foundation for young adults is Extraordinary Music Workshop. You may take a quick look to former editions of Exraordinary Music Workshop in this gallery.
Budget for the Workshop
This rich and engaging program with a large group of instructors requires a significant amount of money. The fees paid by participants will cover part of the cost, and part will be covered by the Foundation and its sponsors.
We ask for the support in the total amount 7900€, which is about 50% of the whole project budget. With your financial support, we will be able to carry out the program as described here, invite instructors, and reach a wide audience. The Workshop has the potential to shape liturgical prayer of the Church in our region in a lasting way, as well as expand the platform for dialogue with the Eastern Church.
We are asking for your donation via PayPal (via form below or our e-mail [email protected]), DotPay (secure way for credit cards) or international bank transfer (on our account in PLN):
- IBAN: PL04114020040000320275229739
- BIC/SWIFT: BREXPLPWMBK
Fundacja Dominikański Ośrodek Liturgiczny
ul. Dominikańska 3/11, 31-043 Kraków, Poland
mBank SA Formerly BRE Bank SA (Retail Banking) Lodz
skrytka pocztowa 2108, 90-959 Łódź 2, Poland
- Elżbieta Wtorkowska – Voice production, Individual consultation
- Dawid Kusz OP – Lead vocal ensembles, Individual consultation
- Marcin Wasilewski-Kruk – Choir advanced level
- Urszula Rogala – Female beginners section, Choir basic level
- Sławomir Witkowski – Gregorian chant
- Michał Sławecki – Soprano, Individual consultation
- Borys Somerschaf – Alto, Individual consultation
- Paweł Bębenek – Tenor, Individual consultation
- Jakub Tomalak – Bass, Choir advanced level
- Rafał Maciejewski – Male beginners section, Choir basic level
- Łukasz Popko OP – Preacher
- Hubert Kowalski – Instrumentalists
- Katarzyna Młynarska – Voice production, Individual consultation
- Marcin Wasilewski-Kruk – Lead vocal ensembles, Individual consultation
- Urszula Rogala – Soprano, Choir basic level
- Piotr Pałka – Alto, Choir advanced level
- Sławomir Witkowski – Bass, Individual consultation
- Michał Sławecki – Gregorian chant
- Borys Somerschaf – Tenor, Choir advanced level
- Jakub Tomalak – Male beginners section, Choir basic level
- Rafał Maciejewski – Female beginners section, Choir basic level
- Łukasz Popko OP – Preacher