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About Musica Orbis

Based in Prague, the city of music with fairytale architecture and one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Musica Orbis Prague Choir Festival offers a wonderful musical experience to choirs of all ages. Amateur choirs from all over the world may choose from 16 competition categories or simply take part in the non-competitive festival program, which offers unique performance opportunities in the historical venues and churches located in the heart of the city. Join other choirs and sing in the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle during the Sunday mass, perform your own full-length concert in front of enthusiastic audiences, and experience fun and friendly atmosphere during choral workshops! 

Musica Orbis Prague Choir Festival connects people through music, encourages social interaction between choirs, and brings new musical inspiration into your choir life. 

Deadline to register: March 15, 2019

2019 Dates & Festival Program

June 27 - July 1, 2019

Thursday, June 27 - Arrival, registration, welcome dinner

Friday, June 28 - Choir workshops, official welcome at the Prague Town Hall, opening concert

Saturday, June 29 - Sightseeing tour of Prague, festival performances of non-competing choirs, festival competitions, announcement of results

Sunday, July 1 - Departure

2020 Dates

July 16th - July 20th, 2020 - more information coming soon!

Artistic Director

Mgr. Jaroslav Brych

Jaroslav Brych (1964) served as the chief conductor of the Prague Philharmonic Choir between 1996 and 2004. His journey to this prestigious post began in Pardubice where, in addition to studying the French horn at the local academy of music, he devoted himself to conducting a children's choir. He continued his musical studies at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts with a focus on orchestral conducting; he was a student of Václav Neumann as well as Josef Veselka, his famous predecessor at the head of the Prague Philharmonic Choir. Jaroslav Brych also attended many of the master courses led by Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart. 

From 1984 - 1997 he functioned as the choirmaster of the Charles University Choral Ensemble, from 1987 to 1994 he was conductor and Chief Conductor of the Czech Army Symphony Orchestra, and from 1992 to 1993 he conducted the Opera Mozart Company in Prague. He was appointed second choirmaster of the Prague Philharmonic Choir in 1994, served as its principal choirmaster in the years 1996 - 2005, and then conducted the Prague Chamber Choir from 2006 to 2012. 

Jaroslav Brych currently heads the Foerster Chamber Choral Association; he works with the Prague Philharmonic Choir, the Kühn Choir of Prague, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, and other Czech orchestras. In addition to his orchestra and choral conducting commitments, he teachers at the Prague Academy of Music, the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague, and the Pardubice Conservatorie.

Festival Jury

PhDr. Luboš Hána, Ph.D. (Czech Republic)

Luboš Hána is an assistant professor at the University of J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem. During his university studies, he specialized in choir directing, music theory, and pedagogy.

Besides teaching, he has also served as the director of NONA Chamber since 2002, a group of choristers chosen from the students of the University of J.E. Purkyně. Outside of the school grounds, he directs a mixed adult choir, Ventilky Jirkov. Both of the above-mentioned choirs have won numerous prizes at international festivals. Luboš Hána is often invited to lecture at workshops and courses and is a member of many choir festival juries. In 2007, Luboš Hána founded Jirkovský Písňovar, an international choir competition focused on popular jazz choir music. 

MgA Michal Hájek (Czech Republic)

Michal Hájek is a young and energetic choir director. He studied conducting at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Prague, as well as sacred music conducting at Charles University in Prague. He has worked with top Czech adult choirs, such as the Prague Philharmonic Choir and the Prague Mixed Choir. In 2009 - 10, Michal Hájek studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and participated in many choir masterclasses. He also conducted a number of seminars and choir workshops. In 2010, Michal won the prize for "Most popular choir director" at the International Choir Directors' Competition in Riga, followed by the first prize at the International Competition of Choir Conducting in Budapest and the special prize of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat in 2011. Michal Hájek is often invited to participate in festival juries. 

Jürgen Partaj (Austria)

Jürgen Partaj was born in Vienna into a family of music enthusiasts and so came into early contact with the Austrian choral and music scene. Initially, he was active purely in the field of classical music in solo violin but his concert activity gradually shifted towards crossover. His musical career is complemented by performances with Oscar winner Glen Hansard. Besides his musical activities, Jürgen Partaj graduated in law with a focus on arts law and founded a music agency in 2000 that specialized in international orchestra and choral tour management. Jürgen Partaj had the opportunity to work with outstanding musicians such as Elina Garanca, Annette Dasch, and Julian Rachlin, and with choral conductors such as Erwin Ortner, Robert Page, and Simon Carrington. Jürgen Partaj founded the "Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival" in 2007 together with the Association Via Musica - a festival for youth choirs and youth orchestras from all over the world. As intendant and artistic director till 2017, he annually created over 200 music events in Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and Austria. Jürgen Partaj was nominated for cultural manager of the year in the German-speaking countries in 2013. He is working with the Austrian Composers Society and is teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Since 2018, Jü Partaj is Permanent Chairman of the Jury of the Florence Music Festivals and is much sought after as a jury member and advisor of international music competitions. 

Janka Rychlá (Slovakia)

Janka Rychlá graduated from the piano at the Zilina Conservatoire and from conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She also attended a six-month scholarship stay in Paris (1983 - 4), where she studied polyphony under Philippe Caillard and completed a conducting course taught by the world-renowned choirmaster Eric Ericson.

After earning her degree, she was engaged as the choirmistress and art director of the Child and Youth Choir of Slovak Radio in Bratislava (1984 - 2003), with which she presented Slovak culture at concerts, festivals, and competitions both at home and abroad. She was also active as the repetiteur and choirmistress of the Slovak Philharmonic Choir and Collaborated with a number of vocal ensembles in Slovakia and abroad. In July 2003 and 2004, she served as choirmistress at the European Academy of Choral Singing in the French Pyrenees.

She is the conductor and art director of the Pressburg Singers from 2004; she regularly performs with the ensemble on concert stages, at festivals and competitions throughout Europe. She is a juror of international choir contests. In 2012, she was the artistic director of the Prievidza Sings International Choral Festival. She served as the chairlady for Slovakia at the International Young Choir Festival Summa Cum Laude in Vienna for four years. 

In May 2013, she rehearsed and conducted the world premiere of the children's opera OASIS by Tsippy Fleisher in English. 

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