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About Musica Orbis

Taking place in Prague, the city of music with fairytale architecture and one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Musica Orbis Prague Festival offers a wonderful musical experience to ensembles of all ages. This event -- which features choirs, orchestras, and bands from all over the world -- includes 16 competition categories in addition to their non-competitive festival program. The Music Orbis Prague Festival unique performance opportunities in the historical venues and churches located in the heart of the city including Mayakovsky Hall and Rudolfinum.

Join other ensembles and sing in the magnificent St. Vitus's 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 Festival connects people through music, encourages social interaction between choirs, and brings new musical inspiration into your choir life. 

Registration for the 2021 & 2022 Musica Orbis Festivals are now open



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2021 Dates & Festival Program

June 19-20, 2021 (Online)

The official program for the 2021 Musica Orbis Online edition has not been announced yet.

November 6-7, 2021

The official program for 2021 Musica Orbis has not been announced yet.

 

2022 Dates & Festival Program

July 7-11, 2022

Thursday, July 7 - Arrival Day

  • Sightseeing tour of Prague Join our local guides and explore the “City of a Hundred Spires”
  • Visit the famous Prague Castle and the magnificent St. Vitus’s Cathedral before walking over the Charles Bridge.
  • Workshops with Czech conductors. Gain insights into the rich Czech musical tradition with a professional clinician.
  • Festival concerts in beautiful venues in Prague and the surrounding area.

Friday, July 8 - Opening Day

  • Official welcome at the Prague Town Hall. Greeting by a representative of the City of Prague at one of the most significant buildings in the very heart of Prague.
  • Opening concert at the Czech Museum of Music. Give your first short performance in front of local audiences in the unique hall of the Czech Museum of Music.
  • Welcome dinner at the art nouveau-style Municipal House Café.

Saturday, July 9 - Competition Day

  • Perform with your choral or orchestral competition program in front of the professional Jury and excited audience! Throughout the whole day you will compete and compare your talents, enthusiasm and the new ideas you bring to classical music with ensembles from all over the world. (Non-competitive option also available).
  • In the meantime, you will enjoy the historic Festival venue with its beautiful interior and pretty surroundings within immediate reach of downtown Prague, where you can charm locals by impromptu performances.
  • Announcement of results and evening award ceremony.

Sunday, July 10 - Grand Finale Day

  • Mass participation in St. Vitus’s Cathedral. Perform at the greatest Czech cathedral in the largest Castle in the world.
  • Festival concerts. Charm the local audiences with your singing in a beautiful venue in downtown Prague, perform at a joint concert with another participating ensemble, and support your newly-made friends and fellow musicians.
  • Farewell dinner cruise. Join the other ensembles and celebrate your successful festival performance with a cruise on the Vltava river!

Monday, July 11- Farewell and departure


2021 Dates

June 19th - 20th, 2021 (Online)
November 6th - 7th, 2021

2022 Dates

July 7th - July 11th, 2022


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 a 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 the 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 Conservatory of Pardubice.


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 the 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. 


Mag. 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 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 art 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. 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. 


Mgr. ART. 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 several 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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Mgr. et MgA. Marek Valášek Ph. D. (Czech Republic)

Valášek graduated from the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in conducting. At the Faculty of Education of Charles University in Prague, he specialized in music education and choral conducting. At the Týn School in Prague, he studied church choir direction. During his studies, he started conducting in the Municipal Theatre in Ústí nad Labem and between 2002 and 2006 he also worked as a choirmaster at the Prague State Opera where, in addition to his regular choirmaster job, he conducted Leoncavallo’s opera La Bohéme. Since autumn 2015, he returned to the choirmaster’s position at the State Opera again.

At the Young Stage Festival 2002, he was awarded the 1st prize in the conductors’ competition for the concert with the Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. Within the frame of the Prague Spring music festival 2005, he carried out the Czech premiere of the full-length oratorio Ecce Homo by Jan Hanuš; in November 2005 he recorded Hanuš’s 1st symphony with the Czech Radio Symphonic Orchestra. In 2006, he was a guest conductor in Vilnius, Lithuania, and in Kyoto, Japan. He regularly works with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Hradec Králové and is often invited to lead choirmastering courses and to chair choral competition juries. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Ferdinand Vach professional prize by the Czech Music Foundation and the Association of Choral Conductors of the Music Scholars and Performers Association.

Marek Valášek is the principal organist of the Capuchin order in Hradčany, Prague; he teaches at the Prague Conservatory (department of music theory) and also conducts all the conservatory choirs. Since 2002, he has been teaching at the Department of Music Education of Charles University in Prague and he has worked as the head of the Choral conducting Department since 2011.


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David Slater (Australia)

Slater is an Australian composer, conductor and music educator. His compositions have received numerous awards and were twice short-listed for Australia’s richest composition prize. His work encompasses many genres from concert hall to TV, film, and advertising, and includes solo, chamber, choral and orchestral music. He receives regular commissions and his work is performed throughout Australia and the world.

Mr. Slater is an experienced conductor with an extensive repertoire spanning from the Baroque to the present day. He has conducted student and professional orchestras and choirs in several countries, and many seasons of musical theatre. He founded and directed many award-winning ensembles which include contemporary music groups, orchestras, choirs, youth orchestras, and musical theatre companies. Since 2016 he has worked with choirs and orchestras from Austria, China, England, Estonia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and the USA, as well as in Australia.

He is a regular guest at international music festivals, where he sits on international juries, conducts masterclasses and gives lectures. His regular schedule includes engagements in Austria, Italy, and Slovakia, with notable events in Germany, Latvia, and Russia, among others. Mr. Slater has over 35 years’ experience as a music educator and lecturer. He is passionate about the role of music in society and education and has promoted the creation, study, and performance of great music throughout his career. He has been a consultant on music curriculum and final year examiner in three Australian states.

Mr. Slater has won several major awards for composition, conducting and services to music in the community, including the Symphony Australia Prize, the National Award of the Orchestras of Australia Network and Australia Day awards for services to music in the community. He has published articles on music and music education and is Australia’s representative to the World Choir Council.


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