The String Orchestra of the Faculty of Music Education, Choral Art and Church Music

The String Orchestra of the Faculty of Music Education, Choral Art and Church Music began to form in the second half of the 1960s. Initially, it was an Odeon Orchestra, serving mainly as a student practice workshop. Since the 1980s it has been a String Orchestra. The first conductor preparing the Orchestra for student training was Radomir Reszke. Later it was managed by: Maria Oraczewska-Skorek (1971), Lucjan Laprus (1972), Jan Ślęk (1973-1975), Janusz Ambros (1976-1981), Leon Hanek (1982-1985), Halina Bobrowicz (1986-1990) and Helena Tomaszek-Plewa (since 1991). Dr hab. Artur Wróbel collaborated with the Orchestra between 2006 and 2011.

Initially, the Orchestra’s activities were limited to participation in students’ diploma concerts. As years went by, the Orchestra's performances had grown more and more frequent, featuring instrumental and vocal-and-instrumental pieces from various eras. The Orchestra's great success was its participation in the events accompanying the Wratislavia Cantans Festival – in concerts held under the Oratorio and Cantata Music Interpretation Course, participation in the final concert of the “Towards Polyphony” International Choral Conducting Competition (1999), organised by the Faculty of Music Education, and a presentation during the 6th Lago di Garda Music Festival, an international festival of choirs and orchestras by Lake Garda (Italy, 2012). Together with the Vocal Faculty, the Orchestra performed the operas “Orfeo ed Euridice” by C.W. Gluck in 1996, “Dido and Aeneas” by H. Purcell in 1998, the vaudeville “Cud mniemany, czyli Krakowiacy i Górale” by J. Stefani in 2008 and “Tolomeo et Alessandro, ovvero La corona disprezzata” by D. Scarlatti in 2010. The Orchestra has also performed at the "Barbórka" Academic Choirs Festival, cooperated on an ongoing basis with the Big Band of the Academy of Music, took part in the following recurring concerts: Lenten Concerts, Concerts of Carols and Diploma Concerts. The Orchestra has cooperated with all choirs of the Academy of Music and with numerous Wrocław choirs, including the Consonanza Academic Choir of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology, the “Szumiący Jesion” (“Rustling Ash”) Choir of the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, the Canto Ardente Female Academic Choir of the University of Wrocław and the Cantilena Male Chamber Choir. There were a number of soloists performing with the Orchestra: Agata Młynarska, Olga Ksenicz, Małgorzata Przybysz, Agnieszka Rehlis, Maria Zawartko, Bogdan Makal, as well as conductors: Zofia Urbanyi-Krasnodębska, Aleksander Mazur and Tadeusz Zathey.

The String Orchestra of the Faculty of Music Education continues to provide students of the Faculty with a space to practice. By practicing in the orchestra, they gather valuable experience and learn to shape the aesthetic sensitivity of their future students by familiarising them with music of great value. The art director of the orchestra is prof. dr hab. Helena Tomaszek-Plewa.

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