Ultimately the Polish version of the terms and conditions is considered to be the final and binding form of regulations for the Competition

  2. The Fourth International Individual Sacred Music Vocal Competition is organised by the Department of Vocal and Acting Studies of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.
  3. The fourth edition of the competition will occur in two stages, with the below listed dates:

I stage:                        19-20 December 2020            – online

II stage:                      4-6 January 2021                    – in person at the Organiser’s venue

  1. The competition is open to:

Category I: vocal performance students and alumni from (graduate) music schools, born after 31.12.1995.

Category II: undergraduate vocal performance students, born after 31.12.1990.

Category III: postgraduate (master’s) vocal performance students and alumni, born after 31.12.1985.

Main prize laureates from previous editions, may participate in another edition of the competition, provided that they move to a higher category and that no portion of their repertoire is repeated.

  1. The candidates will be informed electronically via the email address indicated in the entry form, confirming their registration as participants, once they meet the following conditions by 30.11.2020 (the final deadline for entries along with the payment):

– a properly completed entry form and as well as statement both found on the website of the competition: www.arsetgloria.pl, as well as signed copies of the aforementioned documents via email to the main organiser of the competition: [email protected] by 30.11.2020.

– payment the entry fee specified in point #5, to the bank account of the Academy of Music in Katowice: ING Bank Śląski O/Katowice nr 22 1050 1214 1000 0007 0000 7875; transfer name: „Ars et Gloria 2021” by 30.11.2020.

  1. The entry fee for the respective categories is:

Category I: with one’s own pianist: 100 zł; with the organiser’s pianist in the II stage: 150 zł.

Category II: with one’s own pianist: 150 zł; with the organiser’s pianist in the II stage: 200 zł.

Category III: with one’s own pianist: 200 zł; with the organiser’s pianist in the II stage: 250 zł.

  1. Resignation from participation with a refund of the entry fee, as well as any changes in the repertoire, will only be permitted until 10.12.2020.
  2. A participant requesting cooperation with a pianist provided by the organisers during the II stage of the Competition shall make the payment specified in point #5 is obliged to:

– send a paper copy of a properly organized and signed sheet music to: Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego, 40-025 Katowice, ul. Wojewódzka 33; in an envelope with the following reference note: „Ars et Gloria 2021 – Nuty”; should a participant resign from the competition, the materials sent in will not be returned;

– contact the pianist designated by the organisers and make appointments for rehearsals should they be necessary.

Note: There is no option to request a pianist during the I stage of competition, nor the II stage should it take place on-line.

  1. The participants shall bear all costs related to travel and accommodation.




  1. The organisers shall provide neither board nor lodging for the participants nor their pianists. The organisers recommend accommodations at the ‘Parnas’ Student Residence Hall at the Academy of Music (please mention: ‘Ars et Gloria 2021’ when booking) as well as the services of the ‘Akolada’ restaurant in the main building of the Academy of Music in Katowice.




  1. The following prizes and distinctions shall be awarded in respective categories:


MAIN PRIZES /gross amounts/


Category I                              Category II                             Category III

I – 1500 zł                              I – 3000 zł                              I – 4000 zł

II – 1000 zł                             II – 2000 zł                             II – 3000 zł

III – 500 zł                              III – 1000 zł                           III – 2000 zł


Mentions:                              Mentions:                              Mentions:

I, II, III                                  I, II, III                                   I, II, III



The Maestra Anna Kościelniak prize for the best performance of a sacred music piece

– performance in the Devotional Festival of Vocal Arts in Rabka, 2021

The Maestra Anna Kościelniak prize for the best performance of an operatic aria

– performance in the Opera-operetta Festival of Vocal Arts in Rabka, 2021

Prof. Dr. Hab. Andrzej Chorosiński, UMFC Warszawa

– performance in a festival devotional concert

Director of the Zabrze Philharmonic – Sławomir Chrzanowski

– performance in a philharmonic concert

Director of Concerts Bureau of the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice – Regina Gowarzewska

– performance in a philharmonic concert

Director of the Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra – Tomasz Janczak

– performance in a philharmonic concert

Director of the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz – Maciej Puto

– performance in a philharmonic concert

Director of the Koszalin Philharmonic – Robert Wasilewski

– performance in a philharmonic concert

Director of the Subcarpathian Philharmonic in Rzeszów – Prof. Dr. Hab. Marta Wierzbieniec

– performance in a philharmonic concert

Vocal Group – „Servi Domini Cantores”

– performance in a promotional concert

Studio DVD recording combined with the radio and TV transmission of the performance.


  1. It remains at the jury’s sole discretion to alter the number of main prizes and/or distinctions (e.g. to award certain prizes ex aequo). The sum total of the main prizes, as well as the total amount for each category, shall remain the same as prescribed herein.
  2. The Organisers intend to award financial prizes for outstanding performances by accompanying pianists as well. The amounts and number of such prizes shall be announced along with the results of the Competition.


  2. 1. By applying to participate in the Competition, each participant:
  3. agrees to have photos taken of them during the Competition; as well as their storage, repeated use, editing, processing and use of them across any medium for promotional and archiving purposes of the Organizers, without the need to obtain the approval of the participant each time,
  4. grants the Competition’s Organizers the right to use the audiovisual recordings of their performances during the Competition free of charge across the following ways of use:
  5. a) recording, copying and reproduction – to record using digital sound techniques, video and imagery; production and publication via CDs and / or DVDs or other media, only for non-commercial purposes,
  6. b) trade of copies and market placement where the artistic performances having been recorded are used for marketing, lending or renting of the original or copies,
  7. c) dissemination and promotion the performance in a manner other than specified in letter b – i.e. for broadcast, rebroadcast and playing, as well as making the performance available to the general public via selected websites,
  8. agrees to the processing of their personal data for the purposes of the Organizers as well as the conducting of the Competition in accordance with the terms of the declaration contained in the Application Form.


13.2. Personal data is collected on a voluntary basis, however, inclusion of mentioned personal data in the Participant’s Application Form is a mandatory condition for taking part in the Competition. Sending the Application form is tantamount to confirming that you have read the Regulations and accept its provisions and terms.


13.3. The Competition Participant is obliged to comply with health and safety and fire regulations in force at the Academy of Music’s buildings.


13.4. The Participant is obliged to comply with sanitary safety requirements and comply with regulations aimed at reducing the risk associated with the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus.




  1. The performances will be assessed by the following jurors:


/the Jury will be announced at a later date/


  1. The Jury shall be awarding points for the participants’ performances on a scale from 0 to 25. The verdict of the Jury is final and irrevocable and is not subject to appeal. The deliberations of the Jury and the minutes of these deliberations are confidential.
  2. The final schedule of auditions as well as the order of the participants’ performances shall be announced after a random draw on 15.12.2020. The results of the draw shall be published on the website of the competition, together with the final list and order of participants’ performances the same day (15.12.2020).

The schedule of the competition is:

/The concert’s organizer reserves the right to cancel the Laureates’ concert based on the given situation, logistics and potential complications caused by the pandemic, as well as all other extenuating circumstances/


19.12.2020 – Saturday             I stage online auditions, part 1 – Aula

10.00 – 13.00

14.00 – 18.00

19.00 – 21.00


20.12.2020 – Sunday              I stage online auditions, part 2 – Aula

10.00 – 13.00

14.00 – 18.00

19.00 – 21.00

22.00 – 23.00 I stage results announcement: www.arsetgloria.pl


4.01.2021 – Monday               II stage in-person auditions – Aula

10.00 – 13.00

14.00 – 18.00

19.00 – 21.00

22.00 – 23.00 Competition results announcement – Patio



5.01.2021  – Tuesday              11.00 – 13.00: Participants’ consultations with the Jurors

14.00 – 17.00: Rehearsals for the laureates’ concert – Concert Hall

18.00 – 20.00: Laureates’ concert at the AM – Concert Hall


  1. The order of auditions in the II stage of the competition will remain the same as in the I stage, after taking into account the participants that have dropped out. The order will be posted on the website of the competition: www.arsetgloria.pl


  1. The performers who have qualified to the II stage of the competition, are required to register in person at the reception desk (i.e. Patio of the main building of Academy of Music) the day before the II stage of the competition begins, between the hours of 15.00-21.00; or the day of (the start of the competition) (i.e. 04.01.2021) at least an hour before the participant’s performance time.


  1. The organizers of the competition guarantee space for vocal warm-up as well as wardrobe change for all participants of the II stage of the competition, the day of the auditions up to 30 minutes before the participant’s scheduled performance time. Acoustical warm-ups, however, are not anticipated to take place there.




  1. All laureates are obliged to perform, without remuneration, in the laureates’ concert at the Academy of Music in Katowice (5th January 2021, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Concert Hall, Academy of Music), as well as in one of the laureates’ concerts organised on the following day in the parishes sponsoring the competition, and to perform in these concerts pieces prescribed by the Jury.

/The concert’s organizer reserves the right to cancel the Laureates’ concert based on the given situation, logistics and potential complications caused by the pandemic, as well as all other extenuating circumstances/

  1. A laureate’s resigning from performing in any of the laureates’ concerts without the Organiser’s consent is tantamount to giving up all titles and prizes awarded to the laureate.


VII.            REPERTOIRE


  1. Due to the existing pandemic threat, combined with the need to to maintain appropriate physical distance and avoid personal contact, especially in large groups of people, the organizer chose to conduct the I stage of the competition – Online. For this purpose, the participant should prepare a DVD recording of their repertoire, save it in the appropriate format and upload it to their channel of choice (i.e. URL address) on YouTube, and send the exact URL weblink address as part of the application form to: [email protected] by 15/12/2020.

The II stage of the competition will be held In-Person at the Academy of Music in Katowice on the aforementioned dates listed in these regulations. However, in case it becomes impossible to have in-person performances for reasons beyond the control of the organizer, the repertoire of the II stage of the competition is also to be recorded and uploaded to the web address of the participant’s choice on YouTube, as is the case in the I stage as well. This web address should also be included in the application form and sent to the email: [email protected] by 15/12/2020.

A recording with the accompaniment of a pianist-accompanist, in addition to the best possible sound quality, should also be impeccable in terms of image quality. Appropriate lighting is key, as the camera should be recording the entire silhouette of the performer in a continuous, uninterrupted manner, without any vision or sound editing during the recording of the musical pieces. Recordings mounted from the side of image or sound will be disqualified. The recordings should be labeled with the names of the performers and contain information about the repertoire pieces being performed (for example: Gdy śliczna Panna – Polish traditional Christmas carol; or: J.S. Bach. Aria Deposuit potentes from „Magnificat”; or: S. Moniuszko. Na skrzydłach pieśni; or: 1447. G. Puccini. Aria Liu Signore, ascolta from the (I) opera „Turandot”)

The schedule for the repertoire of performances is below:

I stage: 19-20.12.2020 – ONLINE – performance time: up to 10 minutes

  • any sacred music piece
  • a Christmas carol or pastorale in Polish
  • a song or an operatic aria by a foreign composer


II stage: 4-6.01.2021 – IN-PERSON – performance time: up to 15 minutes

  • a sacred artistic Marian piece
  • oratorio aria or operatic aria in a foreign language
  • a song or an operatic aria by a Polish composer



  1. In each stage of the competition the Participant presents 3 pieces, the joint performance of which cannot exceed the time indicated hereinbefore. Exceeding performance time may result in the Participant being disqualified from the Competition.

The Participant shall perform all works from memory, both during recordings, auditions as well as the laureates’ concert. The Participants are free to decide the order of the pieces they intend to perform.

  1. The oratorio-cantata and operatic arias must be performed in the original key, performer’s voice type and language. Songs may be performed in any key and language, unless the organizer clearly indicated a specific language for the given piece.





The address of the Competition:

„Konkurs Solowej Wokalistyki Sakralnej ARS ET GLORIA 2021”

Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego in Katowice

40-025 Katowice, ul. Wojewódzka 33



Competition bank account:

Account owner: Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego w Katowicach

Bank: ING Bank Śląski O/Katowice nr 22 1050 1214 1000 0007 0000 7875

Title of transfer: „Ars et Gloria 2021”


Organisers of the competition:

Dr hab. Ewa Biegas, prof. AM – Dean of Vocal & Acting Studies

phone : (+48)501-009-143; e-mail: [email protected]  /auf deutsch/


Dr hab. ks. Paweł Sobierajski, prof. AM – Main Organiser

phone: (+48)604-484-003; e-mail: [email protected]


M.Sc. Katarzyna Ćwiek – Secretary of the Jury

phone: (+48)724-466-480; e-mail: [email protected]  /in english/


Competition office:

M.Sc. Katarzyna Ćwiek

phone: (+48)724-466-480; e-mail: [email protected]