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The Jury 2017

Choirs during auditions will be judged by a Jury composed of:

Elżbieta Wtorkowska, Poland – chairman of the Jury
Jon Fylling, Norway
Lucia Bèrešowà, Spain
Justin Hazelgrove, Sweden, USA
Silvio Cortez, Portugal
Iwona Wiśniewska-Salamon, Poland




Elżbieta Wtorkowska – professor of art in the discipline of art of conducting 

A dean of the Faculty of Conducting, Jazz and Music Education at the Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, a lecturer at the Postgraduate Studies for Choirmasters and Postgraduate Studies in Voice Emission at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and a vocal consultant of the Choir „Opera Nova” in Bydgoszcz. Since 1992 she has been a lecturer at the Post-graduate Studium of Polish Choral Conducting in Koszalin, a member of the Artistic Council of the Association “Polish Community” (Polish: Stowarzyszenie “Wspólnota Polska”). Since 2002 she has been a conductor of the Choir Conductors of Polonia „Fatherland”.  She has conducted lectures and workshops on courses for Polish choirs conductors in Belarus (1996-2008), Ukraine (from 1998-2008), Lithuania (from 2003-2008),  in the Czech Republic (1999-2001 , 2007 and 2008 ) in the United States ( 2006 and 2007) and England (2008 ) . In 2008 she conducted lectures and workshops choir in Sydney, Australia in 2009 inBiggar, Scotland. In 2010 she has been a vocal consultant to the InternationalChoralAcademy „In Terra Pax ” in Międzyzdroje, and  in the season of 2002-2003 has been a vocal consultant of the Choir at the Castle Opera in Szczecin. In the years 2005 – 2008 she has conducted classes in pastoral phonetics at the Faculty of Theology at the Adam Mickiewicz Univeristy in Poznań, at the Higher Theological Seminary in Bydgoszcz. Since 1981 she has been conducting the Girls Choir “Canzona”, since 2001 the Female Choir „Canzona-Absolwent”, and since 2008 the Choir „Chamber Canzona in Murowana Goślina” (Polish: “Canzona Kameralna”w Murowanej Goślinie”. Together with the choirs “Canzona” she has given concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Greece, Sweden, Russia, the CzechRepublic, in Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Finland, Austria, England and Ukraine. She is the initiator and artistic director of the Edmund Szymański International Choral Festival in Murowana Goślina, which hosted choirs from many countries and continents ((Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, China, Japan, South Korea, Spain, France, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the  Czech Republic, Slovakia). She is also a lecturer at numerous seminars for singers, speech therapists, teachers and choral conductors in Poland and abroad. She also runs vocal workshops for both amateur and professional choirs, as well as children, youth, academic, boys, female, male and mixed choirs all over Poland.


Jon Fylling – conductor, teacher, juror

Jon Fylling is born in 1955 in the north of Norway. Formal music education of 8 years in Bergen and Oslo, concluded with Higher Diploma in Conducting in 1984. He was Conductor in Nidaros Cathedral in 1984, worked in Sweden in 1993, but except from shorter projects, guest productions and engagements abroad, he has mainly stayed and worked around Oslo and in the Østfold Region since 1985

Orchestral During more than 35 years he has performed all the great oratorios and masses with choir and orchestra, such as ”A German Requiem” (Brahms), Requiem (Verdi, Mozart), Elijah and St Paul (Mendelssohn), Messiah (Handel), St Matthew Passion and B minor Mass (Bach).
He founded the Østfold Region Symphony Orchestra 2002, which he still conducts. He was from 2010 to 2012 director and artistic director of Grenland Symphony Orchestra With these two and other orchestras he has performed a lot of the central classic and romantic repertoire, with composers as Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Tsjaikovskij. He has done several guest productions with professional orchestras both in Norway and abroad (2010: Kharkov Philharmonic – Ukraine)

Choral He has conducted more than 30 choirs and vocal ensembles and performed all the greater choral works, both a cappella, and with orchestra. He has gained great experience in all genres, working with folk music, jazz and popular music choirs. He has founded different vocal ensembles which whom he won prizes in national and international competitions (Oskarshamn, Sweden, Tolosa, Spain and Spittal, Austria)

Music writer He has gained quite a merit as an arranger and composer of both choral and instrumental music, and his arrangements are
sought for, and used by different ensembles. He has also recorded several CD’s, partly with his own material.

Project manager He has a significant interest in popular music and jazz, and has thus cooperated with most of the Norwegian popular artists as Sissel Kyrkjebø, Jan Eggum, Hanne Krogh and others. With his music students and his ensembles he has been administrative and artistical leader of more than 50 projects. He has worked a lot with cross-over projects, for instance in Sweden and South Africa. He is known to experiment with musical communication and concert settings, often by combining musical and dramatical elements.

Teacher/lecturer/juror He has been teaching performance, conducting, ear-training and composition in Music High School for more than 25 years.
He has been teaching choir skills for to actors, He has developed coaching programs for amateur choirs. He is also often asked for as juror member at competitions of different kind, and as lecturer in choir, repertoire and conducting in different kind of courses.


Lucia Bèrešowà – conductor, juror

Born in Poprad (Slovakia) and currently lives in Barcelona. As a conductor, she debuted at the age of 14, leading the choir in Effatha from  Sunava. She graduated with degrees in Musical Education and Biology from the University of Prešov and completed Postgraduate Choirmaster Studies at the Academy of Music. She completed doctoral studies in conducting at the Music Academy in Krakow. Additionally, Lucia has participated in numerous conducting courses in Sweden ( at the Eric Ericson International Choral Centre (Stockholm), Spain, France, Hungary and Slovakia.

Lucia is the conductor of mixed choirs Cor Polifónic Sagrada Família de Barcelona, ART-gentum Vocal Ensemble,  ​​Singfonia, Unió Coral Centre i Energia de Roca de Valles, Orfeo Joventut Terrassenca, Cor de Creu Roja de Barcelona, ​​ Cor Alegre, and Cor Pandamia de la Universitat de Barcelona.  She also conducts the women’s choir Cor Alleluia de Tarragona and is active as an orchestral conductor with Orchestra Tremolo.

Lucia is co-founder and one of five international conductors who lead REVOICE International Vocal Ensemble, which has performed in many European cities – Brussels, Berlin, Milan (EXPO 2015), Pecs, Graz, Budapest and Barcelona. REVOICE International Vocal Ensemble is a EUROPA CANTAT ambassador choir.

Lucia Bérešová cooperates with the Minsk Chamber Choir Music Society in Minsk Mazowiecki. She has led choirs in secular and religious music, and a cappella and vocal-instrumental pieces, such as Mass Highlander of T. Maklakiewicz, Mass in C major (KV 258) of WA Mozart, Gloria in D Major (RV 585) of A. Vivaldi, Requiem in d minor, op. 48 of G. Faure, and The Magic Flute (KV 620 ) of W. A. Mozart.


Justin Hazelgrove – conductor, teacher, juror

Justin Hazelgrove, a dual citizen of Sweden and the United States, is currently employed as choral pedagogue in Karlskrona, Sweden, where he leads the Choir of Men and Boys at Fredrik’s Church (Fredrikskyrkan). Previously, he worked as church musician and cantor at Asarum’s parish, Sweden, where led Asarum’s Motet Choir. Before moving to Sweden, Justin was Director of Choral Music at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA, and Interim Director of Choral Music at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. He also served as assistant conductor for the Bel Canto Company, the region’s premier choral ensemble. Justin earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting, with distinction, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also holds the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from UNCG and the Bachelor of Arts degree in music from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. He has pursued further study at the Eric Ericson International Choral Centre (Stockholm) and the Malmö Conservatory/Swedish Choral Conductors’ Association.





Silvio Cortez – conductor, juror

started his studies in a free-course in Paços de Ferreira. He later attended the Paredes Music Academy where he completed his basic course and later entered the Conservatory of Porto where he completed the complementary course. He concludes with a high degree the Superior Course of Musical Direction (choir and orchestra) at the Superior Conservatory of Gaia, where he worked with the Masters, Manuel Ivo Cruz; Mario Mateus and Gerald Kegelmann. He studied Vocal Technique and Repertoire with Professor Fernanda Correia and attended several seminars of corporal expression directed by Professor Jane Davidson. He participated in several music analysis and instrumentation seminars under the guidance of Professor Álvaro Salazar, participated in courses of improvement of direction of wind orchestra directed by Professor Saúl Silva. He attended Master classes in Orchestra Conduction with Maestro Sergei Stadler, and worked as an assistant to Maestro Manuel Ivo Cruz in the operas „The magic flute” and „Amahl and the Visitors of the Night”. In the different areas of history, theory, analysis and composition he had the opportunity to study with Christopher Bochmann, Benoît Gibson, João Pedro Alvarenga, Vanda de Sá, and Rui Vieira Nery. He holds a degree in Music History and Theory from the University of Évora and is currently studying at the University of Aveiro.
Of the vast choral and orchestral repertoire that worked, the following works stand out: Stravinsky’s Mass; Mozart’s Coronation Mass; Solo concerts by J.S.Bach and A. Vivaldi; Concertos Grosso by A. Corelli, Fancy Tallis by Vaughan Williams, Cantata No. 4 (Christ lag in Todes Banden) by J.S.Bach; Christmas Oratory by Camile saint-saëns; Concert in Ré major for Guitar by A. Vivaldi; Requiem by G. Fauré; Mass Solemnis by L.V. Beethoven; Carmina Burana by Carl Orff; Jacob Hann’s Brevis Mass; Mass A. Brevis by W. A. Mozart, Miss Luba by Guido Haazen; The Little Sweep by B. Britten and The Tale of Three Trees by Allen Pot & Tom S.Long.
He has conducted concerts in Spain, France, Italy, Denmark, Hungary, Greece, Norway and Switzerland as well as concerts in mainland Portugal and the islands.
He directed between 2005 and 2010 the eCOROmia – Choir of the Faculty of Economics of Porto. He is currently professor of choir disciplines and History of Culture and Arts at Paredes Conservatory and Conservatory of Vale do Sousa. He regularly conducts choral and voice-practice workshops and knowledge. Since its founding, he has been directing the Female Choir CVS (2007) and the Freamunde Vocal Ensemble (2004) and he is the Artistic Director of F.I.C.C. – Freamunde International Choir Competition.



Iwona Wiśniewska-Salamon– conductor, teacher, juror

graduated from the I.J.Padereski Academy of Music in Poznań and holds a title of Master of Arts, which she received in 1990. In 1990-1992 she continued her education at the Postgraduate Studies in Voice Emission, and during the period of 1994-1996 at the Post-graduate Studies for Choirmasters at the Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. In 1991 she created the Agricultural University Chamber Choir (since 2009 called the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin ), which she still leads. The ensemble was the winner of Polish and international choral competitions and festivals . Since 2003 she has been a vocal consultant working with the actors of the Puppet Theatre ” Tattler ” in Szczecin. In the years 2003-2013 she has repeatedly organized and gained funding, including: as part of the programme ” Youth” for the organization of the International Choral Workshop taking place in Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia and Denmark. In 2004 she received a doctorate in Musical Arts, and in 2011  a title of habilitated doctor of Musical Arts at the I.J.Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan. In the years 2007 – 2010 she served as regional coordinator of the National Program „Singing Poland” (Polish: “Śpiewająca Polska”), covering the activities of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship school choirs. She was awarded the Bronze Medal „Gloria Artis” for her contribution to Polish culture, the Silver Medal „For merits in the service of the State”, the Medal of the University of Szczecin „SIS QUI ES – Pro Publico Bono” and a silver badge „Pomeranian Griffin” awarded  by the Marshal of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship. She is the Artistic Director of the International Festival of Choral Music in Ejszyszki Lithuania Passion Festival in Szczecin and the International Music Festival „This is the New Warpno „. In 2013 she was chosen by the Szczecin City Council together with the choir to implement the social campaign Szczecin wholeheartedly recommended by the AMBASSADOR”.