Žilina Voce Magna
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prof. Štefan Sedlický, ArtD. (1963) - art director of the festival and the competition
He studied piano at the Conservatory in Žilina and VŠMU (Vysoká škola múzických umení – Academy of Performing Arts) in Bratislava (with associate professor Starosta) where he started to study choral conducting in 1988 and completed it in professor P. Hradil's class. Until 1998 he acted as a pedagogue at the Conservatory in Žilina – specialisation piano and conducting, from 1998 to 2008 as an assistant, later an associate professor at FHV – University of M. Bell in Banská Bystrica, where he conducted the Academic Chorus of J. Cikker.
In addition to conducting of Žilina Mixed Chorus, he is also a conductor of chamber chorus of Cantica - Collegium Musicum in Martin. He also successfully represents Slovakia abroad with the chorus. He also significantly contributed to beginning of cooperation between the two choruses and the State Chamber Orchestra in Žilina, Chamber orchestra in Trnava in performances of the large vocal and instrumental pieces of music of slovak composers (Iršai, Krška, Špilák ...).
He has been art director and conductor of the Spevácky zbor slovenských učiteľov (SZSU - Slovak Teachers' Chorus) after his professor P. Hradil.
He is a regular member of specialised juries at Slovak and international competition at home and abroad.
International festival of choral art Žilina Voce Magna was an initiative of young civic association, musical theater Eden. It's first year was realised in 2010 in cooperation with the Mixed Choir of Žilina. The main idea of this unique festival has been and still is the phenomenon of choir singing spread across the country. Recruit new, young audiences and fans of choral art. Initial dramaturgy festival concerts focused on choral art, choir singing in various forms, editing, just in a new, non-traditional form. Exceptional and make this festival premieres of actual Slovak composers, which read in conjunction with the National Chamber Orchestra - Slovak Sinfonietta and festival choirs. Each year the organization team invites acting choirs of the festival with special approval of art director Doc. Štefan Sedlický.
Voce Magna is becoming the brand of days filled by great music performed by most diversed choirs in Žilina. Fans of this genre finds every year in concert halls and festival interesting guests and varied music program.
When I based Voce Magna in 2010 together with my friends we did not think we would survive or at least stay healthy to see another year. The more suprising and pleasant is that we witnessed several successful years in a row.
The festival had a clear vision from the beginning: bring people choral singing as a phenomenon that they will newly fall in love with.
Phenomenon which, although it came off the minds of the people, but did not fade from their hearts. Voce Magna ambition is to reborn love for choir singing. We want to give a soul to vocal scores and pass the emotion of countless human voices into the souls of their listeners.
The people who make up the festival for you are giving the best and most precious they have - their time.
With deep love we are every day wondering what new we will bring on stage what will surprise you pleasantly. In which part of concert we will take your breath away and when we will give it back to you.
We think of you all the year long and will never stop until the last applause. We are Voce Magna.
founder of festival