Professor Bożenna Sawicka, DMus Hab.

Bożen­na Saw­ic­ka grad­u­at­ed from the Depart­ment of Music Edu­ca­tion at the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw (Pro­fes­sor Hen­ryk Woj­narowski’s class 1975), the Depart­ment of Com­po­si­tion, Con­duct­ing and Music The­o­ry (Music The­o­ry Sec­tion 1979) and the Post­grad­u­ate Choir­mas­ter Stud­ies at the Byd­goszcz Acad­e­my of Music.

She began her pro­fes­sion­al career as a music school teacher in Białys­tok where she taught gen­er­al music sub­jects, first at the State Sec­ondary Music School then at the Białys­tok Branch of the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw. In 1979 she began to co-oper­ate with the Med­ical Acad­e­my Choir in Białys­tok.

She has been the artis­tic direc­tor and con­duc­tor of the choir since 1991 and with it she has won many prizes, e.g., at: the Cham­ber Choir Com­pe­ti­tion, Olsz­tyn 1990 — 2nd prize, “Leg­ni­ca Can­tat” 1998 — award for the best ren­der­ing of the work of a con­tem­po­rary Pol­ish com­pos­er, the Inter­na­tion­al Ortho­dox Church Music Fes­ti­val, Hajnówka — first prizes in the sec­u­lar choirs cat­e­go­ry in 1993 and 1996, the Inter­na­tion­al Choir Con­test, Kardit­sa (Greece) 1995 — 2nd prise in the roman­tic music cat­e­go­ry.

Togeth­er with the choir she has also tak­en part in such fes­ti­vals as: “Europa Can­tat”, Autun (France) 1992 and 1997, “Europa Can­tat”, Hern­ing (Den­mark) 1994), the 18th World Choir Fes­ti­val “Zim­ryia”, Jerusalem 1998 and sem­i­nars (Autun, Hern­ing).

On Bożen­na Saw­ick­a’s ini­tia­tive and with her as con­duc­tor the com­plete per­for­mance of H. Pur­cel­l’s opera Dido and Aeneas was staged for the first time in Białys­tok with soloists from the War­saw Cham­ber Opera and the FCAM Białys­tok Branch Orches­tra (Novem­ber 1995). Togeth­er with the Białys­tok Med­ical Acad­e­my Choir Bożen­na Saw­ic­ka has also made many record­ings for Pol­ish Radio II (1991) and Pol­ish Tele­vi­sion (1992).

Since Octo­ber 1998 she has been Full Pro­fes­sor and she cur­rent­ly holds the func­tion of Dean of the Depart­ment of Ped­a­gog­i­cal and Instru­men­tal Stud­ies in Białys­tok. The Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Art award­ed her for her ped­a­gog­i­cal and artis­tic achieve­ments in 1993.

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