DYSONANS Chamber Choir
DYSONANS Chamber Choir, formed by students and graduates of many Poznań higher education institutions, was established in the autumn of 1991. The choir operates under the auspices of the Association for the Promotion of Culture CANTAMEN.
Dysonans Chamber Choir is conducted by prof. dr hab. Magdalena Wdowicka- Mackiewicz, a professor of the Academy of Music in Poznań.
The repertoire of the choir consists mainly of a cappella renaissance and baroque masterpieces, works of contemporary Polish and foreign composers, choral versions of popular music, and baroque vocal-instrumental forms. The choir performs regularly in Poznań and Greater Poland. The choir has also performed in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Holland. The ensemble has won numerous prizes in both Polish and international choral competitions: 2012 – Grand Prix in a nationwide choral competition “Cantio Lodziensis” in Łódź; 2012 –3rd Prize in the mixed choirs category in Rimini International Choral Competition in Italy; 2011 – Grand Prix in “Musica Sacra” competition and the Gold Diploma in the choir competition of the XLVI International Festival of Choir Song in Międzyzdroje; 2010 –1st Prize in the choir competition of the XXII International Choral Festival of Sacred Music in Rumia; 2008 – 1st Prize in the IV International Choir Festival “Gaude Cantem” in Bielsko-Biała. In 2014 Dysonans Chamber Choir was the only Polish choir to participate in highly prestigious London International A’Cappella Choir Competition, directed by Peter Phillips, the founder and conductor of the Tallis Scholars.
In July, 2016 Dysonans Chamber Choir was awarded 3 prizes at the 55th choral competition in Gorizia, Italy: 1st prize in baroque music category, 2nd prize in renaissance music category, 5th place in Grand Prix competition. The Director, Magdalena Wdowicka-Mackiewicz was awarded for the programme of the highest artistic interest.
In June 2017 Dysonans choir participated in London International A’Cappella Choir Competition for the second time. Not only the choir got to the finals, but also had an unique chance to meet Arvo Pärt, greatly recognized Estonian compositor of beautiful, mystic music.