The Wojciech Kilar State Music School Complex in Katowice announces the 4th "Patri Patriae" Composers' Competition for a piece dedicated to the memory of the Holy Father John Paul II for high school and university students and young composers. The deadline for submitting applications is 31 March 2022.
The "Patri Patriae" Composers' Competition was first announced on 16 October 1991 by the then Karol Szymanowski State Secondary Music School in Katowice to commemorate the pontificate of Pope John Paul II – "Father of the Homeland". Its founder and main organiser for 30 years has been Felicja Bieganek, who with this initiative has launched the careers of many of today’s recognised composers. The co-organizer of the competition is the Art Education Centre in Warsaw, the Polish Composers' Union – Katowice Branch, the Association of Alumni and Supporters of the Music High School in Katowice and the New Music Orchestra. The honorary patrons of the competition are the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodship, the Mayor of Katowice, the Archbishop of Katowice and the Rector of the Academy of Music in Katowice.
The aim of the competition is to promote outstanding young musical personalities, as well as to familiarize them with the values advocated by the Holy Father. The subject of the 8th edition of the competition is: a) a piece for any solo instrument (except organ); b) a piece for female choir a cappella with the possible use of one or two solo voices; c) a piece for chamber orchestra.
Three financial awards as well as honourable mentions will be awarded in each age group. The winners of the competition will receive the "Lyre" statuettes. The awarded works will be performed at the Winners Concert on 15 October 2022.
Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.
The competition rules are available at: http://2st.zpsm.edu.pl/konkursy/patri-patriae