ethnomusicologist; b. 15th December 1948 in Załęż (near Jasło), d. 22nd January 2015 in Lublin. He attended a secondary school in Krakow and studied at the Institute of Church Music of the Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) in 1972-77. While still at university he participated in field trips aimed at collecting folk religious songs. In 1977, having written a MA thesis Problem wariabilności międzystroficznej polskich śpiewów religijnych z żywej tradycji
(The problem of inter-strophe variability in Polish religious songs in the living tradition
) under Professor B. Bartkowski, he was employed at the Institute of Church Music. In 1980 he became the managing editor of Śpiewnik Liturgiczny
) published for the Polish Episcopate. Next he was offered the post of an assistant at the Department of Ethnomusicology and Hymnology of KUL, headed by Professor Bartkowski. In 1992 Antoni Zoła completed his PhD research Problem tonalności w polskich śpiewach religijnych z żywej tradycji
(The problem of tonality in Polish religious songs in the living tradition
), and in 1997 he became an adjunct professor at the Institute of Musicology of KUL
. In 2004 he completed his habilitation thesis on the melodics of folk religious songs in Poland and was promoted to the head of the Ethnomusicology and Hymnology Department of KUL. In the years 2005-12 he held the position of a director of the Institute of Musicology of KUL
Antoni Zoła was a member of several academic societies, collaborated with different Polish and international institutions, and conducted research on the history, living tradition, and performance practice of religious songs in Poland. His managed to document over 22 000 songs from across Poland, edited a few songbooks and song collections, and published other writings.