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All Is Well That Ends Well!

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Music is everywhere!

The day before returning home the girls took a day off. This long-anticipated day culminated in delightful, carefree sightseeing, enjoying local cuisine, admiring Catalan history and art, exploring the Spanish way of life, swimming in the sea, writing postcards and (souvenir) shopping. A very special event was the VIP tour of Camp Nou Stadium, which definitely resulted in the increase of female FC Barça fans. Another moment set aside from the rest of the day was the sightseeing tour of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, where the girls admired with awe Gaudi’s mastery in forms of shapes, colours and most incredible ideas he came up with. In the forest of Gaudi’s columns, as director Globokar poetically put it, the choir performed one last mini concert. The very last step of this incredible singing adventure in Barcelona was attending Mass and then boarding the bus and hitting the road towards Ljubljana. For the first ten hours there was silence in the air – the girls were sleeping. Afterwards, one could hear relaxed chatting. As the first Slovene choir to perform at any world choral symposium so far St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir felt grateful and at peace. The efforts have definitely paid off! /Kristina & Ana & Nuša, year 4/

Rounding Off 11th WSCM With Even More Music

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Time flies – the last concert in Barcelona

St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir performed on 29th July 2017 at the last two enjoyable and successful concerts of 11th World Symposium of Coral Music in Barcelona.

The first concert took place in the most visited Catalan pilgrimage site in Montserrat. Prior to the concert the girls paid visit to Our Lady of Montserrat and thanked Her for all the blessings of the last week, especially for the performances given on the occasion of the world symposium. It was a joy to sing in front of such a large audience – the cathedral was packed with pilgrims from all over the world. Some were so enthusiastic that they even turned up at the final evening concert of St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir, which was given in The Caixa Forum, Barcelona. The choir was quite relaxed on stage, showing their pride over what they had achieved. The incredible vigour was presented throughout the concert: thirty-nine singers, the conductor Helena Fojkar Zupančič and the pianist Primož Bratina were as one. Needless to say, they reached the appreciative audience who enthusiastically gave standing ovations. As after any other concert in Barcelona the girls talked with visitors from all over the world: Chile, Australia, Germany, Singapore, Croatia, Switzerland, Denmark, USA and Slovenia. Again, the girls did an excellent job! Well done ladies!

St. Stanislav Girls' Choir Delivers Stunning Performance in Barcelona

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St. Stanisalv Girls’ Choir – excellency in all aspects

The highly anticipated concert took place on 28th July, 2017 in Auditori, Barcelona. Considering the audience response the event was an unforgettable experience and the girls did a fantastic job! Under the capable direction of Helena Fojkar Zupančič the choir presented the selection of songs, which exceled in versatile style, contemporary features and emphasis on the Slovene choral compositions.

The entire time prior to the concert was dedicated to preparations and final rehearsal details of the highlight of the tour. There was great excitement in the air – nevertheless this was the very first performance of a Slovene choir to sing at any world choral symposium. It was the conductor, Helena Fojkar Zupančič, who broke the ice by singing a verse from a Slovene folk song: God, give us a pleasant evening!, after which the entire choir joined in. Three compositions premiered at the 11th World Choral Symposium, namely Jerusalem by Damijan Močnik (Slovenia), God of the Open Air by Bob Chilcott’s (Great Britain) and My First Angel by Ambrož Čopi (Slovenia). All of them are in one way or other connected with peace, namely peace of mind, God’s peace and peace among religions. Peace is expressed through various musical images and symbols. In this perspective, the choice of programme matched wonderfully the motto of the symposium Colours of Peace.

The audience was thrilled. Each song was accepted with incredible eagerness, especially the world premiere of Jerusalem, composed by Damijan Močnik, composer, conductor and teacher of Music at the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium. He, himself, also present and active at the 11th WSCM, commented on the piece: «What was been created is a picturesque and powerful fresco, which united enormous sound contrasts into a fervent prayer for peace«. It seems the audience was more than touched by the idea of unifying in pledge for world peace, as they all sang along the meaningful words taken form the song: May they prosper who love you. The director of St. Stanislav’s Institution Roman Globokar described the concert enthusiastically as »an explosive mixture of topmost choral know-how, coordinated moves, youth thrill and vigour. The listeners were hit in their hearts.« Standing ovations proved he was right. The girls left the stage moved and teary-eyed, winning together with the conductor high praise for a fantastic choral event.

It is strongly believed that St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir certainly lived up to the reputation of outstanding Slovene choral singing. /Lily Schweiger Kotar/

 

 

 

 

About the choir

St. Stanislav’s Institution

St. Stanislav’s Institution is an educational and cultural establishment of the Ljubljana Archdiocese, Slovenia. It consists of Diocesan Classical Gymnasium as its most significant unit, Jeglič Student Home, Alojzij Šuštar Primary School, Good Shepherd Kindergarten, Music School and Janez F. Gnidovec Residence Hall.

Founded in 1901 by the Bishop of Ljubljana, Anton Bonaventura Jeglič, the Institution was in operation until June 1945, when it was closed by the authorities of the time. Its educational work was reinstated at the beginning of the 1990s. The classical gymnasium was the first to reopen in 1993, with the other units following in subsequent years. All the girls of St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir attend the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium.The educational programme of the school is based on classical and Christian values. Every student learns at least three foreign languages, of which Latin is obligatory. Since the re-opening, much attention has been devoted to the systematic training of choral singers since music importantly and decisively underpins the school curriculum.

The mission of St. Stanislav’s Institution is to foster the comprehensive personal growth of an individual within a community, based on faith, hope and love and in dialogue with the surrounding world, so as to allow the individual to live a full life and contribute to a better world.

Music at St. Stanislav’s Institution

Since the re-opening of the gymnasium in 1993, much attention has been devoted to the systematic training of choral singers. Half of 650 students of the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium participate in choral singing.

The five school choirs, which vary according to the age of their singers and the level of their repertoire, form a choral pyramid. Due to its large scope, the number of participating students and quality, this choral programme is quite unique among Slovene schools as well as within the European school context. The DCG choral pyramid consists of: First-Year Girls’ Choir, First-Year Boys’ Choir, (Re)Mixed Choir, St. Stanislav’s Girls Choir and St. Stanislav’s Youth Choir. After finishing their education at the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium, the former students can continue their singing career in two alumni choirs.

The Alojzij Šuštar Primary School with 450 pupils was established in 2007 and has been building its own choral pyramid on the model of the DCG’s. During the first three years all children sing in their class choirs, while in subsequent six years the pupils join choirs on the basis of their interest and talent for music and singing. There are two choirs in the Alojzij Šuštar Primary School: The Children’s Choir and the Youth Choir featuring a repertoire of folk and art songs and presenting an annual musical. There are 75 pupils singing in both choirs.

History of St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir

St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir is one of the five high school choirs at the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium in St. Stanislav’s Institution.

St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir was founded in the school year 1996/97 based on the desire to provide musically and vocally ambitious girls the opportunity to further develop their singing ability through more demanding repertoire. The girls, aged between 16-19, rehearse for two and a quarter hours once a week. However, to brush up their performance for the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, this school year they are rehearsing twice a week. There are 41 girls in the choir, and each of them is given a 10-minute individual lesson on vocal technique every week. Their achievements in national and international competitions, as well as their participation in several significant vocal-instrumental projects, rank the choir among the best secondary school choirs in Slovenia and Europe. Together with St. Stanislav Youth Choir they have been actively shaping the Slovene choral scene at its highest level for almost two decades.
The choir has been enthusiastically praised for its subtle interpretation, outstanding repertoire and colourful sonorities. The girls have fascinated us with their creative and vivacious performances, youthful passion and at the same time with their incredible concentration and sound accuracy.

Their repertoire is very versatile – from classical choral music of various periods to vocal pop. They pride themselves in several world premiere performances of compositions by contemporary Slovene composers (L. Lebič, D. Močnik, A. Čopi) as well as in their performance of some larger vocal-instrumental works. In 2009 they won the exclusive Euroradio choral competition Let the Peoples Sing in Oslo, Norway, which ranks them among the most outstanding vocal ensembles in the world. In the same year, they worked with the Swedish conductor Fred Sjoberg and became one of the five selected study choirs in the European Competition of Young Conductors. They also performed in the concert to honour the twentieth anniversary of the World Youth Choir in Oerebro, Sweden. In 2010 the choir travelled to England, where they performed in the competition Let the Peoples Sing in Manchester and passed the Silver Rose Bowl to the new winner. In May 2010 they took part in the world-renowned European Youth Choir Festival in Basel, Switzerland. In 2013 the girls became the overall winner of the International Choir Competition »Summa Cum Laude« in Vienna, Austria. At the International Choir Competition »60th Cork International Choral Festival« in 2014, the choir took the 4th place overall and received the special award »Schumann/Europe Torphey« for the performance of the contemporary Slovene song by A .Čopi, “A Child with a Sunflower”. The 2016 come up with the exciting news for the girls to be one of the 24 choirs invited to the world symposium in choral music in Barcelona, Spain.

Up close

Conductor

Helena Fojkar Zupančič

Helena Fojkar Zupančič has a perfect education for choral conducting – she is both a solo singer and a music teacher. Her knowledge of the human voice and a refined approach to singers is reflected in sophisticated vocal techniques and the extremely cultivated sound of the choirs she conducts: St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir Ljubljana and St. Nicholas Choir Litija. She was the choir master of Slovenian Children’s Choir in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009. She collaborated and recorded with the Slovenian Radio Chamber Choir, in 2016 she appeared with the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir. Helena Fojkar Zupančič has received several awards at different competitions for the best conductor, she has also received various awards for the best performances of Gregorian chants, Renaissance, Romantic and contemporary choral literature, as well as folk songs. In 2012 she was awarded the Gallus plaque – the highest award in the field of music, offered by The Public Fund for Amateur and Musical Activities. Helena Fojkar Zupančič was also awarded the 2016 prize for outstanding achievements in the field of musical education presented by The Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Slovenia.

In her interpretations she offers the experience of music’s eloquence – the one that used to exist with fusion of words and music and is often neglected by conductors. Because of her success, knowledge, skills and rich experience, Helena Fojkar Zupančič is very popular amongst singers and a sought-after jury member for choral competitions. She also runs seminars for school choir conductors and courses for church musicians.

Soprano 1

Manca Beguš

I like singing because I get a feeling I can achieve anything.

I can’t tell left from right.

Amalija Cotman

I like singing because when I do, I leave all my worries behind and I can be my true self.

I love little kids and oversized sweaters. They say I talk too much.

Katarina Klopčič

I like singing because that’s how I forget my worries.

Hand creams, clay and fries are keeping me alive.

Mana Križnar

I like singing because it takes me to world of dreams.

I like to go for long walks in any kind of weather.

Manca Malovrh

I like singing because it relaxes me and I enjoy it.

I love ski jumping.

Nuša Merše

I like singing because when I do, I feel a touch of heaven.

I love big puzzles.

Ana Elizabeta Sekavčnik

I like singing because when I do, I share a part of me with the world.

I don’t like to start watching a film that I haven’t seen before.

Petra Skubic

I like singing because it is a cure for all troubles, no matter how big.

They say the most fascinating thing about me is my high piched laughter.

Lucija Smrkolj

I like singing because it relaxes me and makes me emerge in a different story.

I have ten fingers.

Alto 1

Ana Benedik

I like singing because for me singing is an escape from reality.

I have different laughters.

Polona Capuder

I like singing because it brings words to life in a special way.

I love soft, chubby and adorable babies.

Bernardka Čemažar

I like singing because I have been singing since childhood.

I love running in the rain.

 

Glorija Ema Glas

I like singing because when I do, all negative feelings vanish.

I spend 90% of my free time in a phantasy world.

 

Manca Hočevar

I like singing because when I do, I forget about all the worries.

I am absent-minded most of the time.

Hana Jereb

I like singing because it takes me to a wonderland.

I love the smell of sea and sunbathing.

Ana Lucija Jezeršek

I like singing because music wakes the melodies of my heart.

I adore avocado.

Lea Ložak

I like singing especially when I am inspired by the bathroom.

When I am not laughing, I’m considering it.

Ana Movrin

I like singing because that’s how I fully express my feelings.

I adore retro.

Mica Oberstar

I like singing because when I do, all my worries go away.

I play the French horn.

 

Urška Planinc

I like singing because it makes me feel like a Disney princess.

I am a tea and candle enthusiast. I also love summer.

Nika Tomše

I like singing because it brings about a touch of magic.

I collect magnets of the cities I visit, and bottles of parfumes.

Soprano 2

Neža Bernik

I like singing because it’s the most I can give in return for my life.

I’m addicted to petting cats.

 

Špela Brlan

I like singing because I forget about the bad things and just relax.

I love smiling.

Eva Klanjšček

I like singing because I’ve realised it’s the best medicine for a bad day.

If I could, I would spend my entire life in a comfy, oversized hoodie.

Kristina Knez

I like singing because it makes me truly alive.

I am chatty.

Andreja Kolman

I like singing because it makes me happy and relaxes me.

I am happy when I travel but I am even happier when I return to Slovenia.

Vida Kravanja

I like singing beacuse the only instrument I can always carry on me are my vocal cords.

I love weekends!

Ema Krečič

I like singing because I feel I am doing something good for others and myself.

I sometimes imagine people being bald.

Kristina Sadar

I like singing because it makes me feel free.

A life without memes is no life.

Lucija Stopar

I like singing because I live differently then.

I feel the best on windy but clear, winter days.

Klara Strehar

I like singing because it makes everyone’s day.

I like doing pranks.

 

Alto 2

Katarina Babič

I like singing because music relaxes me.

I like animals and reading good books.

Nuša Balen

I like singing because it helps me express love.

I love the smell of first snow, spring, rain and sea.

 

Neža Bizalj

I like singing because it’s simply a part of my life.

I like to dance funky.

 

Eva Brulc

I like singing because it takes me to a beautiful, worry-free world.

Usually I speak fast and unclearly.

Pia Gortan

I like singing because the choir practise cheers me up every Monday.

The whole world is a climbing spot.

Anja Jerina

I like singing because it takes me up to the sky.

Klavdija Okoliš

I like singing because when I do, I am my true self.

Life is better with Latin.

Nika Povšič

I like singing because it fills my heart.

I don’t believe in coincidences.

Listen to us

Performances

  • Open rehearsal, Open House Day in St. Stanislav’s Institution, The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium, Gallery nr. 3, 28th January, 2017 at 11-12 a.m.
  • Ljubjana Choirs Show, St. Stanislav’s Institution, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 16th February 2017 at 7 p.m.
  • Christal Season Concerts, Škofja Loka, Slovenia, Sokolski dom, Kulturni center Škofja Loka /Škofja Loka Cultural Center/, 29th March 2017 at 7.30 p.m.
  • Gala Fundraising Concert, Športna dvorana Osnovne šole Alojzija Šuštarja /Sport hall of The Alojzij Šuštar Primary School/, St. Stanislav’s Institution, 18th April 2017 at 7.30 p.m.
  • 24th Annual Concert of Choirs and Orchestra of St. Stanislav’s Institution, Cankarjev dom, Galusova dvorana  /Gallus Hall in Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana/, 6th May 2017 at 6 p.m.
  • 18th July at 8 pm, Litija, St. Nicholas Church
  • 19th July at 8 pm, Ljubljana, open air atrium, St. Stanislav’s Institution Ljubljana
  • 23th July at 8 pm, Koper, St. Francis of Assisi Concert Hall, International Cycle of Vocal and Instrumental Music Symphonic Voices
  • 27th July, 2017 at 8.30 pm, Terassa, La Seu d’Egara, Spain
  • 28th July, 2017 at 5 pm, Barcelona, Auditori, Pau Casals Hall, Spain
  • 29th July, 2017 at 12.40 pm, Montserrat Monastery, Barcelona, Spain
  • 29th July, 2017 at 9 pm, Barcelona, Caixa Forum Auditorium, Spain