Postponement of the festival

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Dear participants of the festival!

Due to the current epidemiological situation and the impossibility of movement of choral groups from cities in Russia and abroad, the organizing committee of the festival “Young Voices” decided to postpone the dates of the festival from May 2020 to the end of October 2020. Thank you for your aspiration to participate in the festival and the applications sent. The exact dates of the festival will be announced in the near future, we really hope to see you in October 2020 in Nizhny Novgorod.

Sincerely, Director O.V. Kotova

Announcement 2020

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Ministry of Culture of Nizhny Novgorod region

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod

Autonomous Nonprofit Organization for

Culture and Education Development “Sheremetev-Center”





XVIIth International student choirs’ festival «Young Voices-2020» will be held in Nizhny Novgorod city from 14 to 17 May 2020. The best Russian and foreign student and youth choirs are expected to participate in it.

Tasks and goals:

  • the attraction of youth to the artistic heritage of Russian people and of the world art;
  • choral collectives’ performing skills improvement;
  • experience exchange in cultural and humanitarian education areas;
  • strengthening of friendly connections.


The festival program includes:

  • each choir’s performance at Nizhny Novgorod concert halls (program for 15-20 minutes);
  • creative meetings and performances with choirs-the festival’s participants;
  • creative conference “Work methods with a student choir and its development perspectives”;
  • participation in the festival’s gala-concert;

The festival participation conditions for choirs:

The travelling, meal and accommodation expenses are to be paid fully by the choir’s sending organization.

It’s required for organizations interested to participate in the festival to send the application form (application form is on the website), the choir’s and conductor’s biography by the 1st of March 2020.

The organizational fee is 150 EUR per collective. It should be paid to the organizing committee’s current account by the 1st of April 2020.

It’s required to provide 5 (five) note scores copies of the choir’s festival program to the creative committee before the performance.

 “Young Voices-2020” festival organizing committee


Postal address:

Room 321,

23, build. 2, Gagarina avenue,

Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation

ZIP: 603950

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod

Fax/ tel. +7 831 4623773

Olga Kotova – director of the festival

Tel. +7 9107938042 / e-mail:

Larisa Erykalova – art director of the festival

Tel. +7 9519095620 / e-mail:

The application form should be sent by 1st of March 2020 to Alexey Tsaregorodtsev, foreign choirs’ manager’s e-mail address:, cell phone: +7 9043931953.

The organizing committee shall approve the festival participants list on the 15th of March, 2020 and the official invitation is to be sent to all the participants after.

Official sites of the festival: (Russian only)



Guests – Municipal Chamber Choir “Nizhny Novgorod”

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Municipal Chamber Choir “Nizhny Novgorod” was founded in 1973 on the initiative of Lev Sivukhin, People’s Artist of Russia, conductor, composer, Honorary Citizen of Nizhny Novgorod, who conducted the collective until 2001. Currently, the artistic director is his disciple and follower – Honored Artist of Russia Boris Mokeev. Since 2012, the main conductor of the choir is a laureate of All-Russian competitions Ivan Stolnikov.
The repertoire of the collective is multifaceted and includes pieces of Russian and foreign classics, an anthology of sacred music, contemporary pieces, folk songs, popular genres.
Under the leadership of Ivan Stolnikov the chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” participated in such large-scale creative projects as the performance of “Chornobyl Liturgy” by Archbishop Jonathan (Yeletsky), Creative evenings of St. Petersburg composers Sergey Ekimov, Sergei Pleshak, People’s Artist of Russia Yakov Dubravin, the performance of Requiem by S. Slonimsky, World premiere – the performance of G. Sviridov’s vocal poem “Otchalivshaya Rus” arranged by D. Batin, “Vsenoschnoye bdeniye” (“All-Night Vigil”) by S. Rakhmaninov for the divine service and many others.
The collective represents regularly a musical program for the popularization and propagation of the creativity of contemporary choral composers, including Nizhny Novgorod ones, such as B. Getselev, S. Strazov, S. Smirnov, E. Fertelmeister, etc. Contemporary composers devote their works to the chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” (S. Ekimov “Triptych for the poems of V. Nabokov”, Vitaly Khodosh “Ya o tebe pishu” (“I write about you”, Four sonnets by W. Shakespeare in translation by S. Marshak), S. Terkhanov cantata “Minin”, S. Terkhanov “Seven Choirs in verses by B. Okudzhava”).
Nowadays, the creative activity of the chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” includes concerts in various venues of Nizhny Novgorod and the region, tours around Russia (St. Petersburg, Yoshkar-Ola, Cheboksary, Saransk, Volgograd, Penza), as well as participation in city-wide cultural events, such as “Christmas Choir Cathedral”, “Easter Choir Cathedral”, “Day of Slavonic Writing”, “Day of People’s Unity” and many others. The choir is an honorary guest of various festivals (“Moscow Easter Festival”, “Young Voices”, “Glasom moim ko Gospodu vozzvakh” (“I called the Lord by my voice”), etc.).
The choir repeatedly became the winner of prestigious competitions and festivals in Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, and in the summer of 2017 became a laureate and Grand Prix winner of International Festival “Poyuschiy mir” (“Singing World”) in St. Petersburg.

Ivan Stolnikov
The main conductor of Municipal Chamber Choir “Nizhny Novgorod”.
A graduate of Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (NNSC, the class of Professor V. Kurzhavsky). In 2015 he graduated from an assistant-internship in NNSC (class of Professor E. Fertelmeister), in 2017 he finished the professional retraining course in the class of opera and symphony conducting of Professor N. Pokrovsky.
Ivan is a teacher of Sivukhin Nizhny Novgorod Choral College, a senior lecturer of NNSC, associate professor of St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture. Since 2016, he is the art director and main conductor of All-Russian choral festival “Day of Slavic Writing” (Nizhny Novgorod). Since 2017, Ivan is the chairman of Nizhny Novgorod branch of All-Russian Choral Society and the art director of Christmas and Easter choral cathedrals of the Nizhny Novgorod region.
He was awarded numerous diplomas, such as diplomas of the Minister of Culture of the Nizhny Novgorod region, the Republic of Mari El, the Volgograd region, the Udmurt Republic. In 2017 he was awarded the Honorary Diploma of the Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region. In 2017, together with the Chamber Choir “Nizhny Novgorod”, Ivan was awarded the first 4 prizes, the Grand Prix and the title of “Best Conductor” of International competition “Poyuschiy mir” (”Singing World”, St. Petersburg).

Guests – Saratov provincial theatre of choral music (Saratov, Russia)

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Saratov provincial theatre of choral music was founded in 1991 by the initiative of Honoured Worker of Arts of Russia Ludmila Litsova who is its art director and main conductor.
The collective is a laureate and Grand-Prix winner of International competition of choral music (Poland, 1993), V International competition “Yalta-Victoriya-2005” (Ukraine, Yalta, 2005), XXI International Festival-Competition CHORUS INSIDE RUSSIA SARATOV (Russia, Saratov, 2016), a laureate of II International competition of choirs “Singing World” (2006), participant of more than 40 international festivals in France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Russia (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Tambov, Saratov). The collective is a permanent participant of international festivals of orthodox music and “Moscow fall” in Moscow, Dyagilev festivals in Perm (2013, 2014), International music festival “World. Era. Names” (2014, 2015) and Interregional choral festival “Ascension” (2015) in Ulyanovsk, Volga choral assemblies in Volgograd (2014), “Young Voices-2016” (Nizhny Novgorod, 2016), Neygauz festival and Sobinov festivals in Saratov. A group of soloists of the collective, headed by art director L. Litsova, took part in the jubilee gala concert of choral music dedicated to the 70th birthday of G. Dmitriyak and All-Russian festival “Lyubov sviataya” (“Saint Love”), dedicated to the 90th anniversary of A. Yurlov’s birth (Moscow, 2017).
Its repertoire contains works of different epochs, styles and genres: from G. Palestrina and J.S. Bach to A. Schnittke and K. Penderecki. Saratov provincial theatre of choral music is recognized as one of the best Russian choirs, and a number of contemporary composers create pieces especially for this collective (M. Arkadiev, M. Gogolin, S. Ekimov, M. Kalistratov, A. Kulygin, A. Larin, E. Podgayts, V. Ryavov, Y. Falik etc.). Many orchestras from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Krakow, Bydgoszcz, Hajnówka (Poland), Frankfurt am Main and Alzenau (Germany) collaborated with it; conductors D. Botinis, M. Granovsky, O. Zverev, D. Kitayenko, Y. Kochnev, F. Mansurov, A. Rudin, E. Serov, A. Feldman, E. Khilkevitch, O. Yanchenko (Russia), M. Knell, L. Kremer and G. Jenemann (Germany), H.M. Florenzo (Poland), T. Currentzis (Greece, Russia).
The following collectives successfully work as part of Saratov provincial theatre of choral music: a laureate of international competitions Saratov provincial theatre of choral music (art director and main conductor is L. Litsova, choirmasters are A. Balashov, E. Melnikova, E. Absalutinova), male choir “Victoria” (art director and main conductor is L. Litsova, choirmaster is A. Balashov) – Grand Prix winner of All-Russian Men’s Choirs Competition “Poyuscheye muzhskoye bratstvo” (“Singing Men’s Brotherhood”, Kaluga, 2000), International Festival-Competition “Yalta-Victoria-2005” (Ukraine, Crimea, 2005), a laureate of VI International choirs competition “Poyuschiy mir” (“Singing World”, 2010); Concert children’s choir (art director is A. Nikolaeva, choirmaster is Y. Smoktiy) – Grand Prix winner of All-Russian competition “Poyuscheye detstvo” (“Singing Childhood”, Moscow, 2000), XIV international festival CHORUS INSIDE “CHRISTMAS” (Hungary, 2014) , a laureate of IV International Festival “Chorus Inside International” (Italy, 2012), XXI International Festival-Competition CHORUS INSIDE RUSSIA SARATOV (Saratov, 2016).

Ludmila Litsova
Creator, art director and main conductor of Saratov provincial theatre of choral music. Professor, Honoured Art Worker of the Russian Federation, Head of academic choir conducting department and art director of Academic Choir of Saratov State Conservatory. Laureate and Grand Prix winner of international competitions of choral music.
Ludmila is a jury member of many international competitions, an author of articles on choral education and performances problems. She is an initiator and art director of Open provincial academic choirs’ festivals-competitions “Golden lights of Saratov”, creative laboratories and workshops “Singing choirmaster”, “Conducting choirmaster”, Interregional competition of conductors and choirmasters “Choral provinces”, and choral workshops. She is one of conductors of All-Russian master-class “National youth choir” held in Tchaikovsky Moscow state conservatory.