Hefei University students’ choir (Héféi, China)

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Hefei University students’ choir (Héféi, China)

Hefei University students’ choir was founded in 2011. Nowadays it consists of 60 singers and, thanks to support of university and efforts of participants, is one of the best choral collectives in China.

The choir performs in 2 formations, as female and mixed choir.

Female choir consists of 32 girls aged about 20 years old. The collective performs pieces of various styles and genres on a high level.

The choir participates not only in various university concerts every semester, but in the city of Hefei festival also. The choir repertoire consists of classical pieces, contemporary popular music, rock-n-roll and folk songs.

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Xu Gang

Xu Gang is the Art director of Héféi University students choir. He graduated from Anhui university musical college in 1999. Nowadays Xu Gang is the deputy director of Department of working with students of Hefei University. He is a permanent head of the faculty and students choirs that scored many victories in local and municipal competitions. Xu Gang also headed many other collectives, such as choir Hefei City Women’s Association, Baohe District Choir and Choir of the Garden Committee.

Xu Gang lectures on the basics of vocational training (vocal techniques, singing and choral conductor’s art, the course of improvised piano accompaniment and others).

Girls’ choir of Youth chapel “Harmony” (Gatchina, Russia)

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Youth chapel “Harmony” (Gatchina)

Youth chapel “Harmony” was founded in 1982 in the city of Gatchina of Leningrad region. Nowadays it consists of higher forms students and graduates of Choral department of Children Music School aged 15 – 40, about 30 singers in total. The choir repertoires contains Russian sacred music, folk songs, European classic music, pieces of contemporary Russian and foreign composers. The collective continuously participates in regional and international competitions and wins prizes. Its creative geography (international competitions since 1996) consists of Greece, Austria, Belgium, Latvia, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania and Russian citites.

Art director and main conductor is Irina Roganova.

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Irina Roganova

Irina Roganova is the Honored Culture worker of Russian Federation, member of Concert figures Union of Russian Federation, art director and main conductor of People’s collective Youth chapel “Harmony”, Head of Choral department of Children Music School (Gatchina), laureate of international competitions, art director of choral competitions “Rainbow”, Member of the Board of All-Russian Choral organization, North-West region of Russia Children and Youth choirs association president.

Youth chapel “Harmony” (Gatchina, Russia)

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Youth chapel “Harmony” (Gatchina)

Youth chapel “Harmony” was founded in 1982 in the city of Gatchina of Leningrad region. Nowadays it consists of higher forms students and graduates of Choral department of Children Music School aged 15 – 40, about 30 singers in total. The choir repertoires contains Russian sacred music, folk songs, European classic music, pieces of contemporary Russian and foreign composers. The collective continuously participates in regional and international competitions and wins prizes. Its creative geography (international competitions since 1996) consists of Greece, Austria, Belgium, Latvia, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania and Russian citites.

Art director and main conductor is Irina Roganova.

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Irina Roganova

Irina Roganova is the Honored Culture worker of Russian Federation, member of Concert figures Union of Russian Federation, art director and main conductor of People’s collective Youth chapel “Harmony”, Head of Choral department of Children Music School (Gatchina), laureate of international competitions, art director of choral competitions “Rainbow”, Member of the Board of All-Russian Choral organization, North-West region of Russia Children and Youth choirs association president.

Municipal chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

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Municipal chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” – special guests 

Chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” is one of the most authoritative musical collectives of the city.

The choir was founded in 1973 by People’s artist of RSFSR, Honored Artist of RSFSR, a honorary citizen of Nizhny Novgorod Lev Sivukhin. Thanks to Lev Sivukhin, choral music of contemporary composers, masters of ancient polyphonic school – Lasso, Despres, Clément Janequin, Monteverdi, Dufay, and Russian sacred pieces of Bortnyansky, Berezovsky, Rakhmaninov, Kastalsky, Tchesnokov, that were sounding very rare during Soviet period, began to sound more often in the city.

After the death of Lev Sivukhin in 2001, the art director of the choir was his student, laureate of All-Russian and international competitions, Honored Artist of Russia Boris Mokeyev. Under his baton the choir participated in various city events, collaborated with Nizhny Novgorod archdiocese, Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory and many other organizations.

The choir tours extensively and participates in various competitions and festivals in Russia and abroad.

Art director of the choir is Boris Mokeyev, main conductor is Ivan Stolnikov.

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Ivan Stolnikov

Ivan Stolnikov is the art director and main conductor of Municipal chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” since 2012.

Ivan graduated with honors from Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (class of professor V. Kurzhavsky) in 2010, and graduated from post-graduate course of People’s Artist of Russia, Honored Arts Worker of Russia professor E. Fertelmeister in 2015. Nowadays Ivan is a lecturer of choral disciplines at Sivukhin Nizhny Novgorod choral college and Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory.

Thanks to Ivan, the choir repertoire has expanded significantly, and very serious attention is paid to the performance of contemporary choral music of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Vologda, Rostov-on-Don and many other cities composers.