The choir

The Collegium Maiorum was founded in 1973 by members of the Szczecin Technical University's student choir, who had finished studying.
The fact that many from the first generation are active to this day enables the choir to uphold its` wide basic repertoire, while constantly working on new pieces.

Originally, the choir launched its` career as the Szczecin chamber choir, supported by the local foundation for culture and conducted by Jan Szyrocki. A couple of years later, he was succeeded by Eugeniusz Kus, who supervised the artistic development for 6 years.

Within the next years the Ensemble has changed its`organisation and joined the Association Academical Choir of the Szczecin Technical University; at the same time, Jan Szyrocki resumed his work as director until 1995, with Waldemar Sutryk ('95-'97) and Anna Tarnowska ('97-2002) in his succession. From September 2002 there is a new conductor leading the choir: Pawel Osuchowski.
Throughout a year of intensive work with the new conductor, the choir has prepared a new program, which has been presented in Szczecin and other polish cities as well as in Germany.
Working in the last years, the choir has absolved many concert tours in Poland and Europe, for instance: 1999 a concert tour to Italy and Germany, January the 1st 2000 the Collegium Maiorum has performed the IX Symphony of L. van Beethoven in the Berlin Philharmonic, and on the 5th of March - the Requiem of G. Verdi in the Concert-Hall of Lübeck. 9 - 11th of June the choir was participating in the 2nd International Choir Festival in Szczecin, performing the 9th Symphony of L. van Beethoven as well as the oratorio "A child of our time" of Michael Tippett, which has been repeated some days later in the Philharmonic Hall Berlin. July 2001 the choir has taken part in an international festival in Torrevieja/Spain, as well as has performed some concerts in Germany, France and Spain.
2002 the choir performed oratorios in many polish and german cities (Missa pro pace by W. Kilar, Requiems by Mozart and Verdi). Autumn 2003 was an anniversary time for the Colleium Maiorum: the choir had turned 30. The festivities included three concerts in different music halls of Szczecin.
2004 the choir absolved a long (3 weeks) concert tour to the South-East of Poland visiting also the Ukraine.
The year 2005 was important for two events: in the summer the choir performed at concerts in Sweden, in Helsingborg and Stockholm, singing polish contemporary music. December the 10th the Collegium Maiorum was a part of a big ensemble performing the Polish Requiem by Krzysztof Penderecki in the Szczecin shipyard.

The year 2006 was warmed by the southern sun: at the end of April the choir started for a concert-tour to France, visiting on the way the South-West of Germany, Cote d’Azur, Monaco, the French Alps, Milan, Tirol and Prague. All the concerts have been warmly welcomed everywhere and the friendship with a French choir has been renewed, so the French singers came to visit Szczecin in the summer 2006. In November 2006 an interesting event took place: the choir was participating in a concert 500 m under the earth in an old salt mine in Thuringen/ Germany. This was the first concert of the 9th Symphony by Beethoven in such extraordinary place. The year 2006 ended for the choir with some concerts with the Requiem by Mozart.

2007 was a very important year for the choir, as the CD with a new a cappella program has been recorded. The author of the project, Pawel Osuchowski, has tributed that way to the Szymanowski Year taking place in Poland 2007 and on the other hand – kept some new repertoire positions of the choir.

Besides some concerts in Szczecin and surroundings, the choir has made in 2008 two concert tours abroad: in July to Grenoble, France with the Requiem by G. Faure and in September a long concert tour to the Ukraine, over Lwiw, Kamieniec Podolski, Odessa to Jalta/Krim. The choir was appreciated very friendly everywhere.

The important part of the work 2009 has been dedicated to the cooperation with two philharmonic orchestras: from Szczecin and Slupsk. In October 2009 the choir made a quick visit to Germany: two concerts taking place on a Saturday in Wittenberge (the 9th Symphony by Beethoven) and on the next day in Hamburg (polish music a cappella).

The choir is on friendly terms with many foreign choirs and often gives concerts together with the Academic Choir of the Szczecin Technical University.
The current repertoire includes a capella and vocal-instrumental compositions, sacral and profane music, chronologically ranging from early polish and European music to contemporary music of the world.

Some highlights from the oratories repertoire:

J.S.Bach: Magnificat and Johannespassion
J. Haydn : Die Schöpfung
Vivaldi: Gloria
Beethoven: Mass in C, Missa Solemnis, Symphony no. 9
Händel: Messias
Verdi: Requiem, Te Deum
Rossini: Stabat Mater
Mozart: Requiem, Coronation Mass
Poulenc: Gloria
Orff: Carmina Burana
Gorecki: Beatus Vir
Kilar: Missa pro pace, Magnificat, Angelus, Exodus
Szymanowski: Stabat Mater
Mahler: II Symphony
Penderecki: Polish Requiem