The Choir of the Maritime University of Szczecin conducted by Sylwia Fabiańczyk-Makuch, PhD, has now existed for 15 years. Currently, the ensemble gathers over 70 members; musicians and amateurs, enthusiasts of all kinds of music.
The Choir’s repertoire is versatile, ranging from the choral classics to the original arrangements of the most popular contemporary songs and pieces. Talented, young singers are constantly struggling to demythologize the stereotypical image of the choir. They try to adopt a subtle and ‘witty’ choreography and thus make the listener smile once in a while.
The ensemble likes to experiment, especially when it comes to combining the classical choral sounds with numerous musical trends and styles. The choir is the organizer of the artistic project entitled Common Sounds which attracts numerous listeners form different backgrounds. Previous editions were devoted to jazz music (Kuba Badach, Jacek Piskorz) and the rhythms from Latin America. The latter was the outcome of the 2014 tournee to Ecuador. As a result, over 200 artists (Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Chile, Cuba) visited Szczecin a year later.
Only throughout the last 7 years the choir has received over 40 main awards, including 9 Grands Prix, 17 Gold Medals at the most prestigious Polish and international festivals and choral contests. The choir has also been recognized by several cultural institutions in Poland. It had an opportunity to perform in over 15 countries (Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, Macedonia, Lithuania, Malta, Ireland, Ecuador,Russia or Canada). The ensemble is often invited to cooperate with the most outstanding Polish and international artists, performers, bands and composers. Among them are: ANUNA’s Michael McGlynn, Krzesimir Dębski, Henri Seroka, Zbigniew Wodecki, Polish folk group Trebunie-Tutki, Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicza or Włodek Pawlik.
The choir recorded five CD albums: Pozdrowione bądźcie morza (Hail to the Seas), Gra fal (The Play of the Waves), Pod okapem śniegu (Under the Snow Cover), Ave Maris Stella and Regina Poloniae.
The choir’s main goal is to achieve a unified, coherent sound, often surpassing the choral tradition. The mission is to show that music has no borders; that unity and coherence on stage is the most important phenomenon which transfers harmony and passion.
Director’s Assistant and the Director of the Preparatory choir: Adam Baran. Voice emission: Beata Dutka and Krzysztof Machowski- vocalists and academic teachers.