Renata Szerafin-Wójtowicz

Renata Szerafin-Wójtowicz – conductor, choirmaster, educator. She graduated from the Primary and Secondary School of Music in Lublin in the violin class, and then the Faculty of Musical Education with the specialization of choral conducting in the class of Jan Przybylski, PhD at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. She graduated with honors from the Postgraduate School of Choirmasters at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and the National Center for Culture in Warsaw. In 2006 she obtained a PhD degree, and in 2012 – a habilitation qualifications in the field of musical arts in the artistic discipline – conducting.

Since 1994, she’s been the conductor of the Torun Music School Children Choir „Gioia di Cantare” and since 1998 also the Youth Choir „Semper Iuvenes”. In the years 1995-2003 she was the conductor of the Male Choir „Copernicus” in Torun. Since 2002 she’s been the co-founder and conductor of the „Akolada” Chamber Choir, which has been associated to the University of Bydgoszcz since 2007. She has been working at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz since 2012, where she currently holds the position of Associate Professor at the Department of Conducting, Jazz and Music Education, teaching classes of choir conducting and Academic Choir, and others. She has given lectures and workshops for conductors and participated as a speaker in national and international academic conferences on choral music. She has participated in the juries of choir competitions in Poland and abroad. She is a member of the Artistic Council of the Bydgoszcz branch of The Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras. She is the originator and artistic director of the National Choral Competition and Festival „Musica in Urbe” in Bydgoszcz.

Renata performed concerts with her choirs in Poland and abroad, including Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Greece, Norway, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Denmark and Lithuania, successfully took part in choral festivals and competitions, over 150 times won prestigious awards and distinctions, including over a dozen Grand Prix awards. Her interpretations of choral compositions were honored with special awards for the best performance dozens of times. She has many times received the Best Conductor Award during nationwide and international choral festivals: in 2000 at the 1st National Festival of Music Schools Choirs in Ostrów Wielkopolski, in 2005 at the Festival of Music Schools of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region, in 2010 at the Second International Competition of Children’s Choirs in Malcesine in Italy, in 2011 at the 10th Feliks Nowowiejski’s International Festival of Choral Music in Barczewo, in 2012 in the Competition for the Cup of the Marshal of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, in 2013 at the 11th International Choir Competition „Venezia in Musica” in Italy, in 2014 at the International Choral Competition in Cattolica, Italy, as well in 2017 at the 16th Feliks Nowowiejski’s International Festival of Choral Music in Barczewo.

Three times – in 2000, 2003 and 2015 – she was awarded the President of the City of Torun Award for Special Achievements. In 2001, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage honored her with the Meritorious Cultural Activist Badge, and in 2017 – the Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.