Specialist 5-year program: Artistic Direction of Opera and Symphony Orchestra and Choir

Achievements and awards. This educational program successfully underwent professional-public accreditation.

Students of the faculty constantly participate in and win various contests: the Gold Diploma (the first place) and the grand-prix of the 29th International Franz Schubert Competition (Austria, Vienna) in the category of Chamber Choral Performance; the Gold Diploma (the first place) of the International Johannes Brahms Competition (Wernigerode, Germany), the Gold medal of the X World Choir Games in South Africa (Pretoria).

Teaching staff. High-level training of students of the Department of Choral Conducting is provided by the experienced teaching staff including nine Professors, five Associate Professors, five Candidates of Sciences, one People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, two Honored Art Workers of the Russian Federation, two Honored Workers of Higher Education of the Russian Federation, laureates of all-Russian and international competitions.

Facilities and resources. The academy has all the necessary training facili­ties and resources to ensure high quality of the educational process: a reading hall, a good library and a record library that are regularly replenished with new editions and audio and video recordings. There are 17 specialized classrooms for individual and practical classes. There are four concert halls: the Concert Hall, the Small Hall, the Chamber Hall and the Hall of Shuvalova Musical Salon.

Education. Teaching internship is undertaken in cooperation with Gnesins MusicalCollege where students consolidate the acquired knowledge and develop teaching skills. Senior students undertake their performance (passive) internship in the Yurlov Russian State Choir under the direction of People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, Professor G.A. Dmitriak.

Students gain scientific work experience participating in research activities of the department, organizing scientific and practical conferences, seminars devoted to choral art and art of conducting, art history, music pedagogy and artistic performance.

Graduates perform in choirs and vocal and choir ensembles, are employed at concert organizations (philharmonic societies, musical theaters, artistic associations), musical educational institutions of all levels. Graduates of the department are in great demand as singers and choirmasters in Russian churches.

Strategic partners. The academy cooperates with the Yurlov Russian State Choir, the Moscow Musical Theater Helikon-Opera, the Novaya Opera Theater, the Bolshoi Theater of Russia, the State Chapel of Moscow named after V.A. Sudakov.