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Department of Choral Conducting

Master’s program


CHUKOV, Sergei Alekseevich

Head of the Department


Awards and achievements of the educational program. International professional-public accreditation (Certificate 1341-08-A002 of May 25, 2012).

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Teaching staff. High-quality training is provided by the experienced teaching staff including nine Professors, six Associate Professors, five Candidates of Sciences, two holders of the title of Honored Art Workers, two Workers of Higher Education of the Russian Federation, laureates of all-Russian and international competitions.

Academy partners within the educational program. The State Academic Chapel Choir of Russia named after A.A. Iurlov, the Moscow Musical Theater Helikon-Opera, the Novaya Opera Theater of Moscow, the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Russia, the State Chapel of Moscow named after V.A. Sudakov.

Students’ and alumni’s achievements. The Gold Diploma (the first place) and the grand-prix of the 29th International Franz Schubert Competition (Austria); the Gold Diploma (the first place) of the International Johannes Brahms Competition (Germany); the first place in the Gran Prix of Nation competition in the categories of Modern Music and Chamber Mixed Choirs; two gold medals and the highest status of the Champion of the Ninth International Choral Games (Russia), the Chamber Mixed Choirs category; the first place in the 35th Anniversary International Orthodox Church Music Competition “Hajnówka 2016” (Poland); the grand-prix of the Festival of Orthodox Chants “KolozhskyBlagovest” (Belarus).

Facilities and resources. The academy has all necessary material and technical facilities to ensure high quality of the educational process. There is a dormitory equipped with rehearsal rooms, a gym and an auditorium, and a sports ground.

Opportunities for students. Pedagogical internship is undertaken in cooperation with educational institutions of Moscow (Moscow State Institute of Music named after A.G. Schnittke, Gnessin Musical College). Senior students undertake their performance internship in the State Academic Choral Chapel of Russia named after A.A. Iurlov under the direction of Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation, Professor G.A. Dmitriak. Students acquire scientific work experience participating in research activities of the departments hosting research conferences, seminars devoted to choral art and art of conducting, art history, music pedagogy and artistic performance.

The Department of Choral Conducting boasts well-developed student science, publishes monthly issues of news bulletins about important events in choral art of Russian Gnessin Academy of Music. In addition, it hosts Moscow and all-Russian interuniversity student research conferences devoted to various pedagogical and performance issues, with mandatory publication of a collection of conference articles. The main topic is “Choral Music Today: the Dialogue Between Science and Practice.”

Employment prospects. Conductor of academic choir, teacher.

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