Artistic Director

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Antanina Kalechyts
© Maria Frodl

Professor of Gregorian chant and liturgy at the Institute for Organ, Organ Research and Church Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw)

Antanina Kalechyts was born in Minsk (Belarus). She completed studies in church music with a focus on Gregorian chant and organ, concert organ, and orchestral conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (both with distinction). In 2016, she completed her doctorate in Gregorian chant with Prof. Franz Karl Praßl at the artistic-scientific doctoral school. In her doctoral thesis "Neume und Klang - Untersuchungen zur Gesangstechnik der Gregorianik anhand des Propriums von Frauenfesten" she focused on the interpretation of Gregorian chant in a comparative study of Saint Gall manuscripts.

Kalechyts is co-founder and director of the vocal ensemble "Graces & Voices", which is particularly dedicated to the interpretation of Gregorian chant as well as contemporary music. She is also in demand as a conductor for contemporary music and operas. She performs internationally with the Schola of the mdw's church music department and regularly participates in liturgical and scientific symposia.

former Magister Choralis (information in German)