Information Masterclass 2019




In the frame of the 37th International Choral Festival of Preveza a seminar for choral conductors will be held in Preveza from 2nd to 4th July 2019


The topics of the seminar are:


  • Conducting technique with an emphasis on choral conducting,

  • Intonation in choir,

  • Interpretation of various musical styles,

  • Group vocal technique,

  • Organization of the rehearsals,

  • Vocal technique

  • Score analysis

  • Conducting exercises

  • Individual preparation of the scores with active participants

  • Presentation of new choral works from Slovenia (interesting also for composers)


The schedule of the masterclass includes:


Tuesday, July 2nd


 09:00 – 13:00  Lectures along with practical work: Conducting technique - exercises for active and passive participants (with piano).

 15:00 – 19:00  Masterclass with the demonstrative ensemble (active participants are conducting, while the passive ones are observing and rehearsing / learning).

 20:00 – 22:00  Individual lessons for active participants


Wednesday, July 3rd


 09:00 – 13:00  Lectures along with practical work

 15:00 – 19:00  Masterclass with the demonstrative ensemble (active participants are conducting, while the passive ones are observing and rehearsing / learning).

 20:00 – 22:00  Video evaluation of conducting of the active participants


Thursday, July 4th


 09:00 – 11:00  Lectures along with practical work

 11:00 – 13:00  Masterclass with the demonstrative ensemble (active participants are conducting, while the passive ones are observing and rehearsing / learning).

 15:00 – 17:00  Individual consults to participants.

       17:00        General rehearsal

       20:00        Concert - Opening Ceremony of 37th ICF of Preveza.


From Friday, 5th July 2018 to Sunday, 7th July 2019, the participants will have the opportunity to attend the 37th ICF of Preveza, in the frames of which the 25th international Choral Competition of Music will take place, but also to meet and discuss with conductors of the participating choirs, while the organizing committee of the festival will provide them with any kind of material they might need.


The seminar is addressed to choir conductors, instructors who conduct choirs as well as students attending music studies and students attending Music Schools- Conservatories who get involved with choir (conducting).

The Seminar will be led by the internationally renowned conductors Ambrož Čopi and Theodora Pavlovitch and Marco A. García de Paz from Spain . A lot of time and special attention will be given to practical work with a demonstrative choir; the demonstrative ensemble will be the Chamber Choir of the Music and Ballet Conservatory Ljubljana.(

The seminar is intended for beginners as well as established choral conductors. Participation can be active or passive. Participants who wish to be active are kindly asked to send their CV with specified experiences in choir conducting.


Participation fee for active participants: 200€

Participation fee for passive participants: 120€


Deadline for submission: 1στ of June 2019


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 Ambrož Čopi


Ambrož Čopi(1973) was born in Bovec (Slovenia). After completing the Secondary Music and Ballet School in Ljubljana, he studied composition and piano at the Ljubljana Academy of Music and graduated in 1996 in the composition class of Dane Škerl; he completed his post-graduate studies in the class of Uroš Rojko. He gained first knowledge of vocal music as an assistant of the conductor Stojan Kuret in the Academic choir Tone Tomšič in Ljubljana and as a singer of the Chamber Choir Ave, and he attended further singing classes with Marjan Trček at the Music School Vič-Rudnik in Ljubljana. His compositions have been awarded at numerous composer competitions. They are comprised in four CDs containing only Čopi’s compositins, i.e. Lirični akvareli (Academic choir APZ Tone Tomšič, conductor Stojan Kuret), So ptičice še snivale (ČarniCe, conductor Stojan Kuret), Praeparate corda vestra (Ave Chamber Choir, conductor Ambrož Čopi), Sanjam (Slovenian Chamber Choir, conductor Martina Batič), as well as on various other CDs by national and foreign choirs. His compositions were published by Astrum, DSS, and Sulasol.

Ambrož Čopi was awarded the Young Musician Award in 1995 for the outstanding achievements during his study, while in 1997 he was bestowed the Prešeren Prize of the University of Ljubljana and the award of the Municipality of Bovec. In 2009 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the University of Primorska for the achievements with the APZ UP choir and in 2014 he was given two important awards by the Municipality of Koper. Also in 2014 he was awarded with the Gallus Medal, the highest award in the field of musical activity at national level in Slovenia. In 2016 he received Škerjanc recognition given by the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana for outstanding artistic achievements with the Chamber Choir of the Conservatory  of Music and Balet Ljubljana and promotion of the Conservatory. In the same year, for outstanding achievements over the past two years he received a prestigious national award Preseren Fund Prize.

He has been a teacher at the Art Grammar School in Koper since 1999. He is the conductor of the Chamber Choir of the Music and Ballet Conservatory Ljubljana (2010–), the Academic Choir of the University of Primorska (2004–2014, 2016-), Chaber Choir Aegida (2015-) and Youth Mixed Choir of the Art Grammar School Koper (1999–2002, 2007–2013, 2015-) In the past years he also conducted the “Vladimir Lovec” Chamber Orchestra (2005–2007). With great success he conducted the Chamber Choir Iskra Bovec (1992–2001), the Nova Gorica Chamber Choir (1998–2004) and the Mixed Choir Obala Koper (1998–2007). Through the years, the choirs brought him fiveteen golden plaques from national competitions and twentysix first places and several golden plaques from competitions abroad. With the Academic Choir of the University of Primorska he performed as a finalist at the European Grand Prix in Choral Singing in Tours (France, 2009). Furthermore, he was awarded several special prizes for his interpretations, a number of prizes for exceptional achievements with the choirs, and was also voted best conductor at numerous competitions.

Ambrož Čopi is regularly invited to act as a member of the jury at various choral events and competitions, and he is often involved in choral music seminars at home and abroad as a lecturer.


Theodora Pavlovitch

Theodora Pavlovitch is a Professor in choral conducting and Head of Conducting Department of the Bulgarian National Academy of Music. As a conductor she has worked with the Bulgarian National TV-choir (1986-1991) and “Vassil Arnaudov” Sofia Chamber Choir (from 1991 and recently). Since 2005 she has been directing the Classic FM Radio Choir performing concerts with Classic FM Radio Orchestra and world-famous soloists such as Andrea Bocelli, Anna-Tomowa Sintow and others. In 2007/2008 she conducted the World Youth Choir, honored by UNESCO with the title Artist for Peace. She is frequently invited as a member of Jury-panels at a number of international choral competitions, as a conductor and lecturer at prestigious international events all around the world. In 2005 she led a Master class for choral conductors in the program of the 7th World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto, Japan.

She has been representative of Bulgaria in the World Choral Council since 2012, Vice-President of the International Federation for Choral Music (2008-2014), Chair of the Artistic Committee of the World Youth Choir (2010-2014), Chair of the Music Commission of the European Choral Association Europa Cantat (2003-2006). For her artistic achievements, she has been awarded The Golden Century National Award bestowed by the Minister of Culture of Bulgaria (2016), The Golden Lyre by the Union of Bulgarian Musicians (2010), several Special Prizes by the Bulgarian Choir’s Union, Classic FM Radio, Sofia Municipality and other institutions.



Marco A. García de Paz

He holds a degree in Violin and Chamber Music from the Upper Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias and in Management by the Music Center of the Basque Country, «Musikene». He is currently working as a teacher at the Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias, «CONSMUPA», where he teaches chamber music, choir and management techniques. As a violinist, he has collaborated regularly with numerous professional symphony orchestras. He has been awarded the “Angel Muñiz Toca” End of the Race Prize, the Most Excellent City Council of Oviedo, and the First Prize in the “Young Soloists of the Principality of Asturias” Competition.

Besides his facet as an instrumentalist, he also possesses a solid choral formation. He began his studies in the «Escolanía de Covadonga» (Asturias), continued his studies at the «Schola Cantorum» of the Cathedral of Leon and he was trained as choral director in the courses of the Federation of the Basque Country with the master J. Duijck. He has completed his studies of choral conducting with G. Baltés at the Upper Music Center of the Basque Country, «Musikene». Other fundamental personalities in his formation have been J. Busto, P. Phillipsamong others.


He has been director-founder of the choir «El León de Oro» of Luanco (LDO) for almost two decades, with which he has acted throughout Spain and in countries like France, Morocco, Italy, Sweden, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Belgium, England The USA. He has won numerous prizes in important competitions such as Avilés, San Vicente de la Barquera, Ejea de los Caballeros, Cocentaina, Torrevieja, Murcia, Novelda, Oviedo, Zumárraga, Varna, Tolosa, Maasmechelen, Arezzo, Maribor or London. He has twice been proclaimed the winner of the «Gran Premio Nacional de Canto Coral» in his 2003 and 2006 editions. He collaborates regularly with leading figures such as Peter Phillips and «Tallis Scholars».

He is frequently asked to direct choirs throughout Spain and Europe, to hold workshops, courses and seminars on choral singing and directors, as well as to take part in juries of national and international choral contests. As director, received the award for best director in the XXVIII International Choral Competition «Prof. Georgi Dimitrov “, held in Varna (Bulgaria) in 2005 and in the IX« Internationale Koorwedstrijd van Vlaanderen »- Maasmechelen (Belgium) in 2007. In 2008 he was awarded the annual prize of the Asturian Choral Federation (Axuntábense) for his Contribution to choral art. The «Asturiano del Mes»distinction of March 2009 in the newspaper «La Nueva España» also stands out. He has received the «Serondaya» award for cultural innovation in 2014 for the «LDO» project. He is member of the technical committee of the “National Grand Prize of Choral Singing” and director of the Courses of Coral Direction of the Principality of Asturias.

In October of 2015 he was invited to direct to the Choir of Radio Televisión Española in a concert in the Monumental Theater of Madrid, being this concert rebroadcast live by Radio Clásica of National Radio of Spain.

In the 17/18 season, he prepares his debut with other professional choirs in our country, such as El Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (ORCAM) and El Coro Nacional de España (CNE).



Chamber Choir of the Music and Ballet Conservatory Ljubljana

The choral activities at Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet started progressing after composer and conductor Ambrož Čopi assumed leadership of the choir in 2010 , knowing how important and fulfilling it is for young musicians to sing in a choir, to discover the beauty of vocal music and the joy of singing together with others, feeling the energy and power of choral art and getting inspired for future work.

After four years of growing quality and various achivements at competitions: first place at International choral festival Samoborsko zborsko protuletje (Croatia, 2011), first place in mixed choirs and chamber choirs categories at International choral festival in Gdansk (Poland, 2012), Grand prix at Festival of contemporary music Canti veris Praga (Czech Republic, 2013), first place at National competition of children’s and youth choirs Zagorje ob Savi (Slovenia, 2012), second place at International Choral competition ''Gallus'' Maribor (Slovenia, 2013), third place at International Choral competition Montreux (Swizerland, 2014), the decision was made to split the choir into two groups - one choir consists of all the students of the conservatory not included in school orchestras, the other choir (Chamber choir) consists of about 40 singers who are willing to improve their vocal technique, to sing a more difficult range of choral music and reach higher performing standards.


The Chamber choir KGBL, led by Ambrož Čopi and two assistants Tine Bec and Evgen Bibianko, embraces a wide range of music genres and styles, from the Renaissance to modern music. Special attention is given to compositions by contemporary Slovene composers. In the past three years the choir had commissioned many prominent composers such as Lojze Lebič, Tadeja Vulc, Damijan Močnik, Črt Sojar-Voglar, Peter Šavli, Andrej Makor for their choral works and encouraged the youngest generation of composers Tine Bec, Matej Kastelic to create new compositions, which the choir successfully promotes at concerts and competitions in Slovenia and abroad.


In the past three years the choir earned second and third place at International Choral competition Talinn (Estonia, 2015), won Grand prix at International festival in Moscow (Russia, 2016), first place at National choral competition ''Naša pesem'' (Our song), Maribor (Slovenia, 2016), second place at International Choral competition ''Gallus'' Maribor (Slovenia, 2017). The latest achievement is first place in Polifonia and second place in Folklore category at International choral competition in Tolosa (Spain, 2017). The choir successfuly performed concerts in various cities: Stockholm (Sweden, 2016), Borja, Ordizia, Getxo, Doneztebe (Spain, 2017) and at a variety of concert cycles in Slovenia.


The conductor's idea to make synergy between a new generation of young singers, composers and conductors became true. In collaboration with Slovenian music publisher Astrum new compositions by Slovenian composers are successfully promoted. After three years the Chamber Choir KGBL has become one of the most prominent Slovenian choirs.