Ondřej Šmíd
Singing at a church service

Ondřej Šmíd is a singer and musicologist. He studied singing with Prof. Jiří Kotouč and at the MUNI Faculty of Music (Academy of Early Music and Musicology). As a cantor and tenor he works in the St. Vitus Cathedral and the Church of St. Salvator in Prague.

He performs and records mainly with the Capella Regia Ensemble. He has appeared at festivals such as Canto Gregoriano e polifonia (Italy), Musica Liturgica (Israel), Prague Spring, the Festival of Chamber Music Český Krumlov (Baroque opera), Concentus Moraviae, The Song of Our Roots (Poland).

He is interested in Baroque music, especially from the 17th century. The subject of his dissertation is Alberik Mazák. He also focuses on the works of Lodovico da Viadana and the French masters of the early 18th century. He is interested in singing technique, music theory, the science of the early Baroque, and especially rhetoric and aesthetics, which he regards as key components of performance.

He is vice-president of the Early Music Society and the Society for Sacred Music.

About The Class

The target of the seminar is to offer active performing during courses daily in the church at the Mass; and also performing sacred music in its authentic function. The time of the short exam and the evening mass is scheduled after regular classes. Participants from other classes who “just want to sing” can also apply. We will start together singing at the morning mass in the parish church on the Sunday after arrival. Singing all together goes to the following Sunday (after the courses).

Daily attendance at mass on all weekdays is not necessary and it depends on the agreement. The program on weekdays is operationally adjusted. On weekdays we will rehearse and perform renaissance and baroque motets and songs together. Advanced students can perform their own piece. The useful repertoire for solos and smaller casts, for deeper individual work beyond common time in the class will be available. The cooperation of organists, lutenists and other instrumentalists is of course welcome.

Time schedule: one hour in the afternoon (16:45 – 17:45); repertoire for weekdays approx. 15:45 -16:45; evening Mass 18:00–18:45.

Level Of Skills Required

All levels

Maximum number of students

No limit

Teaching Languages

Czech, English