Ondřej Šmíd
Singing at a church service


Ondřej Šmíd (1968) is singer and musicologist. He study at prof. Jiri Kotouc, early music interpretation courses: Irena Wilke-Troupova, Nicki Kennedy, Andrew King, Wilfried Staufenbiel, Marcin Bornus Szczycinski, Helmut Franke. Collaboration and recording with: Prague Cathedral Choir, Prague Catherdral Soloists, Capella Regia Praha, Musica Florea, Czech Madrigalists, Harmonia Delectabilis With conductors and leaders: J. Ksica, R. Hugo, F.X. Thuri, L.Vendl, J. Stivin, J. Svejkovsky.
Performances and festivals: as a soloist with Prague Cathedral Choir – Canto Gregoriano e Polifonia (Italy), Musica Liturgica (Izrael), Prague Spring Festival, Baroque Nigh – baroque theatre Cesky Krumlov, Concentus Moraviae, Song of Our Roots (Jaroslaw, Poland, G. Carrissimi – oratorium Historia di Jepthe), St. Wenceslas Festivities (Prague). Vice president of Early Music Society and Spiritual Music Society in Prague.

About The Class

The target of this extraordinary class is performing of the sacred music in itsauthentic function, this means singing during the Sundays masses in the parish church. In case there will be no collision with your main (morning) class, you can participate on the High Mass already on the first Sunday (after arriving), when we will perform a mass of Albericus Mazak, Missa brevis [M222]. For the last Sunday we will prepare a mass (both in Latin) of Adam Michna, whose 420th anniversary we will remember in 30th June. In working days we will sing (potentionaly also during the Evening Service) a mass by Lodovico da Viadana (who was born in 1560), polyphonic motets from Czech graduals and songs of Adam Michna to Czech saints. This repertoire is understandable (thus it is an appropriate didactic material) and it is useful for concerts and liturgy, too. On studied music we will explain some aspects of musical theory of that era. Understanding of consequences in music of the 17th century has relation not only to music of that time, but these ideas can also be applied to the modern genres, makes today’s theory clear and improves our musical feeling. We will speak about tempo and character (of music), about tact and conducting in the time, when conductors did not exist, yet. About stress and release, about „mensural and metric“, „measurable and non measurable“ music, about poetics and feets, about speaking and sounding and about that, what is the most important: about rhetoric and announcement, about „performance“ and performing.

Time schedule: every day 16:30 – 17:45, and in case of interest also during the Evening Service 18:00–18:45.

Level Of Skills Required

All levels

Maximum number of students

No limit

Teaching Languages

Czech, English

Active Participants – Singing in the church