Conductors

Adrija Čepaitė is a conductor. She discovered the art of conducting and began to learn it since her early age. After finishing the music gymnasium in Kaunas (Lithuania), she continued the studies of choral conducting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. While studying, she conducted various choirs and taught in a music school. Adrija graduated the Academy with the Master degree in choral conducting already with substantial both practical and pedagogical experiences. Aspiring to continue her formation as a musician, she began to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria). Adrija graduated the University with the Master degree in Church music with the specialization in Gregorian chant, choral conducting and orchestra conducting. During the years of studies, she fostered her skills in various Master classes, participated in numerous CD projects, gave performances as both a conductor and soloist with various Gregorian chant scholas in Austria, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Poland, Belarus, Germany, France and Lithuania. Versatile music education and rich experiences inspired Adrija to form her own vision of musical dialogue. In 2010, together with her university colleague, she founded the international women ensemble „Graces & Voices“. Adrija also leads international Master classes of Gregorian chant conducting in France, Belgium and Lithuania. She is frequently invited to international choir competitions as a jury member. Alongside these activities, she pursues her career as an orchestra conductor; teaches symphony conducting course at the Music Academy of Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania).



Antanina Kalechyts began developing her versatile musical talent in Minsk, her native city. Her artistry in playing the piano instigated her love for the other extraordinary instrument with ample expression of musical sound – the organ. The decision to play the organ in a most perfect way led her to the University of Music and Performing arts in Graz where she acquired a Master degree.  Antanina is a winner of many competitions of organ music and now pursues her career further as professional concert organis. She already gave concerts in various European countries: Austria, Switzerland,  Germany, France, Italy, Belarus. Singing is an equally important expression of Antanina’s musical talent. Besides her organ studies she perfected her ability in sacred singing while studying Church music. Eventually, she acquired the Master degree in Gregorian chant.  Antanina became a leading soloist of the University Gregorian Chant Ensemble and gained an international repute for virtuoso performances during numerous concerts in renowned international festivals. Her desire to propose her own interpretation of Gregorian chant on the basis of its semiology encouraged her together with her colleague to establish the women‘s ensemble  „Graces & Voices“. Antanina has also successfully completed studies in orchestra conducting with a Master degree. As an orchestra conductor she performs in various musical projects. Meanwhile she prepares a PhD on the subject of interpretation of Gregorian chant. Meanwhile she prepares a   PhD on the subject of interpretation of   Gregorian chanteanwhile she prepares a   PhD on the subject of interpretation of   Gregorian chant