Štefan Sedlický (1963)

He studied piano at the Conservatory in Žilina and VŠMU (Vysoká škola múzických umení – Academy of Performing Arts) in Bratislava (with associate professor Starosta) where he started to study choral conducting in 1988 and completed it in professor P. Hradil's class. Until 1998 he acted as a pedagogue at the Conservatory in Žilina – specialisation piano and conducting, from 1998 to 2008 as an assistant, later an associate professor at FHV – University of M. Bell in Banská Bystrica, where he conducted the Academic Chorus of J. Cikker and he also won significant prizes with it at international competitions (abs. winner at ABB - 2001 and 2007, 1st prize at IFAS Pardubice and others). In addition to conducting of Žilina Mixed Chorus, he is also a conductor of chamber chorus of Cantica - Collegium Musicum in Martin. He also successfully represents Slovakia abroad with the chorus. He also significantly contributed to beginning of cooperation between the two choruses and the State Chamber Orchestra in Žilina in performances of the large vocal and instrumental pieces of music, such as: Easter Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, Requiem by W. A. Mozart. He has been an art director and a conductor of the Spevácky zbor slovenských učiteľov (SZSU - Slovak Teachers' Chorus) after his professor P. Hradil. He is a regular member of specialised juries at Slovak and international competition at home and abroad. He is an assistant professor at Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica at present and he cooperates with PF UMB in the field of choral singing and with the Conservatory in Žilina.
Mixed Choir of Žilina (since 1954)

The Mixed Choir of Žilina is amateur chorus established in 1954 under the patronage of the city of Žilina. At present it ranks among the best choruses in Slovakia.

During its more than 60-year existence, the aim of the chorus has been to develop artistic concert activities through the choral singing, interpretation of pieces of music of Slovak and foreign composers who write their pieces of music in the field of choral singing. The main credo is propagation of choral art and tradition and last but not least representation of city of Žilina and Slovakia all over the Europe and the world. Permanent and particularly important concert activity of the chorus has been to cooperate with professional Štátny komorný orchester Žilina (State Chamber Orchestra Žilina) since 1990. The cooperation significantly enriches the quality of musical life in Žilina. The chorus mentioned significant arts of world and domestic vocal and instrumental work (W. A. Mozart: Requiem, Mass C major and D major, F. Schubert: Mass As major and G major, A. Dvořák: Mass D major, G. F. Händel: Messiah, G. Puccini: Messa di Gloria, P. Krška: Requiem and many other compositions). The choir is rich not only in the repertoire but also in the number of singers, which varies about 60 members, which is not usual within Slovakia.

CONDUCTORS of Žilina Mixed Choir
1954 – 1955 Jozef Potočár
1956 – 1957 Ignác Jančár
1957 – 1989 Anton Kállay
1989 – Štefan Sedlický

AWARDS of Žilina Mixed Choir
The Žilina Mixed Choir belongs among the elite of the Slovak amateur choruses and won prizes at the most prestigious European chorus competitions with its domestic and international achievements.

The choir performed on stages of many European countries (Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Austria, Spain, Italy, Wales and many tenth of performances in the Czech Republic) and also in Mexico.