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the Academy of Music in Łódź

the Academy of Music in Łódź

The history of the Academy of Music in Łódź goes back to the early years of the 20th century. At this time Helena Kijeńska-Dobkiewiczowa founded a Music Conservatory, where she gathered a team of outstanding musicians and teachers. After WW II, the school was reactivated, first as State Music Conservatory, which was given on March 1, 1945 - according to a document of July 30, 1945 - a palace of Łódź factory owner, Izrael Kalmanowicz Poznański, situated at 32 Gdańska St. From April 1, 1946 - by the Decision of the Ministry of Culture and Art of Feb 1, 1946 (Journal of Regulations of Min. of Culture and Art No 2 of Jul 8, 1946) - the State Music Conservatory became the State Higher School of Music. From December 1, 1981 the School changed its name to Academy of Music (Journal of Laws No 31 of Dec 12, 1981), and on July 2, 1999 it adopted the name of Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz (Journal of Laws No. 62 section 683 of December 29, 1981). Under the decision of December 1, 1992, the Academy was given the second building at 79 Kilińskiego Street, where the Main Library, together with the Record and Tape Library and reading room, has been situated since Oct 1, 1993. Some classes, for students of art education, music therapy, eurhythmics and others, take place there as well.

The first rector of State Music Conservatory, and later of State Higher School of Music was Prof. Kazimierz Wiłkomirski (1945-1947), and Prof. Helena Kijeńska-Dobkiewiczowa was a Vice-rector. The following professors were rectors of the Academy: Kazimierz Sikorski (1947-1954), Mieczysław Drobner (1954-1957), Kiejstut Bacewicz (1957-1969), Zenon Płoszaj (1969-1981), Zygmunt Gzella (1981-1987), Aleksander Kowalczyk (1987-1993), Bogdan Dowlasz (1993-1999), Anna Wesołowska-Firlej (1999-2005). Prof. Antoni Wierzbiński has been a Rector of the Academy since September 1, 2005. The Vice Rectors are: Prof. Irena Wisełka-Cieślar (for educational and didactic affairs) and Prof. Bogusław Pikała (for students' affairs). Jerzy Chałubiński M.Sc. is a Chancellor of the Academy. The previous and current Senates of Academy of Music awarded the title of honorary doctor of musical arts to the following five outstanding artists - significant figures if musical life of both Łódź and the Academy: Aleksander Tansman (1986), Prof. Kiejstut Bacewicz (1993), Prof. Zenon Płoszaj (1996), Prof. Franciszek Wesołowski (1999), Prof. Teresa Kubiak (2005), Prof. Wanda Wiłkomirska (2006).

The organization structure of the Academy was changing, owing to its fast development, in the years 1946-90. It is worth stressing, that whereas at the beginning the number of students did not exceed 50, it was growing over the years, to amount to over 400 in 1987. Three performance faculties were created in 1946, and Composition, Theory and Conducting Faculty followed two years later. The division into four faculties was in force till 1990, even though there were internal changes within the faculties, caused by creation of new sections or closing of other sections: Faculty I - Composition, Theory of Music and Conducting (there were only individual sections between 1946 and 1948). Faculty II - Instrumental (the name did not change till 1990); Faculty III - Vocal (from October 1, 1996 - Vocal and Acting Performance); Faculty IV - Education, whose name changed many times between 1946 and 1990. On October 1, 1990 the basic structure of the Academy was changed and two faculties have been formed: Faculty I - Composition, Theory of Music, Music Education and Eurhythmics; Faculty II - Instrumental, and Vocal and Acting Performance. In 2001, the second Faculty divided into three performance faculties, and the introduction of major in "art education in musical arts", the name of Faculty I was again modified, which led to the current structure of the Academy.


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