About the choir
In 1993, some students of the Vídeňská Street Grammar School wishing to continue choral singing after leaving the school founded a new choir and gave it the name Vox Iuvenalis, the Voice of Youth. Since then, they have performed in the Czech Republic as well as abroad and earned themselves a reputation as a first-rate youth choir, as is testified by the numerous prizes obtained by both the choir and its conductor, Jan Ocetek.
In 2000, the choir came under the aegis of the Brno Technical University, thus becoming the university's cultural envoy. The choir numbers nearly sixty members, all of them students and graduates of Brno universities, and has an extensive repertoire stretching from 16th century compositions to contemporary works, with 20th century Czech choral and sacred music featuring prominently. Over the year, Vox Iuvenalis makes regular appearances at events as diverse as Easter concerts of sacred music, light-hearted concerts marking the end of the academic year, performances celebrating the anniversary of the 1989 revolution, and Christmas concerts.
Recently, the choir has been increasingly invited by chamber and symphony orchestras to partner them in choral masterpieces such as A. Michna's St. Wenceslas Mass, F. X. Brixi's Mass in B Major, F. Poulenc's Gloria, J. Hanuš's The Song of Hope, and G. F. Handel's Messiah.
Jan Ocetek is a graduate of the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno, and of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts, Brno, where he studied choral conducting with Lubomír Mátl. A recipient of awards for excellence in choral conducting from many Czech and international festivals and competitions, he has conducted Vox Iuvenalis since its foundation and also holds the position of assistant conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno.
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