Interschool Female Choir at the Secondary School no. 3 in Bialystok (Poland) was founded in October, 2004. It started out as a mixed choir and after two years, in September 2006, was transformed into a female one.
The choir inspires many Polish composers of the youngest generation, including Michał Sławecki, Marcin Gumiela, Marek Raczyński, Tomasz Szczepanik, Jan Krutul, Elżbieta Nowicka, Michał Malec, Jakub Szafrański, Aleksandra Chmielewska, Ernest Kamil Sienkiewicz, Michał Wadowski, and Tomasz Kamieniak, to create new pieces that are later premiered and performed by the choir.
The choir’s high quality has repeatedly been acknowledged and appreciated both by juries of competitions taking place in Poland, as well as those based abroad, i.a.:
- Rimini International Choir Competition (Italy, 2022) – Grand Prix, The Prize for the Best Conductor, Golden Diploma in category A – equal voices, Golden Diploma in category E – sacred music
- Stefan Stuligrosz Grand Prix of Polish Choral Music competition in Poznań 2021 – Grand Prix, a Special Prize for the best performance of a piece written by a Poznań-based composer, a Special Prize granted by the Informal Jury comprised of Postgraduate Students of Choral Studies and Vocal Pedagogy from The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz
- Grand Prix, a Golden Diploma, a Special Prize for the best performance of an early piece for G.P. da Palestrina’s “Pueri Hebraeorum”, a Special Prize for the best vocal technique, a Special Prize for the best performance of Feliks Nowowiejski’s piece for “Do Ojczyzny, op. 24 nr 1”, a Special Prize for the best conductor
From the very beginning the choir is directed by Anna Olszewska