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Tuesday April 7th, 2020

International Music Theory Conference “Principles of Music Composing”

On 18–20 November 2020, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Lithuanian Composers’ Union organize the 20th International Music Theory Conference “Principles of Music Composing: Phenomenon of Teleology”. 

LITHUANIAN

Teleology embraces the phenomena that each sort of processual art deals with: the way a work evolves over time. In other words, it focuses on the final goal or purpose (Greek telos meaning “end, purpose”) as well as the course towards that goal (Heinrich Schenker). The Western music tradition has established musical forms implementing paradigmatic models of particular teleological strategies (sonata form as a pinnacle of this trend of thought), often approaching the final cadence as a complete fulfilment of a persistently pursued goal. However, evolving trajectories may seem not so obvious when we step out this conventional mental framework and face the cases of non-Western tradition or compositional inventions of the 20th –21st centuries. Static, meditative, monolithic, drone, minimalistic, instant, aleatoric musical iterations seem to, at least partly, evade a clearly defined, commonly identifiable telos.

So, what can actually serve as impetus to propel the processual flow of music? What types of developmental strategies are feasible in the light of plural cultural and ideological co-existence of the 21st century? What basis substantiates the widely established or alternative developmental models? These and more teleological issues will be thoroughly addressed in the conference “Principles of Music Composing: Phenomenon of Teleology”.

The following sub-topics are suggested to disclose the subject: 

I. Theoretical and historical perspectives 

  1. Inter-scholarly (philosophical, psychoanalytic, psychophysiological, metaphysical, etc.) and musicological (Schenkerian, Post-Schenkerian, etc.) approach to teleology.
  2. Historical perspective of teleological phenomena. 
  3. Links between teleology and the related concepts (dramaturgy, development, narrativity, directionality, orientation, expectation, temporality). Types of teleological strategies (culmination, reprise, balancing, elision, etc.). 
  4. Teleology as an inherent phenomenon of a musical work itself or as a mode of listening (objective vs. subjective perspective). 

II. Teleological issues in contemporary contexts 

      5. Teleological strategies and alternatives in contexts of contemporary composition. 
      6. Different teleological prerogatives in regard of distinct musical parameters (pitch, rhythm, timbre, the vertical, the horizontal, the diagonal, etc.) and various types of form. 
      7. Teleological applications in regard of particular compositional techniques (modes, series, minimalism, aleatoric principles, sonorism, sound-based morphologies, electronics, etc.). 
      8. Communication issues and challenges regarding the (non-)teleological approaches of the innovative compositional practices (instant, static, monolithic, meditative, electronic music, etc.).

III. Interdisciplinary and intercultural aspects

  1. Teleological potentialities in contexts of collaboration and interrelation between different artistic fields (literature, visual arts, performing arts, etc.).
  2. Cultural plurality as a source for possible teleological alternatives. 

Paper proposals (abstract and a short biography) should be sent by email: pmc.lmta@gmail.com. The abstract must not exceed 500 words. The duration of full presentation is limited to 20–25 minutes.

The main language of the conference is English.

The deadline for proposal submissions is the 1st of September, 2020. Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the scholarly committee and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in the second half of September 2020.

The participation fee is 20 Euros.

Selected papers of the conference will be published in the annual peer reviewed scientific journal ‘Principles of Music Composing’.

Scientific committee of the conference:

Prof. dr. Pavel Puşcaş (Music Academy Cluj-Napoca, Romania) 
Prof. Miloš Zatkalik (University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia) 
Prof. Roger Redgate (Goldsmiths, University of London, England) 
Dr. Bert Van Herck (New England Conservatory of Music, USA) 
Dr. Jānis Petraškevičs (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Latvia) 
r. Martin Vishnick (United Kingdom) 
Prof. dr. Rimantas Janeliauskas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) 
Prof. dr. Antanas Kučinskas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) 
Assoc. prof. dr. Mārtiņš Viļums (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) 
Assoc. prof. Marius Baranauskas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) 

Friday April 3rd, 2020

Information regarding studies at LMTA during the quarantine period

Considering the situation developed due to the spread of coronavirus, quarantine was announced throughout the territory of the Republic of Lithuania from 16 March to 13 April 2020. Following the requirements of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, all the LMTA buildings located in Vilnius and Klaipėda, except the Central Building in Vilnius (Gedimino Ave. 42), are closed. The students and teachers are not allowed into the LMTA premises for independent practice.

Information for the students and teaching staff

To ensure the continuity of the learning process, all the studies during the quarantine period are to be transferred onto a virtual learning environment and will be conducted via distance learning mode: 

  • All the theory classes that can be accessed by LMTA Moodle learning environment are to be conducted in the distance learning mode according to the curriculum.
  • Practical sessions should be organised via distance learning mode by employing all possible ways of distant communication that each teacher can choose individually. 
  • Within the period of transferring the study process onto the virtual learning environment, the faculty deans will be responsible for the efficient communication among the teaching staff and IT specialists. 
  • Taking into consideration the given situation and circumstances, the dates of interim tests and examinations specified earlier in the LMTA academic calendar will be adjusted following the regulations issued by the deans and approved by Vice-Rector for Studies. 
  • All the information related to the changes to be made to the LMTA academic calendar will be forwarded to the teaching staff and students to their e-mail addresses assigned by the Academy.
  • Where possible, the administrative staff of all the LMTA units will work remotely and can be accessed during LMTA office hours by email addresses indicated on the website. 
  • The heads of units are in charge of facilitating the internal communication and keeping all the LMTA staff informed regarding the work process and other relevant issues. 

USEFUL CONTACTS

International Relations Office
Head – Rima Rimšaitė:
rima.rimsaite@lmta.lt, +370 5 212 4967
Coordinator for Student Exchange – Giedrė Antanavičienė: giedre.antanaviciene@lmta.lt, +370 5 261 0131

Faculty of Music
Dean – Prof. Deividas Staponkus: deividas.staponkus@lmta.lt +370 680 26585
Assistant Dean – Darius Stoskeliūnas: darius.stoskeliunas@lmta.lt +370 600 65826
Administrator – Rasa Dzimidaitė: rasa.dzimidaite@lmta.lt +370 698 12572

Faculty of Theatre and Film
Dean – Elona Bajorinienė: elona.bajoriniene@lmta.lt +370 612 20240
Administrator of the Faculty – Kristina Kazilionienė: kristina.kazilionienė@lmta.lt +370 611 55165
Coordinator of Departments – Justina Širvelytė: justina.sirvelyte@lmta.lt +370 612 61053
Coordinator of Film and Television Department – Miglė Levickienė: migle.levickiene@lmta.lt +370 684 20276

Klaipėda Faculty
Dean – Prof. Vytautas Tetenskas: vytautas.tetenskas@lmta.lt +370 694 83 523
Administrator – Jolanta Brazdeikytė: jolanta.brazdeikyte@lmta.lt +370 648 20604

Postgraduate Studies’ Office
Head – Daiva Buivydienė: daiva.buivydiene@lmta.lt, +370 687 94630

Study Information Officestudijos@lmta.lt, +370 698 04783

Library
Head – Daiva Mateikienė: daiva.mateikiene@lmta.lt, +370 683 51953

Students Union: lmtasa@lmta.lt +370 611 23009

Secretariat of the Rector‘s Council: +370 5 261 2691, mob. +370 696 98411.

CONTACTS FOR ADVICE ON REMOTE STUDIES

Psychologyst – Inesa Kraujutienė: +370 640 12502

LMTA Chaplain Fr. Dovydas Grigaliūnas: +370 680 80078

The actual information concerning the spread of coronavirus and quarantine is continuously updated on the website of the Ministry of Health of The Republic of Lithuania, the website of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the website Study in LT.

Wednesday April 1st, 2020

Academy to Launch a Series of Virtual Performances

Does the announcement of quarantine mean that our life has stopped? Well, we would like to paraphrase the familiar saying and announce that we are opening a virtual window when the doors of theatres and concert halls are closed.  The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre is now ready to share the precious archive of their best performances.  Instead of the usual monthly repertoire of live events, LMTA invites to enjoy recordings of the most compelling concerts, contests, stage performances, meetings, short films, and even watch two sets of live electronic music!

From April 3 to 30, 6 pm, TV.LMTA.LT, the Internet platform, specifically designed for that purpose, will broadcast a variety of events. IMPORTANT: the recordings of the events will only be available on the specified date and time! Don’t miss a chance to watch the event you are interested in.

The range of the genres to be offered is truly extensive: from opera, drama, dance, and film to chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz concerts to contests, recitals, conversations, and discussions. 

LMTA Vice-Rector for Art, Prof. Dr. Ramunė Marcinkevičiūtė says: “Working on the virtual repertoire under such circumstances has been a chance to analyse the archived collection, reappreciate the recorded beauty and value of our cultural experience, and feel the strength of artistic expression the LMTA community shares.  While the quality of some recordings may not be perfect (as the events were filmed for other purposes), it is the uniqueness of the content that makes it worth seeing.   The LMTA Art Centre team is already preparing the repertoire for May, so even when the quarantine regulations become more lenient, we will still continue broadcasting.”

Тhe Virtual Programme starts оn 3 April, 6 pm, with The Most Excellent and Lamentable Plan B, a music, theatre and video performance based on Herluf Bidstrup’s caricatures, directed by Vidas Bareikis.  Composer: Rūta Vitkauskaitė, set designer:  Simona Biekšaitė, costume designer: Liuka Songailaitė, conductor: Ričardas Šumila. The première was performed on the stage of the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre in 2013 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (the recording was made a year later). The performance features the-then Year 2 students who are now prominent actors at Oskaras Koršunovas’ OKT Theatre and the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre: Kęstutis Cicėnas, Jonas Braškys, Laurynas Jurgelis, Gediminas Rimeika, Eimantas Pakalka, Martynas Ališauskas, Viktorija Žukauskaitė, Taura Kvietinskaitė, Greta Petrovskytė, Paulina Taujanskaitė, Kamilė Petruškevičiūtė, Gailė Butvilaitė, and others. 

On 4 April, spectators are invited to a concert by European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) which took place on 2 October 2019 in the Trakai Castle. Mettis String Quartet (Lithuania), Erlendis Guitar Quartet (Poland, Denmark), and Malion String Quartet (Germany, Finland) will perform music by J. Haydn, J.S. Bach, L. E.J. Brouwer, L. Boccherini, E. Lecuona, and B. Bartók. 

5 April gives us a chance to revisit a conversation between pianist Petras Geniušas and philosopher Leonidas Donskis that took place in 2013 in the LMTA Great Hall within a cycle of recitals Masters in the Great Hall featuring laureates of Lithuanian National Culture and Art Awards.  Petras Geniušas performs piano sonatas by F. Schubert and S Prokofiev.

On 7 April, we can watch a performance The Lesson directed by Augustas Gornatkevičius, based on the play by E. Ionesco.  Set designer: Eglė Vitkutė, costume designer: Simona Davlidovičiūtė, composer: Jokūbas Tulaba. Actors: Kamilė Galkutė, Gabrielė Ladygaitė, Petras Šimonis. Created in 2016, the performance was filmed at LMTA Balcony Theatre in 2017.

On 9 April, we invite you to join the LMTA community in the Academy’s Great Hall and enjoy the meeting with opera soloist Asmik Grigorian. Organised on the morning of 7 September 2018, the very beginning of the academic year, the conversation took place upon the opera singer’s return to Lithuania from the Salzburg Festival where Asmik Grigorian gave a sensational performance as Salome in Romeo Castellucci’s legendary production of Strauss’s opera. Musicologist Jūratė Katinaitė hosts the conversation.

11 April invites fans of choral music to their computer screens. We will broadcast the Grand Final of 3rd Juozas Naujalis Competition for Choral Conductors (filmed on 27 October 2017 in Church of St Catherine). The choirs — LMTA mixed choir, State Choir Vilnius, Vilnius City Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika — are led by the finalists of the competition Krista Audere (Latvia, Netherlands), Jurģis Cābulis (Latvia), Linas Balandis (Lithuania), Łukasz Hermanovicz (Poland), Mantvydas Drūlia (Lithuania), Gintarė Barisaitė (Lithuania). Works by J. Naujalis, J. H. Schein, A. Bruckner, Orlando di Lasso, and other composers will be performed.

On 13 April, we will host a discussion Do Artists Need Managers? filmed at the LMTA Balcony Theatre in 2018.  The discussion features Vygintas Gasparavičius, a lecturer at LMTA Art Management Department; a performing art manager Giedrė Putramentaitė; and Julijus Grickevičius, the-then Marketing Manager at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.  The event is moderated by Dominyka Murauskytė, a LMTA musicology student. 

On 15 April, let us remember the 5th International Jascha Heifetz Competition for Violinists in 2017 and enjoy the performance of the LMTA students participating in the competition — Rakelė Chijenaitė, Ieva Daugirdaitė, Konrad Levicki, Bernardas Petrauskas playing pieces by J. S. Bach, N. Paganini, M. Ravel, A. Khachaturian, F. Waxman, and Z. Bružaitė.

April 17 offers a series of short films created by LMTA students: 0.242 of Fiction (directed by Modestas Endriuška, 2018), Place With No Walls (directed by Elizabete Mežule-Gricmane, 2017), 10 Square Metres (directed by Mindaugas Docaitis, 2017), A. A. A. (directed by Karolina Nadzeikaitė, 2019), Dad’s Gift (directed by Petras Kuneika, 2019), and So … Bye (directed by Paulius Stankevičius, 2018).

On 19 April, we are invited to enjoy Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff.  Created by the LMTA Opera Studio team and performed on the stage of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall on 11 April 2018, the rendering happens to be the first performance of Falstaff in Lithuania. Conductor: Martynas Staškus, director and choreographer: Jūratė Sodytė, designers: Guoda Korsakaitė, Marina Jasinskaja, lighting designer: Giedrius Gurevičius. Soloists: Ignas Melnikas, Arminas Skirvainis, Gabrielė Kupšytė, Lubov Skrebets, Aurelija Stasiulytė, Anastasia Lebedyantseva, Juozas Janužas, Edgaras Davidovičius, Dainius Viešūnas, Paulius Prasauskas, Gediminas Paulauskas. The opera features LMTA Symphony Orchestra and LMTA Mixed Choir.

On 21 April, we will stream Justė Janulytė’s lectures The Kinetics of Sound.  Spatial Aspects of Composition prepared and delivered by the composer a year earlier in the LMTA Spatial Sound Sphere. The lectures were recorded as a part of the KISS (Studio of Creative and Informative Meetings) project run by LMTA.

On 23 and 27 April, spectators are invited to concerts of live electronic music. On 23 April, you can enjoy Particles, a work by Mantvydas Leonas Pranulis, an LMTA Year 2 Digital Technologies student, a laureate of the first M. K. Čiurlionis Incentive Grant. On 27 April, we will be streaming Roberto Becerra and Mantautas Krukauskas’ work, Art Distancing

On 25 April, LMTA Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Modestas Pitrėnas invites you to the LMTA Great Hall.  You will hear C. Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Z. Kodály’s Dances of Galánta, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and The Firebird Suite by I. Stravinsky. Soloists: Konrad Levicki (violin), Marija Pranskutė (violin), Kristina Anusevičiūtė (viola), Tarmo Hiis (cello). Concert announcer: Justė Jankauskaitė. The concert was recorded in 2017.

Events dedicated to the International Dance and Jazz Days will culminate the virtual April repertoire.  On 29 April, we can enjoy the opening performance and dance films created by the team of LMTA Department of Dance and Movement during the 2016 Summer Media Studio creative workshops.  On April 30, you are invited to a jazz improvisation concert performed by LMTA Big Band (conductor Tomas Dičiūnas) and LMTA Jazz Choir (conductor Marija Monika Dičiūnė). Soloists: Vytis Nivinskas (double-bass), and musicians from Israel – Iris Portugaly (vocal, percussion) ir Ofer Portugaly (piano). The concert took place at LMTA Balcony Theatre in 2018.

All the events start at 6 pm

LMTA information 
1 April 2020 

Monday March 30th, 2020

Enrol in the Baroque Opera specialization of MA in Music Performance

Enrol in the Baroque Opera specialization of MA in Music Performance (developed in cooperation with Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music) at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

The most prominent Lithuanian and European baroque music professionals will teach you the history and dramaturgy of baroque music, vocal technique, baroque improvisation, and gestures and dance. You will then demonstrate the acquired knowledge and practical skills performing in concerts and staged events featuring baroque operas and oratorios, together with the Baroque Orchestra Collegium Musicum Riga led by Māris Kupčs, the renowned Latvian harpsichordist and conductor.

Entrance Examination: 26 June 2020

More information on the admission requirements is available at: 
https://lmta.lt/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/20200214_baroko_opera_MA_ENG.pdf

 

2020 03 30

Friday March 20th, 2020

Baltic Musicological Conference 2020 – call for papers

On 10–12 September 2020, the Department of Music History at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Lithuanian-Polish research project “Music of Change: Expression of Liberation in Polish and Lithuanian Music Before and After 1989” and the Musicological Section of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union organize the Baltic Musicological Conference 2020 “MUSIC AND CHANGE BEFORE AND AFTER 1990”.  

The employment of music as a form of cultural opposition and transformative power is a multifunctional process that implies an extension of the thematic and disciplinary borders to the complex relations of the music’s cultural, socio-economic, and political contexts. However, such approach requires to provide a space for deep engagements in music and its various worlds overcoming a simplified understanding of musical practices as a reflection of social structures and political processes. As Jacques Attali writes on the relationship between music and societal structures, music “makes audible the new world that will gradually become visible, that will impose itself and regulate the order of things; it is not only the image of things, but the transcending of the everyday, the herald of the future” (Attali 1985).

Baltic Singing Revolution – “revolution by singing and smiling” (Heinz Valk 1988) – is a widely known example of the public expressive cultural practice which had a stimulating effect on cultural imagination and political change. Remembering the year 1990, so important but not limited to national histories of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the Baltic musicological conference 2020 aims to acquire new knowledge and a deeper understanding of the ways in which the musical expression of liberation and musicians’ networks contributed to political and cultural change before and after the end of the Cold War. In what ways the musical practices contributed to formation, negotiation and transformation of sociocultural identities and changing collectivities? What has been the relationship between the processes of cultural and political change before and after 1990? What were prominent ideas, landmark cultural texts and influential individuals who have had a formative and transformative power in these processes? To address these issues, as well as any other questions and topics related to the 20th–21st-century music and change in the widest sense, we invite the proposals for the Baltic musicological conference 2020, to be held at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius 10–12 September 2020. The conference will include international guest speakers Kevin C. Karnes (Emory University), Olga Manulkina (St Petersburg State University), Gintautas Mažeikis (Vytautas Magnus University) and Peter J. Schmelz (Arizona State University).

Academic committee

Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz (Academy of Music in Kraków), Kevin C. Karnes (Emory University), Olga Manulkina (St Petersburg State University), Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli (Lithuanian Composers’ Union), Rima Povilionienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Peter J. Schmelz (Arizona State University), Iwona Sowińska-Fruhtrunk (Academy of Music in Kraków), Rūta Stanevičiūtė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

Local organizing committee

Zita Abramavičiūtė, Ingrida Jasonienė, Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli, Rima Povilionienė (vice-chair), Rima Rimšaitė, Rūta Stanevičiūtė (chair), Judita Žukienė

Submission

The conference language is English. There will be two options: individual papers and panels (of 3 or 4 presenters).  

Papers

We invite abstracts of no longer than 300 words, including keywords and an optional list of references (max 10). Individual paper presentations are 20 minutes long to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

Panels

The panel organizer should submit the panel abstract and all individual abstracts (300 words each) in one document, with a full list of participant names and email addresses.

Please submit proposals as a doc/odt/rtf attachment to balticconference2020@lmta.lt by 15 April 2020. The following format should be used: 

  • Name, affiliation and contact email address
  • Type of presentation (select one from: panel, individual paper)
  • Title of presentation
  • Abstract (300 words maximum; in the case of panels, include a general abstract followed by individual abstracts, in total 1200 words maximum)
  • Keywords (5 maximum)
  • References (optional, 10 maximum)
  • CV (100 words maximum; in case of panels, CVs of all participants)

Accepted speakers will be informed by mid-April 2020. The conference registration fee both for Oral Presenters and Non-Presenters/Listeners – 30 EUR, student registration fee – 15 EUR, onsite payment. It includes attendance to the conference sessions, conference material, coffee breaks and conference reception, social program events. Information about registration and accommodation will be sent after acceptance of proposals. The selected papers will be invited for publication in the international peer-reviewed scientific journal “Lithuanian Musicology” (indexed in SCOPUS, EBSCO, RILM). The conference organizers look forward to receiving your submissions! 

2020 01 28

Tuesday March 17th, 2020

STUDIES AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF WORK PROCESS AT LMTA DURING THE QUARANTINE PERIOD

16 MARCH 2020

Considering the situation developed due to the spread of coronavirus, quarantine was announced throughout the territory of the Republic of Lithuania from 16 to 30 March 2020. Following the requirements of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, all the LMTA buildings located in Vilnius, except the Central Building (Gedimino Ave. 42), will be closed. The students and teachers will not be allowed into the LMTA premises for independent practice.

Information for the students and teaching staff

To ensure the continuity of the learning process, all the studies during the quarantine period are to be transferred onto a virtual learning environment and will be conducted via distance learning mode:

  1. All the theory classes that can be accessed by LMTA Moodle learning environment are to be conducted in the distance learning mode according to the curriculum.
  2. From 16 March, LMTA has announced the period of preparation for distance learning mode for the teachers who do not have access to LMTA Moodle environment. Detailed information and support will be provided through the Dean’s offices. The teaching staff will be contacted personally too.
  3. The staff who teach theory classes to small groups of students may also choose different forms of distance learning that will ensure the implementation of the learning outcomes.
  4. Practical sessions should be organised via distance learning mode by employing all possible ways of distant communication that each teacher can choose individually.
  5. Within the period of transferring the study process onto the virtual learning environment, the faculty deans will be responsible for the efficient communication among the teaching staff and IT specialists.
  6. Taking into consideration the given situation and circumstances, the dates of interim tests and examinations specified earlier in the LMTA academic calendar will be adjusted following the regulations issued by the deans and approved by Vice-Rector for Studies.

All the information related to the changes to be made to the LMTA academic calendar will be forwarded to the teaching staff and students to their e-mail addresses assigned by the Academy.

Information regarding the work of the administrative staff 

Where possible, the administrative staff of all the LMTA units will work remotely and can be accessed during LMTA office hours by email addresses indicated on the website.

The heads of units are in charge of facilitating the internal communication and keeping all the LMTA staff informed regarding the work process and other relevant issues. 

The information will be continuously updated on the LMTA website. 

2020-03-16

Saturday March 7th, 2020

Registration to the “Summer Media Studio 2020“ is open

The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in collaboration with the Audiovisual Arts Industry Incubator (AMII) invites to take part in the “Summer Media Studio 2020“ – on 18-30 June, 2020, in Neringa, Lithuania. The application process will close on 15th April, 2020.

Registration: http://summermediastudio.lt/2020/registration.html.

Selected participants of various audiovisual art backgrounds will be informed via e-mail no later than May 10, 2020.

Participation fee for each participant is 390 €. The cost covers accommodation and catering in Neringa, also travel from and to Vilnius.

Selected students and young professionals must be able to participate during all days. 


SMS (Summer Media Studio) is a collaboration platform for young professionals of the audiovisual arts industry, who are eager to gain international contacts, improve their professional skills while learning to work with new technologies, facing and analyzing the changes of the industry and will create an opportunities for future artistic initiatives.

The main SMS event – two-week residential workshop – is ran in the Lithuania’s seaside area Neringa. Established in 1999, young film professionals and film school students are welcome to attend the workshop for the 22nd time. Here they will have the possibility to explore the specifics of Sound and Music in Film, it’s applicability in various film genres and produce a short film.

SMS focuses on the most essential and relevant subjects of films, searching for new important topics, which would explore theoretical and practical knowledge of young audiovisual arts creators in the field of the professional cinematography. SMS 2020 edition will focus on the topic of “Sound and Music in Film”.

The filmmaking process during the workshop will be guided by audiovisual industry professionals: David J. Bondelevitch (music and dialogue editor, USA), Zachary Spicer (actor and producer, USA), Mantautas Krukauskas (music composer, Lithuania), Paul Nethercott (producer, USA).

Participants present pitching ideas and the tutors decide on which ones to be realized. Later on, all of the participants are divided in international teams of director, cinematographer, sound designer, producer, scriptwriter, and actors, they prepare for the shootings and go to the locations. After four days of hectic work, they sit by the computers and do the post production, write musical scores.

At the very last evening, final short films made by the participants will be screened. This is a truly special evening as they have an actual result which could be evaluated by themselves and the wide audience. Finally, the participants will have a feedback session on what aspects of the workflow they seek to develop further.

Each of the evening public film screenings will be held. Tutors will show their own movies or the ones that should be noted in the context of sound and music in film. These events will be open to the general public and will be followed up with discussions which will help to better absorb contents of the lectures, as well as learning about major industry stories that impact the ways of production. They will discuss the biggest industry changes and how the young filmmaker should adapt to it.

After the workshop each participant will receive 6 ECTS credits that are approved around higher education institutions worldwide.

More information: http://summermediastudio.lt/2020/index.html

LMTA information
2020 03 06 

Friday January 17th, 2020

Apply now! ECMAster admission to the LMTA in Vilnius

Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre invites young chamber ensembles to study the joint programme European Chamber Music Master – ECMAster. As an EMCAster student, you receive advanced training in chamber music performance, study with inspiring professors at leading institutions in different European countries, and refine your musical presentation, communication and technical skills as an ensemble musician.

Application is open, entrance exams in Vilnius – on March 16th of 2020. More information you can find HERE

Application deadline – February 15thAPPLICATION FORM

Who is eligible? 
The programme is open to established ensembles with a standard instrument combination (with a minimum of three ensemble members): 
– String quartets 
– Piano trios 
– String trios 
– Piano quartets 
– Wind quintets 
Brass quintets 
– Saxophone quartets 
– Other ensembles (see the General programme description for more information)

Eligibility requirements
– Member of an established ensemble 
– All Ensemble Members must apply at the same institution

Joint admission criteria 
All applicants must possess the skills and experience listed below at a level sufficient for them to meet the requirements of this programme of study both individually and as an ensemble.

Applicants must
– demonstrate advanced instrumental and musical abilities 
– possess the relevant skills and experience in chamber music 
– and prove their ability to independently make and reflect upon their own artistic decisions.

Application procedure 
Submit application to the chosen institution containing a CV, a description of the ensemble’s activities and a master project proposal. Please observe carefully possible additional requirements by the institution!

Audition 
– A prepared ensemble program of 60 minutes of at least three contrasting works or movements in different styles relevant for the ensemble type 
– An interview 

Chair of Admission Jury – professor Patrik Jüdt, Bern University of Arts, Switzerland.

Contact persons ECMAster in Vilnius
– Indrė Baikštytė, indre.baikstyte@lmta.lt, +370 651 29059 
– Rima Rimšaitė, rima.rimsaite@lmta.lt, +370 699 54765 

2020 01 17 

Events

2020/04/07

LMTA TV: Performance “The Lesson”

2020 April 7, Tuesday, 18:00

tv.lmta.lt

Performance The Lesson 

Based on the play by E. Ionesco

Director: Augustas Gornatkevičius
Set designer: Eglė Vitkutė
Costume designer: Simona Davlidovičiūtė
Composer: Jokūbas Tulaba

Actors: Kamilė Galkutė, Gabrielė Ladygaitė, Petras Šimonis

Created in 2016, the performance was filmed at LMTA Balcony Theatre in 2017. 

2020/04/09

LMTA TV: Meeting with opera soloist Asmik Grigorian

2020 April 9, Thursday, 18:00

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Meeting with opera soloist Asmik Grigorian

Organised on 7 September 2018, the conversation took place upon the opera singer’s return to Lithuania from the Salzburg Festival where Asmik Grigorian gave a sensational performance as Salome in Romeo Castellucci’s legendary production of Strauss’s opera. Musicologist Jūratė Katinaitė hosts the conversation. 

2020/04/11

LMTA TV: J. Naujalis Competition for Choral Conductors 

2020 April 11, Saturday, 18:00

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Grand Final of 3rd Juozas Naujalis Competition for Choral Conductors 

LMTA mixed choir
State Choir Vilnius
Vilnius City Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika

Conductors – finalists of the competition: Krista Audere (Latvia, Netherlands), Jurģis Cābulis (Latvia), Linas Balandis (Lithuania), Łukasz Hermanovicz (Poland), Mantvydas Drūlia (Lithuania), Gintarė Barisaitė (Lithuania) 

Programme: J. Naujalis, J. H. Schein, A. Bruckner, Orlando di Lasso, G. Verdi, F. Mendelssohn, L. V. Lopas, V. Augustinas, V. Miškinis, G. Svilainis, A. Martinaitis, D. Zakaras. 

Filmed on 27 October 2017 in Church of St Catherine. 

2020/04/13

LMTA TV: Discussion “Do Artists Need Managers?”

2020 April 13, Monday, 18:00

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Discussion Do Artists Need Managers?

The discussion features Vygintas Gasparavičius, a lecturer at LMTA Art Management Department; a performing art manager Giedrė Putramentaitė; and Julijus Grickevičius, the-then Marketing Manager at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. The event is moderated by Dominyka Murauskytė, a LMTA musicology student. 

Filmed at the LMTA Balcony Theatre on 13 December 2018.  

2020/04/15

LMTA TV: 5th International Jascha Heifetz Competition

2020 April 15, Wednesday, 18:00

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The 5th International Jascha Heifetz Competition for Violinists – performance of the LMTA students: Rakelė Chijenaitė, Ieva Daugirdaitė, Konrad Levicki, Bernardas Petrauskas

Programme: J. S. Bach, N. Paganini, M. Ravel, A. Khachaturian, F. Waxman, Z. Bružaitė.

Filmed on 16 February 2017.

2020/04/17

LMTA TV: Series of short films

2020 m. balandžio 17 d., penktadienį, 18 val. 

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Series of short films created by LMTA students

0.242 of Fiction
Directed by Modestas Endriuška, 2018

Place With No Walls
Directed by Elizabete Mežule-Gricmane, 2017

10 Square Metres
Directed by Mindaugas Docaitis, 2017

A. A. A.
Directed by Karolina Nadzeikaitė, 2019

Dad’s Gift
Directed by Petras Kuneika, 2019

So… Bye
Directed by Paulius Stankevičius, 2018 

2020/04/19

LMTA TV: Giuseppe Verdi – opera “Falstaff”

2020 April 19, Sunday, 18:00

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Giuseppe Verdi – opera Falstaff

Libretto: Arrigo Boito 
Conductor: Martynas Staškus 
Director and choreographer: Jūratė Sodytė
Designers: Guoda Korsakaitė, Marina Jasinskaja
Lighting designer: Giedrius Gurevičius

Soloists: Ignas Melnikas, Arminas Skirvainis, Gabrielė Kupšytė, Lubov Skrebets, Aurelija Stasiulytė, Anastasia Lebedyantseva, Juozas Janužas, Edgaras Davidovičius, Dainius Viešūnas, Paulius Prasauskas, Gediminas Paulauskas.

The opera features LMTA Symphony Orchestra and LMTA Mixed Choir. 

Created by the LMTA Opera Studio team and performed on the stage of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall on 11 April 2018, the rendering happens to be the first performance of Falstaff in Lithuania.  

 

 

2020/04/21

LMTA TV: Justė Janulytė’s lectures “The Kinetics of Sound”

2020 April 21, Tuesday, 18:00

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Justė Janulytė’s lectures The Kinetics of Sound. Spatial Aspects of Composition

Prepared and delivered by the composer a year earlier (25.04.2019) in the LMTA Spatial Sound Sphere. The lectures were recorded as a part of the KISS (Studio of Creative and Informative Meetings) project run by LMTA. 

2020/04/23

LMTA TV: LIVE. “Particles” by Mantvydas Leonas Pranulis

2020 April 23, Thursday, 18:00

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LIVE: Particles

A work by Mantvydas Leonas Pranulis, an LMTA Year 2 Digital Technologies student, a laureate of the first M. K. Čiurlionis Incentive Grant. 

2020/04/25

LMTA TV: Concert of the LMTA Symphony Orchestra

2020 April 25, Saturday, 18:00

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Concert of the LMTA Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Modestas Pitrėnas

Soloists: Konrad Levicki (violin), Marija Pranskutė (violin), Kristina Anusevičiūtė (viola), Tarmo Hiis (cello)

Programme:

C. Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun 
Z. Kodály’s Dances of Galánta 
Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 
I. Stravinsky The Firebird Suite 

The concert was recorded on 20 October 2017 at the LMTA Great Hall. 

2020/04/27

LMTA TV: LIVE electronic music concert “Art Distancing”

2020 April 27, Monday, 18:00

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LIVE: “Art Distancing”

Streaming of Roberto Becerra and Mantautas Krukauskas’ electronic music work 

2020/04/29

LMTA TV: For International Dance Day – Dance films

2020 April 29, Wednesday, 18:00

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For International Dance Day

Dance films created by the team of LMTA Department of Dance and Movement during the 2016 Summer Media Studio creative workshops. 

2020/04/30

LMTA TV: Concert For International Jazz Day

2020 April 30, Thursday, 18:00

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For International Jazz Day

Jazz improvisation concert performed by LMTA Big Band (conductor Tomas Dičiūnas) and LMTA Jazz Choir (conductor Marija Monika Dičiūnė). Soloists: Vytis Nivinskas (double-bass), and musicians from Israel – Iris Portugaly (vocal, percussion) ir Ofer Portugaly (piano). The concert took place at LMTA Balcony Theatre in 2018.