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Thursday January 28th, 2021


Considering the situation developed due to the spread of coronavirus, quarantine is extended throughout the territory of the Republic of Lithuania until 28 January 2021. Following the requirements of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, studies and work at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater during this period are organized remotely.

Teaching of all study subjects is organized remotely. For more detailed information, please contact the deans and heads of departments.

Individual self-study of students can be carried out in the premises of LMTA, in compliance with all the specified security requirements.

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. 


International Relations Office
Head – Rima Rimšaitė: rima.rimsaite@lmta.lt, +370 5 212 4967
Programme and Projects Coordinators: andrius.dabrovolskas@lmta.lt, kristina.valentoniene@lmta.lt, +370 5 261 0131

Faculty of Music
Dean – Prof. Deividas Staponkus: deividas.staponkus@lmta.lt, +370 680 26585
Administrators: rasa.dzimidaite@lmta.lt, asta.vaitkeviciute@lmta.lt, +370 5 262 8537

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 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

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

Students Unionlmtasa@lmta.lt +370 611 23009

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


Psychologyst – Nijolė Goštautaitė-Midttun: nijole.gostautaite@lmta.lt

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.


Monday December 14th, 2020


The period from mid-November to mid-December at the Department of Film and TV can be easily named the international month. Well, it’s because we had even three foreign teachers —  Barry Primus, Los Angeles (USA), Theodore Life, Boston (USA), and Jan Forsström (Finland) — running online classes at the Department.

Our first virtual visitor, Jan Forsström, a screenwriter and theorist from the faraway Lapland, hold a lecture Using Personal Experience in Screenwriting, in which he shared how to be authentic and avoid elements of autobiography when writing a screenplay. Building both on his own experience and examples from well-known films, Jan Forsström showed how to integrate personal experience into the storytelling of made-up events.

Theodore Reginald Life, a lecturer at Emerson College (USA) and a film director, shared with our master’s Film students his knowledge and experience of the film director’s preparedness to work with the actors. In the lecture, Theodore R. Life, the author of Becoming an Actor’s Director: Directing Actors for Film and Television, referred to his own method described in the book. He emphasised that the director’s “homework” is the prerequisite for being creative on the film set.

And, finally, there was a three-week acting workshop for our undergraduate Film Directing and master’s Acting students. The online training programme was led by Barry Primus, a film actor, director and experienced coach from Los Angeles. During the workshop, the aspiring filmmakers had a thorough introduction into the abilities of the actor, special techniques allowing actors to prepare for various emotional states. In the future, all this knowledge will enable our filmmaking students not only better understand their actors on the film set, but also clearly articulate the tasks they are setting for the actors.

The classes led by foreign teachers attracted high numbers of participants from different study programmes. The students were actively engaged in discussions, eager to express their opinions, demonstrating both their interest in the topic and excellent knowledge of English. And not only students: in fact, these learning events proved to be a source of experience for our teachers who also took part in the workshops and lectures of the international month at the LMTA Department of Film and Television.

14 December 2020

Friday November 20th, 2020

Virtual „Bel Canto“ intensive courses for singers

Virtual „Bel Canto“ intensive courses for singers from Nordplus NordOpera network institutions – the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and Academy of Music and Drama of the Gothenburg University – are being held on 25th-27th of November of 2020.

Professor at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatoire (Firenze, Italy) Leoardo De Lisi will give a lecture on bel canto on November 25th and masterclasses for singers from participating Academies on November 25th-27th.

Leonardo De Lisi is world famous singer (tenor). „In 2009 EMI included the recording of one virtuoso aria by Vivaldi performed by De Lisi in a CD coffret “100 Best tenor voices” among opera stars such as Pavarotti, Corelli, Florez, Merrit, Gedda, Domingo, and others.  More about Leonardo De Lisi on the website of the Bel Canto Institute https://www.belcantoinst.org/biographies/leonardo-de-lisi/

2020 11 25

Thursday November 19th, 2020

Online acting masterclass led by Professor Barry Primus (Los Angeles, USA)

2 December 2020 was the last day of a three-week intensive acting masterclass organised for LMTA students in Film Directing and Acting and led online by Professor Barry Primus (Los Angeles, USA).

During the masterclass, Professor Primus revealed the techniques of such masters as Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, and Stella Adler. The students learnt to take a deep dive into themselves and explore who they and their dialogue partners in the film episodes are. The workshop focused on the actor’s emotional preparation for a single film scene and on the emotion that is not acted but genuinely experienced on the screen. In the workshop, the Film Directing students not only directed their own short film scenes but were engaged in them as actors. This enabled them to experience the actor’s job, expand the actor’s capacity on the stage, and appreciate the importance of the actor-director relationship for the creative outcomes.

The workshop became a challenge not only for the lecturer who due to the COVID lockdown had to switch to the online mode. It too was a challenge for the LMTA Music Innovation Studies Centre team, the administration and students of the Acting and Directing and Film and Television departments: all of them were simultaneously working in three separate rooms and sometimes — for safety reasons — from home. And yet, this international online masterclass has gone beyond the expectations of the participants! After the workshop, the students willingly shared the gained experience while the follow-up feedback from the participants revealed multiple thanks and compliments to Barry Primus and the unanimous praise for the highest quality of his masterclass.

Actor, director, and acting coach Barry Primus is a living Hollywood legend. His acting career began with such famous US directors as Elia Kazan and Harold Clurman. Over the course of 50 years, Barry Primus has played in about 50 films and worked with the world’s distinguished film directors Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, Mark Rydell, James Toback, and Roger Vadim. Barry Primus is the director and co-screenwriter of the film The Mistress featuring Robert De Niro. Barry Primus is often referred to as the acting coach of Oscar winner Robert De Niro. In the world of cinematography, Barry Primus is also known as the author of many screenplays, and a theatre and film director.

As a member of the acclaimed Actors Studio, Barry Primus has been frequently invited to teach directing and acting at the American Film Institute, the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, the University of California, Loyola Marymount University, and Columbia University.

The project was co-funded by the Education Exchanges Support Foundation within a teacher mobility programme. The masterclass was partially funded by the LMTA. 

LMTA information 
2 December 2020

Tuesday November 17th, 2020

Call for papers: international conference “Typologies of Music Signification: Retrospective and Perspective”

The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Musicologists’ Section of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union are happy to invite to the international conference “Typologies of Music Signification: Retrospective and Perspective” that will take place at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius, on October 21–23, 2021.

Musical signification, as any other issue related to the meaning in music, has been constantly an object of interest for musicologists, composers, semioticians and philosophers, often in an attempt to classify and categorise it. Looking back at the history of such classifications and foreseeing the need to rethink them, the theme of this conference is dedicated to the theoretical and practical discourses of the interrelations between musical signification and a variety of typologies.

It may be considered that written texts in musicology have emerged from the attempts to categorise abstract phenomena and further practices of their systematisation. Aristoxenus distinguished three basic gènē in his Elementa harmonica. Boethius, in De musica, differentiated the types of musica instrumentalis. The likes of Johannes de Groche, Johann Mattheson, and Johann Nikolaus Forkel named not only new types of music, but also fundamental categories of music, such as genre and style, among others. The path to discovering many of the musical phenomena has been based on the process of categorising and systematising the outcomes of music signification.

Typologies of signification have been acknowledged as research methods and as part of theoretical epistemology of music since the dawn of theoretical musicology and, as such, they have retained a significant place in the research of musicologists, ethnomusicologists, popular music scholars and musical semioticians of the late 20th to early 21st centuries – from Philip Tagg, Simon Frith, Franco Fabbri or Fabian Holt to Heinrich Besseler, Carl Dahlhaus, Helga de la Motte-Haber, Mieczyslaw Tomaszewski and others. Typologisation of significations, as a method for gaining knowledge, is of interest to the current research as well.

This conference seeks at renewing the approach to the concepts, terms and categories employed in the process of music signification, as well as attempts to conceptualise the practices of classification of musical phenomena. We welcome scholars to tackle these tasks from a variety of perspectives: to discuss them as problems of research philosophy, raise the questions of criteria, present individual approaches, analyse historical or current cases and present the perspectives of systematisation.

This interdisciplinary event welcomes researchers from different fields of research. Affiliated scholars, doctoral students and independent researchers are welcome to submit their abstracts.

The conference will take place in a hybrid form (both live and online). Official languages of the conference: English, German.

Keynote speakers 
Wolfgang Marx (University College Dublin) 
Kęstas Kirtiklis (Vilnius University) 
Gražina Daunoravičienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

Programming Committee 
Paulo C. Chagas (University of California, Riverside), Gražina Daunoravičienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Joan Grimalt (Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya ESMUC), Margarita Katunian (Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory), Helmut Loos (Leipzig University), Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Rima Povilionienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Daiva Vyčinienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

Organising Committee 
Gražina Daunoravičienė (chair), Ingrida Jasonienė, Mantautas Krukauskas, Agnė Mažulienė, Mykolas Natalevičius, Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli (vice-chair), Rima Rimšaitė, Judita Žukienė

Abstract submission 
The proposals for the conference will be peer-reviewed anonymously. Please send your abstract both in anonymised and unanonymised forms.

We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of questions and discussion) on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Typologisation as a problem of social sciences and sociomusicology;
  • Typologisation from the philosophical perspective;
  • Musical genres, types and phenomena as object of semiotic research;
  • Signification as a premise for categorising musical phenomena;
  • Relations of signification and typologisation processes;
  • Historical cases of music typologies and their analysis;
  • Cases of authorial systematisation, their creativity and innovation;
  • Music typologies versus music taxonomies;
  • Signification and typologisation as the basis of music epistemology;
  • Criteria for typologisation as a problem of research methodology;
  • Analysis of case-studies in musical systematisation and taxonomies.

Proposals must be sent by April 1, 2021 to typologiesofsignification@gmail.com in Word (doc or docx) format and should include the following: 

  • Name, academic degree, affiliation and contact email address;
  • Title of the presentation;
  • Abstract (300 words maximum, clearly present the research question/aim, research background, methodology, results and conclusions, 5 keywords).
  • Photo close-up in TIFF or JPG format (from 300 to 600 dpi);
  • Curriculum vitae (100 words maximum).

Registration fee 
The conference registration fee for active participants – 50 EUR, online participants – 30 EUR, student fee – 20 EUR. Passive attendance free of charge. Further information will be sent after the acceptance of proposals. Participants pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Selected revised papers will be published in a special issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Lithuanian Musicology (indexed in SCOPUS, RILM, EBSCO, MLA International Bibliography, ERIH+).

Important dates 
Submission deadline: April 1, 2021 
Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2021 
Conference: October 21–23, 2021


Friday September 4th, 2020

Baltic Musicological Conference 2020

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”.  



There is a possibility to attend the event virtually via ZOOM and Youtube.

Also sessions from the Room 1 will be streamed on Youtube channel. Links for each day: 


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

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

2020 09 03




2021 January 28, Thursday, 17:00

Online broadcast on tv.lmta.lt


Documentary Sacred Time (2020) 
Lecture Origins and models of cinematherapy  

Documentary Sacred Time (2020)

Director Jokūbas Vilius Tūras
Screenplay Jokūbas Vilius Tūras
Camera Jokūbas Vilius Tūras
Montage Marius Kavaliauskas
Composer Rytis Koreniukas
Producer Jokūbas Vilius Tūras
Language: Lithuanian with english subtitles




2021 January 15, 29, February 12, 26, Fridays, 15:00–17:30

LMTA Klaipėda Faculty online


In Lithuanian language.

Registration form

More information (in Lithuanian) please find here



2021 February 2, Tuesday

Online broadcast: heifetz.lt


10:00–17:00 Audition of participants

Detailed schedule

2021/10/28 - 2021/10/31


2021 October 28, Thursday

LMTA Building 1: Great Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)


To the 210th anniversary of the birth of Ferenc Liszt

2021 October 29, Friday

Paliesiaus Manor (Dvaro 7, Paliesius village, Mielagėnai eyre, Ignalina disctrict)


2021 October 30, Saturday

Paliesiaus Manor (Dvaro 7, Paliesius village, Mielagėnai eyre, Ignalina disctrict)


2021 October 31, Sunday

LMTA Building 1: Great Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)