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Tuesday June 21st, 2022

The biennial Baltic musicological conference. Call for papers

The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in collaboration with the RIdIM (Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale) organizes the biennial Baltic musicological conference held in Vilnius, October 6–8, 2022. Open call for papers and panels, submission by Friday, 24 June 2022. 

Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre 
In collaboration with the RIdIM (Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale)

The biennial Baltic musicological conference 

October 6–8, 2022, Vilnius, LITHUANIA

The theme of the conference – “Music and Visual Culture: Score, Stage & Screen” – is aimed to advance interdisciplinary investigations in and between music and visual arts. We intend to tackle both new and longstanding debates around these topics and to encompass a wide range of subjects relating to how the intersections between music and visual arts are evoked and reimagined in score, on stage and screen. We are interested in contributions that approach the issues from diverse perspectives by exploring the historical and theoretical connections between these areas. The program committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are welcome:

  • Music in the Expanded Field: New Approaches to Interdisciplinarity 
  • Visualizing Music and Identity on Stage and Screen
  • Scoring Music: From Augenmusik to Musical Graphics
  • Iconography of Musical Instruments in Sociocultural Context
  • Sound & Sight of Place and Space
  • Music, Visual Culture and Gender Constructions
  • Seeing Unseeable: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives
  • Music Performance in Traditional and New Media
  • Composing and Listening to Audio/visual 

Hybrid conference. The conference language is English.

Keynote speakers
Dr. TATJANA MARKOVIC, Austrian Academy of Sciences, IMS Study Group “Music and Cultural Studies” 
Prof. Dr. ANTONIO BALDASSARRE, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, RIdIM 
Dr. ZDRAVKO BLAŽEKOVIC, Research Center for Music Iconography, CUNY Graduate Center, ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts

Selected papers of the conference will be published in the international peer-reviewed scientific journal ‘Lithuanian Musicology’ indexed in SCOPUS, ERIH+, EBSCO, etc.

Academic committee
Antonio Baldassarre, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, RIdIM (Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale) 
Zdravko Blažekovic, Research Center for Music Iconography, CUNY Graduate Center, ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts 
Tatjana Markovic, Austrian Academy of Sciences, IMS Study Group “Music and Cultural Studies” 
Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre 
Rima Povilionienė, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre 
Rūta Stanevičiūtė, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Local arrangements committee
Vita Česnulevičiūtė, Ingrida Jasonienė, Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli, Rima Povilionienė, Rūta Stanevičiūtė

Call for papers
1. Individual papers. Abstracts of no longer than 300 words, plus five keywords and an optional list of references (max 10). Individual paper presentations are 20 minutes long to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

2. Panels (of 3 or 4 presenters). The panel organizer should submit the panel abstract and all individual abstracts (200 words each) in one document, with a full list of participant names and email addresses.

Proposals as a doc/odt/rtf attachment. 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
  • CV (100 words maximum; in case of panels, CVs of all participants)

Abstract submission to rima.povilioniene@lmta.lt

Deadline for submission: Friday, 24 June 2022

Accepted speakers will be informed by 15 July 2022. The conference registration fee – 30 EUR (student registration fee – 15 EUR). It includes conference material, coffee breaks and conference reception. Information about registration and accommodation will be sent after acceptance of proposals.

Contact e-mail
Prof. dr. Rima Povilionienė, rima.povilioniene@lmta.lt 

18 May 2022 

Wednesday June 15th, 2022


On 22-27 June, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre is hosting a session of the European of Chamber Music Academy (ECMA). The event has brought together chamber ensembles from seven European countries.  Although the ensembles are at the very outset of their professional career, they have already gained recognition. During the ECMA session, the musicians are going to hone their skills with acclaimed masters of classical music and give concerts in the LMTA Great Hall, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and perform for socially excluded communities.

Performances for the latter audience are part of the educational method Musethica, developed worldwide.  One of its founders, acknowledged Israeli-German viola player Prof. Avri Levitan is coming to Vilnius to present the Musethica method. Musethica sets not only artistic but also social goals.  Musethica’s motto – Learning by Doing – is put into action by holding concerts where young musicians perform together with recognised professionals. In addition, 85 per cent of the concerts are performed for socially excluded communities. The participants of the Vilnius session will perform at the Blessed Father Mykolas Sopočka Hospice, Valakampiai Social Care Home, All Saints’ Family Support Centre, Pravieniškės House of Correction, Day Center “Šviesa”, and other venues.

The European chamber music session unites two international educational platforms – ECMA and Musethica – and is an exceptional event in the realm of the Lithuanian chamber music.  The session is of particular importance for ensembles who are just starting their careers. Several Lithuanian ensembles that are well-known today – piano trio FortVio, string quartet Mettis, trio Claviola, and others – have received ECMA training.

In Vilnius, the young talents – ensembles from Lithuania, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Norway, the Netherlands, and Denmark –  will practise under the tutelage of distinguished Austrian violinist, professor, and Vice-Rector Johannes Meissl and professor and pianist Avedis Kouyoumdjian (both representing the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts), as well as Imke Frank, a cello professor from Germany, and cellist Povilas Jacunskas, an associated professor at the LMTA (who himself was a ECMA session participant 10 years ago). 

The ECMA participants are going to attend performance-focused theory lectures by Professor Nancy J. Uscher of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (USA) (Designing Global Careers for Artists: Inventing Creative and Innovative Opportunities for the 21st Century), Professor Dario Martinelli of Kaunas University of Technology (The “Chamberization” of Popular Music: From “Yesterday” to Today), and LMTA Professor Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli (Performers’ Gesturality in Sound, Expression, and Communication) (The full programme is available here).

The outcomes of the European chamber music session will be presented to the audience at two free concerts: in the LMTA Great Hall (June 25) and at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (June 27).  The concerts start at 6 PM, the admission is free. The programme includes masterpieces of European chamber music. The performance in the LMTA Great Hall on June 25 features the Andersson Duo (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Heathcliff Trio (the Royal Danish Academy of Music), Piano Quintet Profugo Ensemble (Royal Conservatory of The Hague), and Trio Alces (Norwegian Academy of Music). The audience will enjoy works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák, and Maurice Ravel.

The performance on June 27 at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania will feature Rubik Quartet (Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts) with Avri Levitan (viola, Israel-Germany), Trio Chimera (University of the Arts Bern), Duo Cinqordes (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) with Povilas Jacunskas (cello), and Trio Bohémo (the Czech Republic). The ensembles will perform chamber music by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Zoltán Kodály, George Gershwin, Joseph Haydn, and Ferenz Liszt.

LMTA information 
15 June 2022

Wednesday June 8th, 2022

LMTA takes a strong position in the world university ranking

According to the latest QS World University Ranking, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre gets an exceptionally strong position: the school was ranked 45th in the field of Performing Arts.

Ranked 45th in 2022, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre now holds a place between the Berlin University of the Arts (Germany) with the 44th position and the University of Toronto (Canada), ranked 46th. Comparing the ratings of this and last years, the LMTA sees an increase in rating: earlier, in 2021 and 2020, the Academy was among higher education institutions sharing the 50th -100th places.

The QS World University Ranking assesses the top universities in the world across 51 subjects. The ranking aims to help the prospective students to find the best schools offering the subjects that are of interest to the applicants.

Academic reputation, which has been the core of the ranking since the QS assessment’s launch in 2004, analyses the academic opinion from different countries.  The academic staff name up to 10 home and 30 international universities they consider to be the strongest in the specified subject while they cannot include the school they work for.

The QS World University Ranking is the only ranking to take into account the employability as a key factor in the assessment of international universities. The employers’ opinion is collected in a similar way as with the academics: the employers name 10 home and 30 international institutions whose graduates they are willing to employ. Besides, the employers specify the discipline studied by the most desired graduates. The two criteria – the overall opinion of the school and the subject studied – help to assess the quality and advantages of a certain subject offered by schools.  

The high 45th position taken by the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre indicates that the Academy is recognised internationally by both our colleagues – the academic staff at various schools– and employers. The high score (86.2) collected from the employers’ survey shows that LMTA graduates find a job and are competitive in the field of performing arts in Lithuania and worldwide.

LMTA Rector, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Judita Žukienė shares her thoughts on the impact of the latest ranking on the Academy: “This ranking strengthens the LMTA’s position in the international area of studies, art, and research granting greater opportunities for cooperation. At the same time, this is an assessment of the quality of the Lithuanian art studies that enhances the prestige of Lithuania in the field of culture. Such recognition obliges the Academy to unite even more and make further improvement, search for solutions relevant to tomorrow’s studies and creativity, consider the students’ needs and the expectations of society, encourage and motivate our teachers and all other staff, and ensure adequate modern infrastructure for art studies.”

Incidentally, the conclusions of the external international quality assessment of the LMTA study fields organised by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education Lithuania (SKVC), were also favourable.  SKVC’s report stated that “the studies in the field of music offered by the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre have received exceptionally high evaluation “. Besides, at the end of 2021, an international team of experts carrying out an institutional assessment of the Academy also granted extremely high scores, which resulted in the LMTA’s accreditation to conduct higher education studies for a maximum period of 7 years.

LMTA information from 8 June 2022

Thursday June 2nd, 2022


June 22, 23 and July 2, of 2021, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) organizes the Graduation Ceremony for LMTA bachelors and masters of arts. 


2021 June 22, Wednesday, 12:00
LMTA Klaipėda Faculty Concert Hall (K. Donelaičio 4, Klaipėda)
Diplomas will be awarded for graduates of the Klaipėda Faculty 

2021 June 23, Thursday, 12:00
LMTA Building 1, Great Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius) 
Diplomas – for graduates of the Music Faculty: Departments of Vocal Performance, Piano and Organ, Accompaniment, Accordion, Folk Instruments, Ethomusicology, Musicology, Choir Conducting 

2021 June 23, Thursday, 15:00
LMTA Building 1, Great Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)
Diplomas – for graduates of the Music Faculty: Departments of Wind and Percussion Instruments, Composition, String Instruments, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz

2021 June 30, Thursday, 15:00
LMTA Building 1, Great Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius) 
Diplomas – for graduates of the Faculty of Theatre and Film: Departments of Film and Television, Acting and Directing, Art History and Theory; Art Management Division

Free entrance.

2 June 2021  

Tuesday May 24th, 2022

Three-year long Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership theatre project “Alexandria Nova” ended in Berlin

From 11 to 15 of May 2021, the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin hosted the workshop and closing symposium of the three-year long Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project seeking to rethink the role of the 21st century theatre director and his/her educational strategies in theatre higher education institutions.

During the project, more than a hundred students and lecturers of the Faculty of Theatre and Film of the LMTA and Klaipėda Faculty have been involved in creative activities, artistic research, theoretical discourses, online lectures, international seminars in Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Vilnius, Reykjavik and Berlin.

The closing event in Berlin was crowned by the launch events of the newly published book “Looking for Direction: Rethinking Theatre Directing Practices and Pedagogies in the 21st Century” and related discussions. It is important to mention that the book contains publications by Yana Ross, Loreta Vaskova and Milda Sokolovaitė, and the introduction was written by Assoc. Professor, Dr. Ramunė Balevičiūtė.

The Erasmus+ project was coordinated by the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts (Germany). The project partners include the Danish National School of Performing Arts (Denmark), Helsinki University of the Arts (Finland), Iceland University of the Arts (Iceland), Stockholm University of the Arts (Sweden), Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Norway), the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Lithuania), and the São Paulo Drama School (Brazil; involved remotely). 

Impressions of LMTA lecturers and students from the closing event of the three-year long “Alexandria Nova” project at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin

Augustas Gornatkevičius, director, lecturer at the Department of Acting and Directing:

“The issues of theatre directing and its teaching presented at the symposium, and discussed in the book that culminates the ‘Alexandria Nova’ project, are of great relevance and importance in the tumultuous times we now live in. The themes addressed in the discussions inspire us to keep searching for new ways to understand the art of directing, and to consider how to change and innovate the education of directors. Directing schools need to change in order to ensure a sustainable future for the profession, and I hope that the issues discussed in Berlin will find practical reflections in all the schools involved in the project”.

Milda Pakamanytė, theatre directing student at the Department of Acting and Directing of the LMTA:

“I learned about the project during the first pandemic, and soon after, I took part in a virtual workshop. Even though the format itself was poor, I was still drawn in, because from the first discussions about theatre and working in it, I felt a big difference between Lithuanian and Western European artists. The differences in approaches and methods were obvious. I am also grateful to Finland for this project – it introduced me to the Helsinki Theatre Academy, where I spent the whole third year of my studies. As a student of this school, I was sent to Lithuania for a workshop this academic year, and later to Iceland and Berlin.

Although the organisational issues of the project in Iceland were a bit complicated, getting to know people from other countries in the theatre world, both teachers and students, is invaluable. For example, Sarah Woods, a British professor and director who led a social theatre workshop in Iceland, spent hours talking to me about war crimes in Ukraine and the importance of theatre in times of disaster. It is also very useful that, as you get more familiar with foreign visual arts studies, you become more critical of your own environment, weighing the pros and cons. You can step back and look at things from the outside, compare or even contrast. I have to admit that our Academy certainly has room for improvement.

As far as the closing of the project in Berlin is concerned, the symposium was organised very smoothly, with the exception of the lack of practical activities, but given that the whole week was dedicated to the launch of the ‘Looking for Directions’ book, the discussion format of the workshop seems justified. Of course, two days were dedicated to practice. A Brazilian professor who has reformed his country’s theatre arts curriculum and fights for more racial, ethnic and identity diversity on stage was particularly impressive in his practical lecture on the power position.

In conclusion: our Academy should get involved with as many projects like this as possible. They bring fresh air, critical thinking and, you may get really angry with me for saying this, the realisation that Sluškai is not the centre of the world. There are many such centres and they are all important in their own way. I am slowly learning not to lose sight of that”.

Aistė Rekašiūtė, a second year student of Theatre and Event Directing at the Klaipėda faculty of the LMTA:

“The ‘Alexandria Nova’ project was a breath of fresh air that was much needed. The sharing of experiences with students by lecturers from different countries, and the discussions between students themselves, were horizon-broadening events that helped to deepen knowledge and to think about issues that are relevant in different parts of the world. Having a large number of teachers, directors and theatre students in one place is a rare opportunity. It is also a great opportunity to watch plays abroad and then discuss them with each other. It was all a time of great and wonderful experiences. Absolutely mind-blowing. If it was possible, I would repeat this trip a hundred times!”.

Akvilė Brazauskaitė, a second year student of Theatre and Event Directing at the Klaipėda faculty of the LMTA:

“It was incredibly nice to meet students from other countries! It was really good to share our discoveries, what problems we face and how we solve them! Discussing with directors, asking and answering questions! Lots of creative inspiration! Knowledge deepened and friendships made! An invaluable experience”.

Dominykas Matulionis, a second year student of Theatre and Event Directing at the Klaipėda faculty of the LMTA:

“Theatre students and lecturers from several countries in one place. It may sound compromising and even a bit vulgar. We all live and breathe the same art, and thus the prejudice dissipates. ‘Alexandria nova’ inspires us to find our own rhythm of breathing. ‘To take what is given, to use it, or to throw it away, or maybe to rewrite it’, as the introduction to the new book for directors states. It encourages you to want to act’.

Vaidas Jaruševičius, a second year student of Theatre and Event Directing at the Klaipėda faculty of the LMTA:

“Interesting experience of international cooperation. We met people from different parts of the world, deepened our knowledge of the world of theatre and had a great time”.

Ieva Tamoševičiūtė, a second year student of Theatre and Event Directing at the Klaipėda faculty of the LMTA:

“The lectures held during the project unequivocally broaden the horizons of future theatre directors: they allow to get acquainted with new techniques, methods, and specifics of work organisation. I especially appreciate the opportunity to visit the theatre festival in Berlin, which was held at the time – it is the most effective way to get to know and experience the peculiarities and expression of the country’s theatre culture.

Simona Paulauskaitė, a second year student of Theatre and Event Directing at the Klaipėda faculty of the LMTA:

I see this experience as a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with the teaching methods of theatre higher education institutionsin different EU countries. I was most surprised by the fact that all the methods are so different, but everything is based on the same thing: freedom of theatrical expression, exploration of issues that are important to us, infinite respect for colleagues and their creativity, etc. We didn’t waste any time during the project, as we had a chance to see not only the beautiful architecture of Berlin, but also several performances. I didn’t spend enough time there to fully fall in love with German theatre though, as I believe the space in my heart for theatre has been strongly occupied by the Lithuanian theatre scene”.

Mindaugas Minkevičius, a second year student of Theatre and Event Directing at the Klaipėda faculty of the LMTA:

First of all, let me join all those who said that ‘Alexandria Nova’opened the door to new acquaintances and gave me the opportunity to be among people whose aim was to share their knowledge with each other. Of course, sometimes fierce discussions would break out and turn into arguments, but these conversations would be followed by a lot of questions that would encourage each of us personally to rethink our approach to theatre, which is very healthy. It was also interesting to hear from students from other countries in terms of how they study, what they studyand thus compare it with our own studies, by pointing out all thepluses and minuses. It was also useful to learn what methods and techniques directors use in their rehearsals (we tried some of the exercises ourselves, which helped us to understand the theory better). In conclusion, I brought back to Lithuania a lot of questions, a lot of thoughts, new acquaintances and a desire to put the knowledge I gained into practice as soon as possible”.

Information compiled by Department of Acting and Directing, LMTInternational Relations Office 

20 May 2022

Monday May 23rd, 2022

A strong response to statements by Russian film and television schools

CILECT, the international association of film and television schools, has reacted strongly to statements made by Russian film school leaders in relation to Ukraine.

On 12 May, CILECT issued a statement condemning Russia’s hostilities in Ukraine and expressing its deep concern at the support for the war which has been expressed by Russian school rectors. The association’s council stressed that all CILECT member schools must adhere to the association’s common goals and values, irrespective of the undemocratic form of politics being wielded in the country.

Back in March, on the initiative of the Film and Television Department and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre’s International Relations Office, an appeal was sent to CILECT, the world association of film and television schools, regarding the official support for Russia’s war in Ukraine which was being expressed by the rectors of the Russian Federation’s film schools, VGIK and GIKIT.

The letter which demanded the removal of these schools from the CILECT network was signed by the heads of national film and television schools in five countries: the Baltic Film, Media, and Arts School at Tallinn University; the VSMU’s Film and Television Faculty in Bratislava; the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU); the Polish National Film, Television, and Theatre School in Lodz; and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

In a letter which was addressed to CILECT president, Professor Bruce Sheridan, attention was drawn to the official support for Russia’s war in Ukraine which was being expressed by the rectors of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow and the St Petersburg State University of Film and Television (GIKIT), and their recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics.

In support of Ukraine’s legitimate struggle for independence, and in support of the country’s sovereignty and peace, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre has admitted eighteen Ukrainian students to the Department of Film and Television where they will be majoring in video directing, dramaturgy, cinematography, editing, and sound design. Most of them have come from the LMTA’s Erasmus partner school, the Kyiv National I K Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema, and Television University. The academy gave these Ukrainian students the opportunity to live in Lithuania and to receive a fully-fledged study course at the Department of Film and Television. 

23 May 2022

Monday May 23rd, 2022


On 16–18 November 2022, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Lithuanian Composers’ Union organize the 22nd International Music Theory Conference “Principles of Music Composing: Aspects of Communication”. 

Lithuanian Composers’ Union 
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

22nd International conference of music theory 
Principles of Music Composing: Aspects of Communication

November 16-18, 2022
Vilnius, Lithuania

Individualization of compositional principles and the emergence of pluralistic conceptual ecologies on the global stage of contemporary music, inevitably lead to communicative challenges. It seems that now, more than ever, the musical discourse is segregated into many different communicative spaces—sociocultural “bubbles” where internalized intellectual tools determine a particular collective way of understanding. Various communicative intentions lead to a variety of different technical means of expression, and vice-versa—a miscellany of technical means and mediums of expression inspire different things and ways for composers to communicate.

The multifaceted nature of the subject requires us to approach it from carefully selected angles, which include, but are not limited to: the sociocultural context of the composer and/or composition; the conceptual idea and/or purpose of the composition; the intended venue; implementation of technology; interpretation by the performer; reception by the audience; etc. The unveiling of possible new alternatives for the development of national music is highly welcome and desirable, as the new communication possibilities of M. K. Čiurlionis’ music remain among the priorities of this annual conference.

The topicality of this conference is reflected in the following subthemes: 

  1. Communication and the musical realm (how broadly do we define communication; what is it that music does not or cannot communicate; what is it that we cannot communicate about music, and why; etc.). 
  2. Musical communication as an integral part of a composition / composing principle / compositional paradigm (theoretical, interdisciplinary insights). 
  3. Potential aspects of musical communication: theoretical and practical issues (characteristics of composition in relation to the concert venue; performer’s interpretation and its role in the process of musical communication; interactive engagement with the audience; implementation of new technologies, interdisciplinary solutions in musical communication, etc. ). 
  4. Individual creative process and communicative spaces (self-reflections by the composers; insights on the practical implementation of communication strategies; the sociocultural genesis of the work, etc.). 
  5. Collisions of different communicative spaces in contemporary music (tradition vs novelty, situation of the concert music tradition, new tendencies of communication, etc.). 
  6. Contemporary communicative stimuli for the cultivation of National music. 
  7. Reimagination of concert venues within and beyond the musical domain (artificial acoustic properties as a means of communication; non-standard placement of musicians / audience; employing the visual; concerts in virtual space, etc.).

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 the full presentation is limited to 20–25 minutes.

The main language of the conference is English. The conference embraces the hybrid format. Therefore, both in-person and online presentations are accepted.

The deadline for proposal submissions is September 09, 2022. Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the scholarly committee and all applicants will be notified of the outcome.

The participation fee is 30 EUR* (for selected participants only). 

* if you are not able to pay the participation fee, please contact us via e-mail for a waiver

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

Scholarly 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) 
Dr. Martin Vishnick (United Kingdom) 
Prof. Dr. Rimantas Janeliauskas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) 
Prof. Dr. Antanas Kučinskas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) 
Prof. Dr. Mārtiņš Viļums (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) 
Assoc. prof. Dr. Marius Baranauskas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

Coordinators of the conference:

Dr. Andrius Maslekovas 
Assoc. prof. Dr. Marius Baranauskas

23 May 2022 

Tuesday May 10th, 2022


Erasmus BIP hands-on intensive course IMMEDIA takes place in Vilnius from May 10th to 20th and is organised by the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) together with ten partner institutions from Nordic and Baltic countries.

35 students and 16 teachers participate in this creative laboratory. Electronic and electroacoustic composition, sound and video technology artists and experts will share their experience with students and help them to realize creative ideas. Students will learn how to create music for sound sphere combining it with video and thus developing contemporary possibilities of immersive media (360 degree sound and video). Profile of students include composition, sound art, sound design, sound engineering, visual/media art.

The main topic of IMMEDIA – ambisonic format of sound, 360 degree video format and combination of such sound and video in the context of immersive media. Concept of immersion is used not only in the contexts of experimental art. It also belongs to such developing areas of cultural industries as virtual reality, 3D sound and video projection, etc.

Creative experiments and development of creative projects will take place in the Julius Juzeliūnas spatial sound sphere of the Music Innovation Studies Centre (MiSC) of the LMTA. In order to present project results to the wider audience, project organizers will install the sound sphere in the larger space – the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (Katedros sq. 4, Vilnius).

Open lectures at the LMTA Julius Juzeliūnas spatial sound sphere:

May 8th, Wednesday
9:30 a.m. – Mantautas Krukauskas (Lithuania). „Spatial sound: technology, techniques and sense of space“
10:30 a.m. – Lauri Huikuri (Finland). „Basics of 360 video“
11:30 a.m. – Hans-Gunter Lock (Estonia). „Practical Experiences Building a 3D Speaker Array“ 

May 12th, Thursday
9:30 a.m. – Anders Tveit (Norway). „Ambisonics and beyond from a composer’s perspective“
10:30 a.m. – Alejandro Olarte (Finland). „Hybrid techniques of spatialisation“
11:30 a.m. – Samuli Homanen (Finland). „Virtual productioon with game engines“ 
12:30 p.m. – Alessandro Perini (Sweden). „The embedded sound“ 
May 13th, Friday
9:30 a.m. – Matthias Kronlachner (Austria). „Triphonic audio“
10:30 a.m. – discussions

Project coordinator: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Partners: Royal Danish Academy of Music, The Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, The Academy of Music and Drama – University of Gothenburg, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Malmö Academy of Music – Lund University, Norwegian Academy of Music, Sibelius Academy of Helsinki UNIARTS, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Oulu University of Applied Sciences.

Mantautas Krukauskas, head of the MiSC of LMTA, 
Rima Rimšaitė, head of the LMTA International Relations Office, rima.rimsaite@lmta.lt

Photo gallery from IMMEDIA courses 2021

10 May 2022 

Wednesday April 20th, 2022


The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre has founded a fund to support Ukrainian students who are war refugees. The raised money will go for student grants.

The Academy keeps receives applications from the war refugees – Ukrainian students and teachers – seeking for opportunities of temporary studies or employment at the LMTA. All the received applications are now being considered: currently, seven students and two teachers from Ukraine have submitted applications and the Academy is going to admit all the applicants.

The LMTA can provide as many as 15 places in the Vilnius dormitory: the students are going to receive accommodation free of charge. Also, there are three rooms available for teachers in Vilnius and one in Klaipėda. Unfortunately, the institutions of the Republic of Lithuania have not settled the legal and financial instruments for providing scholarships to support the refugees.

Today, the LMTA management has made a decision to establish its own support fund. We encourage you to make donations: the raised funds will be allocated for scholarships for the students who are war refugees.  To donate, use the information below:

Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre 
Gedimino Ave. 42, 01110 Vilnius, Lithuania 
Company code 111950624 
Account No LT24 7300 0100 3532 9546 
When making a donation, it’s necessary to indicate: Support for Ukraine

A committee has been established for the supervision of donations and their allocation and consists of Prof. Rūta Rikterė, LMTA Vice-Rector of Studies; Assoc. Prof. Mantautas Krukauskas, Head of the Music Innovations Studies Centre; Assoc. Prof. Vytautas Dambrauskas, Head of the Department of Film and Television; and Rima Rimšaitė, Head of the International Relations. 

For more information please contact the LMTA International Relations Office

LMTA information 
17 March 2022