About us

Cantores Minores Male Choir of St. John’s Basilica.
The Choir was founded in 1990 by Joseph A. Herter, with assistance from Ryszard Gieros and Alfred Stefankiewicz. Almost from the very beginning, it has been affiliated with St. John’s Basilica in Warsaw, initially as a boys’ choir. It has performed with many Polish and foreign symphony orchestras. Foreign tours have taken the choir to over twenty countries. It has won numerous awards at international choral competitions.
In recent years Cantores Minores has scored several notable successes, including:
- First Prize at the 12th ‘Varsovia Cantat’ International Competition (2016),
- The Grand Prix and First Prize at the 18th Sacred Song Festival in Grójec (2017, 2018, 2019),
- Second Prize at the ‘Cracovia Cantans’ International Competition (2017),
- The Grand Prix and First Prize at the 4th ‘Carmen Fidei’ International Choral Competition in Łomża (2017),
- First Prize (Golden Diploma) in the chamber choirs category at the 27th Festival of Advent and Christmas Songs in Prague (2017),
- First Prize at the ‘Sacrosong’ International Festival of Religious and Patriotic Songs in Otwock (2018).
The choir has a broad repertoire including Gregorian chant, a cappella sacred works (for Lent and Advent, Passion songs, Christmas carols), as well as patriotic and popular songs. It also performs at religious ceremonies in other churches and at various cultural events. The choir sings at St. John’s Basilica during Mass every fourth Sunday of the month as well as during major church holidays. Cantores Minores is a co-founder of the Polish Section of the International Federation of Pueri Cantores.


Choir Members

Association’s Board

Born in Drohiczyn in 1944. In his  school and student years, he was a keen sportsman, with a special interest in volleyball and sabre fencing. He was runner-up in the national junior fencing  championships. In 1970 he graduated from the University of Technology in Warsaw and developed a fine career in civil engineering and as a building surveyor. He has received numerous awards for his professional achievements. One of the founders of Cantores Minores, he served for many years as President of the Board of the Cantores Minores Choral Association.

Ryszard Gieros Honorary President of the Board and Founder of Cantores Minores

He started his musical education studying the cello at the Emil Młynarski Music School in Warsaw. He is currently working towards his doctoral degree at the Department of Law and Administration of Warsaw University and is a founding partner in the law frm ‘Nobilis Partners Graboś Grocholski Lenartowicz’.

He is also active as a publisher of books on history and as a Board Member of the Foundation of the Order of Malta Poland.

Having joined Cantores Minores in 1991, he has been its member since, performing as a soloist, accompanist and assistant conductor. His distinctions include the Bronze Cross of Merit and the Honorary Badge of Merit for Polish Culture.

Henryk Grocholski Chairman of the Board and Singer
Michał Ossowski Vice-Chairman of the Board and Singer
Jarosław Smolarz Treasurer and Singer
Tomasz Praczyk Secretary and Singer

He is a graduate of the Department of Musicology at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, where he specialized in organ and piano performance. He also completed a postgraduate course for artists and animateurs of culture at the Department of Management of Warsaw University.

He served as an organist at the Parish of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Mother of the Church in Warsaw, where he founded and conducted the Coro Mater Ecclesiae Choir. He was also a member of the Musica Sacra Choir at St. Florian’s Cathedral in Warsaw.

He joined Cantores Minores in 1990 and has performer as a soloist, accompanist and assistant conductor. In 2016, he assumed the duties of the choir’s chief conductor.

He received the Best Conductor Award at the 27th Festival of Advent and Christmas Songs in Prague (2017).

Franciszek Kubicki Member of the Board and Conductor
Irena Trawińska Chairwoman of the Auditing Commission
Jakub Caban Deputy Chairman of the Auditing Commission and Singer
Paweł Dąbrowski Member of the Auditing Commission and Singer