About us

Cantores Minores was founded in 1990 by Joseph A. Herter, with the help of Ryszard Gieros and Alfred Stefankiewicz. Almost from the very beginning, it has been affiliated with St. John’s Archcathedral in Warsaw. In addition to singing at the celebrations of Sunday Mass, the Choir has performed with many Polish symphony orchestras, including the Warsaw Philharmonic and Sinfonia Varsovia, as well as with such foreign orchestras as The Academy of the London Mozarteum, Orchestre des pays de la Loire and Berliner Symphoniker. Foreign tours have taken the Choir to over 20 countries in Europe and the United States. It has won numerous awards at international choral competitions, including those in Lecco, Italy (1997), Moscow (2000), Prague (2002, 2003, 2004), Międzyzdroje, Poland (2004) and Warsaw(2013, 2015). In the autumn of 2016, it won First Prize at the 12th Varsovia Cantat International Festival (in the chamber choirs category).

Highlights in the activities of the Choir have included a concert at the Vatican's Sala Nervi televised by Rai Uno and broadcast live by Eurovision (2000) and a concert in Strasbourg to mark the European Day of Cultural Dialogue, shown by the French TV cable station Mezzo in al most 40 countries (2008). In 2012, six members of the Choir were invited to perform with the internationally famous jazzman Bobby McFerrin in Warsaw.

Cantores Minores is a member of the Polish Union of Choruses and Orchestras and of the Polish branch of Pueri Cantores, an international federation of church choirs originally established for boys and men.

The Choir sings during the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. John’s Archcathedral every fourth Sunday of the month as well as during major church holidays. It also performs at religious ceremonies in other churches, as well as at various cultural events.

The Choir has a broad repertoire including Gregorian chant, a cappella sacred works (for Lent and Advent, Passion songs, Christmas carols), sacred compositions with the accompaniment of organ and other instruments, as well as patriotic and popular songs.

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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 Primary Music School in Warsaw. Having joined Cantores Minores in 1991, he has been its member since, performing as a soloist, accompanist and assistant conductor. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Department of Law and Administration of Warsaw University and a founding partner in the law firm ‘Nobilis Partners Graboś Gładysz Grocholski Lenartowicz’. He is also President of the Main Board  of the Polish Nobility Association, editor-in-chief of the periodical ‘Verbum Nobile’ and a Board Member of the Foundation of the Order of Malta Poland. He holds the Bronze Cross of Merit and the ‘Cultural Merit’ Badge.

In 2016, he took over as President of the Board of the Cantores Minores Choral Association.

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 studied piano and percussion at the Emil Młynarski Primary Music School in Warsaw and continued his musical education at the Department of Musicology of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, where he specialized in organ and piano performance. He also graduated from a postgraduate course for artists and animateurs 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 Mixed Choir. He was also a member of the Musica Sacra Choir at St. Florian’s Cathedral in Warsaw. He works closely as piano accompanist with the European Foundation for the Promotion of Vocal Art.

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

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