About the choir

HistoriaThe Cathedral Girls’ Choir ‘Puellae Orantes’ has been performing at the Cathedral Basilica in Tarnow since 1985. The founder and the conductor of the choir is Rev. Władysław Pachota. Aleksandra Topor, who also performs solo soprano parts ,is responsible for voice forming. Members of the choir are girls aged 10-19 from Tarnow and several surrounding towns. Choir’s high artistic level is the effect of many years’ painstaking artistic and pedagogical education.


The choir is the laureate of twenty two Polish and international contests. The first competitions, the choir participated in, had the rank of religious events. Next contests were national and international competitions. At present the choir takes part in the most prestigious international contests (The International Polyphonic Competition Guido d’Arezzo and The International Contest C.A. ‘Seghizzi’ in Gorizia).


The choir conducts extensive concert activities. It travelled thousand kilometres giving concerts in Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Germany, France. It also performed in the United States, Slovakia, Hungary, Denmark and Bulgaria. It represented Poland at prestigious events organized at home and abroad. The choir is the only Polish singing team which was invited to participate in The International Festival of Choir Winners in Vaison La Romaine, in France.


“Puellae Orantes” co-operates with outstanding composers: Paweł Łukaszewski, Michał Lorenc, Miłosz Bembinow, Marcin Łukaszewski, Paweł Sydor, Jacek Sykulski, Marcel Chyżyński, Łukasz Farcinkiewicz and Louie Madrid Calleja. This co-operation resulted in many arrangements and works that were composed especially for the choir. The late Marian Sawa also composed for the choir. In the year 2007 the piece “Magnificat” composed for the Tarnow team by Marian Sawa was performed by joint choirs at the international oratorio festival Musique en Morvan, in France. It should be stressed that for the first time during the 32 years’ history of the artistic competition of this festival, one of the main compositions presented at it was a piece of music composed by a Polish composer.


The Tarnów choir recorded eight CDs out of which the last two: ‘ Magnificate et glorificate Dominum’ and ‘Viennese Classics’ received nominations to the Polish phonographic award ‘Fryderyk’ (2007 and 2010).
The choir made several recordings for the Polish Television, the Polish Radio, France 2 and France 3 channels of the French Television, the Vatican Radio, as well as the Dutch and French radios.

More about the history of the choir one can find in the album “Concert Trail” that was published in 2010 to celebrate the jubilee of 25 years of its artistic performance. The album is available at the seat of the choir.