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Simona Rožman Strnad (2014)
Simona Rožman Strnad (2014) Photo: Matej Kramžer

Who is Simona

Simona Rožman Strnad graduated from the Faculty of Education at the University of Maribor with a degree in choral conducting. During her studies, and in the years that followed, she gained her singing knowledge in the Carmina Slovenica choir, where she also held a position of a rehearsal coach. In the fall of 1992 she established the Mixed Choir Viva in Brežice and afterwards taught the theory of music at the Music School Brežice and the arts of music at the Brežice High School until 1998. Since then she has been employed as a head of the Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities, local unit Brežice. In 2013 she also co-established the Brežice High School Mixed Youth Choir, which has been under her leadership to this day.

Simona attended numerous seminars and workshops for choral conductors which were led by acknowledged experts, such as Karmina Šilec, Andraž Hauptman, Gabor Hollerung, Gert Frischmuth, Garry Graden, etc. She received a reward/scholarship for the best young conductor of the 6. International Choir Competition “In canto sul Garda” 2001 in Riva del Garda, Italy. In August 2007,  during the singing week Europa Cantat in Ljubljana, Slovenia, she worked as a workshop assistant, which was held by the acknowledged Gary Graden. She continues to educate herself in choral music at different workshops at home, as well as abroad. With the Mixed Choir Viva Brežice she holds concerts in Slovenia and abroad and also attends national and international competitions. Her achievements from different competitions include awards for the composition and choice of program, the musicality and the interpretation.  

Simona Rožman Strnad received the plaque of the city of Brežice for achievements with the Mixed Choir Viva and for growth of youth participation in choral music (2005), the silver and the gold medal of the Union of Cultural Societies Brežice (2007, 2018 for the year of 2017) and the highest Award of the city of Brežice – the October Award (2012) for a remarkable contribution in the development of choral music in the Brežice Municipality and beyond.

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