Daiva Vyčinienė


Daiva Vyčinienė
Sutartinės (Lithuanian polyphonic traditional singing)

Daiva Račiūnaitė-Vyčinienė is Prof., head of the Department of Ethnomusicology, member of ESEM and ICTM. She has published more 90 scientific articles and three monographs, presented more than 100 papers at conferences in Lithuania and abroad. She teaches the practical subject “Singing Lithuanian Folk Songs Sutartinės” to Lithuanian and foreign students at LAMT. Daiva is also active as folk singer, leader of sutartinės singers; group “Trys keturiose”, and a member of folklore group “Visi”, as well as organizer the annual International Folklore Festival Skamba skamba kankliai in Vilnius.

Daiva Račiūnaitė-Vyčinienė graduated as (ethno)musicologist from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre; PhD in musicology in 1993; PhD Habil. in 2009. She has been teaching at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre since 1989. She is Prof., head of the Department of Ethnomusicology (since 2001), member of ESEM and ICTM. She has published more 90 scientific articles and three monographs, presented more than 100 papers at conferences in Lithuania and abroad. She teaches the practical subject “Singing Lithuanian Folk Songs Sutartinės” to Lithuanian and foreign students at LAMT. Daiva is also active as folk singer, leader of sutartinės singers; group “Trys keturiose” (since 1986), and a member of folklore group “Visi”, as well as organizer the annual International Folklore Festival Skamba skamba kankliai in Vilnius. She led workshops on sutartinės singing at various seminars in Lithuania and abroad (USA, Germany, England, Poland, Ukraine, etc.). The objects of her scientific interests are sutartinės and other forms of early polyphony, traditional polyphonic singing in contemporary culture, peculiarities of performance, archaic forms of folklore, mythology and ethnic linguistics, teaching and interpretation of folk music. In 2002 she was awarded the National Jonas Basanavičius Award for significant scholarly and public activities in the area of ethnic culture. Her monograph “Woven Sutartinės”; was awarded the Prize of the Lithuanian Composers Union (2019).