Anita Smisek

(born in 1941, in Lonsdale, Minnesota, resident in Czech Republic), soprano, organist, pianist. Her mother, Rose Smisek, soprano, piano teacher, choir director in Lonsdale, fostered music with love, by example and enjoyment, as she raised her four children, of which Anita was the oldest. She was an avid piano student during grade school and high school. A member of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters since 1960, Anita continues to minister through music, fostering an awareness of among others, Czechslovak music and composers, as has become evident through her direction of 6 uniquely special Nova Praha Vanocni Koncerts. She served as Music Director-Organist at St. Wenceslaus Church in New Prague, from 1983 to 1991. The hymnal, Give Glory, is a historical anthology of 77 best known Czech hymns, now in good English texts for contemporary use by the wider public as a resource and supplement to any music program. All of these programs and research are an outgrowth of her initial music research conducted at the University of Minnesota. She has researched and performed Czech music in the USA and Czech Republic for over twenty years. In 1989, she co-founded Alliance Pubblications, Inc. with composer Joel Blahnik to publish music for school, church and community ensembles and to promote the works of contemporary composers with a special interest in Czechoslovak music.
Selected works: A gift of Music from Sinsinawa, live concert of Sinsinawa Dominican musician; Adoramus te, Christe-Stanislav Sebek/edited by Anita Smisek; Czech Christmas Carols: Choir and Instrumentalists directed by Anita Smisek (Sung in the Czech Language); Czech Christmas Mass-J.J Ryba(Shepherd's Cantata sung in English) SATB choir and soloists directed by Anita Smisek, Theo Wee, Organist; Czechoslovak Folksongs melody line with Czech and English words; Ej, Lasko, Lasko 38 Folksongs from Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia sung in native dialects by Anita Smisek, accompanied by Steven Zdenek Eckels with classical guitar; Four Hand Fun!-Hummel (March, Polka, Wltz and Mazurka)AP 510-Piano Duets- beginners; Give Glory, Earth and Heaven-Czech Hymnody for Liturgical Year recorded with voice, organ and instrumental ensembles; God, bless this Union-Wedding Song-Bedrich Smetana/edited by Anita Smisek and Joel Blahnik.