Jiří Kolář was born in 1932; he is a graduate of the Pedagogical Faculty of the Charles University (1953) and of the Pedagogical University in Prague (1962). From 1964–2001 he taught in the Pedagogical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague (choral conducting and aural training). From 2001–2005 he was an external lecturer of choral conducting within the church music section. In 1981 he received a doctorate in pedagogical aspects of music; in 1991 he was awarded a further qualification and was named senior lecturer in choral conducting. In 2000 Mr. Kolář was appointed professor of music education and conducting. In 1967 Mr. Kolář founded the female choir “Iuventus Paedagogica”. Until 1999 this choir received 10 prizes in prestigious European choir competitions and many other awards. Under Mr Kolář´s leadership the choir performed more than 800 concerts at home and abroad. He is the author of many publications, among them university textbooks on intonation, aural training, and conducting. From 1989 to 2005 he worked as editor in chief of the magazine “Musical Education”. Mr Kolář is honorary president of the Association of Czech Choirs, president of the Union of Choir Conductors in the Association of Musical Artists and Scientists and a member of advisory committees for choral singing and of juries at national and international competitions at home and abroad.