Mateja Černic achieved the 3rd prize at the International Competition for choral conducting Fosco Corti in 2021 as well as the prize for the best Italian conductor of the competition. In 2017 she won the 3rd prize at the Italian National Competition for conductors Le Mani in Suono in Arezzo and in 2016 she reached the final at the national competition “Zvok mojih rok”, Ljubljana. In 2018 she was chosen to participate at the Berlin International Masterclass for Choral Conducting with the famous Rundfunkchor Berlin radio choir. She received the Diploma of Merit from the Chigiana Music Academy for the masterclass in choral conducting in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
In 2018 she graduated in Choral conducting with honours at Bonporti Conservatory in Trento with maestro Lorenzo Donati. In 2014 she completed her studies of Music Education at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, specializing in choral conducting with Marko Vatovec. As a guest student she studied choral conducting in the class of Ervin Ortner (University of music, Vienna) for one semester in 2013. She graduated at the Faculty of Education – University of Ljubljana in 2008, where she also held the position of choral music assistant. In 2013 she got a degree in Slovene Language and Literature and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Arts (University of Ljubljana).
She has been a member of the Academic Choir Tone Tomšič in Ljubljana (conducted by Urša Lah), of the Arnold Schoberg choir in Vienna (conducted by Ervin Ortner) and of the Italian national Youth choir (conducted by Lorenzo Donati and Dario Tabbia) as well as of the Ut Insieme Vocale Consonante (conducted by Lorenzo Donati), “Guido Chigi Saracini” Choir of the Siena Cathedral and the Project Choir Utopia and Reality (conductors Ragnar Rasmussen and Urša Lah). She conducted the Italian national youth choir at the Rolling Stones concert in Rome in 2014. She has had the rewarding experience of being a jury member at international in national choir competitions and she is often invited to different training programs for conductors and vocal coaches as guest lecturer.
She has been conducting the Girls Choir Bodeča Neža (Italy) since 2007. With this group she has won several prizes: first prize summa cum laude (99/100 points) at the European Music Festival for the Young in Neerpelt (2010), first prize at the Italian national competition Vittorio Veneto (2011) (9,6/10 points), second prize and the prize for best performance as debuting conductor at the national competition Naša pesem 2012 in Maribor, second prize at the international choral competition Cantonigros 2012 in the category of female choirs, first prize at the national competition Polifonico 2013 Arezzo, third and fourth prize at the international competition Polifonico 2013 Arezzo (one of the Grand Prix competitions) in the Renaissance music and Female choirs categories, silver award and two special prizes at the international competition Ave Verum 2014 in Baden, third prize at the Choir Contest of Flanders 2015 – Maasmechelen, first prize in both of the categories (historic and monographic program) and a special prize for the best conductor at the national competition Franchino Gaffurio – Quartiano 2016, second prize at the Fleischmann International Trophy competition – Cork 2017, and a special prize at the International May Choir Competition »Georgi Dimitrov« in Varna.
The choir has lately received many invitations from different international choir festivals and competitions. Since 2011 Bodeča Neža has issued four CDs: Bodečenežno and Stabat mater (Pergolesi), the latter in collaboration with the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Alpe Adria, Čas-Tempo-Time, and in 2016 Gaudete et Cantate with the participation of mezzo soprano Bernarda Fink. For all these achievements Mateja Černic has received important acknowledgments both in Slovenia and Italy (Zlati znak, Zlato zrno, Prešernova nagrada).
From 2011 to 2014 Mateja Černic conducted the female choir Mens Sonora (Slovenia), with which she won two gold diplomas and the prize for the conductor's outstanding performance at the international competition Bad Ischl 2013. From 2014 she has been conducting the Chamber Mixed Choir from Nova Gorica/ Goriški komorni zbor (Slovenia): in 2015 she has performed the Schubert's Mass in G-dur, in 2017 the choir has won the first prize at the Slovenian competition for amateur choirs Postojna 2017 and the golden diploma at the same competition in 2019. Since 2019 she has been conducting the Emil Komel Youth choir from Gorizia.