Kobzarska Sich is a summer musical experience devoted
to learning the bandura and Ukrainian choral music. Kobzarska Sich is held at
All Saints Camp in Emlenton, Pennsylvania
Kobzarska Sich offers the following bandura and vocal programs:
Bandura Course - - August
3 - 17, 2013
Workshop - - August 3 - 10, 2013
Music Workshop - - August 7 - 11,
See detailed program information
below along with registration form
link at the bottom of the page.
Founded in 1979, Kobzarska Sich unites bandura players from all over to learn and share more about bandura and its unique art form. Over the years, Kobzarska Sich has diversified its programming to encompass the rich traditions and sounds of Ukrainian choral music. Kobzarska Sich is offering the following programs this year:
Bandura Course (BC) / Junior Bandura Workshop (JBW)
Ukrainian Sacred Music Workshop (USMW)
Kobzarska Sich is held at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Camp in Emlenton, Pennsylvania. All Saints offers over 90 acres of pristine beauty in the Allegheny Mountains. The camp's facilities include volleyball courts, a swimming pool, 10 cabins for participants, a Millennium Cultural Center with housing and classrooms, and an activities pavilion, tennis and basketball courts, an infirmary and nature trails. All Kobzarska Sich participants are housed on the grounds of All Saints Camp in either cabins or in the Millennium Cultural Center.
We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Co-Musical Directors of Kobzarska Sich will be OLEH
SOZANSKY and YURIJ PETLURA. Both considered Bandura Masters, they will bridge North America and Ukraine in allowing a unique opportunity.
Oleh Sozansky, Co-Musical Director
Yurij Petlura, Co-Musical Director
Mahlay, Ukrainian Sacred
Music Workshop Director
Additional instructors will be announced shortly. Stay tuned for additional instructional staff announcements.
KOBZARSKA SICH PROGRAM INFORMATION
Bandura Course August 3 – 17,
This two-week course focuses on over seven hours of daily group instruction in:
the technique of playing bandura, bandura history, solo and ensemble playing
and singing, music lectures, elementary music theory (as needed). There will
be free time for sport, swimming, and relaxation.
This course is designed for teenaged children (12 and older) and adults of
Junior Bandura Workshop August 3 – 10, 2013
This one-week workshop covers the basics of playing bandura and bandura history.
Participants are introduced to ensemble playing and singing, music lectures,
elementary music theory (as needed). There will be free time for sport, swimming,
This workshop is designed for children ages 9 – 11.
Ukrainian Sacred Music Workshop August
7 – 11, 2013
This four-day workshop provides an opportunity to sing sacred works by Ukrainian
master composers and provides practical pointers for church singers, cantors,
and conductors alike relative to common areas of church singing. Listening lectures
will open up many hidden aspects of sacred music tradition. There will be free
time for sport, swimming, and relaxation.
This workshop is designed for older
teenagers (ages 15 and older) and
adults of all ages.
In Memory of Eugene Ciura and Monica Pearson Romaniuk
Ciura was a long
time member of the Ukrainian
Bandurist Chorus (UBC) and
conductor of the St. Vladimir’s
Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor
choir in Windsor, Ontario,
Canada. Mr. Ciura’s
involvement with the UBC
started in Ukraine before
the UBC immigrated to the
United States. Ciura
was one of the original 17
members of the UBC that made
it to the United States in
During his distinguished time
with the UBC, Mr. Ciura was
a featured soloist and assistant
conductor. Mr. Ciura was involved
with bandura youth ensembles
in Detroit, and was also the
artistic director of the summer
Bandura Camp in London, Ontario. In
addition to holding the position
of church choir conductor at
St. Vladimir’s, Mr. Ciura
also organized and taught a
youth bandura ensemble in Windsor.
Mr. Ciura passed away in 2001.
Monica Pearson ROMANIUK first
heard a recording of a bandura
when she was a teenager and
asked her father what it was.
Her father told her that it
was a bandura and it was too
difficult for her to learn.
Monica took this as a challenge
and got a bandura and had lessons.
One day she was playing at
home when her father came in
and heard her. He asked "What
is that?" Her reply was "Oh
it is the Bandura, remember
the instrument that was too
hard for me to learn".
In 2002 Monica decided to
attend Kobzarska Sich to learn
more about the bandura. At
the registration table she
met a Canadian, Orest Romaniuk
who also decided to attend
the camp. After two more trips
to Kobzarska Sich in 2003 and
2004 with Orest and some long
distance dating, Monica and
Orest were married August 19,
2006 in Chicago.
Monica lost her 21 year battle
with breast cancer on October
Sich will offer three partial scholarships
for THE Bandura Course.
are made possible due to a collection
of donations that were made in memory
of Eugene Ciura and Monica Pearson
Romaniuk. Scholarships are valid for
Bandura Course only.
To apply, please follow
the following instructions:
- Write an essay as to
what you plan to do with your
bandura studies after Kobzarska
Sich 2013 and why Kobzarska Sich
should choose you as a recipient.
- Submit a cover letter
with your contact information
(full legal name, address, phone,
email and any other pertinent
- Have two letters of recommendation
sent to the KS Administrator.
- Submit via email at email@example.com or
send to: Kobzarska
Sich c/o Anatoli Murha 309 Huntingdon
Pike, Apt. BRockledge,
packages are due by June 20, 2013.