Join the next generation of the
Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America
Fortified by new generations of musicians, the UBC has captivated audiences in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and Ukraine since immigrating to North America from Europe in 1949.
This unique instrument's turbulent history of persecution and resurrection mirrors the history of its homeland, Ukraine.
The future of the bandura can be a bright one only if we work to ensure that younger generations experience the instrument's charm, technical versatility, and musical depth.
In order to achieve greater artistic excellence and provide unique artistic opportunities for interested musicians, the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America is looking for qualified and dedicated individuals to join the ensemble. The UBC is also looking for singers and bandurists who have the requisite skill, commitment, and sense of purpose to write new chapters to the storied century-old history of this unique brotherhood.
The UBC concert ensemble comprising male vocalists and male bandura players.
The prospective candidate must have general musical knowledge, with some basic sight-reading ability preferred.
The prospective candidate must have the ability to read the Cyrillic Ukrainian alphabet;
The prospective candidate must have the ability to commit to the rehearsal schedule and UBC performance policies (to be discussed at the audition interview);
The prospective candidate must be committed to high-quality musical artistry.
The prospective candidate must prepare the following for the audition:
For VOCALISTS: Prepare two vocal songs, with at least one of the songs required to be in the Ukrainian language
For BANDURISTS: Prepare two songs for the bandura in contrasting styles. One of the songs may also include a vocal component.
Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America!
Auditions for the 2022 Season are commencing. Please see below on how you can take the next step in joining our musical ensemble.
Final date to submit your application: Sunday, August 8th, 2021
With membership comes a brotherhood that lasts a lifetime
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Education and Outreach
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Submit your application form and audition today!
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UBC Musician Testimonials
What is it like to be a member?
"An honor, a responsibility, an opportunity, and a good time making great music with like-minded men who become great friends."
—Stephen Szyszka (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
"Creating musical memories with lifelong friends."
—Bohdan Pryjma (Detroit, Michigan)
"Being part of the brotherhood and actually having my brother also in the group is fantastic. We share a love for the bandura, Ukrainian music and culture and we continue to showcase to the world our beautiful music."
—Hrytz Maluzynsky (Edmonton, Alberta)
What is your favorite memory?
"Performing with Ruslana and bandurists from across North America at Massey Hall in Toronto."
-Luke Lashchuk (San Diego, California)
"Touring in Ukraine and being able to play for my family from Ivano-Frankivsk."
—Stephan Zaets (Yalesville, Connecticut)