Musicians of the UBC volunteer their time and talent for the mission of the ensemble. The UBC has been traditionally based in the Metro Detroit area since 1949, however the group is composed of talented musicians from throughout North America, including Alberta, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Manitoba, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington DC. Musicians travel on weekends to rehearse for up to 12 hours over two days. Our ensemble includes doctors, lawyers, students, engineers, multiple business professionals, retirees, and entrepreneurs—all of whom share a passion for Ukrainian music and the bandura. One of the most interesting aspects of the ensemble is its age diversity. Members range in age of 18 to 70.

Performing Ensemble

for the

2020–2021 Concert Season


Volodymyr Babicky — Toronto, Ontario
Roman Beley — Toronto, Ontario
Andrij Birko — Rochester Hills, Michigan
Nick Deychakiwsky — Detroit, Michigan

Uriy Grabovyy — Syracuse, New York
Nick Hladio — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Michael Kostowskyj — Aptos, California
Luke Lashchuk — San Diego, California
Victor Lishchyna — Toronto, Ontario
Andrij Mahlay — Cleveland, Ohio
Taras Mahlay — Cleveland, Ohio
Boyan Makarenko — Raleigh, North Carolina
George Metulynsky — Windsor, Ontario
Anatoli Murha — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Volodymyr Murha — Detroit, Michigan

Mykola Murskyj — Washington, D.C.

Mykola Schidowka — Cleveland, Ohio
Joseph Tobianski — Shelby Township, Michigan
Stephan Zaets — Hartford, Connecticut



Bohdan Balko — Yonkers, New York

Theodore Bodnar — New York City, New York

Zenon Chaikovsky — Cleveland, Ohio

Yarema Hryciw — Scotts Valley, California

Roman Pachashynskyi — Chicago, Illinois

Roman Petriw — Edmonton, Alberta

Jeff Smolilo — Cleveland, Ohio

Petro Tarnawsky — Edmonton, Alberta

Lubomyr Yakimiv — Cleveland, Ohio

Taras Zakordonski — Edmonton, Alberta


George Burtniak — Ancaster, Ontario
Vasyl Grabovyy — Syracuse, New York
Roman Jakubowycz — Cleveland, Ohio
Nazar Kalivoshko — Cleveland, Ohio
John Kytasty — Detroit, Michigan
Ivan Piso — Syracuse, New York
Andrij Shrubowich — Cleveland, Ohio
Daniel Smolilo — Chicago, Illinois
Vasyl Troyanovych — Syracuse, New York


Volodymyr Brechun — Toronto, Ontario
Andriy Hladyshevsky — Edmonton, Alberta
Joe Kolodka — Akron, Ohio
Ihor Kusznir — Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Stephen Szyszka — Washington D.C.
Fedir Yasnowski — Youngstown, Ohio


Mykhaylo Artymovych — Syracuse, New York

Symen Kostiuk — Edmonton, Alberta
Hrytz Maluzynsky — St. Albert, Alberta
Vasyl Maluzynsky — Winnipeg, Manitoba
Bohdan Pryjma — Detroit, Michigan

Peter Wroblewski — Detroit, Michigan
Oleh Zmiyiwsky — Winnipeg, Manitoba


The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus (UBC), recipients of the prestigious Taras Shevchenko Prize for Artistic Achievement awarded by Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers, schedules auditions for male vocalists or bandura players interested in becoming members of the Chorus.

In order to achieve even higher goals and greater artistic excellence, we are looking for qualified and dedicated musicians to join the ensemble as we write the new chapters in the rich history of the bandurist brethren. The UBC is also looking for singers and bandurists who have the potential and dedication to be part of this unique ensemble that is more than just a singing group. We are committed to the development of young people who have an interest in improving their musical skills while working with the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus once they pass the audition process.

If you are interested in auditioning, please write to Auditions (at)