Thursday, 28 June 2012

Calgary Bandura Players head to Mohyla Institute
I am so impressed I can't speak.  Some wonderful news has just crossed my computer screen, making me smile - but then again...... Maybe you know about the bandura?  My parents bought me a bandura, and sent me to lessons with Professor Andrij Hornjatkevyc in Edmonton.  Then on a camper trip to Manitoba somehow my new little radio/cassette player caught the Bandura ensemble from Windsor on the airwaves - a bizarre experience now that I think about it.  I was so enthralled with playing the whole trip to Baba's and back, my technique got better, and I learned to love playing bandura.  Then I took bandura lessons many years ago with Victor Kytasty, Julian Kytasty and Marko Bandera in Edmonton too.

A long time back in Calgary, probably 1980 or so, there was a wonderful Bandura Summer Program hosted at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption.  Not sure who was the sponsoring organization, but I was there too, and it was so much fun!  Later on my daughter had the opportunity to study bandura with Pani Nadia.  I know there were a bunch of Saskatoon girls who played and performed on bandura in Calgary - they sang such lovely Ukrainian folk songs.  Well my poor bandura has suffered from Calgary's notorious lack of humidity, and you can guess, there is a crack running down it's face.  So sad.  I wonder where the time has flown? When was the last time I played?  Maybe you play?  I wonder whether you have a photo or some comment about all those Bandura related events in Calgary over the years?  Maybe you'll leave a comment? 

It's time to go to Bandura Camp!  And a spectacular one that features the great maestro Victor Mishalow, renowned Toronto based musician and teacher of Ukrainian culture and language. ( Please see for his biography, awards and list of recordings.)

The great people at Mohyla Institute in Saskatoon are offering a fabulous two week summer musical program devoted to learning bandura and Ukrainian choral music.  This two week program offered at St. Petro Mohyla Institute August 6-9, 2012 gives teenagers 13 years and older eight hours of daily group instruction. Learning to play bandura will be the main focus, but the participants will also have lessons in sopilka (flute), tsymbaly (dulcimer), Ukrainian language, folk songs and customs, Ukrainian history and Ukrainian liturgical hymns.  Evening dances, movies, concerts and talent night events will certainly keep the mood light and fun!! A final concert, singing the responses at a Divine Liturgy, and a chance to perform at the Annual Folk Festival In Saskatoon will be great opportunities to share the learning with the general public.

The basic tuition fee covers accommodation, meals, and music instructional materials.
The standard tuition fee is based on shared accommodations at Mohyla Institute.
Registration fee (non-refundable)$125.00
Tuition fee$715.00
Bandura rental fee (optional: you may supply your own)$50.00
Linens (optional; one fitted sheet is included for free)$50.00
Individual room (optional; dependent on availability)$250.00
Internet in the room (optional; internet is available for free on the main floor)$50.00
Family discount - call for verification and to arrange payment
for more information go to
phone 306-653-1944 or contact Steve at 306-584-1846


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