GET TO KNOW US
The mission of the Women's Bandura Ensemble is to bring together talented, female bandurists in order to showcase the instrument, maintain musical traditions and to foster new creative directions and artistry.
The Women's Bandura Ensemble of North America (Ukrainian: Ансамбль Бандуристок Північної Америки) works not only to preserve the bandura tradition, but to update it, exploring the instrument’s rich artistic possibilities – from the Baroque to contemporary, to ancient melodies.
The WBE is committed to involving youth in the bandura movement. Its members teach privately, at bandura camps and workshops.
THE UKRAINIAN MUSICAL TRADITION
Thanks to extensive ethnographic research, both folk and art music are extremely well-documented, giving musicians access to a rich musical history. Through these melodies, one accesses the collective consciousness of a nation, as it evolves from fields, to villages, to industrialized cities and the global stage.
The WBE is comprised of about twenty members from the USA and Canada, and is divided into four Regional Ensembles:
East Coast: Hartford/New York
The Regional Ensembles engage in public outreach and local performances. Recent auditionees are often first marked as 'regional' members, which allows them to rehearse with these smaller groups in order to prepare them to join the larger group.
Photo: Artem Getman
STRUCTURE of our ENSEMBLE
The Women's Bandurist Ensemble is led by the Artistic Council and Executive Committee. The Artistic Council guides the WBE's general musical direction, including choosing repertoire and leading rehearsals.
Artistic Directors: Oksana Rodak and Oksana Zelinska.
WBE President: Irene Kytasty Kuzma.
Treasurer: Christina Jamharian.
Graphic Designer: Sana Shepko
Public Relations Manager: Alina Kuzma.
Director of Fundraising: Motria Caudill
Director of Membership: Christina Hlutkowsky.
Assistant: Zoya Shepko
Event & Costume Coordinator: Adriana Tuz.
Assistants: Khrystyna Musiy, Christine Hayda
We welcome auditions from female bandurists aged 16 and over. Successful candidates are already advanced bandura players and have at least some knowledge of the Ukrainian language or the cyryllic alphabet. Previous experience in other ensembles or past singing instruction is good preparation for the Women's Bandurist Ensemble. In addition, candidates should be able to travel around North America to attend rehearsals and concerts, and are encouraged to participate in bandura workshops.
To reserve an audition spot and for more information, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WBE is a 501(c)3 organization under the auspices of the New York Bandura Ensemble, and donations are tax-deductible.