Are you a singer that is moved by this music? Consider joining our folk collective in NYC!


  • You will learn songs within a wonderful community and have direction in traditional Ukrainian village singing.

  • There is no fee to sing with us and active UVV members attend our vocal workshops for free.

  • We have a solid group of singers, an ever-growing repertoire, and opportunities for performance, training, and also singing in nature (especially during our annual retreats).

BENEFITS OF SINGING WITH UVV


We encourage Ukrainian speakers to join, but no Ukrainian-language ability is necessary to sing with us. Our song lyric sheets are written in Cyrillic (Ukrainian) as well as in English transliteration, which anyone can learn to read with a little practice.

UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE


We have a few policies in place to ensure that we are ever moving onward and upward.

Note that you do not need to be able to sight read music, as most of the learning we do is by listening to source recordings. Learning by ear is a brilliant way to internalize and really get to know these village songs.

Time Commitment

  • We have two seasons per year, and you may join at the beginning of either one. The fall season runs from early September to mid January, and the spring season starts at the beginning of February and lasts until late June. We may have some optional summer gigs with separate rehearsals scheduled to prepare for those.

  • Attendance policy: Please be able to attend most weekly rehearsals. Your commitment is vital in creating high performance quality and a cohesive community.

  • Our Wednesday night rehearsals take place in the East Village, 6:30-8:30 PM. Extra rehearsals may be scheduled before performances.

  • Our first rehearsal of the fall-winter 2019 season will take place on Wednesday, September 11, 6:30-8:30 PM in the East Village. Send a message through this site to let us know if you plan to attend! Our first three rehearsals will be open to anyone to sing and enjoy (and learn what it’s like to rehearse with us).

Auditions

  • At the end of the third rehearsal at the beginning of each season, you may choose to audition. We will hold a short audition for each new singer with songs we have been learning together. You do not need to memorize lyrics for the audition. If you play a musical instrument (see last paragraph), bring it too!

  • UVV singers returning after a hiatus are required to audition as well.

  • Audition results will be based on both talent and part need.

At this time, we are seeking men's voices and sopranos, but all voice parts and levels of experience are welcome to audition and will be considered. Bonus if you play an instrument (in particular: accordion, fiddle, tambourine, bubon, sopilka)!

Policies


Inspired by Ukrainian village music and want to be an active member of our vibrant music community?