The Slavic Chorus welcomes invitations to perform at your upcoming events. In addition to a yearly on-campus concert series, the Slavic Chorus performs around the New Haven-New York region at business functions, academic conferences, schools, elderly care facilities, places of worship, and community centers. We also are pleased to share our music with members of the public by teaching workshops, in which members of the Chorus provide instruction in Slavic vocal technique; workshop participants have the opportunity to learn several songs showcasing the diverse regional styles of our repertoire.
Every year we tour within the United States during Yale’s spring break. In recent years we’ve explored the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (2012), Atlanta (2013), Boston (2014), Houston (2015), New York and New Jersey (2016), Northern California (2017), and New York City (2018 and 2019). Please contact our business manager if you’d like to bring the Slavs to your city – we plan to tour again as soon as it is safe to do so.
In addition to annual domestic tours to major cities around the United States, every few years the Slavic Chorus makes a pilgrimage to the homelands of the Chorus’s folk songs. On these international journeys, the Chorus studies vocal technique and repertoire under local folklore experts, and acquires deeper understandings of the culture and meanings that underlie these songs. Recent international tours include Bulgaria (2014), Croatia (2010), and the Republic of Georgia (2016).
The Slavic Chorus performs a number of concerts in the Connecticut and New York area throughout the academic year. Over the past years, the Slavic Chorus has performed at the White House, various Yale fellowship and administrative dinners, and a Yale presidential dinner with a Supreme Court judge of China. We also sing at Zlatne Uste’s annual Golden Festival in Brooklyn, and we hold three concerts on Yale’s campus every year.
While traveling on tour, we take great joy in sharing our music through workshops with schools, churches, and community centers. Our workshops are wonderful for students of all musical backgrounds and levels and are sure to provide a unique and exciting cultural experience for music lovers of all ages.
Most workshops provide a general overview of the characteristics that make Eastern European music so different from the western music most of us are so accustomed to hearing. We also include musical exercises such as practice with the mountain holler (as heard in our Czech classic, Ya Helo), chest voice and head voice exercises, and clapping exercises which deal with common Eastern European meters of 5 or 7.