Russian choral music is a treasure house of musical material, yet much of it remains unexplored by Western musicians.

Russian Choral Festival

Russian Choral Music Festival
August 3rd – August 10th, 2014 – San Francisco, California

During the week of August 3rd through August 10th, 2014, choral musicians from the Bay Area, North America and Russia will gather in San Francisco for a Russian Choral Music Festival – a first ever West Coast presentation of some of the most compelling, moving – and largely unknown – music of the Russian choral tradition.

The Festival will include a series of concerts, featuring many choral groups and singers from both the United States and Russia, and presenting a wide variety of Russian music. The high point of the Festival will be a performance by an SATB Festival Choir of some 100 voices, including singers from Slavyanka Chorus, the sponsoring group in San Francisco; from other Bay Area choirs and choruses; alumni of the Yale University Russian Chorus; and guest singers from the Rachmaninov Festival Choir of America. More about the performers HERE.

The Festival Choir will be under the direction of Irina Shachneva, a professional choral conductor, teacher and vocal coach. More about Ms. Shachneva HERE.

The Festival Choir program will include important musical works spanning many different periods and styles of Russian sacred music, from early monastic chants to contemporary sacred compositions, as well as some secular selections to round out the program (see the attached “Program”). Two remarkable soloists will also join us for this concert: Andrei Nemzer, countertenor and winner of the Metropolitan Opera competition two years ago; and Mikhail Svetlov, bass soloist from the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. More about the repertoire HERE.

If you’d like to join the Festival Chorus, please click HERE.

There will several Vocal Master Classes to be taught by our Metropolitan Opera soloists and an internationally recognized vocal teacher. If you’d like more information about participating in one of these classes, please click HERE.

There will also be a series of presentations on Russian choral music – history, musical styles, performance practices, Russian sacred music, and the Russian liturgy. If you’d like more information about attending, please click HERE.

If you are a singer or choir director, or even someone who just loves good choral music as a listener, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be part of this 1000 year old choral tradition.

We hope to see you there!

More about the Festival