A Day at KS

Founded in 1979 by Hryhory Kytasty, our bandura camp has trained two generations of bandurysty and singers from across the globe. Kobzarska Sich (KS) alumni can be found all over the world: from Ohio, to Japan, to Kriachkivka in Ukraine, Sich’s students have shared the bandura with audiences all around the world.

As Sich enters a new era, we’re improving and diversifying the program. We’re moving to a course-based structure. Every day, campers will have 2-3 periods of core (i.e., bandura or choral) instruction and 2-3 periods of elective courses. Before arriving, campers will pick the subjects they’ll be interested in learning. Have you wanted to learn how to play bandura Kharkiv-Style? To arrange music for voice and bandura? Or are you more interested in learning the basics of sound engineering? Perhaps conducting or composing is your thing. At KS, these (and more) will be offered as week-long elective courses.

The typical day at KS is designed to be as engaging and instructional as possible. After breakfast, students and instructors participate in Dalcroze eurythmics and choral warm-ups. Until lunch, campers spend two periods rotating between their elective and their “core” (bandura or choral) group. Everyone has two hours of free time after lunch, for sports, swimming in the pool, or relaxing. Then we have another period of elective–core rotation and one period of general rehearsal with all campers. After dinner is a second period of general rehearsal and elective-core rotation.

In addition to our flagship two-week bandura course, Kobzarska Sich offers a one-week Choral Workshop from 

August 8th to 15th. Participants will have the opportunity for solo and ensemble singing (a capella and with bandura accompaniment). Participants can broaden their musical knowledge with music listening lectures and attend individual voice lessons as well.

We’re also offering an Bandura Fellow Program. Solo bandurists or musicians from other bandura ensembles can spend the second week of camp “In Residence” at Kobzarska Sich, rehearsing repertoire with other artists from their ensemble or other groups. Bandura Fellows will have regimented daily practice time with world-class bandurists.

If you’re interested in learning more about any of the programs we’re offering this year, keep checking this website!  Registration for campers for each of the programs opens on February 15. We welcome everyone to our final concert on August 15 at 2 pm.

Finally, if you’re an experienced musician and are interested in teaching this August, we strongly encourage you to apply to be an instructor, regardless of whether or not you’ve been to KS before. We’re accepting applications for bandura, vocal, choral, and folk-instrument instructors through February 25. Application forms (both electronic and PDF versions) can be found here for musical staff and  camp counselors.

Thank you for all of your support over the past years. Kobzarska Sich wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the enormous sacrifices of so many people within our community, many of whom worked tirelessly and without recognition. In honor of their commitment, and in memory of those who loved Sich but are no longer with us, we invite everyone come together to celebrate what they cared about so much: passing on the Ukrainian musical tradition to the next generation.