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  Adult Bandura Course   

 Open to students 18+ 

 July 28 – August 10 2024 (one-week option available) 

 at All Saints Camp in Emlenton, Pennsylvania 

never too late to learn bandura!

This course combines individualized and group instruction, as well as inclusion in the Kobzarska Sich full mixed ensemble at evening rehearsals.  Whether you are trying the bandura for the first time, picking up the bandura for the first time in several decades, or working to refine your bandura skills, the adult bandura course can adapt to your needs. You will also attend listening lectures about the bandura and Ukrainian music.

exercise your mind
and soul!

Bandura is, indeed, for all ages. Music stimulates the mind, relieves stress, fosters personal fulfillment, and facilitates social connections. The Adult Bandura Course promises to be an outlet of personal expression, and you will leave with a great feeling of accomplishment, no matter your age or skill level. 

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relax in the mountains

Participants have time for sports, swimming, relaxation, entertainment, and networking activities. From evening bonfires to long walks along the Allegheny River, to open-air performances from world-class musical guests, KS is an excellent place to unwind and experience the great outdoors.


Julian kytasty
2024 Lead Bandura Instructor

Julian Kytasty grew up within a strong tradition of family music-making. He is a third generation bandurist following in the footsteps of his father Petro and grandfather Ivan Kytasty. He has directed bandura ensembles that have had an enduring impact on the bandura in North America: the New York School of Bandura and Homin Stepiv Ensemble, Experimental Bandura Trio and collaborated with Alexis Kochan and Paris to Kyiv. He has worked frequently with Yara Arts Group creating and performing music for theatre pieces, poetry performances, and festivals. His work on Yara’s 1917-2017 Tychyna, Zhadan, and the Dogs earned him a NY Innovative Theater award for best original score. He was involved with Kobzarska Sich since its inception in 1979, and served as music director almost every year from 1990-2007. He continues to teach bandura to a new generation of students in North America and Ukraine, to record,  to compose and arrange music for bandura, and to engage in collaborative projects. In the last ten years, he has focused on exploring the vast possibilities of the kharkiv-style bandura as an instrument for the 21st century.

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