KS 2019 Administrative STAFF

Kobzarska Sich is sponsored by the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus. Celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year, the UBC provides artistic and logistical support for Kobzarska Sich. The realization of our shared vision is led by dedicated Administrative and Musical staffs.

The KS 2019 Administrative Staff is led by one of our own, Mykola Murskyj.

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mykola murskyj

Camp Director

Mykola is a U.S. Presidential Management Fellow. He earned his Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he concentrated in International and Global Affairs. Mykola was a Harvard Belfer IGA Student Fellow and a Managing Editor of the Kennedy School Review. He has earned Master's degrees in physics from MIT and from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He has played with the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America, the sponsors of Kobzarska Sich, since 2008. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, particularly the raising and subsequent consumption of fresh tomatoes.


Lydia Apostoluk


Lydia Apostoluk is from Parma, Ohio, and has always had a love for singing and music. Throughout the year, she works with grades K-8 as an elementary school teacher. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, baking, and of course music.


Adrian Deychakiwsky


Adrian is a native Michigander and four-year veteran of the choral workshop program at Kobzarska Sich. This will be his first year as a counselor and he is beyond excited to be a part of the administration. In his spare time Adrian enjoys biking, swimming, running with his dog Onyx, and even playing a little bit of bandura every now and then.


Adrian studies molecular biology at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Andriy Mahlay


Andriy is a student at the Ohio State University. This is his first year on staff after having attending camp as a bandura player for 8 years. He is a member of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus and has danced with the Kashtan Dance Ensemble in Cleveland.

Andriy is proud to be joining his family's history working to bring the bandura to a wide audience at Kobzarska Sich.


Tania Smyk


Tania is a native Detroiter who first attended Kobzarska Sich (and absolutely loved it) in 2010. She has since had the opportunity to play bandura and sing year round, and is a member of the Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America. Tania is currently pursuing photography and arts at the College for Creative Studies. Aside from the realm arts, she thoroughly enjoys dancing for fun, goat cheese, and cats.

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Anatoli Murha


Anatoli was first sent to Kobzarska Sich by his parents for a brief visit in 1991 then returned in 1992 and has been back every year. He became Administrator in 1996. Anatoli is also the President of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus (UBC). He attributes his love for bandura to his father and growing up in the Detroit-area with the UBC. Anatoli is a graduate of the University of Michigan – Dearborn (undergrad) and Villanova University (MBA). He lives near Philadelphia, working for a credit union as a Director of Business Development. In his spare time, he searches for anything and everything related to Ben Franklin and travels the world with his wife (whom he met at Kobzarska Sich!)





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