2021 Music Staff


Mykola Deychakiwsky

Music Director

Mykola Deychakiwsky was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1959.  He studied bandura with Hryhory Kytasty starting in 1972 and performed with the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus from 1976-1991.  During this time he was an instructor and music director of numerous bandura camps and courses throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and gave private and group lessons to young bandurists in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and New York.  He also was a member of the Homin Stepiv bandura ensemble and Promin vocal ensemble in New York City in the 1980s.

In 1988 Mykola completed a bachelor’s degree in music theory at Baldwin Wallace College, and in 1990, a master’s degree in choral conducting at Kent State University. During the 1990's Mykola moved to Kyiv for nine years and then Prague for three years. Since 2003 he has been living in Brighton, Michigan with his wife and three children.

He renewed his bandura activities as an instructor and conductor at the Bobriwka Bandura Camp 2012-2017 and 2019, and men’s ensemble and choral workshop director at Kobzarska Sich in 2016 and 2017, respectively.  He also became an instructor of the Detroit School of Bandura, and in 2017 resumed performing with the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus. Mykola has written numerous arrangements and compositions for bandura ensembles.


Iryna Voloshyna

Artist in Residence

Iryna Voloshyna is a PhD student at the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington. She is a Fulbright fellow, and received her MA in Folklore at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She also earned her BA with honors in Philology (2010) and a specialist diploma in Translation (2011) at Khmelnytskyi National University (Ukraine).

Iryna worked with the New York State Council on the Arts, New York Folklore Society, Yara Arts Group, and Ukrainian Museum in New York; she also sang with the NYC-based ensemble Ukrainian Village Voices. Before coming to the U.S., she lived in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine, where she was a singer in a folk ensemble “Ladovytsi”, a head and co-founder of NGO “Podillya traditions revival”, and a member of the first international folklore festival organization committee in her hometown Khmelnytskyi.   


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