There are four major bandura ensembles in North America. Though the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus is the sponsor of Kobzarska Sich, members of each of the four ensembles contribute to making KS a success every year. Many are also involved in the other bandura camps that take place every summer (see below).
The Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America is a semi-professional male choir tracing its roots to Ukraine in 1918, based in the USA since 1949. The UBC has a long and proud history of representing Ukrainian bandura and choral music on the international stage. Fortified by a whole new generation of young musicians, the Chorus has captivated audiences in major concert halls in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Ukraine. For more information, visit
The Women's Bandura Ensemble is a twenty-member bandura and vocal group, driven by their passion for the bandura and the Ukrainian musical tradition, maintaining important cultural motifs while expanding the instrument's horizons. The WBE is composed of women from seven cities in North America, including Toronto, New York, and Chicago. For more information, visit www.banduristka.org.
The Canadian Bandurist Capella is a forty-member Ukrainian male choir. Many of the pieces they perform are steeped in the traditional kobzar art form, dating back to historical Cossack times. Their entertaining style and repertoire consists of epic historic folk songs, sacred music, modern and humorous compositions. For more information, visit www.bandurist.com.
Zoloti Struny is a Ukrainian Youth Capella made up of young musicians dedicated to the playing of the bandura, which is Ukraine’s national instrument. The group has been in existence since the summer of 2001. The ensemble consists of 45 students from Toronto, Oshawa, and Kitchener. For more information, please visit their facebook page.
Other Bandura Camps in North America
The Detroit School of Bandura. Contact Andy Birko at .
Bandura Educational Commission. Contact Deacon Ihor Mahlay at 216-582-1051.
Toronto Bandura School. Contact Ivan Dusanowskyj at .
Zoloti Struny Youth Capella. Contact Oksana Zelinska-Shevchuk at .
Want to take bandura lessons in your hometown year-round? There are a number of bandura schools located throughout North America. If your hometown isn't listed here, email us at and we'll find a bandura teacher near you!
Bandura at Bobriwka is a week-long bandura and vocal workshop in a family setting. Bandura instruction at all levels for ages 10 and up. For more information, please email Irene Kytasty-Kuzma at or visit bobriwka.org
Connecticut — Early June.
The Organization of Democratic Ukrainian Youth invites children interested in learning how to play bandura or perfecting their skills to attend ODUM's Yurij Petlura Bandura-Sport Camp. The London Bandura Camp is a one week (half days) program, as part of the three week ODUM Summer Camp, at Ukraina Country Club in London, ON. The camp is for children up to 18 years of age. For more information, visit http://www.odum.org/
Brighton, MI — July.
Litnia Zustrich Bandura Camp is a one week program at the UNF Sokil Campground in Hawkestone, ON, co-organized by the Canadian Bandurist Capella, and the Vira Zelinska Ukrainian Youth Bandura Capella "Zoloti Struny". It is an all ages camp (8 to adult), and for all levels of playing. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/LitniaZustrich