Slavyanka Russian Chorus

Slavyanka Russian Chorus, Inc. is a qualified 501 (c)(3) public benefit charitable corporation.
Tax ID (EIN) 94-2886637

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Slavyanka Chorus is a community of people devoted for over forty years to deeper understanding and appreciation between East and West through music. As we watch with shock and horror the suffering and bloodshed of war, I want to share with you some simple steps we can each take in response, and what our choir is committed to doing. Please feel free to pass this message along to others.
Paul Andrews, President, Slavyanka Chorus
Slavyanka Response to the Russia-Ukraine Crisis
We deplore the horror of this war and of all war. We call on the international community and all governments to do everything they possibly can to end the violence, bloodshed and suffering.
What can we do? Three things.
  1. Each of us can send financial support to the humanitarian groups providing direct aid to ordinary people who are the victims of this terrible and immoral war. We can each give what we can to help.
  2. The second thing we can do is here in America. Too often in our past, outrage over international events has boiled over into prejudice against ordinary people who share nothing but a common religious or ethnic identity with perpetrators – Germans, Japanese, Muslims, Asians – and now Russians. We can each work to make sure that kind of prejudice has no place in our thoughts, conversations or public discourse.
  3. And third. What we can do as an organization. For more than forty years Slavyanka’s mission has been “to perform music from the varied choral traditions of Russia and Eastern Europe (including Ukraine); to understand and share the cultural history behind these traditions; and to contribute to international and intercultural understanding between East and West through the special language of choral music.”
At the heart of this music we continue to find the deep and universal themes of human life that we share and that connect us all, made richer by the many colors of cultural expression different than our own. Even in times as difficult as these – particularly in times as difficult as these – we have a responsibility to sustain that deepest level of human and spiritual connection with each other. That is our mission as an organization, and we will continue to do so.

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Events & Concerts

Russian Diaspora

The Russian diaspora is the global community of ethnic Russians. The Russian-speaking (Russophone) diaspora are the people for whom Russian language is the native language, regardless of whether they are ethnic Russians or, for example, Belarusians, Tatars, or Jews.
A large Russian diaspora (sometimes including Russian-speaking non-Russians), estimated at over 20–30 million people, has developed all over the world, with notable numbers in the United States, Germany, Brazil, and Canada.
Relatively unknown is the understanding and momentousness of the 1000-year-old Russian sacred choral music tradition.

Our Slavyanka Chorus Mission is to:
• Perform music from the varied choral traditions of Russia, Eastern Europe and America.
• Understand and share the cultural history behind these traditions, and
• Contribute to international and intercultural understanding between East and West through the special language of a cappella choral music.

The Sacred Music and Spiritual Legacy of the Russian Emigration

Supporting our mission, on Thursday, September 23rd at 6:30 PM Pacific Time, Slavyanka Chorus hosted an evening with one of the world’s most respected musicologists and publisher of Russian liturgical music, Dr. Vladimir Morosan.
This is a unique opportunity to learn more about a fascinating and relatively unknown part of the 1000-year-old Russian sacred choral music tradition. This tradition suffered tremendous setbacks after the Russian revolution of 1917. But against all odds, due to the courage and perseverance of Russian composers who continued to compose in the emigration (including some in San Francisco), the legacy survived and has continued to bear new fruit. Dr. Morosan will explore with us this sacred music of the Russian emigration, much of which has only recently drawn the attention of performers and audiences.
In addition to his writing, Dr. Morosan is also Founder and President of Musica Russica, a publishing company specializing in the publication and dissemination of Orthodox choral music throughout the Western world. He is also the Director of the "Orthodox Sacred Music Reference Library” Project, the largest scholarly online library of Orthodox music.
If you missed the presentation on September 23rd a recording of this
very special evening presentation is available.

CLICK HERE to begin the recording.

After hearing Dr. Morosan's presentation and examples of historical sacred music recordings we hope you may make a donation to provide continuing support of our mission and help us make these evenings possible  Our suggested donation is $10.

Russia Victory Day

May 9, 2021. Victory Day, an annual celebration, marks Germany's surrender to the Soviet Union in 1945. It became the end of the Great Patriotic War for the USSR, which lost about 25 million citizens in four years of fighting. It is a day to remember the enormous suffering and the immense price that was paid by Russians to save the world from Adolf Hitler’s fascist regime. We can never repay the debt we owe to all those of every country who died in that cause.  This year Slavyanaka Chorus, in honor of their memory, performed and recorded Zhuravli, one of the most famous Russian songs about World War II, first performed in 1969 by Mark Bernes. This was our first recording after a year of not rehearsing together in person. The version recorded was orchestrated by Bettina Gray, and features soloist René Mineboo. It was rehearsed and recorded in real time online using Jamulus software. Ron Cohen was sound engineer for the project.

This recording is our very small way of calling them to mind over 75 years later and wishing that though their souls have taken flight from this earth, the memory of what they did and what they gave will be always remembered.
With respect and appreciation,
Slavyanka Chorus
San Francisco, USA
Irina Shachneva, Artistic Director
Paul Andrews, President

Zhuravli, Cranes

YouTube Recording by Slavyanka Chorus

We were so honored to perform at the wedding of Raj and Alexandra June 12, 2021 at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego. Многая лета / Mnogaya leta / Many, many years to the new, happy couple! Thank you so much for letting us provide the music for your beautiful wedding. — in San Diego, California.

Reflecting the name given by early Russian settlers to what is now called the Russian River in California, the Slavyanka Russian Chorus was formed in 1979 by several former members of the Yale Russian Chorus. The repertoire comprises music principally from Russian and other Slavic sources -- from Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky to many less-well-known composers, and folk music.

We are a community of singers, alumni singers, supporters, and listeners – people like you who come because they love and are moved by what they hear.

For 34 years, the Chorus was a men's chorus that was joined on occasion by female soloists and women's ensembles.

In 2013,, the Chorus officially expanded to include women. Our repertoire now includes music for mixed ensemble and women's voices, as well as distinctive men's choral pieces. 

The Chorus performs extensively in the Bay Area (around 12 concerts annually), and was privileged to be invited to tour and perform in the former Soviet Union and Russia in 1986, 1989, 1999, and 2016.

The Chorus has released eight albums, has appeared on Bay Area television segments, contributed to the PBS documentary Spirit of a People, A New Portrait of Russia, and has recorded music for several movies: Tell Me a Riddle (1980), Little Odessa (1994), and What Dreams May Come (1998). 

The Chorus' Artistic Director is Irina Shachneva (2012-present). Former directors include Paul Andrews (1979-1991; interim 2012), Alexei Shipovalnikov (1991-1997), and Gregory Smirnov (1997-2011).

A Board of Directors, Managers and volunteers manage the Chorus