Volodymyr Viniar and Choristers: Master Class on Working with a Choir


Volodymyr Viniar Conducts



  • information about choral singing and the choir
  • historical reference to composers and conductors

The main feature: choral illustrations

  • information about selected works and their composers
  • illustration of compositions by Roman Hurko: “Богородице Діво | Virgin Mother of God”, “Світе тихий | Gladsome Light”
  • illustration of compositions by Olexander Koshetz “На вулиці скрипка грає | A violin plays outdoors”, “Хваліть Господа з небес | Praise the Lord from the heavens”
  • illustration of composition by Volodymyr Zubytsky: “Дримба | Mouth harp”

Characteristics of the literary text

Music theory analysis

Harmonic analysis

Vocal-choral analysis

Performance analysis

  • work on diction, articulation
  • techniques of breathing, vocal delivery

Performance plan

  • Characteristics of a dynamics plan


Questions and answers

Volodymyr Viniar Vydubychi Church Choir Recording Studio
Vydubychi Church Choir Studio Recording


Roman Hurko

Roman Hurko

Composer Roman Hurko joins the Vydubychi Church Choir for the Master Class in Toronto.

Hurko, a Toronto native, is the co-founder of the St. Evtymyj Church choir at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Toronto. In 2004 he was elected to the Composers Union of Ukraine. A graduate of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, he has composed and recorded five major works of sacred music:

  • Liturgy No.1 (a.k.a. Liturgy 2000) – in Ukrainian, recorded with the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle (Chicago,1999) and re-recorded with the Bells of Podil Choir (Kyiv, 2009)
  • Requiem/Panachyda for the Victims of Chornobyl – in Ukrainian, recorded with the Frescoes of Kyiv Chamber Choir (Kyiv, 2001)
  • Liturgy No.2 – in Ukrainian, recorded with the Vydubychi Church Choir (Kyiv, 2003)
  • Vespers/Vechirnia – in Church Slavonic, recorded with the Vydubychi Church Choir (Kyiv, 2005)
  • Liturgy No.3 – in English, recorded with the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle and Guest Artists (Chicago, 2011)

Two of Hurko's pieces, “Богородице Діво | Virgin Mother of God” and “Світе тихий | Gladsome Light” will be featured in the Master Class — a unique opportunity for participating choir conductors and choristers to hear from the source of sacred music they will interpret.

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Recently, Roman has become involved in a series of recordings entitled "The Ukrainian Art Song Project" as producer. The goal of the project is to record the complete art songs of Ukraine's major composers. Volume 1 of the series, Kyrylo Stetsenko, The Art Songs (1882 - 1922) was launched on September 14th, 2006 at the Four Season's Opera House in Toronto. Volume 2, Mykola Lysenko, The Art Songs (1842 - 1912) was launched on December 5th, 2010 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Volume 3, Yakiv Stepovyi, the Art Songs (1883 - 1921) was released on February 6th, 2011 at the Winspear Center in Edmonton.

For more information about the Ukrainian Art Song Project, please visit

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Sunday, May 1, 2011
Time: 2:30-5:30pm

Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John
(Lower Auditorium)
10951 – 107 Street
Edmonton AB
Telephone: 780.425.9692

For more information on the Vydubychi Church Choir's Edmonton Master Class and Conductors' forum, send an e-mail message to:

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Saturday, May 7, 2011
Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Contact Genevieve Armstrong: (204) 663.8423

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan's Cathedral
1175 Main Street
Winnipeg MB
Telephone: (204) 582.8946

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Sunday, May 15, 2011
Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm

For those intending to attend the Master Class in Toronto with the Vydubychi Church Choir and composer Roman Hurko, please note the new time and location of the Toronto Master Class. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

St. Volodymyr Cathedral
(Cathedral Hall)
406 Bathurst Street
Toronto ON
Telephone: 416.603.3224

For more information on the Vydubychi Church Choir's Toronto Master Class send an e-mail message to:

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Registration information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.