Vydubychi Church Choir
The Choir was founded in 1990 in Kyiv at the beginning of the rebirth in Ukraine of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church — and was among the first choirs in newly-independent Ukraine to reinstate singing of the Divine Liturgy in Ukrainian; sparking a renewed interest in the Ukrainian sacred music tradition.
The choir sang in the St. Sophia Cathedral during the consecration of His Holiness Patriarch Mstyslav (Kyiv, 1990). From 1993 onward, the Choir has sung in the St. Michael’s Vydubytsky Men’s Monastery of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, (Kyiv Patriarchate), the oldest monastery in Ukraine.
Members of the Choir are professional singers, graduates of conservatories and institutes of music in Ukraine. From its beginning, Ukrainians from Canada, the United States, England and other European countries have sung with the choir and helped with all its activities.
Performance and Repertoire
The repertoire of the Choir includes sacred works, choral concertos, Christmas and New Year’s carols and Ukrainian folk songs. For its spiritual and creative work, the Vydubychi Choir has been awarded many diplomas at choral competitions and festivals, certificates of appreciation and awards from various organisations.
The Choir has participated in:
- IV International Choral Symposium (Sidney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, 1996)
- VIII World Congress of Ukrainians (Kyiv, 2003)
- Laureate of the First All-Ukrainian Festival-Competition of Church Choirs “Great, One God” (Kyiv, 2004)
- XVI International Festival “Kyiv MusicFest” (Kyiv, 2005)
- IX World Congress of Ukrainians (Kyiv, 2008).
The Vydubychi Church Choir has performed on stages and in churches of Ukraine, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Australia and Canada.
"Ukrainians have always been famous for their voices. Last night's performance by the Vydubychi Church Choir was one of the best I have ever heard. The sound was remarkable clean and natural with very dynamic gradations. Highly recommended to all lovers of fine choral singing."
— Sydney Morning Herald
Reviews of Vydubychi Church Choir performances have been published in newspapers «Geld & Werk» (Belgium); "Sydney Morning Herald" (Australia); “Calgary Herald” (Canada); “Kyiv Post”, “Ukrainian Word”, “Capital” (Ukraine), “Ukrainian Echo” (Germany) and the international religious journal “Chasha”.
Concert performances were recorded and broadcast on Belgium Radio-3, Australian National Radio, “Ukrainian Time” in Canada, and National Radio, Ukraine.
The Choir has recorded 15 CDs and 8 audio albums of Ukrainian sacred choral works and folk music, and published the scores to its CD “Praise the Name of the Lord,” a joint project with the firm 3-Media in the multimedia encyclopaedia “Churches of Kyiv.”
Conductor, Volodymyr Viniar, obtained his higher music education at the M. Drahomanov Pedagogical University in Kyiv. One of the organisers of the Choir, he was awarded the St. Volodymyr Medal (2008) and Archangel Michael Medal (2010) for his spiritual and creative service in the Vydubychi Church Choir of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, (Kyiv Patriarchate).
Soloist and Assistant Conductor, Valentyna Yakovenko, obtained her higher education at the Kyiv Conservatory in vocale. She has sung in the Choir from its beginning and is one of its founders. She was awarded the St. Barbara Medal (2008) for her spiritual and creative service in the Vydubychi Church Choir.
Choir Director, Bohdan Kuts, obtained his higher education at the Kyiv Institute of Culture. He was awarded the St. Nicholas Medal (2008) for his spiritual and creative service in the Vydubychi Church Choir. He has sung in the Choir since 1993, and is the producer of all recordings and music programs published by the Choir, organiser of concert tours and performances, and has served as Director since 1997.