Chamber Choir of Volga State University of Technology (Yoshkar-Ola, Russia)

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Chamber Choir of Volga State University of Technology (Yoshkar-Ola)

The choir’s birthday is celebrated on January 30, 1999, when a vocal ensemble appeared on the basis of the students’ club of Volga State University of Technology (VSUT), which soon evolved into the chamber choir. Nowadays the choir performs at all university holidays, solemn events, at the Republican festival “Choral Spring” (“Khorovaya vesna”). Along with classics, spiritual pieces, arrangements of Russian folk songs, the collective performs music of Finno-Ugrian composers. The choir is well known in the singing society of the Mari Republic.

Chamber Choir of VSUT is a collective of different ages, teachers, students, graduates sing in it, the main thing that unites them is not just a consumer love for music, but a readiness to create it, to learn it, to work up to the seventh sweat. The real foundation of the collective is the male choir group, it is not only a stable part of the collective that is working at rehearsals, but also a brilliant artistic union. Each participant of the choir has a special zest, a student of Faculty of Informatics and Computer Engineering D. Smyshlyaev – a wonderful, virtuosic guitarist, students L. Semenov and M. Mityukova are a creative poetic union, O. Tymbayeva writes poems and songs in her native language, a whole group of bards is engaged in the choir. Already well-known ensemble “Watercolor” (“Akvarel”) and the duet “Natural oxygen” (“Naturalniy kislorod”) were founded in the choir.

Such a non-standard situation leads to non-standard concerts forms in which genres and styles are mixed. Chamber choir of VSUT performs at concerts dedicated to university’s birthdays, honoring the jubilees, days of university’s graduates’ meetings, the choir performed twice in Evseyev museum (“Night at museum”, 2012, 2013). Singers of the collective took part in opera performances on the stage of Eric Sapaev Opera and Ballet Theater (P. Tchaikovsky “Eugene Onegin”, “Queen of Spades” (“Pikovaya dama”), N. Rimsky-Korsakov “The Tsar’s Bride” 2010-2012). Chamber choir of VSUT is a welcome guest at the festival of author’s music on Lake Yalchik, where it successfully performs every year.

Traditionally, the choir takes part in the city festival “Choral Spring” (“Khorovaya vesna”) annually. In 2002, Chamber Choir became a laureate of a republican choral music competition. The choir took part in International choir festival “Young Voices” twice, in 2004 and 2008.

In 2015, the choir became a laureate of the I degree in VII International TV Festival-Competition “Constellation-2015” (“Sozvezdiye”, Cheboksary). In November 2017 it became a laureate of the II degree in II All-Russian choral festival-contest “On the Volga expanses” (“Na volzhskikh prostorakh”), held in Cheboksary.

Oksana Nekhaeva

Art director and conductor of Chamber Choir of VSUT.

Oksana has been working at Volga State University of Technologies for 17 years. She has a higher musical and pedagogical education, graduated from Samara State Pedagogical University (Faculty of Arts) with honours.

She is very active in choral art propaganda. Oksana has honorary letters of the mayor of the city of Yoshkar-Ola, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education.

Oksana leads an active scientific and methodical work, is the author of the UMK on Music; actively participates in scientific and methodical conferences, sharing her experience, conducting workshops, open lessons at All-Russian level.

Participants – Youth choir “Vozrozhdenie” /”Revival”/ (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

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The youth choir “Revival” was founded by Sergey Smirnov in 1999 from graduates of the choral studio “Kamerton” (“Tuning fork”) of Chkalov Palace of Children’s (Youth) Art and students of educational musical institutions and various universities of Nizhny Novgorod.
The collective is a constant participant of festivals and choral cathedrals taking place in Nizhny Novgorod. The choir demonstrated its art in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Togliatti, Samara, Rostov on Don, Kirov, Ivanovo, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl.
There are more than 100 pieces of Russian and foreign classics in the youth choir’s repertoire, pieces of contemporary authors and folk songs arrangements.
The choir “Vozrozhdenie” is a laureate of international competitions in Moscow (2008), Kazan (2010), St. Petersburg (2011, 2016, 2017), Grand Prix winner of International Choir Competition “Zvuchit Moskva-2017” (“Moscow Sounds”) in “Spiritual Music” and “Academic Choir” nominations.

Sergey Smirnov
Art director and conductor of the youth choir “Vozrozhdenie” (“Revival”).
Sergey is an Honoured Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, Professor of Choral Conducting Department of Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory, a laureate of International Competitions, art director of the children’s choral studio “Kamerton” (“Tuning fork”) of Chkalov Palace of Children’s (Youth) Art.
He graduated from Gorky Choral Chapel of Boys (1968), Gorky Musical College (1972) and Glinka Gorky (Nizhny Novgorod) State Conservatory (1977). He was awarded “The Best Conductor” diplomas at international competitions.
The creative activity of S. Smirnov is multifaceted. He is the author of a number of choral pieces collections for female, children’s and mixed choirs, the author of folk songs choral arrangements. He is a permanent member of the jury of leading International Choir Competitions in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities of Russia, leads workshops in conducting and working with a choir, and provides methodological assistance to choir collectives leaders in Russia.

Participants – Mixed choir of Balakirev Nizhny Novgorod Music College (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

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Mixed choir of Balakirev NIznhny Novgorod Music College (NMC) is an active participant in various concert projects and events in Nizhny Novgorod. In the second half of the twentieth century, the choir of the school was conducted by the outstanding choirmasters: A. Shestakov, Honored Artist of Russia, Professor G. Muratov. In the XXI century S. Smirnov, Honored Worker of Culture of Russia, Professor, laureate of international competitions, director of Balakirev NMC in 2006-2012 came to replace G. Muratov. Since 2012 the choir is conducted by R. Zhiganshin.
Laureate of an international competition Academic Choir of Balakirev NMC is a participant of All-Russian Competition of Conductors in Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (Academy), musical gatherings and concerts in the college, concerts and festivals at various city and regional venues. Among the latest projects with the participation of the choir there are subscriptions “Five out of ten” and “|Music in jeans” of Rostropovich Nizhny Novgorod State Academic Philharmonic, performances of Pushkin Nizhny Novgorod Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, concert programs of Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory, “Remembrance Days of Boris Tevlin” with the participation as a conductor of Boris Tevlin’s student – art director of Sveshnikov State Choir E. Volkov, All-Russian festival-competition “Clear voices” (“Zvonkiye golosa”) and many others.

Renat Zhiganshin
Art director and main conductor of Balakirev Nizhny Novgorod Music College choir.
A graduate of Gorky Choral Capella of Boys, Balakirev Music College. He began his studies at Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (the class of Professor G. Muratov), in 1996 Renat moved to Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. In 1998 he graduated with honours from Choral Conducting faculty (class of Professor B. Tevlin), and in 2001 he graduated with honours from Opera and Symphony conducting faculty (class of Professor M. Ermler). In 2005 he graduated from the postgraduate course of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory in symphonic conducting (class of Professor A. Skulsky).
Since December 2000 he worked as a conductor at Tchaikovsky Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. Since February 2001 he is the art director of the chamber orchestra “Allegro” (Perm). Since September 2004 he has been working as the conductor in Academic Symphony Orchestra of Rostropovich Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic. Since 2007 he has been working at Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory.
Currently, he is the art director and main conductor of Pushkin Nizhny Novgorod Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, production symphony orchestra Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory, Academic Choir of Balakirev Nizhny Novgorod Music College.

Participants – Academic Female Choir of Ushinsky Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University (Yaroslavl, Russia)

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Academic Female Choir of Ushinsky Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University was founded 2014 at Department of Theory and Methodology of Music and Art Education of Pedagogical Faculty and successfully combines educational and concert activity. The collective is a “musical business card” of Ushinsky Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University (YaSPU), one of the oldest pedagogical universities in Russia.
Thanks to the active support of the university’s management, the choir successfully participates in international festivals and competitions. The collective is a diploma winner of All-Russian festival of student choirs “Vesnushka” (“Freckle”, 2015-2017), International Renaissance Festival in Hungary (2015), laureate of First, Second and Third (I degree laureate) Interregional Sergius Choral Festival in Rostov Veliky (2015 -2017), a diploma winner of the regional festival of choral music “Unity and Song Holiday”, a laureate of II degree of International Vocal-Choir Competition “Singing Belogorye” (2016), a Diploma winner of Choral Cathedral in Rostov Veliky (2016), a laureate of III degree of International Festival-Competition “Peter’s Days” (2016), a laureate of II degree of Fifth All-Russian Open Choir Festival “Young Classics” (2017).
Choirmaster is Natalia Teplova, concertmaster is Elena Alekseeva.

Yulia Volegova
Art director and conductor of Academic Female Choir of Ushinsky Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University.
Yulia is a graduate of Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory, a senior lecturer of Department of Theory and Methodology of Music and Art Education, a laureate of international competitions.

Participants – Choir of Financial University under the government of the Russian Federation (Moscow, Russia)

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Choir of Financial University was founded in September of 2009. Students, graduates of Financial university and their friends who indifferent to music and choral singing participate in the choir. The collective’s creative credo is to master as much as possible a variety of styles and genres of choral music and to bring all their variety to the audience. The choir’s repertoire contains choral miniatures of Renaissance and Classicism, pieces of Romantic composers, arrangements of Russian folk songs and songs of peoples of the world, Negro spirituals and contemporary popular songs arranged for choir. Recently, more and more meaning in the choir’s repertoire is occupied by pieces that can be attributed to the popular “show-choir” direction, which includes the active use of stage movement and dance elements.
Choir of Financial University is a laureate of students’ creativity festival “Festos” (2012, 2014-2017), a laureate of V All-Russian choir festival “Rus’, kuda zh neseshsya ty?” (“Russia, where do you rush?”, 2013), a laureate of IV International Arts festival “Doroga v Rozhdestvo” (“Road to Christmas”, 2013), the winner of International festival of military and patriotic songs “Nasledniki Pobedy” (“Heirs of Victory”, 2013) and Moscow vocal and choral festival “Osenneye mgogogolos’ye” (“Autumn polyphony”, 2013), a laureate of X International festival of student and academic choirs “Vesnushka” (“Freckle”, Yaroslavl, 2015), XV International choral festival “Young voices” (Nizhny Novgorod, 2016) and IV Teratsuyants International festival of choral music (Petrozavodsk, 2017). The choir regularly performs at the best halls of Moscow. The collective performed at Big and Rakhmaninov halls of Moscow conservatoire, concert hall of P. Tchaikovsky, concert hall of Gnessins Russian Academy of Music, concert hall “Gnesinsky on Povarskaya str.”, Culture House of Moscow State University and Culture House of Moscow Energetic Institute, two performances took place in beautiful acoustics of Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.
Choirmasters of the choir are laureates of International and All-Russian Competitions Gleb Kardasevich and Vladislav Ayrapetyan.

Natalya Shelkovskaya
Creator, art director and conductor of Choir of Financial University.
Natalia graduated as a conductor from Gnessins State Musical College (class of Honoured Arts worker of Russian Federation E. Kuznetsov) and Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (class of Honored Artist of Russia, professor S. Kalinin). Natalya finished post-graduate course of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (class of professor S. Kalinin). She studied composition optionally during her student years in conservatoire at class of professor V. Agafonnikov.
Natalya is a laureate of II prize of IV All-Russian review-competition at the piano course for students of different specialties (Moscow, 2004). Laureate of III prize of IV All-Russian festival-competition of Russian romance “White Acacia” (Yoshkar-Ola, 2006). For the achieved creative successes, she was awarded the Federal Scholarship “Young talents” (2005-2006). Laureate of II prize of V All-Ukrainian (international) competition of choral conductors (Kyiv, 2011). In 2006-2009 she was a guest soloist at performances of the string orchestra of Richter Children’s Arts School, with whom she took part in tours around Spain (2006, 2008), Scandinavian countries (2007). In 2010-2012 Natalia was a performer of Moscow ensemble “Vocalitis”, with whom she toured the countries of central Europe (Germany, Italy, Austria).
She has been engaged in teaching activity since 2005. Since 2011 Natalia is a lecturer of Choral Conducting Department of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.