Vesnivka Choir of Toronto is Canada’s pre-eminent Ukrainian women’s choir. Our mandate: to bring Ukrainian classical, contemporary, sacred and folk music to life. We share our choral tradition with communities of music lovers wherever they may be. Vesnivka has collaborated with leading Canadian choirs and ensembles including the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Orpheus Choir, the Amadeus Choir, the Victoria Scholars, the Toronto Children’s Choir and the Gryphon Trio.
Founded in 1965 by Halyna Kvitka Kondracki, Vesnivka has become an integral part of the Canadian and the Canadian-Ukrainian choral communities. From its humble origins as a school choir for girls, Vesnivka has grown into a powerful voice in the world of choral music. As Vesnivka approaches its 50th anniversary in 2015, the tradition of choral excellence lives on.
Vesnivka choir has demonstrated excellence in musical performance, and it continues to perform challenging and interesting programs. To date, Vesnivka has won eight Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Choral Competition awards in this prestigious biannual competition. In 2000, Vesnivka choir travelled to Linz, Austria, where it competed in the 1st Choir Olympics and won a Silver Medal in the “Folklore a cappella” category.
In 1993, Vesnivka attended its first international music festival, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod choral competition in Wales and won first place in the “Folk” category, competing against 22 world-class choirs. Vesnivka also performed at the grand finale and was awarded the esteemed W.S. Gwynn Williams International Trophy for outstanding performance.
Halyna Kvitka Kondracki is the conductor and director of Toronto’s award-winning Vesnivka choir, which she founded in 1965. She also leads the Toronto Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir, which she founded in June 2001.