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Kitka Community Chorus — “Zele”
led by Janet Kutulas


Janet Kutulas, photo by Sarah SmallZele Community Chorus directed by
Janet Kutulas

Initiated as the first Kitka-run ongoing community ensemble experience, Zele is now entering its 10th season led by Kitka singer Janet Kutulas. The group is comprised of 20+ women of all ages. Learning traditional folksongs and choral arrangements from the Balkans and the Caucasus, the group stops along the way to hone ensemble skills and study regional vocal placement, stylistic subtleties, language, and to enjoy the incredible harmonies of both the music and the good fellowship of the group.

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Kitka announces the new Community Chorus program led by Kitka singer Janet Kutulas. This Fall season, the group will meet weekly for 10 sessions to learn traditional and contemporary folk repertoire from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region in the context of a committed ongoing ensembles. Rehearsals include work on vocal technique, ensemble singing, and performance skills. Both ensembles are open to singers of all ages and experience.


This season there are no auditions required to join the Kitka Community Chorus. But it’s essential that interested singers have the ability to match pitch and sing harmony parts in tune. If you have any questions about whether you’d be a good vocal match for the group, please contact the directors (emails below). Previous experience with Eastern European folk singing is helpful but not required. The ability to read music is also helpful but not required, as music is taught using both aural and written methods.


There will be an end-of-season performance for family and friends on the last weekly session night.

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