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Kitka Community Choruses
15 Tuesday Evening Sessions    -    February 4 - May 13, 2014, 7:30-9:30 PM

$225. - Registration deadline is February 4, 2014.
Two sections:
New ensemble directed by Caitlin Tabancay Austin (FULL).
Zele directed by Janet Kutulas (FULL).


Caitlin T. Austin New ensemble directed by Caitlin Tabancay Austin in Berkeley (FULL)

Due to demand, Kitka is offering another ensemble this season. The new group focuses on singing as a fun, inclusive, full-body practice. Each rehearsal includes accessible training exercises designed to stretch singers' abilities and awareness of their own personal instrument. For more information, contact: .

Janet Kutulas, photo by Sarah SmallZele directed by Janet Kutulas in Oakland (FULL)

Initiated as the first Kitka-run ongoing community ensemble experience, Zele is now entering its 7th 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.
For more information, contact:


Kitka is expanding our Community Chorus program and will add a second community ensemble to its offerings this season! Both the new chorus and the existing chorus (Zele) will be led by Kitka singers. The groups will meet weekly for 15 sessions to learn traditional and contemporary folk repertoire from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region in the context of a committed ongoing ensemble. 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 Choruses. Interested singers should have the ability to match pitch and sing harmony parts in tune. 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.


Both ensembles: End-of-season performance for family and friends (date TBD)
Zele only: April 6, 2014, Mary Ellen Donald annual Middle Eastern Treasures concert


We ask that you make a commitment to the 15-week season by paying full membership dues. Membership fees help defray the cost of rehearsal space rental, music preparation, director salary, administrative expense, etc. We try to keep dues low - the cost for the current 15-week season breaks down to $15/rehearsal. But as this is not a drop-in group, we've found that it works out most equitably to require full dues from each person regardless of whether it's known by any member in advance if they will have to miss a rehearsal or two.


$225 for the 15-week season, is due by the first rehearsal. You may register and pay in full, or in 3 monthly or 15 weekly installments. Payment periods begin on the day you make your first payment. These payments will be automatically and securely processed through Kitka's PayPal account.

If you have any questions, contact the Kitka office at 510-444-0323

You may also mail a check for $225, made out to Kitka, to:

Re.: Community Chorus
1201 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Suite 103
Oakland, CA 94612

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