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Zele: The Kitka Community Chorus, directed by Janet Kutulas
14 Tuesday Evening Sessions
September 3 — December 3, 2013, 7:30-9:30 PM
Musically Minded Academy, Broadway, Oakland, CA
$225. IMPORTANT: Please email Janet at
to be sure space is still available.
Registration deadline is September 3, 2013.
An ongoing ensemble experience for all you Kitka workshop devotees and other singing fans who are looking for more opportunities to make beautiful traditional Eastern European harmonies together. The Kitka Community Chorus, led by Kitka's own Janet Kutulas, begins its fifth season September 3, 2013!
The Kitka Community Chorus is a vocal ensemble of 20+ women of all ages (most of whom are just a little bit crazy in love with Eastern European harmonies). We work together on incredible, beautiful Eastern European folksongs and choral arrangements, stopping along the way to hone ensemble skills and study traditional vocal placement, stylistic subtleties (ornaments, phrasing, etc.), and language.
Traditional vocal music from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus; exciting choral arrangements from Bulgaria; powerful Croatian harmonies; earthy Russian women's songs; haunting Ukrainian melodies; incredible Georgian lullabies; teeth-gnashing dissonances; asymmetric rhythms; intricate ornamentation; and all the rest!
Good intonation is essential! Basic pitch-matching skills, the ability to hold a drone note in tune under a melody part, and the ability to sing inner harmony parts in tune are all requirements!
For this season there are no auditions to become a member. However, we'd like to ensure that the level of musicianship is such to make it fun and challenging for all of you who have good ensemble singing skills and experience. So we're asking that a few basic criteria are met in order to become a member. If you have questions about whether you'd be a good match for the group, please contact Janet Kutulas at
An ability to produce a forward-sounding Balkan-style vocal quality will be helpful. No previous Balkan singing experience is necessary but would also be helpful. Kitka regularly holds beginning Balkan singing workshops and Kitka singers teach privately. Call the Kitka office at 510.444.0323 for more information.
The ability to read music is not a requirement but is certainly encouraged as a skill to learn. If you are not a music reader, the ability to learn quickly by ear is essential to level the pace between readers and non-readers. We also ask that you are willing to spend a little bit of time on your own learning the music so that you can come to the rehearsals prepared to sing your parts. Rehearsal part recordings are regularly sent via email.
We ask that you make a commitment to the 14-week session by paying full membership dues for the season. Membership fees help defray the cost of rehearsal space rental, music preparation, director salary, administrative expense, etc. We try and keep dues low - the cost for the current 14-week season breaks down to $16/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.
Most important requirement: a desire to sing some of the most beautiful music in the world!
End-of-season performance for family and friends on December 3, 2013. Other performance opportunities are in the works as well.
$225 for the 14-week season, due by the first rehearsal. You may register and pay in full or 14-weekly or 3 monthly installments. Payment periods begin on the day you make your first payment. These payments will be automatically and securely processed through PayPal. Please contact Janet at
for information about installment plans and to begin your payments.
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