The registration deadline for past members is August 20, and space permitting, registration will open to the public on August 21 with preference given to those on the waiting list. To be added to the waiting list please contact us.

Kitka Community Chorus: Zele

Initiated as the first Kitka-run ongoing community ensemble experience, Zele is now entering its 13th 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.


Kitka Community Chorus: Zele
Directed by Janet Kutulas
10 Monday sessions: Sep 4 - Nov 6, 2017
Silk Road House
1944 University Ave
Berkeley, CA

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 committed ongoing ensembles. Rehearsals include work on vocal technique, ensemble singing, and performance skills. “Zele” is open to female singers of all ages.

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 Zele's director Janet Kutulas. 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.

For more information, please email Janet directly.


There will be a $180 fee for the entire series with three payment options:

  • One-time payment of $180
  • Three-month payment plan of $60 per month
  • Ten-weekly payment plan of $18 per week

A private link to these payment options will be provided upon registration.


There will be an end-of-season performance for family and friends on Sunday, November 12, details forthcoming.

Last song of 12/11/12 Kitka Community Chorus performance in Oakland, CA


Zele banner photo by Steven Bollman