Address: P. O. Box 770787, Eagle River, Alaska 99577, U.S.A.

Русский Хор на Аляске

Copyright

Gold Diploma, International Festival-Contest "Choral Veche of  Siberia"
Золотой Диплом
Международного Фестиваля-конкурса "Хоровое Вече Сибири"

ARTISTS PROFILES

Svetlana Velitchko is an extraordinary teacher, brilliant pianist, excellent musician, and exceptional person." (Alexie Suitanov, Gold-Medalist, International Van Cliburn Competition.)

Svetlana had her first performance at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Philharmonic Hall at the age of seven. She received her musical education at the Central Music School for Especially Gifted Children in Moscow and later at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. After her graduation with honors, she was invited to become a faculty member at the Moscow Conservatory. Over the next 29 years she taught over 250 Russian and foreign students. She was the official accompanist for the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow.

Since emigrating to the United States, Ms. Velichko has lived in Anchorage, Alaska where she teaches in her private studio and at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She continues to perform numerous solo and chamber music recitals.

She recently recorded a CD with American mezzo-soprano Sherri Weiler of songs by Russian composers.

Christine Keene is the president of the NATS Alaska Chapter (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and an Adjunct Professor of Voice at the University of Alaska.

Christine received her master of music from Florida State University and attended her undergraduate studies at both the University of Alaska and the University of Oregon.

Ms. Keene was the 1st place winner of the 2001 and 2002 Anchorage Concert Chorus Vocal Competitions, the 2001 NATS Alaska Vocal Competition, and was the 2004 Anchorage Festival of Music's Young Alaskan Artist. In 2006, she was a member of the Anchorage Opera Young Artist apprentices and has won top honors in the Dean Allen Competition hosted by Ms. Gloria Allen.

In 2012, she was the recipient of the NATS Emerging Leader Award for the Northwest District.

Ms. Keene performed with the Russian American Colony Singers (RACS) as a soloist and taught voice lessons to RACS members in 2011, assisting with the 10th anniversary concert.

Leo Grinberg was born and raised in the Russian Far East. At an early age, he discovered a passion and talent for music and acting art.
 
In 2003 he travelled to the United States to pursue his lifetime dream - singing American music.

His recent credits include: Adult Tommy in TAU's 2011 production of The Who's Tommy; Hedwig in Outnorth's 2011 production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Roger in TAU's production of RENT, The Baker in TAU's production of Into The Woods;Curly in Perseverance Theatre's Oklahoma!; Jesus Christ in TAU's Jesus Christ Superstar.

Graduate of UAA in Advertising, Leo is a self-employed graphic artist at Happy Cat Designs and an active member of the music community of Anchorage.

Tomodachi Daiko, Inc. (TDI), "Friends of taiko drumming" was founded in the summer of 2000. Sachiko Kono and Miyuki Imai were encouraged to by Anchorage School District (ASD) World Language Coordinator Janice Gullickson to start a taiko program to enrich the Japanese Immersion Program and Anchorage community.

The mission of the TDI is to promote cultural interaction, educational opportunities, and physical fitness using and performing with taiko drums. Our name Tomodachi Daiko, means "friends of taiko drumming". It is also our mission to extend friendship and bring awareness of cultural diversity and traditional arts to our audience. Taiko drumming, a traditional Japanese art form dating back thousands of years, showcases unity in song, movement and spirit with its power and energy.

Since it's founding, Tomodachi Daiko has built more than 30 drums and has grown to more than 100 members. Tomodachi Daiko is a diverse group of drummers of all abilities ranging from eight years olds to adults.

Imamsuat "People of the Sea" is a multi-generational group of Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) people from the Alaska and Lower Kenai Peninsulas, Kodiak and Afognak Islands. Members of the group are also from the Inupiaq culture of the Bering Sea.

The group was formed to preserve and promote Sugpiat culture through dance, song, and stage performances and to educate the world about our people, values, and traditions.

Member of Imamsuat also hope to preserve family stories, history, and songs.

Imamsuat has danced in locations from Boulogne sur Mer, France - at the Chateau Musee, Quyana Night - at the Alaska Federation of Native, Milan Italy - Spirit of the Planet Festival, to Honolulu Hawaii.

Friends in Dance is a group of dancers based in Fairbanks, Alaska, with various levels of experience who are brought together by desire to dance and perform.

Our group was formed in 2009 and our specialty is international dances. We choreograph our own dances, design costumes and perform at different venues and festivals around town.

The group leader is Natasha Kultchitsky. She is trained in classical ballet and international folk dances. She performed with professional dance group in Moscow, Russia, for several years.

The Pavva Inupiaq Dancers - "Away from the Sea" are a group of residents of Fairbanks, Alaska formed in 1999 to preserve the culture and traditions of the Ipupiaq peoples through song and dance. The group demonstrates this culture through performances of songs and dances to both Alaska Native and non-Native peoples. Inupiaq people from the Fairbanks community want to learn more about their ancestor's traditions and to continue the Inupiaq way of life by passing their traditions and values onto their children from generations to generations. The group leader, Asiqluq/Sean Topkok has created songs and dances for us to perform, and we have performed shared dances from Yup'ik and Inupiaq groups. The group or members of the group have also performed in California, Hawai'i, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Florida, Washington, Oklahoma, Utah, Maryland, and Washington DC, also in Calgary, Malaysia, and Iqaluit in Nunavut. We have been filmed by BBC for the program Blue Peter, and filmed by other film companies.