Cyrilika Slavic Chamber Choir was established in 2012 at the initiative of a few enthusiastic amateur singers who had sung in their native Serbia in one of the most internationally acclaimed choirs in Belgrade. Feeling deprived of their beloved choral music, they decided to continue to share their singing enthusiasm here in Vancouver.
Cyrilika's membership quickly grew to about 30 singers, majority immigrants form ex Yugoslavian republics as well as Bulgaria, Russia and wider
Presenting the best of choral literature from various Slavic countries, Cyrilika offers uniqueness, quality, variety of repertoire and entertaining presence on stage, always warmly accepted by the Canadian audience.
In 2013 the choir became a registered non-profit society, financed by membership fees, donations and sponsorships, and is greatly supported by the community.
In April 2015, Cyrilika was awarded two golden diplomas at the Kiwanis Music Festival in Vancouver, as well as two runner-up positions at the Performing Arts BC Festival. Kiwanis also awarded the choir with a scholarship for the “Most Inspirational Performance”.
The choir’s repertoire is eclectic, carefully chosen to present the renowned Eastern-European Choral tradition. The repertoire includes Christian Orthodox Church Music, Choral arrangements inspired by the ethnic traditions of Slavic countries, late Renaissance and Romantic Era choral pieces, extending to choral music of the modern era.
In addition, Cyrilika has been performing annual concerts involving local guest artists from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures which adds another artistic level of quality and variety.
Cyrilika’s audience enjoys traveling through time in different languages, musical styles and genres.
Ms. Natalia Alexandrova holds BA in violin and piano, and Master Degree in conducting from Bulgarian State of Art University in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Ms. Alexandrova has extensive experience in conducting different choirs around the world.
Upon her move to Vancouver, Canada, she founded and conducted Douglass College Children Choir, Varna Chamber Choir and West End Chamber choir.
Ms. Alexandrova is passionate about choir music and is affiliated with many international and local choir federations.
Ms. Alexandrova is actively playing in many Lower Mainland orchestras as a violinist.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cyrilika Slavic Choir is managed by a group of enthusiastic members who volunteer their time and skills to support Cyrilika’s consistent excellence in performance.
Vlada Mars – President
Novak Apic – Vice President
Snežana Cagic – Treasurer