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Conductor - Orest Soltykevych

Orest Soltykevych conducted the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton from 1984 to 2004, and is again its current conductor. In his years as a conductor of the Ukrainian Male Chorus, the choir experienced enormous accomplishments and had many opportunities to perform provincially, nationally and internationally.

The choir's first major performance was at Expo ’86 in Vancouver. The choir also performed at the International Choral Festival in Missoula, Montana. A highlight for the choir was its tour to Poland and Ukraine in 2002. The choir has also performed at Ukrainian festivals in Vegreville, Alberta and Dauphin, Manitoba. Under Orest's direction, the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton has expanded its repertoire to include a variety of liturgical music and traditional contemporary music.

In 2003, a committee in which Orest participated commissioned "Malanka Suite," composed by Willi Zwodesky in memory of the late Taras Uzwyshyn, a long-time chorister and passionate lover of Ukrainian music and folklore. Under Orest's leadership, the choir also commissioned the song "Zhuravli" (Cranes), based on a poem about Chornobyl written by a fourteen-year old boy from Ukraine and set to music by Willi Zwozdesky.

In his earlier years, Orest sang and accompanied the Dnipro and Edmonton CYMK choirs, as well as conducted the latter for seven years. Orest also served as a president of the Ukrainian Music Society for several years. With his devotion to Ukrainian music, Orest has hosted a weekly Ukrainian radio show entitled Sounds Ukrainian on CJSR Radio, featuring contemporary popular music from Ukraine. In recognition for his outstanding leadership and his vision, the choir members nominated Orest for the Hetman Award, which received in 2005.

Orest is a former member of the Richard Eaton Singers and currently sings in Da Camera Singers. He also hosts a weekly classical music radio show on CKUA.


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