About YAVIR Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton

For 40 years the YAVIR Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton (UMCE) has pursued the objective of developing, promoting, and fostering a greater appreciation of the traditions of Ukrainian choral singing.

The UMCE’s first major performance was at Expo ’86 in Vancouver. The choir was proud to represent Canada at the 1996 International Choral Festival in Missoula, Montana. The UMCE toured Poland and Western Ukraine in 2002 and returned to Ukraine in 2011 for a concert tour. The choir also traveled to Australia in 2008 and has performed in all of the major cities in Canada.

In 2014, the UMCE participated in the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, and also performed in Poland and Austria. And in 2017, the choir toured Spain and Portugal.

Throughout its existence, the UMCE has hosted and performed at numerous events in the Edmonton area, and every December hosts a Christmas concert called “A Festive Mosaic”. The choir has also performed on several occasions with both the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Civic Symphony in the past few years.

The choir has released 4 recordings: That Old Sheepskin Coat, The Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton LIVE!, Malanka Suite and Kateryna.

The current artistic director of the UMCE is Slava Morozow, and the piano accompanist is Roman Soltykevych.

Viatcheslaw (Slava) Morozow


Roman Soltykevych


Ron Bayda
Taras Baydala
Vlodko Boychuk
Steve Ciona
Rick Doblanko
Dennis Elkow
Stephen Ewaskiw
Andrew Hladyshevsky
Jonathan Hlus
Nick Horobec
Tony Horobec
Bill Horpyniuk
Bo Jereniuk
Paul Jereniuk
Taras Jereniuk
Yaroslav Kitynskyy
Sam Kostiuk
Ihor Krys
Serhii Kucher
Bill Lebedovich
Stefan Lewko
Greg Pacholok
J.M. Palahniuk
Lubomyr Pastuszenko
Simon Pryma
Boris Radyo
Dmytro Rusnak
Orest Semchuk
Ron Solowan
Andrzej Szymanowka
Peter Tarnawsky
Paul Teterenko
Nazar Vitak
Evan Zukiwsky