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Georgia Herman ethnographic collection

  • CA BMUFA 0103
  • Collection
  • 1984

This collection includes a reel-to-reel with Reverend Zuzak and Mrs. M. Werezak singing, and interviews with Mrs. S. Trefiak and Mrs. M. Herman on superstitions, northern lights, and more.

Herman, Georgia

Lily Tokaryk folklore collection

  • CA BMUFA 0105
  • Collection
  • 1983-1984

This collection includes an essay on proverbs, riddles, and sayings along with a book review for the courses Ukrainian 423 and Ukrainian 422.

Tokaryk, Lily

Mark Bandera ethnographic collection

  • CA BMUFA 0134
  • Collection
  • 1982-1987

A collection of course work by Mark Bandera including book reviews, annotated bibliographies, and essay on topics such as folklore, folksongs, tsymbaly, and bandury.

Bandera, Mark Jaroslav

Markian Kowaliuk ethnographic collection

  • CA BMUFA 0108
  • Collection
  • 1980

The collection consists of a fieldwork project and final papers done by Markian Kowaliuk for the Ukrainian Folklore courses at the University of Alberta.

Kowaliuk, Markian

Natalia Booyar ethnographic collection

  • CA BMUFA 0211
  • Collection
  • 1983, 1984

The collection consists of essays and questionnaires created by Natalia Booyar as part of her assignments for the Ukrainian Folklore courses at the University of Manitoba.

Booyar, Natalia

The New Melody Kings collection

  • CA BMUFA 0095
  • Collection
  • 2016

The collection consists of a Musical CD by the New Melody Kings titled "There's Something in the Wind". There is also a three page background story of the New Melody Kings written by Jerry Ozipko, and a one-page brief biography.

There's Something in the Wind
(Seven Selection EP)
©2016 STUDIOOZ Productions EP-01

Recording Engineer - Mike Brazeau, Reel Audio Productions

  1. Ne Teper Polka/"Not Now" (Polka) 2:29
    (Traditional Ukrainian Song)

  2. Shchos Nam Viter Naviva/"There's Something in the Wind" (Polka) & Arkan (Ukrainian Hutsul Dance) 3:06
    by Jerry Ozipko (2015)

  3. Chowen Ketaietsia/"The Rocking Boat" (Waltz) 3:33
    (Traditional Ukrainian Song)

  4. Chorney Ochi/"Dark Eyes" 2:34
    (Traditional Ukrainian Romance Song)

  5. Siyanka/"Sowing Wheat" (Kolomyjka) & Arkan (Traditional Hutsul Dance) 3:05

  6. Mazurka(Traditional Polish Dance) 3:52

  7. Hopak/"Cossack Dance" 1:55
    (Traditional National Dance of Ukraine)

The New Melody Kings

Ukrainian Diaspora Composers collection

  • CA BMUFA 0271
  • Collection
  • 2001-2021

The collection consists of articles about Ukrainian diaspora composers researched, written, and translated within the Ukrainian Diaspora Research Project conducted by the Ukraine Millennium Foundation.

The Composers of the Ukrainian Diaspora Research Project was initiated in 2001 when Pittsburgh musicologist Taras Filenko, PhD, approached Ukraine Millennium Foundation president Gordon (Bud) Conway, offering to research and author the project. The UMF Board supported the concept and received permission from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to use gaming funds to pay for the long-term project. The project was to include the biographies of approximately 40 composers living and working outside Ukraine. It was originally conceived as a book, but ultimately has become a compilation placed into the Bohdan Medwidsky Archives of the Kule Centre at the University of Alberta.

Phase One, completed in 2021, contains articles on 21 composers of the Ukrainian diaspora. Written primarily in Ukrainian, the files have been translated into English and edited by Lada Hornjatkevyc from 2008 to 2021.

In a letter dated from October 3, 2001, Dr. Filenko related the rationale of the project:

“One of the purposes of this project is to bring hitherto hidden composers into the spotlight of international music. I feel strongly that there will be many discoveries. For example, there were two brothers-composers in the Ukrainian musical milieu at the end of the 19th century. Their surname was Akimenko, one of them emigrated to France and the other remained in Ukraine and composed under the pen name Stepovy.

I recently learned that the brother in France, although living in poverty, composed music as well… This is just one of the many interesting realities on the journey into the unknown terrain of the resurrection of Ukrainian music.”

Many years later, in 2020, Dr. Filenko explained why the article on Vasyl Bezkorovayny was still incomplete. The archive was in his brother’s private home in Simferopil and had been inaccessible since the Russian takeover of Crimea. These stories reveal some of the challenges in compiling research on composers included in this project.

Because Ukrainian history includes centuries of foreign domination, a great number of composers and musicians left their homeland and took up residence in other countries. Australia, Canada, Italy, Czechia, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and other countries have benefitted from the talents of their nationals of Ukrainian heritage. The Ukraine Millennium foundation intends to fund research into the identification of these composers.

Phase One of the Composers of the Ukrainian Diaspora Project includes Fedir Akimenko, Virko Baley, Vasyl Bezkorovayny, Peter Deriashnyj, George Fiala, Mykola Fomenko, Michael Hayvoronsky, Andrij Hnatyschyn, Wadym Kipa, Alexander Koshetz, Marian Kouzan, Gary Kulesha, Larysa Kuzmenko, Hryhory Kytasty, Zenoby Lawryshyn, Zenowij Lysko, Yuriy Oliynyk, Roman Prydatkevytch, Ihor Sonevytsky, Stefania Turkewich-Lukianovych and Wasyl Wytwycky.

The Diaspora Composers Project was designed to develop through four stages, described by Dr. Filenko in 2002:

Stage 1. Initial (Preliminary)
Evaluation of the existing research related to the project. Gathering publicly available and published information on the subject. Further delineation of the sub-stages of the project. Definition of the most efficient way of gathering information.

Stage 2. Intermediate
Systematization of the material based upon historical, socio-political, geographical and cultural criteria.

Stage 3. Advanced
Selection of auxiliary sources for additional information. Reevaluation of the cultural context and the role of the particular individual in cultural development and his/her influence on the musical culture. Musicological analysis of the selected compositions, comparative analysis of the stylistic characteristics, etc.

Stage 4. Final Stage
Unification of the form of presentation, development of academic apparatus, such as indices, maps, music examples, photo materials, and possibly audio material. Style of footnotes, especially related to archival materials from different countries, list of illustrations and additional materials.

Future of the Project
Upon completion of the Composers of the Ukrainian Diaspora Project (Phase One), with files on 21 composers placed in the Bohdan Medwidsky Archives in 2021, UMF intends to continue to fund Phase Two of the project.

Ukraine Millennium Foundation

Vivian Osachuk folklore collection

  • CA BMUFA 0104
  • Collection
  • 1984

This collections includes an essay by Vivian Osachuk on the development of the contemporary bandura scene for the course Ukrainian Arts in Canada.

Osachuk, Vivian