The conductor/founder
Victor Gorodinsky, Director /
            Founder            

Victor Gorodinsky is a Slavic Languages Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Libraries.
Read the recent University Library article on Victor.

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Victor immigrated to the United States in 1982. He holds a Master's Degree in Music (classical guitar and orchestral conducting) from Gnesin College of Music in Moscow. Before moving to Madison in 1995, he worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where, in addition to being a Slavic Studies Librarian, he was Assistant Director (under the late Professor John Garvey) and later, Music Director of the University of the Illinois Russian Folk Orchestra, the official School of Music performing and touring ensemble. Under Victor's baton, the 40-piece orchestra was performing several times a year at the University of Illinois' Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and toured around the Midwest.

In 1996, with the generous financial help from CREECA, Victor was able to purchase authentic Russian folk instruments, domras and balalaikas, and rehearsals began in the fall of 1997.

When Victor happens to have free time, he likes spending it with his lovely cat Asya, reading, listening to other music, traveling, and performing magic.  And occasionally, he enjoys doing rather goofy things (see photo below)


Quartet for certain folk instruments and a lawn mower


Accordion/Bayan, Balalaika,
        Domra, Oboe and Flute

The members

The Orchestra's current members:
* denotes an original member

BAYAN (button accordion)
Don Becker*, Volodya Kolossovsky, Ted Penrod
ACCORDION Lilly Simmons, Patricia Stone [on leave], Amy Wencel
PRIMA BALALAIKA Anton Babkin, Dennis Lynch, Anna Ogden-Nussbaum, David Pook, Ulises Hernández Tinajero, Olga Trubetskoy
SEKUNDA BALALAIKA Sloan Davis, Christina Wilson
ALTO BALALAIKA Lori Ladwig
BASS BALALAIKA Lauren Schulte
CONTRABASS BALALAIKA Alina Capanna, Yuriy Kolossovsky
PRIMA DOMRA Dan Cobb*, Rollande Krandall [on leave], Kathy Mittelstadt, Dan Tremmel, Karen Tusack, Mike Watters, Snezhana Zheltoukhova
ALTO DOMRA Elliot Bartz, Kathleen Conti, Bill Foley, Vladimir Trubetskoy, Abby Wanserski
BASS DOMRA David Grindrod*, Tiara Luckiesh
FLUTE Anne Gath
OBOE Sarah Filer
BASSOON
Erica Hall


See the list of Orchestra's past members.

The soloists, present and past

ALTO
Anna Gubenkova
BARITONE Lennart Bäckström
SOPRANO Annika Bäckström, Maia Braden, Jackie King,
Rachel Renée
TRUMPET John Aley
OBOE Marc Fink
DANCE Kavkaz Russian Dancers
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