The conductor/founder
Victor Gorodinsky, Director / Founder

Quartet for certain folk instruments and a lawn mower

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 to spend it reading, listening to other music, traveling, and performing magic.  Occasionally, he enjoys doing rather goofy things (see 2nd photo above)

The assistant conductor

Nebojša Macura joined the Orchestra in 2015, and has been its Assistant Conductor since February 2016. An alumnus of the UW-Madison School of Music (BM, 2005), he also holds graduate degrees in music composition from the University of British Columbia and University of Cincinnati. His works have been performed in 19 U.S. states and 3 Canadian provinces, as well as Bolivia, Brazil, Croatia, and Israel.

Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Nebojša has resided in North America since 1990. He is proud to share his musical heritage by arranging Serbian and other Southeast European songs for the Orchestra.

Accordion/Bayan, Balalaika,
        Domra, Oboe and Flute

The members

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

BAYAN (button accordion)
Don Becker*
PRIMA BALALAIKA Anne Brethauer, Thomas Edwards, Dennis Lynch, Hannah Miller, Anna Ogden-Nussbaum, David Pook, Olga Trubetskoy, David Wiedenkeller
SEKUNDA BALALAIKA Michael Carlson, Anna Graupner
ALTO BALALAIKA Brian Kilgour, Abby Ross
BASS BALALAIKA Lauren Schulte,
CONTRABASS BALALAIKA Yuriy Kolosovskiy, Nebojša Macura
PRIMA DOMRA Linda Bagley, Dan Cobb*, Allison Fujimoto, Kathy Mittelstadt, Dan Tremmel, Karen Tusack
ALTO DOMRA Reng Chiz Der, Bill Foley, Sebastian Skarbek, Kelsey South, Vladimir Trubetskoy, Abby Wanserski
BASS DOMRA David Grindrod*, Nicholas Pook
FLUTE Anne Gath
OBOE Sarah Filer

See the list of Orchestra's past members.

The soloists, present and past

Anna Gubenkova
BARITONE Lennart Bäckström
SOPRANO Annika Bäckström, Maia Braden, Jackie King,
Rachel Renée
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