We are at Golden Festival again this year! Young Bulgarian Voices New York is a non profit cultural organization that offers a variety of instrumental, voice, dance, language and traditions classes and workshops for every age and every background.
Want to learn:
Bulgarian Kaba Gaida (bagpipe) for beginners and advanced players with Kiril Ketev
Bulgarian Tupan (double sided drum) for beginners with Bonnie Silver and Mersid Mustafov
Bulgarian Traditional Singing with Petya Maglova
Bulgarian dancing with Cathie Springer
Bulgarian language and singing school for children 1 to 21 years old
Cultural workshops for every age with teaching artist Merglena Zapreva
Let us know! Become one of us! Classes take place every Sunday online. You can also write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-872-7414 for more information
As we stand at the threshold of another exciting year ahead of us, we fondly remember the time we spent together in 2020, as part of Young Bulgarian Voices New York.
The last 10 months taught us all some very important lessons. The shared reality of a global pandemic made us rethink our values and priorities in a unique way. At YBVNY, we learned that we can do without many things in our every day life, but not without our cultural community. Despite the challenges, YBVNY never stopped creating a safe educational environment online every Sunday for all of us to enjoy: we keep learning Bulgarian, dancing, singing, playing Kaba Gaida and Tupan, participating in workshops and being together. Thanks to you and against all odds our enrollment keeps growing every week.
This year we have worked with twenty five bilingual children, introducing them to their Bulgarian heritage and the power of learning in a new and participatory way. We sang Bulgarian songs at the Golden Festival in front of thousands of Balkan Folk Music lovers who received us with open hearts and big smiles. We organized the first ever recreation of Bulgarian custom “Surva” on stage. The children made Martenitsi, Kukerski masks and Surovachki in our Bulgarian craft workshops. We have expanded our offerings with our new class “Mommy, Daddy and me” for children 1 to 3 years old.
For adults and older children, we offer 101 KABA GAIDI NEW YORK (Bulgarian bagpipe class), the TUPAN (Bulgarian double-sided drum) class, and Bulgarian folk singing and folk dancing classes. Going forward, we have planned to expand our reach and our activities. In 2021, we will continue our Bulgarian music, culture, language education and we’ll continue to share the richness of Bulgarian culture with others by performing in the digital edition of the prestigious Golden Festival 2021 Folk festival. In the Fall semester of 2021 you will be able to participate in our “Winter Holidays Recreation” – a series of creative workshops culminating in a celebration in December, and many other exciting events.
Please support us in our effort to keep this good and important work going!
Happy first day of school, Young Bulgarian Voices New York! Welcome back to school dear children, families and friends! We look forward to a school year full of adventures and achievements, new friendships and a lot of new knowledge! A big thank you goes out to our talented teachers and leaders for organizing today’s wonderful celebration! We can not wait to see you all next Sunday, September 20th and start the classes together! If you still need information how to enroll or about our unique classes, please write to email@example.com or call 617-872-7414 or 516-395-2569.
Честит първи учебен ден от Млади Български Гласове Ню Йорк! Добре дошли, мили деца и родители, и нека ви върви по вода! Очакава ни една учебна година пълна с прикючения и постижения, нови приятелства и много, много нови знания!Благодарим на усмихнатите и талантливи учители и ръководители за прекрасно организираното тържество! И нямаме търпение да се видим отново другата неделя!
(scroll down for Bulgarian text and detailed information for the the Bulgarian children’s language school)
Below is information on the ONLINE classes we offer for the upcoming school year in both adult and children categories. First day of classes will be on September 13 at 11:00. True to our 15 year tradition, we will start the year together as a community with a small online celebration.
See detailed schedule at the bottom of this post. Please feel free to cal and write to us for more information. We will be more than happy to chat and explain all the details.
For those of you who are beginners, we offer instruments on loan.
Classes take place every Sunday online.
Kaba Gaida with Kiril Ketev- intermediate /advanced 11:00AM to 1:00PM
Kaba Gaida -Beginners Call us for times – we have multiple sections
Bulgarian Singing with Petya Maglova 12:00Pm to 1:00PM
Bulgarian Folk Dancing with Cathie Springer 1:30PM to 2:30PM
Bulgarian Tupan with Mersid Mustafov Semka beginners 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Bulgarian Tupan with Mersid Mustafov Semka intermediate/advanced 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Bulgarian School for children 1 to 18 -multiple teachers starts at 10AM and finishes at different times depending on the age and how many different subjects you choose. Please call us for detailed schedule, tuition and more information.
We offer also Bulgarian Singing for children with rich performing schedule, Bulgarian Math, Creative workshops based on the Bulgarian Cultural Traditions. Please call us for detailed schedule, tuition and more information.
“Млади Български Гласове Ню Йорк” отваря врати за поредна учебна година! Богат набор от дистанционни класове за деца от 1 до 18 години, техните родители и приятели!Предлагаме бутиково образование съобразено с нуждите на децата родени в САЩ. Началото на учебната ни програмата датира от далечната 2005. Предлагаме малки класове с индивидуално внимание, преподаватели с най-висока квалификация-Българска филология и педагогика от СУ “Климент Охридски”, начална педагогика, професионално музикално образование и приятелска атмосфера в една задружна общност.
In response to the rapidly changing news on the spread of COVID19, we held a YBVNY leadership meeting on March 14th. Your health is our utmost priority. Because of this and and to help slow down the spread of the virus among the general population, we are cancelling all in person classes until the end of April. We are going to do all our activities online starting on March 22nd.
It seems that now, more than ever, it is important for us to stay together as a community, support each other and keep sharing our love for Bulgarian culture, literature and music.
Our love and admiration goes out to all medics and other professionals among us, that will be on the front line of the fight against the epidemic, taking care of our health and safety.
Stay safe, stay home if you can, wash your hands and don’t forget to sing a little bit whenever you have a little time
See you online on March 22nd , 2020!
YBVNY Abbreviated Schedule for Online Classes, March, 22nd, 2020
If you’d like to join for the first time please email us for information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulgarian Language – Rossi’s class 11:00 to 11:45 Bulgarian Language – Myana’s class11:00 to 11:45 Mommy, Daddy and me – Evgeni Ninov’s 11:00 to 11:30 Music Evgeni Ninov (Myana’s calss) 12:00 to 12:30 Bulgarian Singing 12:45 -1:15 Math Stela Mihneva-Chotalal 2:30 – 3:45 Bulgarian Dance Catherine Springer 1:30 to 2:30 Kaba Gaida with Ralph Knag and Kiril Ketev 10:00 to 1:00 Tupan with Mersid Mustafov NO class this Sunday March 22nd, 2020
As we stand at the threshold of another exciting year ahead of us, we fondly remember the time we spent together in 2019, as part of the YBVNY.
Founded in 2004 by like-minded group of parents in New York, YBVNY continues to nurture the love for Bulgarian music, language and culture through choral singing, hands on educational projects and small group-based progressive learning of the Bulgarian language. Our approach to teaching Bulgarian language through alternative progressive methods is unique among Bulgarian educational institutions abroad and crafted throughout years of serving the unique needs of our American-born students.
During the last academic year, the children participated in more than five public performances. We have worked with twenty five bilingual children, introducing them to their Bulgarian heritage and the power of learning in a new and participatory way. We sang Bulgarian songs at the Golden Festival in front of thousands of Balkan Folk Music lovers who received us with open hearts and big smiles. The children made Martenitsii, Kukerski masks and Surovachki in our Bulgarian craft workshops. In addition, our young members had the opportunity to enroll in a new and unique class: “Mathematics taught the Bulgarian way”.
For adults and older children we offer 101 KABA GAIDI NEW YORK (Bulgarian bagpipe class), the TUPAN (Bulgarian double sided drum) class, and Bulgarian folk singing and folk dancing classes. We have also expanded our offerings for adults with a new class, “Bulgarian language for beginners” which was met with great enthusiasm by our non-Bulgarian-speaking members.
Going forward, we have planned to expand our reach and our activities. In 2020, we will continue our Bulgarian music, culture and language and math education and we’ll continue to share the richness of Bulgarian culture with others by performing in the prestigious Golden Festival 2020 Folk festival, collaborating in a “Kukeri” presentation organized by the Battery Park City Authority, the 9th Avenue International Food Festival, and many other exciting events.
Young Bulgarian Voices New York is a bearer of more than ten year old tradition and experience in educating the minds as well as the hearts of our bilingual children. Some of the families that started the Young Bulgarian Voices many years ago are still with us today – a commitment that speaks volumes about our ability to serve the needs of the community.
Come to one of our workshops! Visit a performance! Email us or call us to inquire about a schedule! There are many ways to get involved but there is only one YBVNY. Your support and your investment make our programs possible, make our mission a success and reach more children and their parents annually. Our fundraising goal for this campaign is to raise $15,000 by December 31, 2019. Our wish is to see more children and parents crowd the corridors of YBVNY; to witness more happy faces after our workshops; and to meet more of you in 2020.
YBVNY would be grateful if you could help us financially to achieve our goals together.
You can donate via check payable to: Young Bulgarian Voices NY or via credit card.
For those of you working for corporations that have employee matching gifts programs, employers often will match dollar-for-dollar. Some companies will give double or even triple the original donation. Please check the availability through you company and double your donation.
YBVNY Inc. is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. An official tax-deductible receipt will be issued. We appear in the databases for existing non-profit organizations. In case you encounter an issue with a database, please email us at email@example.com and we can send you the IRS exemption letter.