Dear YBVNY Families and Friends,

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 and we can send you the IRS exemption letter.



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Dear friends,

The first official day of classes at YBVNY will be 09.15.2019.

Please note the new starting times for some of the classes:

Bulgarian school and choir for children 3 to 18 years old – starts at 11:00 (no change)

Bulgarian Singing for adults – starts at 2:30 (new time)

101 Kaba Gaidi – starts at 11:00 (no change)

Bulgarian tapan starts at 11:00 (no change)

Bulgarian Dance Class – no class this Sunday 09.15.19

Bulgarian language for Beginners – no class this Sunday 09.15.19



За първи път учебна програма, съобразена с нуждите на деца, родени в САЩ. Преподаватели с квалификация по българска филология от СУ „Климент Охридски“ и практически опит в обучението на двуезични деца.

Богат репертоар от класически, популярни и народни песни. Многобройни изяви пред американска и българска публика. Ръководители с изпълнителски и педагогически опит.

Български език и култура чрез игрови и други алтернативни методи, съобразени с възрастта и нуждите на децата. Преподаватели с образование по предучилищна педагогика и дългогодишен опит.

За първи път в САЩ – обучение по математика по изпитаните български системи.

Лазарки, Кукери, Баба Марта, изработване на сурвачки, и други.


Най-голямата гайдарска група извън пределите на България с ръководител – Кирил Кетев, трето поколение гайдар и преподавател от школата в Широка Лъка.

Уникална възможност да се запознате с българските ритми. Ръководител – Мерсид Мустафов, утвърден изпълнител, потомствен музикант.

Разнообразен репертоар обхващащ различни фолклорни области. Ръководител – Петя Мъглова, утвърден изпълнител на автентичен фолклор с дългогодишен педагогически опит.

Танци за всички възрастови групи. Инструктор – Катрин Спрингър, худовествен ръководител на 40-годишния ансамбъл за български танци „Босилек“, Ню Йорк.

Уникален бърз курс за начинаещи чужденци. Ръководител – Катрин Спрингър.

Учебните занятия се провеждат всяка неделя от 11:00 до 15:00 часа 154 W 93th Street, New York, NY 10025
ЗА KOНTAKTИ: Яна Калинкова 516-395-2569 и Зора Бояджиева 617-872-7414

YBVNY Annual Fund Drive 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for being part of the Young Bulgarian Voices New York Community!

Some of you are nurturing the love for Bulgarian culture for fourteen years already. For others maybe this is the first year joining our Bulgarian language music and singing lessons. Perhaps this is the first time you are finding out about  us and the Bulgarian folk dance, Kaba Gaida and Tupan classes we offer and you don’t know yet that we just started Bulgarian Math for kids and Bulgarian for adults classes?

Either way, thanks to all of you Young Bulgarian Voices is the giving voice of the Bulgarian traditions in New York and the US – the Kukeri and Martenitzi workshops, Lazarki ritual recreation, Golden Festival in Brooklyn, Verea Dance festival in Chicago, Bulgarian Sabor in Philadelphia, Dance Parade in NYC, Bulgarian National Day concerts… all of the concerts and events in which YBVNY and 101 Kaba Gaidi & Tupani NY are the ambassadors of Bulgaria.

Sometimes the rewards of your work don’t need to be so glamorous – hearing your kid reading a story in the language of their grandparents at bedtime makes all the difference in the world! It is almost as rewarding to start a conversation in Bulgarian on Sunday with someone that doesn’t have Bulgarian heritage, but is already in love with the Bulgarian music dances, language and culture.  Or maybe even more.

This is why all of you are so special – Young Bulgarian Voices New York is not just a cross-cultural organization connecting people with different cultural backgrounds but is also cross-generational one. You can see it every week when everyone is dancing “Na Megdana” – little kids, parents, teachers, students,  dancers, tupan and bagpipe players. Playing, singing and dancing Pravo, Daichovo, Kopanitca, Trite Pati… Or just running around the Horo (the four year olds).

Thank you to all of you – students, parents, teachers, members, volunteers, followers and fans…

YBVNY activities are funded by parent contributions, private and institutional donors and various fundraising activities such as this annual drive. We have made the deliberate choice not to apply for funds that are provided by the Bulgarian government and taxpayers because we believe that under the current economic circumstances, the children living in Bulgaria are in greater need of those funds.

Our fundraising goal for this campaign is to raise $10,000 by December 31, 2018. Our wish is to see more children, parents and members crowd the corridors of YBVNY, to witness more happy faces after our workshops and to meet more of you in 2019.

Thank you to the the whole community – you are making all of this possible!

 Bosilek and 101 Kaba Gaidi NY at the Dance Parade NYC !

TODAY  !  Come Dance With Us !
Bosilek and 101 Kaba Gaidi NY
at the Dance Parade NYC !

We are at start of parade, #A-8. Be there 12:45 PMRegister on the website as “individual” and come, rain or shine.

Then we teach some horos at 4PM in Tompkins Sq. Park w/ the 101 KABA GAIDI – New York and tupan players;

and Bosilek performs at 5:50 PM on the Main Stage.

A big day full of fun for all!!! Free! Be there!


Sat, May 19, 2018 – TODAY !

1:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

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21st & Broadway, New York City to Tompkins Square Park

New York, New York

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Tickets: FREE

JOIN BOSILEK and 101 Kaba Gaidi NY at 4:00 PM at the TEACHING STAGE!

AND at 5:50 PM BOSILEK WILL DANCE AT the Performers Stage!