Educational activities in "St. Cyril and St. Methodius" University of Veliko Tarnovo. Awarded Students

Ana Borisova was appointed as assistant professor of folk singing in the “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” University of Veliko Tarnovo, Faculty of Education, Department of Music in Veliko Tarnovo in February 2009.

She trains 15-20 students in various courses every year in specialty “Pedagogy of Music”. They are studying folk singing in individual weekly training.

Since the beginning of her pedagogical activity students have won many awards at national competitions:
- Jana Naydenova – Silver Lyre of Orpheus – Ninth National Folklore Festival “Orfeevo izvorche”, Stara Zagora, March 2009.
- Natalia Georgieva – Bronze Lyre of Orpheus – Ninth National Folklore Festival “Orfeevo izvorche”, Stara Zagora, March 2009.
- Natalia Georgieva – First prize at the National Festival-singing “Avliga pee”, May 2009.
- Yordanka Marinova – First prize at the competition “The legacy of Dinka Ruseva’s songs”, July 2009.
- Plamena Petrova – Second prize at the competition “The legacy of Dinka Ruseva’s songs”, July 2009.
- Tsvetina Mineva – First prize of “Voices over the fortress”, 16th of October, 2009.
- Tsvetina Mineva – Grand Prix at the First National Folk Festival “With Binka Dobreva's songs”, Ruse, 12th of June, 2010.
- Yordanka Marinova – First prize at the First National Folk Festival “With Binka Dobreva's songs”, Ruse, 12th of June, 2010.
- Mariya Nikolova – Second prize at the First National Folk Festival “With Binka Dobreva's songs”, Ruse, 12th of June, 2010.
- Desislava Ignatova – Second prize at the First National Folk Festival “With Binka Dobreva's songs”, Ruse, 12th of June, 2010.
- Radoslav Dimitrov – Third Prize of National Folklore Festival “Orfeevo izvorche”, Stara Zagora, 23rd of March, 2012.
- Silvia Petkova – Second prize at the National Festival-singing “Avliga pee”, 27th of May, 2012.
- Ivelina Kostadinova – Third prize at the National Festival-singing “Avliga pee”, 27th of May, 2012.
- Ina Ivanova – Third prize at the National Festival-singing “Avliga pee”, 27th of May, 2012.
- Vyara Petrova – Gold medal from the National Folklore Festival “Pilentse pee”, with songs of Nadka Karadjova, in Sofia, November 2013.
- Radoslav Dimitrov – Gold medal from the National Folklore Festival “Pilentse pee”, with songs of Nadka Karadjova, in Sofia, November 2013.
- Snezhana Koleva – Silver medal at the National Folklore Festival “Pilentse pee”, with songs of Nadka Karadjova, in Sofia, November 2013.
- Alexander Stefanov – Second prize of The Second International Competition Festival – singing, outplaying and dancing “Severnyaski slavei”, organized by the Association “Anna Folkart” in Suhindol 19th – 22nd  September 2014.

2014

On 21st March 2014, the students of class folk singing of Assistant Anna Borisova participated in the International Folklore Festival “Orfeevo izvorche” in Stara Zagora.
Chairwoman of the jury was Ms. Sashka Tchenkova – a teacher of folk singing at National School for Folklore Arts and also Mariana Pavlova – a singer in the vocal quartet “Slaveite na Nadka Karadjova”.
Participation in this age group took students from all over Bulgaria – New Bulgarian University in Sofia, Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”, the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, South-West University “Neophyte Rilski” in Blagoevgrad, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
Students participated in five age groups – professionals (folk singing). Individual participated Radoslav Dimitrov, Viara Petrova, Snezhana Koleva, Kremena Ivanova, Ivelina Kostadinova, Nicoletta Natcheva and Martina Bakarova.
Gold medal was given to Viara Petrova – a second-year student of Pedagogy of Music with a specialty of folk singing. Silver medals were won by Kremena Ivanova – a second-year student and Nicoletta Natcheva – a student in third year.
Exclusive support was given by instrumental chamber group (students of Department “Music”) headed by Prof. Mitko Dimitrov, which accompanies the young singers.
Two vocal duets also took part – Nicoletta Natcheva and Radoslav Dimitrov and Martina Bakarova and Kremena Ivanova, who won silver medals.
Vocal group “Ethno voices” received the highest prize – Gold Medal and a plaquette of Orpheus. The formation made exclusively impression with the highly professional performing of two songs arranged by the composer Krassimir Kondov – “Nedo le, Nedke, hubava” and “Tragnali momi, nevesti”.

Vocal folklore ensembles at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University

As. Prof. Ana Borisova creates vocal folk quartet “Ethno voices” in May 2010, which became a sort of “art business card” of the “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” University of Veliko Tarnovo, Faculty of Education and the Department of Music.

The quartet makes first appearance on stage with participation in Folklore Festival “Balkan Folk” 2010, Veliko Tarnovo, where they won Gold Medal, Grand Prix, First Prize, Golden Orpheus prize and they received a recommendation for the European Championship of Folklore in Nessebar, 2010.

In July they participate in European Championship of Folklore, and won numerous awards some of which include: Gold Medal, First Prize, European champion.

The first international participation is in 11th International Festival in Büyükçekmece, Turkey, where they are presented in a common stage with musical artists from Turkey and Hungary.

On 15th of September 2010 “Ethno voices” participated in the contest “Star voices over Tsarevets” and won the Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo’s prize.

In November 2010 they take part in the International Folklore Festival in Prague, Czech Republic.

On 28th of December 2010 “Ethno voices” made the first solo concert in the Hall of Veliko Tarnovo, where they represented more than a dozen compositions, arranged by talented composers as Krasimir Kondov, Marek Dyakov, Lachezar Yordanov, Tsvetan Radkov and Dr. Tsvetelina Slavova that arranged the song “Zamachi se Bozha mayka” specially for the quartet.

At the invitation of Taraklia State University in Taraklia, Moldova in March 2011, “Ethno voices” presented folklore of their repertoire, and thus made a useful contact between the two universities.

“Ethno voices” takes part in the anniversary of the Teachers Faculty in Nish, Serbia in April 2011. They participate with the Rektor of University – Prof Plamen Legkostup and Dean of the Faculty of Education – Dr. Rozalia Kuzmanova.

In June 2011 they participated in the International Folklore Festival in Dobrich “Folklore without borders” and won the Silver Medal in Section Chamber vocal music, Jury Chairman was Milcho Vassilev.

Since December 2012 the quartet becomes a quintet in a whole new staff and they expected future creative activities.

On 12th of December 2012 the quintet made first appearance in a Christmas concert “Folk Walk” by implementing Krasimir Kondov’s composition “Lilyano le, Lilyanchitse”.

In November 2013 vocal ensemble “Ethno voices” participated in the National Folklore Festival “Pilentse pee” with songs of Nadka Karadjova in Sofia, where it won a silver medal.

Assistant Professor Ana Borisova and Professor Mitko Dimitrov founded National Choir at “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” University of Veliko Tarnovo in 2011.

In December 2011 the choir gave the first concert in front of audience in the University Aula.

In October 2012 they participated in International Choral Competition in the city of Rimini, Italy, where they won the Bronze medal and Silver diploma.