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.