This past Saturday morning we celebrated the Orthodox New Year with members of the chorus live in the Classic 107 studio on The Morning Blend. Missed it? Watch the video here!
Hoosli - a name unfamiliar to many is that of an ancient Ukrainian instrument similar to a zither. It represents versatility and vitality.
In September of 1969, a dozen or so young men from St. Vladimir’s College (High school/Minor seminary in Roblin, Manitoba) organized a choir which would eventually become known as the Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus. Their objectives were to encourage, promote and preserve their Ukrainian culture and heritage through spirit and song.
What began as the St. Vladimir’s College Alumni Choir has now grown into an internationally recognized male chorus proudly preserving a unique tradition of male choral music. Over the past 47 years, more than 170 men have poured their hearts and souls into Hoosli, and have helped pass on the spirit and song of the kozaky to this day. Hoosli has performed all over North America, recorded eight albums, and continually inspires audiences with its majestic four-part harmony.
Under the direction of Walter Skakun, Hoosli continues to showcase our Ukrainian heritage through its repertoire of liturgical music and traditional folk songs, as well as the patriotic songs of Ukraine and the kozaky.