yrilika Slavic Chamber Choir was established in 2012 at the initiative of two enthusiastic amateur singers who were singing in their native Serbia in one of the most internationally acclaimed choirs in Belgrade. Feeling deprived of their beloved choral music, they decided to continue to share their singing enthusiasm here in Vancouver under the professional leadership of Ms. Emilija Lale.
Presenting the best of choral literature from various Slavic countries, Cyrilika offers uniqueness, quality, variety of repertoire and entertaining presence on stage, always warmly accepted by the Canadian audience.
In 2013 the choir became a registered non-profit society, financed by membership fees, donors and sponsorships, carrying their mission to promote the Slavic cultural heritage through the art of choral singing with the hope to bring communities together and promote multiculturalism.
In April 2015, Cyrilika was awarded two golden diplomas at the Kiwanis Music Festival in Vancouver, as well as two runner-up positions at the Performing Arts BC Festival. Kiwanis also awarded the choir with a scholarship for the “Most Inspirational Performance”.
Since 2013, Cyrilika has performed an annual concert involving several local guest artists from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures, which adds another artistic level of quality and variety to their performances.
The choir’s repertoire is eclectic, carefully chosen to promote the rich and famous Eastern-European Choral tradition of singing Christian Orthodox Church Music, Italian, French and English Renaissance, Baroque choral masterpieces, and Romantic Era choral pieces, extending to choral music of the modern era.
Cyrilika’s audience enjoys travelling through time in different languages, musical styles and genres.
milija was born in Macedonia, former republic of Yugoslavia, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory and Education and a Master’s Degree in Choir Conducting. An accomplished musical artist, Emilija had a prolific and impressive performing and teaching career throughout Europe before she moved to Canada in 2004.
She was an Assistant Professor of Choral Music and Conducting at the University of Skopje, Macedonia, while leading two more amateur choirs with whom she received numerous awards at the national and international choir festivals and competitions in Europe.
Since she moved to Canada, Emilija has maintained a successful music teaching studio, located in Yaletown. Her energetic personality, creativity, extraordinary talent and most of all the ability to artistically engage a whole group of enthusiasts, underpins Cyrilika’s success.
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