Dedicated to the perpetuation

and dissemination

of Polish culture

through song.

Góra Pięśń Polska!

Polish Singers Alliance Of America

The young artists featured in the concert sponsored by the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College delighted the audience at St. Michael Church in downtown Buffalo on March 14, 2018.

Haley Brunstad, whose maternal grandparents emigrated from Poland after WWII, began the program with four pieces ranging from the 17th to the 20th century. Her delightfully clear tones and comfortable stage presence endeared the audience, particularly with the humorous I Bought Me a Cat.

Later, Haley performed songs in Polish and English relating to the World Wars, including Wojenko, Wojenko, a song of the Polish Legions dating to 1915, and ended her portion of the program with the Polish Lenten hymn, Ach Moj Jezu.

Next on the program was another 19-year-old, Dominik Wrona, a pianist from Oakville, Ontario. Performing familiar pieces including Beethovan’s Moonlight Sonata and Chopin’s Military Polonaise, Dominik impressed the audience with his musicality

and his memory, performing all without music.

Veteran pianist, Ivan Docenko, who accompanied Brunstad, added two compositions by Ignacy Paderewski to end the first half of the program.

Completing the evening was the lovely and talented Emily Helenbrook, accompanied by Orlando Diaz. Helenbrook follows in a line of excellent musicians including her late grandfather, long-time Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra violinist, Matthew Tworek, and her aunt, soprano Adrienne Tworek-Gryta. She is pursuing her master’s in vocal performance at the prestigious Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston.

Her performance included lieder (songs) of Richard Strauss. She brought the audience to their feet with her beautiful rendition and magical trills singing Matus, moja matus (Mother, my mother), a piece which Emily noted was performed by one of her favorite singers, Beverly Sills, in an arrangement by Estelle Leibling.

The concert benefited the Leokadja Dombroska/Polish Singers Alliance of America Scholarship Fund of which Helenbrook is a winner.

Should anyone wish to support the fund, checks may be sent to the Polish Singers Alliance c/o 20 Brookfield Lane #4, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. A biography of the scholarship winners can be found at www.polishsingersalliance.org. The Polish Arts Club of Buffalo provided a meet-the-performers reception after the concert.

Buffalo concert highlights the musical talent  of young Pol-Ams

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POLONIA PADEREWSKI CHORUSES OF NEW BRITAIN, CT

HOSTED PSAA’S 66th  DISTRICT 7 CONVENTION


‘Twas like old times ….  


Over one hundred singers gathered together on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, at the Red Lion Hotel in Cromwell, CT for their 66th District 7 Convention graciously hosted by the Polonia Paderewski Choruses #287 and  311 of New Britain, CT under the  chairmanship of Bozena Madej, co-president of District Seven and member of Polonia Paderewski choruses. While Delegates attended Business Sessions, singers of seven participating choruses arrived, registered and prepared themselves for the exciting Choral Competitions - a major highlight of the convention.  


Officers of the Convention were:

 Chairperson:  Bogdan Modzrzynski

 Ist  Vice-chairperson: Doubrava Krautschneider

 2nd Vice-chairperson:  David Anderson

 Secretary:  Anna Madou

 Assistant Secretary: Dobrava Krautschneider

 Sergeant-at-Arms: Zbigniew Niejadlik

 

Important matters were discussed for the good of the organization.


The Nominating Committee  reported the slate of Officers of District 7 for the next year:

 President:  Brent Iskra of Chopin #182

 1st Vice-President: Bozena Madej, Polonia Paderewski  #287

 2nd Vice-President: Adolf Burghardt, Chopin #182

 Treasurer: Jeff Pogorzelski, Hejnal #323

 Librarian: Mariusz Bryszkiewicz, Hejnal #323; Oginski #283

 Secretary: Anna Madou, Jutrzenka #226

 Publicity (English) : Barbara R. Blyskal,  Jutrzenka #226

 Publicity (Polish):  Doubrava Krautschneider, Jutrzenka #226

 District Choral Director:  Izabella Kobus-Salkin, Jutrzenka #226

 Assistant District Choral Director: Anthony Tabish, Chopin #182

 Sergeant-at-Arms: Michal Kurdyla, Aria #303

 Flag Beareres:  Mirek Kostro,  Andrzej Kolczynski, Hejnal #323.


Next year’s 67th District 7 Convention will be hosted by Chopin Singing Society #182 of Passaic, NJ, on May 25, 2019.

The competition winners were:

Female:  Jutrzenka Singing Society #226

               Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Female Chorus #321

               Polonia-Paderewski Choir #311

Mixed:    Aria Chorus #303

              Hejnal Chorus #323

              Polonia-Paderewski Chorus #287

Male:     Chopin Singing Society #182


 After the competitions were over, choruses gathered for a general rehearsal of songs they prepared for the next day’s Mass and Concert.

The evening’s event, the Convention Banquet, took place at the Polish Falcon’s Nest # 88 located at 201 Washington Street in New Britain CT.

  This being the 100th Anniversary Year if Poland’s Independence, Frances X. Gates expressed uniquely her message in the Souvenir Journal:

 “. all of us in the POLISH SINGERS ALLIANCE OF AMERICA should be proud of the role our organization played since 1889 to keep Polish culture and music alive until the day Poland was again free and independent.

It was a musician, IGNACY JAN PADEREWSKI, who was instrumental in attaining Poland’s rebirth as a nation and U.S.A.’s President Woodrow Wilson who made it happen. We are grateful to them and to all who prayed and fought for that day in 1918 when Poland was recognized as a nation and again graced the map of Europe.

Although that independence was curtailed from 1938 by the German Nazis and Russian Communists for fifty years, Poland and all Polonia, including the PSAA and our District Seven choruses, never lost faith and Poland is again a vibrant, independent European nation.

Please continue to promote Polish song.

 Keep in mind the words of Adam Mickiewicz:

“Flame may devour painted history;

Robbers plunder treasures by the sword;

The song will survive intact”

 I miss you all, thank you for your prayers and I wish I could be with you.”


 The singers were delighted to have as guest at the Banquet, Mary Lou Wyrobek, President of the Central Administration of the PSAA who presented Dr. M.B.Biskupski, Ph.D. Honorary Membership in the PSAA for assisting to finalize the completion of “POLISH SINGERS ALLIANCE OF AMERICA Choral Patriotism” history compiled by the late Dr. Stanislaus A. Blejwas, who died prior to the completion of the PSAA’s 100 year history.


 Ms. Wyrobek likewise presented trophies to the choruses who participated in competition. Scores of all were read. Scoring highest of all choruses was ARIA mixed chorus  #303 of Wallington, NJ; next highest  was CHOPIN male chorus  #182 of Passaic, NJ; and highest in the female division was JUTRZENKA #226 of South Brooklyn, NY.  All  choruses received respective trophies for their  participation in the competition.


 Sunday, May 20th, all members of the choruses leisurely ate breakfast at the hotel, and proceeded to Holy Cross Church in New Britain, for Mass, followed by their Gala  Concert.  A warm Reception was held in the church hall beneath the church before departing at 4:00 pm.


 District Seven is thankful and most grateful for the devotion and dedication the singers of New Britain’s Polonia Paderewski Choruses have upholding Polish culture and traditions especially in this day and age. Bóg zapła

 for a job well done!

Thanks for pleasant memories to be added to all those of the past.



Other Links:

Jutrzenka Singing Society

Polonia Music
Chopin Singing Society/Facebook

Filarets / Facebook

Aria Chorus

Lira Ensemble
Oginki Men’s Choir

Polonia Paderewski
Polonia Choir

Polish American Congress

Polish National Alliance

Marcella Kochanska
Sembrich Female Chorus / Facebook
Polonijna Akademia Chóralna

PSAA News

Polish Singers Alliance of America Central Administration Officers
May 2017 - May 2020


David Zagorski, General Director

 Maria Lesniak, Assistant General Director

Mary Lou Wyrobek, president

Gary Bienkowski, Vice President

Frances Cirbus, Treasurer

Adrianne Kusmierczyk, Secretary


Read all about the PSAA!

   Celebrating 125 years, the Polish Singers Alliance of America, the oldest Polish-American cultural organization, invites you to learn of our history through the purchase of: The Polish Singers Alliance of America 1888-1998: Choral Patriotism by Dr. Stanislaus A. Blejwas.  

    Author and historian, Dr. Blejwas, masterfully crafts a thorough history of the Polish Singers Alliance and its efforts to encourage a Polish consciousness among the immigrant population in America through music, amidst the ever-changing political landscape of the Polish Fatherland and the varied demographics of Polonia.  

   Cost is $25 incl. shipping and handling.  
Send check to PSAA c/o Fran Cirbus, 4741 Brentwood Drive, Williamsville, NY  14221.