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American Balalaika Symphony Spring Concert

Combining the rich traditions of the Russian Music School with the best of European and American music, founder, artistic director, and conductor Peter Trofimenko has created a unique American orchestra.

Each concert season the American Balalaika Symphony performs a stunning range of music — from beloved Russian folk melodies to classical favorites to rarely heard symphonic masterpieces, often with prominent virtuoso soloists from around the world.

Please note that at present, the cost for event parking at the venue is $6.00/car.

Concert: William & Mary Russian Music Ensemble with Tetiana Khomenko and Vitalii Lyman

Weekend of Slavic Music: From Kiev, Ukraine, the balalaika and piano duo of Tetiana Khomenko and Vitalii Lyman will be guests of the William and Mary Russian Music Ensemble (RME). They will present duo concerts demonstrating the many facets of the balalaika on Sunday, April 2 (3pm, St Stephen Lutheran Church, 612 Jamestown Rd., classical and folk) and Monday, April 3 (7pm, Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St., classical and jazz).

This event will be hosted by Jonathan Johnston, RME founder and director. The concert is free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted.

Concert: William & Mary Russian Music Ensemble with Tetiana Khomenko and Vitalii Lyman

Weekend of Slavic Music: From Kiev, Ukraine, the balalaika and piano duo of Tetiana Khomenko and Vitalii Lyman will be guests of the William and Mary Russian Music Ensemble (RME). They will present duo concerts demonstrating the many facets of the balalaika on Sunday, April 2 (3pm, St Stephen Lutheran Church, 612 Jamestown Rd., classical and folk) and Monday, April 3 (7pm, Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St., classical and jazz).

This event will be hosted by Jonathan Johnston, RME founder and director. The concert is free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted.

Concert: William & Mary Russian Music Ensemble with Tetiana Khomenko and Vitalii Lyman

Weekend of Slavic Music: From Kiev, Ukraine, the balalaika and piano duo of Tetiana Khomenko and Vitalii Lyman will be guests of the William and Mary Russian Music Ensemble (RME) on April 1, 7:30pm, Ewell Recital Hall, William and Mary.

This event will be hosted by Jonathan Johnston, RME founder and director. The concert is free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted.

American Balalaika Symphony Winter Concert

Combining the rich traditions of the Russian Music School with the best of European and American music, founder, artistic director, and conductor Peter Trofimenko has created a unique American orchestra.

Each concert season the American Balalaika Symphony performs a stunning range of music — from beloved Russian folk melodies to classical favorites to rarely heard symphonic masterpieces, often with prominent virtuoso soloists from around the world.

Please note that at present, the cost for event parking at the venue is $6.00/car.

Russian Music Ensemble Winter Concert

The Russian Music Ensemble serves to educate interested members of the W&M community about Russian folk music and how to perform it. The ensemble regularly rehearses folk songs from Russia and other eastern European countries with the intention of performing at various events during the year.

The event is free and family friendly. Donations are accepted.

Contact: russianmusic@email.wm.edu

Study Abroad Programs

List of Study Abroad Programs Directly Sponsored by Colleges and Universities in Virginia

Descriptions of these programs were written by the sponsoring institutions themselves. Please contact individual program officers or directors for the most up-to-date information.

1) Ferrum College:
Rachel Stauffer (Assistant Professor of Russian and Program Coordinator of Russian), rstauffer@ferrum.edu

Ferrum College has an exchange program with Pskov State University in Pskov, with options for language study and/or internship opportunities.

2) George Mason University:
Dianna Leonard, Program Officer, dleonar7@gmu.edu

GMU has a bilateral exchange program with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, with options for Russian Language courses and others.

3) James Madison University:
JMU does not maintain a consistent Russian-based study abroad program, but will offer study abroad on an ad hoc basis according to professor and student ability and desire. For summer 2016, JMU offered two programs in Russia:

– Exploring Arts, Healing, and Health in Russia (Moscow, Sorochany, and St. Petersburg; contact: Kate Trammell, Program Director, trammekx@jmu.edu).

– Russian in Moscow (Moscow; contact: Elena Gopienko-Corbin, Adjunct Instructor in Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, gopienex@jmu.edu): Immersive language experience for intensive Russian-language instruction.

JMU will offer the Russian in Moscow program once more in Summer 2017.

4) Virginia Tech:
Kirsten Rutsala (Instructor of Russian), krutsala@vt.edu, or Dr. Robert Efird (Director, Russian Study Abroad), refird@vt.edu

The Russian Program of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers a Study Abroad program in Latvia.

The goal of the program is to provide Virginia Tech students with an exceptional opportunity to enrich their college experience by studying a foreign language and civilization while being immersed in Russian culture in the European Union.

All credits earned during the study abroad program will count towards the Russian Major or the Russian Minor.

5) William and Mary:
Those interested are urged to contact the Reves Center for International Studies and/or Sasha Prokhorov, Russian Studies Program Director, xprok@wm.edu)

This unique six-week summer program is designed to offer participants an opportunity to improve Russian language skills with 9 credits of Russian language and culture courses. The students are immersed in Russian culture as they live with Russian families and spend evenings filled with trips to the theatres, ballets, and operas, including the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre of Ballet and Opera. At least one semester of college-level Russian is required.

List of Colleges and Universities in Virginia With External Affiliate Programs

1) George Mason University:

GMU is affiliated with the American Councils Russian Overseas Flagship Program.

2) James Madison University:

JMU is affiliated with seven study abroad programs in Russia:

AIFS Study Abroad in Russia (Summer and Semester)

CIEE Russia: Moscow, Business and International Relations (Semester)

CIEE Russia: Moscow, Business and International Relations (Summer)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies (Semester)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies (Summer)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language (Semester)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language (Summer)

3) Old Dominion University:

ODU is affiliated with three summer programs in Russia:

AIFS Summer in Russia, St. Petersburg

CIEE Summer in Russia: Russian Area Studies

CIEE Summer in Russia: Russian Language Program

4) Sweet Briar:

In addition to its directly-sponsored study abroad programs, Sweet Briar also offers students a number of opportunities for study abroad throughout the world including, but not limited to, Australia, Austria, Bermuda, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Guam, Holland, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Panama, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad, and Tobago. Students should meet with the Director of International Studies for further information.

5) University of Richmond:

The University of Richmond offers opportunities for summer and semester study abroad through CIEE, its affiliate for summer study in Moscow or semester or year-long study in St. Petersburg.

6) University of Virginia:

The University of Virginia is affiliated with five study abroad programs in Russia:

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies (Semester)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies (Summer)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language (Semester)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language (Summer)

University of Arizona Russian Abroad: Moscow

7) Washington and Lee:

Washington and Lee is affiliated with two semester programs in Russia:

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language

Additionally, W&L is affiliated with the Middlebury School in Russia offering study in Moscow, Yaroslavl, and Irkutsk.

Clubs and Organizations

Descriptions of these clubs and organizations were written by the groups themselves. Please contact individual groups for the most up-to-date information.

Russian Speakers of Richmond Meet-Up                                                    Meet local Russian language and culture lovers! Have fun practicing, learning new phrases and sentences and finally understanding those verb conjugations! All ages and levels welcome.

Russian Club and Culture (The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech)
The Russian Club and Culture is an organization for students or anybody in the Blacksburg area interested in the Russian language or culture.

To be added to the Russian Club listserv please e-mail James Flanagan, President of the Russian Club, using the link above (scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Russian”).

Russian Club at Ferrum
Russian Club (scroll down the page to find the club listing) – Welcomes interest and membership from any Ferrum College student. The club attends performances highlighting Russian art, song, dance, culture, and speakers. Club members also become familiar with traditional Russian songs and dances, Russian arts and crafts, present performances, and hold workshops on these topics.

Russian Club at Old Dominion University: As of January 9, 2017, this club was defunct.

The Russian House at William and Mary                                                        The Russian House offers weekly Russian tea hours, tutoring, and monthly parties. If you have questions about Russian grammar and phonetics, culture, holidays, and traditions, the Russian House is the place to come. If you are a native speaker and you feel your Russian is rusty, you will find interesting conversation and games in the Russian House. Check their Facebook page (linked above) for information on current events.

Russian Music Ensemble at William and Mary                                            The Russian Music Ensemble serves to educate interested members of the W&M community about Russian folk music and how to perform it. The ensemble regularly rehearses folk songs from Russia and other eastern European countries with the intention of performing at various events during the year. For more information, contact russianmusic@email.wm.edu, or check their Facebook page, which is linked above.

Russian Tea at University of Virginia
Russian tea and conversation events are held on a bi-weekly basis in New Cabell Hall 236. Students, faculty, staff, and community members of all proficiency levels come together for Russian conversation practice, while enjoying tea and treats! Events tend to revolve around central themes, including holiday celebrations, student exhibitions, poetry readings, humor, and music. Be sure to follow the official Facebook for announcements about upcoming discussion topics and events:  https://www.facebook.com/UVaRussianTea/

Please contact Maria Bakatkina at msb4wq@virginia.edu for additional information.

Slavic Student Association at University of Virginia
Slavic Student Association at UVA is a union of students who share a similar cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, or interest in Slavic, Eastern European, and CIS languages and cultures. Although we only include Slavic in our name for simplicity, we represent a large variety of cultures and languages ranging from those of Eastern European countries to those of CIS and other former Soviet Union states.
 Our goal is to get to know each other, have fun events, and provide a home base of people who share the same interests and background!

 Please contact Jacob Cash using the link above for additional information.