We have several openings!
Want to join the orchestra?  UW students, staff, and faculty as well as community members are all welcome.  All you need is basic music reading knowledge, have played any stringed instrument or accordion, be free to rehearse once a week (currently Monday evenings from 7-9 pm) on campus, and enjoy making music with a fun bunch of people!  Instruments, costumes, and instruction are supplied.  We perform anywhere from 1 to 5 concerts a semester.
Interested? Please contact the music director to arrange to attend one of our rehearsals.


In 2017 we celebrated our 20th Anniversary!

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The Orchestra

Welcome to the website of the UW Russian Folk Orchestra! The Orchestra, now in its 22nd season, is a unique ensemble performing Russian and other East-European folk music on authentic Russian instruments, balalaikas and domras. The orchestra was founded and is directed by Victor Gorodinsky.

Read more about the people of the Russian Folk Orchestra.

The Orchestra practices Monday nights in room 1418 Van Hise Hall (1220 Linden Drive), on the UW--Madison campus.

The Orchestra is sponsored by CREECA (Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia) at the University of Wisconsin--Madison.

The Orchestra is a proud member of the BDAA, the Balalaika and Domra Association of America.

Watch our publicity video clip!

The instruments

The Orchestra is made up of two groups of authentic Russian stringed instruments: balalaikas and domras. The Orchestra also uses accordions, bayans (button accordions), as well as various woodwind and percussion instruments. Read more about the instruments used in performing Russian folk music.

The music

The repertoire consists mainly of Russian and other Slavic folk songs, dances, ballads, etc. The orchestra also plays music of Russian classical composers, such as Tchaikovsky. Occasionally, selections of Western music are introduced. The orchestra conductor and founder, Victor Gorodinsky, has written several original compositions for the ensemble.

Website designed by Asia Comeau
Orchestra logo designed by Elena Kiselev
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