Monday, November 21, 2011

Campanella receives grant from Young Singers Foundation

Campanella Children’s Choir has been awarded the grant by Young Singers Foundation to attend Windy City Youth Choral Festival in Chicago in summer 2012. The grant money will help offset the cost of participation for Campanella choristers, expanding the festival educational opportunity beyond that of Heritage Festival, which the Campanella Children’s Choir will attend in April 2012.

The fourth-annual Windy City Youth Choral Festival, June 28 – July 1, 2012 is presented by Music Celebrations International, under artistic direction of Elena Sharkova. Ms. Sharkova received a Bachelor’s Degree in music education and piano and subsequently a Master’s in choral conducting from the Rimski-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. Elena has conducted children’s, community, university, and professional choirs and orchestras in the USA, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Baltic republics, Scandinavia, and Russia. Windy City Youth Choral Festival invites and selects treble-voice choirs based upon recommendation. The choirs will join together to sing in one of America’s great concert halls – Orchestra Hall, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The Young Singers Foundation is enriching the lives of young people by supporting the educational and performance opportunities in vocal music. The Young Singers Foundation offers financial grants to individuals, groups and organizations who sponsor vocal music activities for young people. For more information on grants from Young Singers Foundation, visit

“We are very excited to be working under the guidance of Elena Sharkova again”, said Marianna Kosaya, the Artistic Director of Campanella Children’s Choir, referring to the choir’s experience with Ms. Sharkova during the Festival of Gold in San Francisco, March 31 – April 4, 2011, where Campanella received second place, Gold Award, and was awarded to sing at the Encore Performances. Campanella Children’s Choir was founded in the spring of 2000, and has developed into a competitive ensemble that is the core of the entire Campanella Educational Center. The choir sings a diverse repertoire of music in multiple languages and performs in numerous community events throughout the year. For more information about Campanella Children’s Choir, please visit

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

BFI partners with Campanella to start new program in Chicago, IL

Starting January 2012 International children’s fund Bright Future International (BFI) launches project “Everything Real – to Children” in Chicago, USA.

The fund has been providing help to children in Russia, Panama, Rwanda, Kenya and other countries.

The mission of BFI Fund is to help children develop most important human and spiritual qualities: compassion, feeling of self worth, humility, desire to help others, social skills. These are the qualities that are not taught in conventional schools and are deficient in our society.

BFI Fund finances number of projects geared towards children’s after school education, bringing a solution for developing high moral and spiritual qualities in children. This is accomplished through thorough selection of teachers and coordinators that possess these qualities themselves.

Launching the new Chicago project is a continuation of the project “Everything Real - to Children”, enabling children of all ages and diverse social status develop those qualities in educational centers; game methodology will be used to develop team-building skills. BFI Fund and Campanella plan to attract highly professional teachers to work at the Center, teachers that possess real calling for working with children, and have the talent to do it.

Launch of this project in Chicago will start with Gala concert that will be held on January 21, 2012. This will be a unique music event where all genres will be represented: from world stars of ballet, to Metropolitan Opera singer, to famous singers and performers from Russia. This is the first event of this scale in Russian-speaking community in the USA. It suits the name of the project “Everything Real – to Children”, because performers will demonstrated to children the valuable lesson in appreciation of beauty in form of art.

We invite everyone to participate in this project and attend Gala concert that will be sponsored by BFI Fund. Without doubt, the process of spreading joy and positive energy to every one of us will bring to our World more light, love and kindness!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Campanella Children's Choir Takes Part in Alder Planetarium Ceremony

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 19th, Campanella Children’s Choir will perform at Adler
Planetarium’s ceremony of unveiling of Yuri Gagarin bust statue. The performance will start at 9:45 AM. Campanella Children’s Choir will perform pieces composed by classical and contemporary Russian
composers, and Russian folk songs.

Campanella Children’s Choir has been invited by the Executive Committee of Moscow Sister City
International to perform during the morning ceremony, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the
first manned space flight.

The whole day celebration at Adler Planetarium includes participation of the cosmonauts Boris
Volunov and Dimitru Doris-Prunaiu and other distinguished guests. General admission to Adler
Planetarium is free for Illinois residents on October 19th.

Marianna Kosaya

Artistic Director, Campanella Children's Choir
Phone: 847-361-7989

Boris Volunov (former Russian Cosmonaut) flew on two Soviet space missions as part of the Soyuz program – Soyuz 5 (1969) and Soyuz 21 (1976). Volynov was the first Jewish cosmonaut and was a senior administrator at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.

Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu (former Romanian Cosmonaut) was the first Romanian in space and completed an eight-day space mission on Soyuz 40 and Salyut 6 space laboratory. He served as president of the Romanian Space Agency from 1998 – 2004. He has held several positions within the European Union and the United Nations.