This choir grew out of an amateur choir of the sisters of mercy who visited the patients of the National Psychiatric Hospital in Novinki. When St Elisabeth Convent was officially established in 1999, many of the choir members became nuns. That was how the monastic choir formed in the Convent. Currently, there are as many as 20-25 members of this choir, who sing during feasts. The Choir usually uses Znamenny and Byzantine chants, Valamo chant, and adds Byzantine and Greek chants on feasts, alongside Old Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Georgian chants.
Read an interview with the director of the choir, Matushka Maria Bakhvalova
We decided to interview the precentor of the Brothers’ Choir of St Elisabeth Convent to learn more details about the way of church singing in the Convent today.
Sister Irina Kolesnikova, the conductor of the monastic choir "Anima", names five musical pieces that influenced her musical career and personal growth.
Male Choir of St Elisabeth Convent was founded in 2001. The Choir sings in the chapel of the Boarding Home for Elderly and Less Able No.3 every Friday, and in other churches of St Elisabeth Convent every Sunday.
Maria Bakhvalova is a new director of the Convent’s Monastic Choir and has worked with many choirs, participated in international competitions and won prestigious awards.
The Rejoice Choir of the Sisters of Mercy of our Convent recently performed concerts in Sweden at the invitation of Elizabeth and Basilius Wingård, our dear friends.
The lay brothers’ choir has made remarkable progress and has achieved a high standard of musical performance, on par with the other choirs and mature performers.
Interview with Nun Juliania (Denisova), a well-known precentor and composer of church music. The story of her life, career and coming to God.