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Opportunities with the WBS

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JOIN THE WBS AS A MUSICIAN     WBS Has Openings for Musicians and Vocalists

         The WBS Orchestra currently has openings for stringed, wind and percussion instrument players, as well as vocalists. Musicians with some experience (though not necessarily with Russian instruments) and the ability to read music are encouraged to contact Music Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_top" title="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Maxwell McCullough to discuss WBS orchestra activities. A limited number of 'loaner' instruments are available, and lessons are offered on balalaika, domra and bayan.

 

         We are a community-based, volunteer orchestra composed of musicians ranging from self-taught amateurs to conservatory graduates.  We have members from pre-teens to eighty-plus of age.  Some of us have Russian or Ukrainian heritage, but many do not -- we play because we love the music, enjoy each other and appreciate the unique opportunity we have to work with a true professional such as Svetlana Nikonova to create music which delights us in the making as much as it does our audiences in the listening.

 

          More than half of us did not know how to play a balalaika, domra, gusli or bayan before joining the WBS.  Some had played mandolin, guitar, piano, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, woodwinds or horns in their earlier musical lives and took pleasure in learning something new from our talented teachers.  All of us work hard at perfecting our art, and we believe that shows in the quality of our performances.  

 

         We'd be happy to have you learn more about us.

 

SUPPORT THE WBS FINANCIALLY AS A MEMBER OF THE BALALAIKA GUILD ®

 

          While our orchestra members are volunteers, our conductor is a paid professional and the orchestra incurs additional expenses in concert production, community education and outreach, costume and instrument acquisition, CD production, rehearsal space rental and the presentation of world-class guest artists to our audiences.  Our financial supporters, recognized by membership in The Balalaika Guild, provide the solid fiscal base necessary to achieve these and other objectives.  Membership in the Guild starts with a contribution of $50 and levels of annual and sustained participation range upwards to $10,000.  Guild members receive a quarterly Newsletter, enjoy special performances during the year and have priority seating at WBS performances.  More importantly, they enjoy the satisfaction of supporting a local arts ourganization with an international reputation for excellence.  We value their friendship and their generous support.  

 

PARTICIPATE WITH THE WBS AS A VOLUNTEER~ A little time or a lot ... all help is welcome

 

          An organization such as ours with over 60 musicians, an ambitious performance schedule and year-around rehearsals needs plenty of help, and we very much appreciate the volunteers who work with us in concert logistics, as stagehands, in publicity and outreach, in ticket mnagement, on our finance committee, as audio, video and sound technicians, on CD production and many other areas.  We're looking for people who can enjoy distributing posters for upcoming concerts, acting as ushers or selling tickets, working the sound booth, helping with Website design, securing performance venues, managing our costume, music and instrument inventory, doing outreach with other community organizations, legal reviews, fundraising and social event planning.

 

 

Updated: 01/12/12

Our Supporters

Programs presented by The Washington Balalaika Society are supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts; the Alexandria Commission for the Arts; and the Arts Council of Fairfax County, supported by Fairfax County
To learn more about these organizations and their important role in supporting the arts in Virginia, click on the logos above

LOVE MUSIC?

Join the Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra and perform the music of Russia, Ukraine and eastern Europe. Traditional fretted Russian instruments available. Learn from conservatory-trained teachers. Seeking players (or those wanting to learn) balalaika, domra (Russian mandolin), bayan/accordion, and some orchestral wind and percussion instruments to join us in the Fall. Call 703-549-0760 for more information.

Next Performances

September 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
  7:30pm Concert at Stage Alive, Culpeper, VA
October 2017
Thursday, October 05, 2017
  7pm Celebration of the Arts in Arlington
Saturday, October 21, 2017
  6pm Concert at Russian Festival
Sunday, October 22, 2017
  4pm Beltway Balalaikas at Russian Festival
November 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
  8pm Fall Concert 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
  3pm Fall Concert 2017