UKRAINIAN MALE CHORUS OF EDMONTON
For more than 33 years, the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton (UMCE) has pursued the objective of developing, promoting and fostering a greater appreciation of the traditions of Ukrainian choral singing.
The UMCE's first major performance was at Expo '86 in Vancouver. They are also proud of representing Canada at the 1996 International Choral Festival in Missoula, Montana. The chorus toured Poland and western Ukraine in 2002, and returned to Ukraine in 2011 for a concert tour. The choir also travelled to Australia in 2008, and has performed in all of the major Canadian cities.
In the summer of 2014, the UMCE participated in the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. The choir also performed in Poland and Austria. In July of 2017, the choir toured Spain and Portugal.
Throughout its existence, the UMCE has hosted and performed at numerous events in the Edmonton area, and hosts an annual Christmas concert in December called "A Festive Mosaic." The choir has performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on six occasions in the past several years.
The choir has released four recordings: That Old Sheepskin Coat, The Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton LIVE!, Malanka Suite and Kateryna.
The founding director and current artistic director of the UMCE is Orest Soltykevych.