Serbian Singing Society "Vila"

Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Aljoša Novaković conductor

Aleksandra Vujičić solo sopran


Title Composer
IX Rukovet (Ninth Garland) St. St. Mokranjac (1856-1914)
Bogorodice Devo (Bogoroditse Devo) S. Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Bésame mucho (Besame mucho) Consuelito Velasquez (1916-2005), arr. Jose Galvan
Aliluja (Alleluia) Zapro Zaprov (b. 1947)
Golema č’čkalica Dragana Veličković


Serbian Singing Society “Vila” was founded in 1885 and it is one of the oldest societies in the Republic of Srpska. Although it experienced several brief interruptions, it continued until 1941. In 2001, “Vila”, had his first official appearance in 2001. Vila’s biggest success so far were made in 2011 when it won the gold medal at the International Choir Festival “Zlatna Vila”, in 2012 Festival of Orthodox spiritual choral music in Hajnowka, Poland, and in 2013 when it won first place in “Mokranjčevi dani” in Negotin.

Aljoša Novaković was born in 1974. in Sisak. He graduated from the Music Academy in East Sarajevo, Department of Church Music and Chanting. He has been the conductor of “Vila” since its reopening in 2001. He has won several prestigious awards and orders, both at local and republic level. He works in the High and the elementary music school in Prijedor as a professor of accordion and choir.

Prijedor is the third largest municipality in the Republika Srpska entity. It is an economically prosperous municipality hosting a wide range of industries, services and educational institutions. The city’s geographical location close to major European capitals has made it an important industrial and commercial hub nationally.