Chamber Choir "Small Capella"

Moscow, Russia

Liya Obshadko - conductor
Anastasia Evstigneeva - piano accompaniment

Competition Section

Title Composer Lyrics
Ot yunosti moeya / From my Youth Orthodox psalm Orthodox psalm
Tanzen und springen / Dancing and Jumping Hans Leo Hassler Hans Leo Hassler
Serenada / Serenade Sergey Taneev Afanasiy Fet
Meri Tomcho arr. Stevan Gaydov Macedonian Folk Song
Ach ty, step’ shirokaya / Steppe arr. David Pechnikov Russian Folk Song
Zapletisya pleten’ /
Twine the fence
arr. Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Folk Song
Belelitsy, rumyanitsy vy moi / Whiten My Rouged Cheeks
from “3 Russian songs”, op. 41
Sergey Rachmaninoff Folk

Sacred Section

Title Composer Lyrics
Sacred choral concert №11 “Bozhe, bozhe moy” /
“My God, why has Thou forsaken me”
Stepan Degtyarev Orthodox Psalm 22
2 psalms of The Taizé Community: “Jubilate Deo”, “Se tua ma Lampe”   Protestant Psalm

The Small Capella started in 1992 in Moscow, Russia, as a small ensemble of several girls and one boy, giving performances in their music school. With time, the ensemble grew into a mixed choir, performing Russian and Western classical works, sacred music and folk songs. In recent years, Small Capella have traveled together to multiple destinations including Yalta, Ukraine, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, and Finland, giving guest performances in many locations. The Small Capella has participated in the international choral festival “Moscow, the World’s City” in the chamber choir category, and was twice a the prize-winner. From 2006 until 2008, Small Capella cooperated with the Amadeus Music Theater in Moscow in performing “The Magic Flute” by W.A. Mozart and “The Christmas Oratorio” by J.S. Bach. The choir participates in many festival such as: the music festival in Znojmo, Czech Republic (2010), in Austrian-Russian festival Choral Wien, Austria (2011), and in the VII international festival “Vesnushka”, Yaroslavl, Russia (2012).

Small Capella's accompanists are Anastasiya Evstigneeva (piano) and Sofya Iglitskaya (organ). Alexander Tamarkin is the choir’s co-leader.

Liya Obshadko, the conductor and artistic director of the choir, is a graduate from the Gnesins’ Teacher's Training College. She is also the conductor of the senior choir of the Beethoven School and the choirmaster of the men's choir of the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute.

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