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District 7 looks forward to 2007 when it will host the 48th International Convention of the Polish Singers Alliance of America May 17-20, 2007. A search committee is working on the best site for this fantastic event.

THE HISTORY BOOK IS HERE!

As the PSAA is in its 116th year of existence promoting the love of Polish culture and song here in America and Canada, its long-awaited 100-year History Book entitled  "The Polish Singers Alliance of America - Choral Patriotism" compiled and written by the late Dr. Stanley Blejwas, is available at a cost of $ 35 including shipping and handling.

To order, please contact General Secretary, Adeline Wujcikowski (716-827-1722) or Frances X. Gates, District 7 Vice-President, (718-346-6108) or (718-852-6812) for specifics.

It's publication was celebrated on September 30 in Buffalo, NY, headquarters of the Central Administration of the PSAA.

Likewise, it will be launched in downstate NY on Saturday, December 10, at noon at the Greenpoint Public Library at 107 Norman Avenue, corner of Leonard Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The book was published by the University of Rochester Press. It includes a foreword by M.B.Biskupski, PhD of the Central Connecticut State University, a colleague of the late Dr. Blejwas. For more information, contact the coordinator of the event, Librarian, Izabela Bozek at 718-349-8504 ext. 0; or Frances X. Gates, at 718-346-6108; or Barbara Blyskal, at 718-720-6089. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.  

PROFESSORS FROM POLAND GIVE SEMINARS

Three Polish Professors, namely: Grazyna Ney, accompanist, professor at the School of Music in Wroclaw; Przemyslaw Palka, conductor, professor at the Academy of Music in Poznan; and Elzbieta Wtorkowska, voice coach at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. inspired and re-energized choruses of District 7 and their directors.

The PSAA is fortunate to have as its Assistant General Director and 7th District Choral Director, Mrs. Izabella Kobus-Salkin, the former principal mezzo of the Lodz Grand Opera in Poland. Her passion and love of music and song is deep within her soul. She makes every effort to share that love with anyone who is willing to accept it, especially with youngsters and young adults. She attended four summer courses held yearly in Koszalin to improve her conducting skills. That is where she met and was given the inspiration to invite these gifted academicians to help our choruses in America as they have done in Poland's neighboring countries such as Czechoslovakia, and Bialorussia, to name a few. With a small grant offered by "Wspolnota Polska" this became a reality.

Since there is always room for improvement no matter what field one is in, this invitation was open to anyone interested in improving his/her knowledge in the field of choral conducting/singing. Those who came to the seminars, most certainly gained a lot from the experience. Their visit lasted from October 6th through the 23rd when they returned to Poland.

Their itinerary included visiting choruses in New Britain, CT, Wallington, NJ, Hempstead, NY, Greenpoint, South Brooklyn and Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY. It gave the visiting musicians a glimpse of how Polish Americans care about the music and traditions of Poland through song. They were most impressed and were filled with great admiration for the work that is being done here to preserve Poland's heritage in America especially by the Polish Singers Alliance of America in its 116th year of existence.

The culminating activity of this two-week hectic symposium was held on Saturday, October 22 with singing before and during the 7:00 pm Mass, followed by a concert of cooperting choruses at the Church of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Rev. Rafal Kopytynski, Pastor, was most helpful in arranging for this event.

Participating choruses which presented their favorite pieces during the concert were: the Children's Chorus of the Polish Supplementary School of Maria Konopnicka of Greenpoint, directed by Izabella Kobus-Salkin; JUTRZENKA SINGING SOCIETY #226 of South Brooklyn, under the direction of Izabella Kobus-Salkin; the OGINSKI MALE CHORUS #283 of Hempstead, NY directed by Dr. Barbara Miluk-Kolasa; the HEJNAL MIXED CHORUS #323 of Greenpoint Brooklyn, directed by Kazimierz Ambroziak; CON AMORE Chamber Group,directed by Izabella Kobus-Salkin; and combined children's choirs, directed by Elzbieta Wtorkowska. Przemyslaw Palka directed all combined choirs in singing Z. Kozub's "Hymn Chorow Polonijnich" with a solo by Elzbieta Wtorkowska. This was followed by A. Banasiewicz's "Kocham Cie Polsko". The finale was all choruses singing I. Berlin's "God Bless America" directed by Izabella Kobus-Salkin.

Thanks to: the Polish and Slavic Center, as well as Sr. Dorothy, Mother Superior of St. Stan's School; Antoni Chroscielewski of the Polish National Home in Greenpoint all helpful in getting space fo sessions and rehearsals for the singers. Also thanks to W-Nassau Meat Market, Syrena Bakery and Adamba Imports International for generous donations of refreshments following the final concert to bid a fond farewell to the visiting professors.