Bratislava Boys’ Choir from Bratislava, Slovakia in concert



For the first time since 2014, the acclaimed Bratislava Boys Choir from Slovakia returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania for two concerts in May. The first performance was given at St. Ignatius Church on Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00 p.m. A second concert was performed at St. Peter’s Cathedral on Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m. Both concerts were free and open to the public. The audience was enthralled with the talented, first-rate choir.

While in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the boys – ranging in age from ten to eighteen – experienced local culture as they stayed with local families and enjoyed visits to Nay Aug Park and the Lackawanna Coal Mine. Also, a “welcoming dinner” for the choir and their host families was held. A very special and grateful thank you is extended to the host families who opened their homes to the boys.

Founded by Dr. Magdaléna Rovňáková in 1982, the Bratislava Boys Choir is part of a private music school enrolling about ninety students ages seven through twenty-eight. The choir’s repertoire features a wide variety of both sacred and secular works including Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, concert Masses, arrangements of folk songs, and works by contemporary composers. The widely traveled choir has collaborated with the Slovak Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in addition to recording seven compact discs. The boys also have been featured in the soundtracks of several films.

The Bratislava Boys Choir’s visit to Northeastern Pennsylvania was made possible by your generous support and through the cooperation of World Artists Experience, the Embassy of Slovakia, and our beloved Slovak Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Thank you for all your contributions, encouragement, and assistance, without which these cultural experiences would not be possible. The local performances were arranged by Michael Stretanski and Raphael Micca in cooperation with World Artists Experiences and the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic.