After almost twelve years at its artistic helm, Oleh Mahlay will be stepping down as Artistic Director and Conductor of the internationally renowned Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus (UBC) at the end of the 2007-2008 concert season.
UBC President Murha said, "It should be noted that Maestro Mahlay looks forward to returning to the UBC one day and that his stepping down is a personal decision, not organizational."
During his time as Conductor, Mahlay has worked with the President of the UBC, Anatoli Murha, for over eight years. Working together, they released five diverse recordings, organized tours, concerts and special events throughout North America, Europe and Ukraine.
A search committee has been formed to identify candidates, interview them and make recommendations to the membershipfor final decision. (According to the by-laws of the UBC, the active membership must vote for the conductor.)
"It is our intent to have a new conductor in place and working with the membership on or before September 1, 2008, " said Murha.
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