Our history is rich. Take a look at the 2003 Sterling Memorial Library exhibit of our history then click on the links below to read more about those years and the years beyond.

Yale Russian Chorus activities 1953 - 1959

1953-54- -The Yale Russian Chorus formed by Denis Mickiewicz (founding conductor) and George Litton (Russian Club president) as an offshoot of the Yale Russian Club.

May 13, 1954 - First public performance of the YRC in the Yale Hall of Graduate Studies.

Read more about the YRC in the 50's......
Yale Russian Chorus activities 1960 - 1969

January 20, 1960 - YRC hosts reception and sings for Moscow State Symphony Orchestra at the Hall of Graduate Studies after MSSO concert in the New Haven Arena.

April 24, 1960 - YRC serenaded French President Charles de Gaulle outside Blair House in Washington DC during a chance meeting while Chorus was in Washington for a concert.  De Gaulle came over, shook hands with a few singers and said in English “Good luck, Yale!”

November 11-18, 1963 - Yale professor Frederick Barghoorn arrested in Moscow and charged with espionage. Big YRC campaign to get him freed

Read more about the YRC in the 60's......
Yale Russian Chorus activities 1970 - 1979

Spring 1970 - 3rd YRC record (Lieberman)

Fall 1970 - Dan Godfrey became conductor.

Read more about the YRC in the 70's......
Yale Russian Chorus activities 1980 - 1989

April 11-12, 1980 - YRC represented Yale at Harvard Festival of Men’s Choruses; concerts at St. Paul Church and Sanders theater

Fall 1980 - Guy Brewer became conductor

December 1987 - YRC sings at a US State Department luncheon in Washington, DC for General Secretary & Mrs. Gorbachev [link]

Read more about the YRC in the 80's......
Yale Russian Chorus activities 1990 - 1995

January 1990 - David-Marc Finley became conductor

February 28, 1990 - YRC performed as chorus in Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans with Eve Queler’s Opera Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall

September 1994 - YRC Sings for the Yeltsins and Clintons at the White House, Washington, D.C. [link]

Read more about the YRC from 1990-1995.....
Yale Russian Chorus Alumni activities    1996 - 2008

February 1996 - Memorial concert for Konstantin Dmitrievich Hramov, Senior Lector in Russian Language, in Dwight Chapel

May 1996 - First YRC Alumni concert at SUNY Purchase.  Repeated almost annually through 2002.  Banquet often at Bill Barron’s (YRC ’66) house in Weston, CT

Read more about the YRC Alumni from 1996-2008.....

Berlin 1962
White House 1994
Moscow 1977
Tbilisi 1987
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Yale 2003
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Yale Russian Chorus Alumni activities    2009 -  Present

May 2009 - Alumni dinner at Bill & Jennifer Barron’s home in Weston CT followed by singing on the next day in Norfield Congregational Church nearby.

May 2009 - Concerts at the Kennedy Library in Boston MA for CEO John Shattuck’s
(YRC ’64) departure to be Rector of Central European University in Budapest and at the First Parish Congregational Church in Manchester MA, hosted by George & Lelly Smith.

October 2009  - Concert at Duke Chapel of Duke University in Chapel Hill NC for Denis Mickiewicz’s 80th birthday, hosted by Gil Merkx.  Festschrift in DM’s honor compiled and presented.

Read more about the YRC Alumni from 2009-present.....
Yale 2013