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Hungarian Folk Singing Circle
                        Népdalkör
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Current and Upcoming Hungarian Folk Singing Classes

Click on a class or scroll down for further class details. Click here to register.

All classes below are taught by Zina Bozzay, unless a guest teacher is indicated.

Click here for general information about the Hungarian Folk Singing Circle and our classes.

Click here if you are interested in arranging a class for a specific event, group, or institution.

Join our email list and follow us on Facebook to hear about other upcoming classes, workshops, and events.

VIRTUAL CLASSES HELD ON ZOOM

FOR PARTICIPANTS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD


 

CLASSES HELD IN PERSON IN BUDAPEST

 
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WEEKLY ONLINE HUNGARIAN FOLK SINGING CLASSES
Held on Zoom, open to participants around the world

These Hungarian Folk Singing Class Series are held in English and open to participants of all cultural, linguistic, and musical backgrounds, welcoming experienced singers as well as those with no previous experience in the style. They include a wide range of beautiful village songs from across the Hungarian language area, crafted over generations of unbroken oral tradition. These are not composed songs or modern arrangements, and they are taught directly from village source recordings. They include grieving songs to uptempo dance songs, love songs to lullabies, old style and new style, simple and highly ornamented, with beautiful song words and unique regional scales and rhythms. Participants receive village source recordings, ethnographic maps, song word sheets (lyrics), English translations, and background information on the songs and regions. Classes also often include information about vocal technique, traditional instruments, seasonal practices, and the traditional lifestyle and ways of thinking that these songs come from.

From January-May 2022, weekly group classes will focus on three ethnographic regions in Transylvania - Kalotaszeg, Mezőség, and Maros-Küküllők vidéke (in lavender, green, and dark orange on the map of Transylvania below) - spending 6 weeks learning a group of beautiful songs from each of those regions. Participants may register for any one or all three of these class series, and they will cover different songs than those taught in 2021.

 

Please register as soon as possible, as space is limited and Zooms links are sent in advance of class.

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Some details and logistics:

- Pronunciation: If this is your first Hungarian singing class, consider taking the pronunciation class below before the class series. In these classes we review the pronunciation of the song words but not the basics of the Hungarian letter sounds.

- Private lessons: Class participants are encouraged to sign up for one private lesson per 6-week class in order to receive more individual feedback and guidance in their development, especially returning students (not required, just recommended).

​- Commitment / Drop-insIt is strongly preferred for participants to commit to the full class series, but drop-ins are also welcome.

- Class size: There is a minimum of 5 registered participants to hold the class, and classes are capped at 25 people.

- Class time: Because there are several class times and people are joining from various time zones around the world, each class has a name (Chestnut, Tulip, etc) for the ease of participants figuring out which time is right for them and registering for the correct class! Some time zones are written below, but please double-check your own time difference with Budapest, and note daylight savings changes if applicable. The online classes are live and interactive, and not video recorded for later use.

Please check out the FAQs page for more information!

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Songs of Maros-Küküllők vidéke (Küküllő mente)

Tuesdays, April 26 - May 31, 2022

  

         - Chestnut Group: Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am Budapest time

Europe daytime, Australia and New Zealand evening:

9am England / 4pm Hong Kong / 6pm Sydney / 8pm Christchurch

 

- Rosemary Group: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm Budapest time

North America daytime, Europe evening:

10am California / 1pm New York / 6pm England / 8pm Israel

Check the class times here based on your location for each specific date.

Register here

Price:

                                                           Full class series (six 1.5hr classes):           Drop-in (single class):

Residents of Hungary:               10,000 Ft.                                                                  2000 Ft. per class

International Participants:     Sliding scale $60 - 150 USD                                   Sliding scale $12-25 USD per class

 
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IN-PERSON CLASSES IN BUDAPEST

 

The in-person classes below are all held by Zina Bozzay in person in English. Participants will receive information regarding covid safety guidelines for each event and venue. Please register as soon as possible, as space is limited in some venues, and it is helpful for our planning and printing of class materials to know how many participants to expect.

 

  • Hungarian Folk Singing Workshop Series
    Magyar Zene Háza (House of Music, Hungary), Budapest

    Sunday afternoons March 27, April 24, and May 15
    4-4:30 Hungarian pronunciation (optional), 4:30-6 Singing Workshop


    Three folk singing classes with different songs taught on each date, held in English, at the beautiful brand-new House of Music, Hungary. Open to the general public, no previous experience required. Join for one date or all three.


    More details and register here (click "Buy tickets", or in Hungarian, "Jegyek")

















 






 

  • Hungarian Folk Singing Workshops
    Hosted by the Népdalkör, supported by the Csoóri Sándor Alap
    Please contact us with interest to receive emails about these in-person workshops in Budapest!

    Magyarszovát Masterclass - Beautifully Ornate Songs from Transylvania
    Saturday, May 28, 2022, planned for 10am-3pm, with a lunch break from 12-1pm

    The traditional folk songs from the village of Magyarszovát in Transylvania are famous for their gorgeous, intricate ornamentation, beautiful soaring melodies with rich details. This workshop is held in English by Zina Bozzay. Although called a "masterclass", it's open to participants of all cultural, linguistic, and musical backgrounds who want to deeply immerse in this repertoire, with no previous experience required. The workshop will include the pronunciation and translation of the day's song words, learning the songs directly from village source recordings (including Zina's own collections), background information on the songs and the style, and lots of joyful singing together! Price: 5000 Ft. for the full day workshop (or 3000 Ft. for morning or afternoon session only). Central Budapest location. More details coming soon!
    Priority registration deadline is May 14
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  • Hungarian Folk Singing Classes
    American International School of Budapest
    For current AISB students and community. Please contact with interest in joining.

     

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NÉPDALKÖR RECITAL

Held on Zoom, open to participants around the world

Our Spring Recital is tentatively schedule for:

Tuesday, June 7, 7:00pm Budapest time

(10am California / 1pm New York / 6pm England)

 

A celebratory event in which we can enjoy the fruits of our study, savoring what we have learned and sharing it with each other and our loved ones. Participation is open to all current and former students of the singing classes, camps, workshops, and private lessons. Participants must sign up in advance with the songs they would like to sing. A few family members and friends of performers may also attend as audience.  This is not open to the general public. 

This is a free event. Current class members will receive the recital details and sign-up sheet automatically.  If you are not currently taking weekly classes and would like to participate, please email Zina (zinabozzay@gmail.com) or register below.

Register here

 
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HUNGARIAN PRONUNCIATION CLASSES

Held on Zoom, open to participants around the world

Level I

An in-depth class on Hungarian pronunciation, open to absolute beginners as a first introduction to the language as well as those with experience who want to review.  The class covers each letter sound, and includes practice words for each letter.  Participants receive a detailed pronunciation guide for later reference.  This class is typically offered at the start of each singing class series or before a workshop, and is open to anyone to attend, whether or not you are taking a singing class.

Level II  (Prerequisite: Level I)

This class is designed for those who have already taken Level I or have previous experience with Hungarian, including heritage speakers in the Hungarian diaspora, who are interested in learning further details to fine-tune their pronunciation.  This class covers pronunciation quirks and exceptions often not taught to beginners, such as consonant assimilation, consonant voicing and devoicing, archaic name spellings, and examples of dialect pronunciation. 

Pronunciation Practice Class (Prerequisite: Level I)

For those who have already attended Level I, or previously learned all of the Hungarian letter sounds, this class is solely focused on putting it into practice through participants pronouncing words and receiving feedback. We cover everyday words and common words in folk songs to really strengthen all the basic sounds of the language.  If you are struggling with certain vowel sounds, or sometimes mix up which consonants sound like what, join us. It is also a good class for those with more experience to focus on pronunciation and hear the common pitfalls and corrections.

Classes are held in English by Zina Bozzay, who has been teaching Hungarian pronunciation to non-Hungarian speakers for over a decade.

Upcoming Dates:

No fixes upcoming classes at this time - these are scheduled upon request.

Please use the registration form to indicate interest!

Class Prices:

Residents of Hungary:             1000 Ft. per class

International Participants:   Sliding scale $8-15 USD per class

 
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Private group classes and large events

PRIVATE LESSONS,

SMALL AND LARGE GROUP CLASSES,

WORKSHOPS, FESTIVALS, & OTHER EVENTS

 

In addition to the public group classes listed above, we teach one-on-one private lessons as well as private small groups (coaching for bands and choruses, dance ensembles learning specific songs for a choreography, friends or family members taking a private class together, small group masterclass on a specific topic, etc.) and large groups (music schools, universities, festivals, táncház, summer camps, conferences, etc.). These classes are held in person in Budapest, in other cities/countries with travel arrangements, and online for people around the world. Please visit the Our Offerings page for more information.

Consider gifting one of our singing classes

to a family member or friend!  Choose among Hungarian pronunciation classes, one-time workshops, class series, lectures, and more.

 

You may choose a specific class to gift or choose an amount which may be applied at the recipient's discretion. Personalized gift certificate PDFs (shown at right) are available at no extra charge.

Simply fill out the class registration form below and select gift certificate, or send us a message here.

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