Spring Sing!

Hungarian folk singing classes on the Peninsula

Offered by Zina Bozzay and the Hungarian Folk Singing Circle / Népdalkör


February 26, March 26, April 9 ~~ Sundays 1-3pm

Leading up to the Hungarian Heritage Festival in May!

Woodside Priory, Founder's Hall, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley

Free ~ donations gratefully accepted

Register: Please RSVP on Facebook or email Zina at zinabozzay@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect and we can send you the details. Drop-ins also welcome.


Open to Hungarian speakers and learners (pronunciation will not be covered in this class), all musical backgrounds, all ages (geared for teens/adults)


This is a class for learning a wide range of traditional Hungarian folk songs, learning directly from village source recordings using the UNESCO-recognized Táncház Method of oral transmission, as in Hungary. These recordings are from archival collections such as by Bartók and Kodály, personal collections of Zina's mentors Éva Fábián, Gergely Agócs, Mariann Nyitrai, and Andrea Navratil, or directly from living village folk singers in Hungary and Transylvania. The class will be held in English (to be accessible to all), with the songs sung in Hungarian. Source recordings and song word sheets to take home will be provided to participants.

Whether you've sung Hungarian folk songs for decades or are new to them, we hope this class offers beautiful and fun songs for everyone! Drawing on the rich wealth of this heritage, we can learn well-known songs in more detail or lesser-known beauties if you would like to learn something new -- we will focus on songs based on participants' background and interests. Each class will focus on a specific region: Moldva (love songs, weaving songs, and more, celebrating very old Hungarian poetry, dialect, and singing style), the village of Magyarböd (using Gergely Agócs's personal collections, these are wonderful songs with harmony), and Transylvania (expressive songs and dance melodies for táncház). We hope you can enjoy these songs at home with your families!


These classes are designed to serve the Hungarian community on the Peninsula, held during Scout activities as part of the Hungarian cultural offerings hosted at the Woodside Priory.  This project has been made possible by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.

About Zina Bozzay

Trained by master folk singers in Hungary, Zina Bozzay has performed at the Táncháztalálkozó, Hungarian Heritage House, and National Theatre in Budapest, and has been a soloist at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, the Golden Festival in New York, and the Kárpátok 50th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles. Founder and leader of the Hungarian Folk Singing Circle (Népdalkör) in San Francisco, she teaches traditional folk songs to Hungarians and Americans, beginners through professionals, including members of KITKA, Janam, Stellamara, Zhena Folk Chorus, Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble, and others. She holds a Masters in Music Composition, and with her ensemble Vadalma, she creates historically-informed, innovative chamber arrangements using both traditional and non-traditional accompaniment. More information here.