Mila Vocal Ensemble

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Mila Vocal Ensemble is holding auditions!

Mila is an a cappella singing group for women, specializing in Balkan and Eastern European music. We sing challenging, beautiful songs in many different folk styles and in many different languages. We rehearse every Thursday evening in St. Paul and perform in 3-4 shows per year.

We are looking for self-motivated singers with a passion for learning about unfamiliar singing styles and exploring new aspects of vocal performance. The ideal candidate would also have previous singing experience and be able to read music.

Please get in touch with us at or on Facebook.

Come sing with us!

See our upcoming events page for more information about future performances, or find us on Facebook.

About Mila

Mila Vocal Ensemble
Three appearances on A Prairie Home Companion
Now booking for the 2016 and 2017 performance seasons (click to hire Mila)
Click for a sound sample.

"Mila sings chords that Lutherans do not have in them. You would have had to stay out of church for a long time to be able to learn this music." – Garrison Keillor

Mila is a professional women's vocal ensemble grounded in the harmonic traditions of Eastern Europe and Russia. The ensemble typically performs a cappella at concerts, vocal and cultural workshops, festivals, schools, churches and corporate and private events. The group also collaborates with instrumentalists and dancers, for special performances.

Members of Mila are enthusiastic students of vocal styles, rhythms, harmonies, languages, history and geography, as expressed in the folk traditions of Eastern Europe. Through music, Mila celebrates the beauty of these cultures.

The name "Mila" has tender connotations — including "love" and "dear one" — in many of the languages represented by its repertoire. It is also a common women's name in several Eastern European countries.

Mila's singers hail from unique musical backgrounds and have studied with renowned vocalists and instrumentalists from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Hungary, Serbia, Ukraine and Russia.

Mila is: Carol Bauer, Sarah Callahan, Laura Lentz Landstad, Kristi Larson, Abby Morrisette, Patti Paulson, Marie Rule, Phala Tracy, Jana Stow Velo, Carol Wahl, Diana Yefanova.

Please be sure to visit our buy CDs page to hear sound clips.

Mila logo by Jim Dryden.
Mila photo by Larry Morrisette.


FIND US ON FACEBOOK:  Find out what we're up to, join the conversation, or just "like" us on Mila's Facebook page.

SUPPORT MILA:  Mila Vocal Ensemble is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. This means your generous donations to Mila are tax-deductible! Or consider volunteering your time and expertise to help us grow. Volunteers are needed for a wide range of assignments. Check our volunteer page for current opportunities.

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