Mary Sherhart is
one of America's leading
teachers and performers of traditional Balkan vocal music.
2012 Aspasia Phoutrides Pulakis Award recipient from Seattle's Ethnic Heritage Council, given annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to a Northwest ethnic community.
2006 Artist Trust / Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship recipient
Teacher, singer, healer of hearts through music
Photo by Charlie Jirov
In 2010 I decided to hang up the red sequined dress, get out of the limelight and take time to for rest and rejuvenation after so many years of rewarding, but hard work. It wasn’t long, however, before my natural impulse took over and I started the Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women’s Choir, a program of the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle. We’ve grown from the original 12 singers to today over 40, all born in Bulgaria, ranging in age from 25 to over 80. We look forward to spending Wednesday evenings together, to sing, laugh, speak Bulgarian, and celebrate and support one another in our joys and sorrows. We share the rich culture of Bulgaria in local and international performances. Local filmmaker Bogdan Darev created a beautiful documentary about one of our choir members, Penka Enchva, Tazi Baba / This Baba. I produced the film as well as the CD Penka Encheva and Friends.
|Photo by Edi Valeheva||Photo by Ivan Tashev|
|Photo by Ivan Tashev||Mary and Stefka|
More information about my work with Sevdah music is here.
A list of many other fine Balkan choirs is here.
Read about the many experiences and kindesses during my visit to
Bosnia and Croatia in
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