University of Minnesota

Bryn, Oksana, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Bryn, Oksana
Dates: ca.1949-
Abstract: Papers consist of personal and professional correspondence, programs, music scores, photographs, and material pertaining to Bryn's activities in the Twin Cities Ukrainian community.
Quantity: 5 lin.ft.
Language: English, Ukrainian
Collection ID: IHRC2963


Collection acquired in August 2003 from Oksana Bryn.


Oksana Bryn (March 9, 1924- ), singer, educator, voice teacher, and writer-editor, was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She studied at the Conservatory of Music in Kharkiv (1942-43). Bryn immigrated to the United States in spring 1949 and soon moved to Minnesota with her family. After arriving in Minnesota she continued her studies at the Minneapolis College of Music and privately with D. Jocha, A. Martynenko,Oksana Bryn and Donna Pegors. Bryn was a longtime voice teacher at MacPhail Center for Performing Arts, U of MN, and a vocal consultant at the Children's Theatre Co. and Theatre School in Minneapolis. As a free lance opera and concert singer she toured the United States and Canada. An album of her art and folk songs was released in New York in conjunction with her Carnegie Hall recital in 1972. She also recorded Ukrainian songs in the album "Voloshky." Bryn was active for many years, locally, in Ukrainian parish and community work and cultural activities. Her artistic and educational contributions to Minnesota's cultural life were acknowledged by city and state officials on March 24, 1985-Oksana Bryn Day. In addition to her vocal activities, Bryn co-edited (1963-73) the Ukrainian music and art quarterly Visti (News), published by the Ukrainian Chorus "Dnipro" and the Music and Art Quarterly's Herald magazine; and she also contributed short stories to Zhinochyi Svit (Women's World). Although retired, Oksana Bryn continues to provide consultations, demonstrations, and private and group lessons.



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The Bryn, Oksana Papers, Ukrainian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

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