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Lynn McConnell

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Lynn McConnell received her Master of Arts degree in music from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1974. Since then she has performed professionally on alto and prima balalaikas and piano with various Russian groups, such as Troika Balalaikas, Tziganka, and the Great American Gypsy Band. She has recorded three albums with, has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and the Far East, and is one of the founding members of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America.

Gregory Carageorge is a professional bassist and singer performing on the enormous Russian contrabass balalaika.  He has performed with many other leading balalaika ensembles in the United States, including the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival, the Great American Gypsy Band, Tziganka, Balalaika Fantasie, and The Firebird Balalaikas of the Russian Tea Room in NYC.  Mr. Carageorge is a founding member of the Troika Balalaikas.

Angelina Galashenkova-Reed was eight years old when she began her musical journey at music school in St.Petersburg, Russia. As a child and teenager she won three junior competitions among young domra players of North-Western part of Russia. During her formative years at Mussorgsky College of Music in S-Petersburg and Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Angelina won top prizes and titles of "Laureate of All Russia National competition among professional domra players" (1990) and "Laureate of International competition among professional folk artists" (1992). Before moving to the USA in 2001, Angelina had collaborated as a soloist with the famous Andreev Russian Folk Orchestra in St.Petersburg, the Police Orchestra of Moscow and numerous small ensembles. She was also classical mandolin soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Russia. As a concert performer, she traveled throughout Russia, to the United States, where she performed at the 100 year Anniversary of Carnegie Hall concert in 1991, to several European countries, Japan and Australia. In the USA, Angelina has been involved with Atlanta Balalaika Society and the Balalaika and Domra Association of America as a member and soloist, as well as pursuing teaching career.

Dave Cooper received a Bachelor of Arts in music at the University of Illinois where he performed with the Russian Folk Orchestra on domra and balalaika. He has appeared as a soloist on balalaika with the Atlanta Balalaika Society and the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival and has also performed with groups such as the Great American Gypsy Band and the World Music Consort.  He studied for a year with the balalaika masters in Kiev, and currently he is conductor for the Atlanta Balalaika Orchestra.

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