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Oksana Bryn papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: IHRC2963


Papers consist of personal and professional correspondence, programs, music scores, photographs, and material pertaining to Bryn's activities in the Twin Cities Ukrainian community.


  • 1949/2005


Language of Materials

English, Ukrainian


Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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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.


5 Linear Feet


Collection acquired in August 2003 from Oksana Bryn.

  • Arts Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Community life Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Education Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Music Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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