Otets Paissii Ensemble

The BMNECC’s Otets Paissii Performing Ensemble has been delighting local and international audiences for many years. This talented group of singers, dancers and musicians is one of the main attractions at the annual Pittsburgh International Folk Festival. The group presents its annual concert each autumn at the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Homestead and performs regularly at venues in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania. In 1990 the ensemble appeared at numerous venues in Bulgaria.

Joy Holden is the ensemble’s Managing Director and Bilyana Stoyanova Stafura is Dance Director and Choreographer. Guest choreographers, such as the acclaimed Aleksander Zankin and Hristo and Kaya Ivanov, also contribute to many of the group’s performances. Costume and Wardrobe Supervisor Julie Rhyner dresses the performers in sparkling, colorful costumes, many of which include antique embellishments.

If you would like to join the ensemble, please contact Joy Holden by email, or phone the Center at 412-461-6188.

The ensemble is named for Otets Paissii, the monk who wrote the first comprehensive history of the Bulgarian people.