Maria Hrebinets'ka papers
Maria Hrebinets'ka was a Ukrainian and Ukrainian American singer and music educator. This collection primarily contains materials related her performing and teaching career, including concert programs and advertising from the 1920s through the 1930s, newspaper clippings, photographs, and sheet music.
|Creator||Hrebinets'ka, Maria, 1883-1972|
|Title||Maria Hrebinets'ka papers|
|Quantity||0.25 Linear Feet, 1 box|
|Languages||Ukrainian, English, Czech, and Russian.|
|Repository||Ukrainian History and Education Center Archives|
Biographical / Historical
Maria Hrebinets'ka Novovirska (Марія Гребінецька Нововірська, also spelled Hrebenetska, and also known in English as Maria Greben) was a Ukrainian and Ukrainian American singer and music educator.
She was born in the city of Kyiv in what was then the Russian Empire. She studied voice at the Lysenko Music and Drama School in Kyiv under Oleksandr Myshuha (1905-1907) and in Milan, Italy (1907-1911). She performed at the Odessa Opera (1911-1912) and with the Sadovs'kyi Ukrainian Theater (1914-1919).
After the closing of the Sadovs'kyi Theater, she performed with the L'viv Ukrainian Discourse Theater (Театр Української Бесіди), as well as in Uzhhorod and Prague, where she joined the Ukrainian National Chorus under the direction of Oleksandr Koshyts'. She traveled with the Chorus to the United States in 1922 and toured with them until 1924.
In 1931, she joined violinist Roman Prydatkevych and pianist Alisa Korchak to form the "Ukrainian Trio" in New York City. She also returned to stage work, directing a production of the opera "Kateryna" by Mykola Arkas in 1932. She sang the vocal part of the title character in V. Avramenko's 1938 film "Marusia" (though the on-screen role was performed by a much younger actress).
In the 1930s she married Nestor Novovirs'kyi. In 1941, she graduated from the Washington Irving Evening High School in New York City with a Gold Medal for Scholarship. This enabled her to attend Hunter College, from which she graduated in 1949. She worked alongside her husband in the bacteriology and pathology laboratories of Kings County Hospital from the 1940s to the 1960s while continuing to be active as a singer, accompanist, and director of stage productions.
For nearly 20 years she taught voice and piano in New York City at the Ukrainian National Home and at the studio that she helped create in 1944 at the Surma Book and Music Company. She also formed a female vocal quartet that performed as part of the radio programs produced by Myron Surmach. She recorded at least two songs for Victor Records (catalog number V-21039). Her brother Mykhailo Hrebinets'kyi was also a well-known vocal soloist.
She died in 1972 after being struck by a taxi on the way to visit her sick husband in the hospital.
Scope and Contents
This collection primarily contains materials related to Maria Hrebinets'ka's performing and teaching career, including concert programs and advertising flyers from the 1920s through the 1930s, newspaper clippings, photographs, and sheet music. It also includes some personal items and correspondence.
Фонд складається здебільша з матеріалів, пов'язані з виконавською та педагогічною діяльністю Марії Гребінецької. У фонді концертні програми та реклами з 1920-х по 1930-х рр., газетні вирізки, фотографії та ноти. Фонд також включає деякі особисті речі та листування.
Published citations should take the following form: Identification of item, date (if known); Maria Hrebinetska papers; box number; folder number; Ukrainian History and Education Center Archives, Somerset, New Jersey.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Found in the Perkhorovych legacy collection, and was most likely obtained by them either directly from Hrebinets'ka or from the Hrebinets'ka/Novovirsky estate.
This collection was separated from the Iurii and Ol'ha Perkhorovych papers based on provenance. The arrangement has been imposed by the processing archivist, but roughly follows the order that was imposed by the Perkhorovyches.
Letters from Hrebinets'ka, obituaries, and materials related to her funeral and erection of a cemetery monument can be found in the Iurii and Ol'ha Perkhorovych papers. Her Victor recording can be found in the Maksymjuk Collection.
Concert programs, advertisements, books, and ephemera, 1921-1945.
Includes a Surma Book and Music Co. almanac for 1945, even though it bears a Perkhorovych "ex libris" stamp, as it most likely originally belonged to Hrebinets'ka.
Postcards, 1923-1934 and undated.
Scope and Contents
Contains unmailed souvenir postcards (including from the 1933 Chicago Worlds Fair), postcards that were mailed and have written messages (likely by Maria's brother Mykhailo), and holiday greeting cards signed by Oleksandr Koshyts'.
|Photographs, 1923-1925 and undated.||
Personal items, 1941-1949 and undated.
Scope and Contents
Includes Maria's high school graduation program, her Washington Irving Evening High School Gold Medal for Scholarship, her Hunter College diploma, and her and her brother Mykhailo's business cards.
Scope and Contents
In addition to printed and hand-copied sheet music, there are also English translations of lyrics and drafts of program notes.
Finding aid written by Michael Andrec.
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2019-08-16 21:57:17 +0000.