Chronology of historical events

The history of the Academic Chorus began in 1948-1950 by the foundation of the vocal ensemble managed by Nikolay Orlov. The first conductor of the collective was Artemy Lebedinsky (1950-1957). Since 1968 to 2003 the art director and main conductor of the Chorus was Honored Art Worker of Russia Vladimir Izumenko. Nowadays the Academic Chorus is directed by Larisa Yerykalova.

Permanently participated in Nizhni Novgorod cultural life, the chorus took successfully concerts during touring, festivals and competitions in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Litva from 1972. In 1996, September, Nizhni Novgorod State University Chorus participated in Spain chorus festival in Valencia city. The chorus repeatedly was awarded with diplomant and laureate titles in international inter-republic and regional choir competitions and festivals. In 2000 (and repeated success in 2004) the NNSU chorus became a diplomant of the International University Choruses festival, which been held in Izhensk. In April 2004 the chorus became a diplomant X chorus festival "A youth voices" been held in Nizhni Novgorod. In April 2005 the chorus has been awarded the Silver VI diploma on International Chorus Competition in Budapest, Hungary.

During all these years several talented musicians have been working with the collective as choir-masters. Among them were N. Pokrovsky, T. Kuratova, L. Pronina, G. Bobkova, L. Kochurova, T. Avdreeva and E. Mitenkin.

The Chorus had concerts together with the symphonic orchestra of Nizhny Novgorod philharmonic and the chamber orchestra of Nizhny Novgorod conservatory and performed the cantata "Moscow" by P.I. Tchaikovsky, scenically performed the opera "Aleko" and cantata "Spring" by S. Rakhmaninov, the mass D - dur by V.A. Mozart, "Stabat mater" E. Axman etc.

Since 2003 year the conductor of the chorus is Larisa Erykalova - follower of Vladimir Izumenko's learning.