Our Directors

President: Bernadetta Gabriel
Vice President: Dorota Jaworski
Secretary: Martyna Turczynowicz
Treasurer: Barbara Malkiewicz
Coordinator of Performances & Media: Jerzy Bibik
Wardrobe – Choir: Vala Wojtas
Wardrobe – Dancers: Julia Pagowski
Membership – Choir:
Membership – Dancers: Kamilla Kosciuczyk
Music Library: Jerzy Bibik
Fundraising: Amanda Gbur
Social: Sara Szylkin & Lindusia Chmieluk

Folk Arts Council Contact: Rafal Miroslawski
Audit Committee: Ewa Kay
Agata Ploszanski
Jenny Walichnowski

Past President: Jason Loboz

Musical Director & Conductor: Tadeusz Biernacki
Assistant Musical Director: Monika Lukomska
Choreographer: Anna Wesolowska-Kulbinska
Choir Movements: Renata Gawlik

Our Past Choreographers:
Helena Garczyńska, Stan Szwarc, Gladys Kulas**, Henryk Lorenc,
Grazyna Prozorowska, Teresa Łobczyk, Sandro Barbosa, Betty Gabriel, Janie Bibik

(**multiple times)

Our Past Musical Directors:
Kazimierz Sielski, Czesław Kamieński, P.T.Andre, J.Graban, M.Genel, Reg.Lankamer, Bob Garcel,

Radian Szewczyk, N.Trebczyk, Jan Sapiński, Richard Seaborn, John Standing, Dr.John Tanner

Tadeusz Biernacki
Musical Director

Tadeusz Biernacki holds the position of Assistant Conductor, Assistant Music Director and Chorus Master of Manitoba Opera as well as Associate Music Director of Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Tadeusz was born in Czestochowa Poland where he begun his music education at early age of four. He won the Karol Szymanowski competition in Warsaw in 1976 and earned his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Conservatory of Music in Katowice in 1978. He has performed as a soloist in many European countries.Tadeusz settled in Canada in 1978 and continued his studies with professor Marek Jablonski at the University of Manitoba and Banff School of Fine Arts.As a winner of 1980 Young Artists Competition he has toured Canada extensively in solo and chamber music recitals.In 1983 he begun his association with the Manitoba Opera and in 1988 with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.At this same time Tadeusz started to develop his talents in conducting field.He made his conducting debut with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1992, in 1995 he conducted The Abduction from Seraglio for Manitoba Opera and has since conducted Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Music Baroque Ensemble, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Tessaloniki State Orchestra and Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra.Tadeusz has also branched out into composition with his 1 act opera Happy campers composed for Manitoba Opera School Tour in 1997 and arrangements and orchestrations made for RWB and WSO.Feeling equally at home with choral music he has been Music Director of Sokol Polish Folk Ensemble since 1980. Under his
leadership the ensemble has made several recordings and has been touring in Canada and abroad.

Monika Lukomska
Assistant Musical Director

Ms. Lukomska was born and raised in Poland. As a student she attended The Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. After arriving in Canada, she completed both a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Manitoba. Ms. Lukomska is also a holder of an ORFF certificate from the University of Manitoba. Currently she teaches music and is choral director of several children’s choirs in the City of Winnipeg. Her choirs have recently been awarded both gold and silver medals at the Manitoba Music Festival.