Balalaika Orchestra

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The balalaika (балала́йка) is a stringed instrument of Russian origin, with a characteristic triangular body and 3 strings (or sometimes 6, in pairs).

Interesting history and development of the Balalaika and Balalaika Orchestras can be found at

Upcoming Schedule: (click on the links below for more information)


We are happy to announce 2019 dates that we will be playing at Gasthof in NE Minneapolis:

Friday night October 25, 2019 from 7-9pm, at Gasthof's at 2300 University AVE NE

Friday night, November 29, 2019 from 7-9pm, at Gasthof's. Annual FOCUS fundraiser.

Mark your calendar and join us!



BDAA (Balalaika & Domra Association Of America)

For bookings contact:
[email protected]


** Our CD "St Mary's Balalaika Orchestra 25th Anniversary Concert" (see cover below), held in 2009, is available. We welcome our special guests: The University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra, and their conductor, Viktor Gorodinsky. Selections include: Moldavian Girl, Fisherman's Revelry, Longing for Home (Russian March), Train to Odessa, Hej Sokoly (Polish Soldiers Song), Old Polka, and Brightly Shines the Moon.

Those wishing to order a copy of either CD through the mail can send an email to [email protected]. The cost is $10.00 plus shipping and handling.



The sounds of traditional strings from Russia and Eastern Europe will have your toes tapping and your eyes weeping! St. Mary’s Balalaika Orchestra, a group of parishioners from St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral in Minneapolis, play authentic balalaikas and domras creating a traditional sound from lands such as Russia, Ukraine and Czechoslovakia. Instrumentation in our orchestra consists of prima domra, alto domra, prima balalaika, alto balalaika, bass balalaika, accordion, vocals and some light percussion.

Familiar to many when appearing in popular culture, such as through the film Dr. Zhivago, the balalaika is a three stringed instrument with a distinctive triangular body. Various sizes of the instrument produce a range of notes. The sister instrument to the balalaika, the domra, can be three or four stringed and has a round shape. Like its counterpart, the domra also is crafted in several sizes providing for a range of sound.

Members of the St. Mary’s Balalaika Orchestra find that their involvement with the group is an important way for them to share their love of Slavic music with each other, and their listeners. They also value the ability to preserve such an important part of their common heritage.



Performing at Kramarczuk's Deli

Balalaika Friends

Performing at the 2010 BDAA Concert

Instruments include flute, accordian, contrabass balalaika, bass balalaika,
and alto domra

Performing at The Museum of Russian Art

Guests of the Roseville String Ensemble at their Annual Carol Sing

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