Mailing Address:

118 Jeffrey Drive

Sugarloaf, PA  18249


Paula Holoviak  (570) 708-1992
Sandra Duda (610) 377-7750
Joseph Zucofski (570) 622-8056


About Kazka

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KAZKA Ukrainian Folk Ensemble was founded in 1987 in order to preserve, promote, and enhance Ukrainian culture, music, and dance in the anthracite coal regions of Northeastern Pennsylvania. KAZKA is particularly dedicated to the preservation of the music and dance of the first wave of immigrants to the anthracite regions in the late 19th century and early 20th century. KAZKA seeks to share Ukrainian music and dance with a wide audience both at home in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania and throughout the United States through performances, workshops, and lectures. KAZKA is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in Pennsylvania.

Founding Members
Michael Duda, M.Ed. Michael is the all around musician for the group, playing guitar, harmonica, accordion, bass, percussion, sopilka, bandura, and mandolin. In addition, Michael arranges folk songs for the ensemble, acts as the group's sound and recording technician, and edits and records the group's dance music. Michael is also an assistant dance instructor for the ensemble. A graduate of King's College and De Sales University, Michael is a middle school math and computer teacher at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Northampton, Pennsylvania.

Sandra Minarchick Duda Sandra sings alto in the vocal ensemble but wears many administrative hats as well. She is the principal costume researcher and designer for the ensemble, the treasurer and accountant, the KAZKA historian, and the KAZKA photographer. She maintains all of KAZKA's vast archive of photographs, articles, sheet music, and books. She is also an assistant dance instructor for the ensemble. Sandra is an administrative assistant for the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Paula Duda Holoviak, Ph.D. Paula sings soprano in the vocal ensemble and is the folk dance director for KAZKA. Paula has dabbled in both choreography and vocal arrangements for the ensemble. She is also the principal grant writer and publicist for KAZKA as well as a workshop presenter on Ukrainian culture and the history of Ukrainian immigration to the anthracite coal regions. A graduate of King's College, the Pennsylvania State University and the State University of New York at Binghamton, Paula is a professor of political science and public administration at Kutztown University where she is the director of the Master of Public Administration program.

Joseph Zucofski, P.E. Joseph is the co-musical director and musical arranger for KAZKA. Joseph plays guitar, keyboard and bandura and is involved with folk song research and dance ensemble choreography. Joseph has also designed KAZKA merchandise and KAZKA's three recordings. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Joseph is a professional engineer and is the owner of Schuylkill Games2U.


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