Learn Russian and practice in a one week choir workshop.

Enrich and expand your Russian language skills through singing, vocal exercises, and phonetics practice. Learn traditional dances and to play a folk instrument such as the balalaika or zhaleika.

Choir Workshop

New for 2023, the 1-week Choir Workshop will be taught by the members of the professional folk ensemble Zolotoj Plyos. Your week of classes will culminate in a performance alongside your instructors. Outside class you will have opportunities for conversation practice with students and faculty in our 24/7 immersion environment.

All students will sign the Language Pledge and are expected to have completed at least an academic year of Russian language study (or the equivalent) in the past. No experience with choral performance is required. Musicians are encouraged to bring their musical instruments.

Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Summer 2023 Dates and Fees

Dates: June 23 - July 2

Cost: $1,930

Classes will meet for 3-4 hours daily on the Middlebury campus. The fee includes housing on campus and all meals in the dining hall. This program is not for credit.


Applications are due by May 15 at the latest. We encourage you to apply as early as possible, as the course could fill before May 15.


Please apply using the Language Schools online application. On the application, select “Summer Language Immersion: Beginner Thru Advanced.” In the list of program options, select “1-week Refresher.” (The Choir Workshop is a new twist on our traditional 1-week Refresher, which will be offered again in future summers.)

  • Applicants should have studied Russian for at least one academic year (or the equivalent) in the past.
  • The application fee is waived for Choir Workshop applicants.
  • Alumni of the School of Russian, Middlebury College, or Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey do not need to submit supplementary materials.
  • New applicants should email their scanned university transcripts to schoolofrussian@middlebury.edu.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is not available for this program, as it is not offered for academic credit.


For more information, please contact the School of Russian at 802-443-2006 or schoolofrussian@middlebury.edu.