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Servyts’ka, Anna/Servicka, Hanka

Servyts’ka, Anna/Servicka, Hanka (b. Anna Shvedova, October 9, 1962, Bardejov [Czechoslovakia], Slovakia) — teacher, singer, and cultural activist in the Presov Region. Servyts’ka studied at the Pedagogical College/Stredna pedagogicka skola in Presov (1971-1981) and has taught pre-school and elementary school children (1981-1985, 1995- ). She was a lead singer with the professional *PULS/Dukla Ukrainian Folk Ensemble (1985-1989) and has subsequently performed with Presov’s Sarisan Ensemble. She has also had a successful career in solo concert performances throughout Slovakia and abroad, including a tour to the United States and Canada (1999). Much of her repertory includes her native Rusyn folksongs and Marian hymns, some of which she has composed. In the post-Communist era Servyts’ka has become the most successful proponent of Rusyn folksongs in Slovakia. Her first cassette album, Kriachok lialiovyi, won in 1992 a golden award (over 100,000 sold); her second, A od Presova, won in 1997 the golden and in 1999 the platinum (more than 200,000 sold) award. For her efforts in promoting traditional Rusyn and East Slovak culture Servyts’ka was given the Distinguished Citizen’s Award from the city of Presov (1995).

Paul Robert Magocsi

Entry courtesy of Encyclopedia of Rusyn History and Culture.
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