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Czech and Slovak Folk Music
Sinsinawa, WI

Sr. Anita Smisek in the chapel at Sinsinawa Mound.  Photo by Twyla Clark.Sr. Anita Smisek, a Dominican nun, loves to share Czech and Slovak traditional music. She does so as a singer and a music publisher.  Sr. Anita specializes in providing recordings, sheet music, and translations of all kinds of music from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 

In a program, Sr. Anita can sing and teach folk songs and how to pronounce Czech lyrics, the Czech alphabet, words and common expressions in Czech.  She can also do demonstrations about regional Czech folk dress and folk Betlems (Christmas nativity scenes).

Program Formats

A general presentation

An introductory workshop

A performance

Best for Ages

Upper elementary
Grades 3-5, ages 8-10

Middle school
Grades 6-8, ages 11-13

High School, grades 9-12, ages 14-18

Adults, ages 18 and up

Mixed audiences of any age


Fee plus expenses:

$200 fee per day and reimbursement for artist's expenses.

Program Needs:
Depends on the program.  Could need a sound system, tuned piano, music stand depending on the program and size of room.

Flexible. Can travel 2-3 hours from Sinsinawa.

Past Venues:

  • St James Grade School, Madison 2006
  • Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Convention - folksong sessions and concert
  • Remembering Dvorak Festival, Spillville, Iowa
  • School Residency at Notre Dame High School, Green Bay

Anita Smisek, O.P.
585 County Rd Z
Sinsinawa, WI 53824-0157
608/748-4411 x 124

last updated: 12/22/2011   


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