DVD and the performance music CD produced
by Prairie Public Broadcasting, Fargo, North Dakota, 2005
the 18th and early 19th centuries, thousands of German-speaking
people established major German settlements in Russia,
first along the Volga River in the north, and secondly along
the Black Sea in South Russia and nearby Bessarabia. Eventually,
many migrated yet again, this time to North and South America.
Throughout their travels, these Germans now Germans from
Russia maintained their traditional religious music, their
lullabies and folk songs, their vocal and instrumental music
Soulful Sound, Music of the Germans from Russia blends
expert commentary with performances of traditional music
from regional talent, including St. Andrew’s Lutheran
Centennial Choir (Zeeland, ND), University of Mary Concert
Choir (Bismarck, ND), Jamestown College Concert Choir (Jamestown,
ND), Young People’s Hutterite Singers (Hawley, MN),
Alive Gospel Choir (Kulm area, ND), James Valley Singers
(Jamestown, ND), Centennial Men’s Choir (Harvey area,
ND) and the Napoleon area folk singers. Singers featured
in the program include Maria Appelhans (Fort Collins, CO),
Rosalinda Kloberdanz (Fargo, ND), John J. Gross (Napoleon,
ND), Tony Wangler (Kintyre, ND) Robert E. Erbele (Lehr,
ND) and Ron Volk (Harvey, ND).
Marv Zander (Mandan, ND), Victor Schwahn (Bismarck, ND)
and their bands as they perform accordion music and recreate
a traditional wedding reception in the Blue Room in Strasburg,
ND; and take a trip to Torrington, WY, to partake in an
evening of “Dutch Hop” music.
A Soulful Sound, Music of the Germans from Russia was produced by Prairie Public Television in partnership
with the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North
Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo; and the Germans
from Russia Cultural Preservation Foundation. It is the
fourth in a series of documentaries about the Germans from
Russia produced by Prairie Public Television.
Includes 40 minutes of bonus performance
Production funding provided by the North Dakota Council
on the Arts, The North Dakota Humanities Council, Roger
and Bernadine Lang Kuhn, Clarence and Marilyn Bauman, Thomas
and Janice Huber Stangl, Michael M. Miller, the Germans
from Russia Heritage Society, and the members of Prairie
2006 Aurora Award
"A Soulful Sound Music of the Germans from Russia"
produced by Prairie Public
Broadcasting in cooperation with the Germans from Russia Heritage
Collection, NDSU Libraries, Fargo, and The Germans from Russia
Foundation with additional funding from the The North Dakota
Council on the
Arts, The North Dakota Humanities Council, Roger and Bernadine
Clarence and Marilyn Bauman, Thomas and Janice Huber Stangl,
and Michael M.
Miller has won a 2006 Gold Aurora Award in the Documentary-Cultural
The program has been distributed nationally to PBS stations
The Aurora Awards recognizes individuals in the film and
industries who have achieved that same ability to captivate
audiences with the displays produced from their own creative
Competitors come from private and corporate production groups,
advertising agencies and television stations throughout the
The Aurora Awards is also an international competition designed
recognize excellence in the film and video industries. Entries
come from across the US, and abroad, such as Canada, Hong
Denmark, Mexico, etc.
The judging functions are performed by panels of working
video professionals that are set up in major cities across
country. Most are writers, producers, or directors who are
award winners. Judges with specific proficiencies are matched
specific categories; for example music composers sit on the
music panels. The basic premise of the judging structure for
Aurora Awards is receiving the endorsement of your peers that
work is outstanding. Programs are judged on a fixed scale
in areas of
creativity, message effectiveness and technical excellence.
together this provides a score that is measured against an
scale to determine if the program is award worthy or not.
method there could be several winners in one category or none
Overall scores from each panel are also compared to a statistical
model to see if there is a consistency and fairness in each
Less than 2 out of every 10 entries receive an award.
Director of Television
Prairie Public Broadcasting
Fargo, North Dakota
Comments about documentary:
We watched the documentary last night. It
is an excellent production. You have
preserved another important piece of the German-Russian culture
for this generation
and those to come to appreciate. We enjoyed having the opportunity
to be a part of
the music for it. My wife, Lucinda (Schmitt), is from a German
-Russian family. Her
father and his siblings grew up in the sacred music tradition.
Her grandparents had
one of those beautiful pump organs and her grandfather played
it and the children
sang with him. One of her cousins still has the organ.
--- Jeff Malm, rural Kulm, North Dakota
Member of the ALIVE Gospel Choir
For more information about the Germans
from Russia videotape documentaries, consult the following
Prairie Public Broadcasting, Inc., Fargo,
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection,
North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota
at the Media section "Video Documentary and Other Projects"
Review by Edna Boardman
A Soulful Sound: Music
of the Germans from Russia
The price of A Soulful Sound DVD is $30 each plus
postage and handling.
The price for A Soulful Sound performance
CD is $15 each plus postage and handling.