This fine musical ensemble grew out of Konstantin Zhigulins efforts to share his spiritual music with churches of Christ in Russia. Throughout 1995-96, Konstantin and Leena developed a small group of singers into a choir that performed the new hymns for the church body in Barnaul, Siberia. Their first recording of hymns was made during that time and this recording was shared with churches throughout the former Soviet Union. As Konstantin composed more music, the group began to perform for various congregations and evangelistic outreach efforts in Barnaul, Rubtsovsk, Tomsk and Irkutsk. They sang at the annual Siberian Winter Retreat and were later invited to sing at the Western Russia Seminars of the churches of Christ in Moscow. Konstantin has also participated in and shared his music at the annual song-leaders workshop in Donetsk, Ukraine.
When the Zhigulins moved from Siberia to St. Petersburg, a new ensemble was created and re-recorded his now extensive collection of hymns and spiritual songs. As a result of this work, Konstantins hymns are being sung in churches throughout Russia, the Ukraine and the former Soviet Union.
The music is so beautiful and spiritually uplifting, two American brothers Mark Shipp of Austin Graduate School of Theology and Jeff Matteson, former missionary to Siberia began translating several of Konstantins hymns into English in order to share them with American churches. Through the efforts of Joel Petty and ITCM, during this past year the current ensemble -Konstantin, Leena, Luka and Jeff has been able to travel extensively in the United States introducing Konstantins music to American churches. During their time in the states they have made a recording of the hymns in the English and have had the honor of performing for various congregations and seminars.
May God receive all the glory and praise for His goodness to us!