Sveta Paraskeva Academic Choir at the National Academy of Arts is a direct successor to Sveta Paraskeva Choir School, which was founded and headed by the great Bulgarian conductor and pedagogue Mrs. Petya Pavlovitch (1939 – 2007). The continuator of her work is her longstanding assistant and former deputy conductor of the ensemble, namely Galina Lukanova.


The newly re-established choir has been in existence since March, 2008. It participated in: the Panorama of the Bulgarian Choral Art in 2008; the International Festival of Student Choirs in Blagoevgrad, 2009, 2011; the Tracian Choral Festival, Yambol, 2009; Music Fest “Petko Staynov”, Sofia, 2009 and 2010; a joint project with the department of Scandinavian Studies at Sofia University, years 2009 and 2010; the Panorama of Chamber Choirs “Nikola Lipov”, Plovdiv, 2010; V-th International Festival “Harmony”, Harmanli, 2011; as well as concert performances in Kardzhali and Sofia.


Galina Lukanova studied under the tutelage of prof. Georghi Robev and prof. Theodora Pavlovich. She took part in the master class of the European Academy for Young Choral Conductors, Marktoberdorf, Germany under prof. W. Hempfling (Germany) and prof. P. Ledger (Great Britain).


She has also worked as an assistant and conductor of Sveta Paraskeva Choir School, assisting conductor of Vassil Arnaoudov Chamber Choir, conductor of Male Chamber Choir “Paroria” and Children’s Choir “Zvezditsi”, Sofia. She taught ear training and headed the school choir at the National School for Music and Performing Arts, Bourgas. Galina Lukanova is now a PhD Student in the specialty of “Ethnomusicology” at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.