National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Mladinski Pevski Zbor was organized in 1934 when it became evident that the children
at the Slovenian Workmen's Home's Slovenian School were far more interested in music
than the Slovenian language - 160 showed up for the first rehearsal. Accompanied
by their own orchestra, the chorus tackled concerts, plays, operettas; musicals,
variety shows, and even an annual circus. Milestone performances included a combined
concert broadcast from SNPJ's 1937 convention, an appearance at Pittsburgh's Soldiers
and Sailors Memorial Hall in 1939, Slovenian language productions such as "Vesna"
(1936) and "Kresna Noc" (1949), and, in a later generation, fare including "Babes
in Toyland" (1966), "Sound of Music" (attended by over 1000 in 1969), and "You're
a Good Man, Charlie Brown" (1983). Mladinski Pevski Zbor affiliated with SNPJ in
1971 becoming MPZ, Circle No. 3.