Svetlana Kalpakchi

Master of Music, Orchestral Conducting

Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance

Svetlana Kalpakchi, a passionate Ukrainian conductor, is among the few women leaders who are making their way to the top stages of the world. Her recent international concerts in Europe captivated her audiences and sparked collaborations with today's renowned musicians. In front of an orchestra, she radiates a fiery inspiration and a deep passion for music. Finesse in artistry and her humility in service distinguish her in the high demanding, misogynist career.


Among her many musical commitments, she holds prestigious positions at:

1) College of Arts, Letters, and Education, Musical Director of Mariachi -Eastern Washington University.

2) Spokane Symphony, Instructor and Assistant Conductor - Music Innovates program.

3) Northwest Philharmonic and Slavic Chorale - Music Director and Conductor.

Born in Ukraine, Svetlana’s journey in music began at the age of six. Her natural gift was instantly obvious and it did not take long before she was walking into the studio of Dr. Jody Graves from Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. Her passion for music inspired a lifelong interest in conducting and she built her own orchestra and choir. Since then, her work with the Slavic Organization has continued over the past decade. Today, she is Director of Music and Conductor of the Northwest Slavic Philharmonic Orchestra and Slavic Chorale. 

Svetlana is in high demand as conductor and workshop clinician. The Spokane Symphony employed her to help build the Music Innovates program which is a branch of El Sistema whose roots are in Venezuela. She was assistant conductor of the Spokane Symphony Chorale under the leadership of the German virtuoso, Eckart Preu. From 2014-2016, she was Assistant Conductor of the Eastern Washington University Symphony Orchestra and taught advanced music courses in Aural Training and Conducting.

Svetlana served as clinician for the Coeur d’Alene Youth Symphony orchestra. She holds the Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting and the Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Eastern Washington University. Her appointment as Assistant Manager at International Conducting Institute (2017) demonstrates exceptional organizational skills required for managing rehearsals, event logistics, and operations personnel.