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Choirs and schedule 2012

Concerts were held in the concert hall Konserthuset, the church Filadelfiakyrkan and churches on Norrmalm. Here are choir presentations and a few recordings from the morning assemblies in the church Filadelfiakyrkan. Read the entire schedule in the schedule book.


Little Singers of Armenia


The Little Singers of Armenia choir was founded in 1992 under the auspices of the “Armenian Little Singers” International Association and the Municipality of Yerevan, bringing together children from Yerevan and the provinces.

The Little Singers of Armenia choir and its soloists have participated in many festivals and competitions and was chosen as a Choir of the European Union and then nominated the Cultural Ambassador by the European Federation of Choirs of the Union in 2001.

The Little Singers of Armenia is honoured with highest awards by the Prime-Minister and the Ministry of Culture of Armenia and the Mayor of Yerevan and with Leonardo Da Vinci Silver Medal by the European Academy of Natural Sciences.

The Choir’s “Complete works of B. Kanachian” CD was awarded as the Best Classical Album by AMFA (Los Angeles, USA), in 2001. The ‘’Sacred Music from 5th – 20th centuries’’ CD was awarded the prize of Vahan Tekeyan in 2004. The latest recording of the choir is the Triple Disc Album of sacred music “Fiat Lux” produced in the USA.

The Little Singers of Armenia often perform with famous conductors; participate in significant state programs, such as the Cultural Days of Armenia in Russia (2001), 80-th anniversary of Charles Aznavour in Paris (2004), Year of Armenia in Russia (2006) and Year of Armenia in France (2007).

Conductor: Tigran Hekeyan

Tigran Hekeyan has been an active member in the world of choral music for over 30 years. Throughout his illustrious career, he has served as judge, artistic director, and conductor of various choirs. His endeavours have earned him praise on both the national and international stage. The many choirs he has directed have earned acclaim by taking top prizes at numerous international competitions.

Not only have the choirs under Maestro Hekekyan’s direction received awards, but the Maestro himself has served as conductor, jury member, and honorary guest at several international festivals and music competitions. Maestro Hekekyan has also founded several national and international competitions and festivals.

Maestro Hekekyan is a member of the International Federation for Choral music, the European Federation of Young Choirs, the International Society for Children’s Choral and Performing Arts, and the Choir Olympic Council of the INTERKULTUR Foundation. He is the artistic director of the “Golden Ferry” Children and Youth International Festival.



Guangdong experimental Middle School Choir


Guangdong Experimental Middle school Choir was founded in 1952. The choir has participated in many chorus competitions as the representative of Guangdong Province in their country and abroad and has received many prizes for its impressive performance thus making it one of the best vocal groups in China.

The Choir is the only school choir that had wonten successive champions during all the ten Guangzhou inter scholastic chorus competitions and gained the reputation of Model Choir.

Recently awards were received from festivals in Australia, Japan, Korea, Austria and Germany. In the year 2000 and 2004, the Choir took part in the 1st and 3rd Olympic choral festivals and achieved great success.

In 2005, the choir was invited by the International federation for Choral Music to attend the Kyoto 7th world choral festival and acted asa the model choir. In 2008, the choir was awarded the Excellent performance prize in the 5th World Choir. The Choir is on the 3rd place on the current MUSICA MUNDI World Ranking List. In the last two years the choir was also wellreceived and highly commended at the performances in many international choral competitions around the world.

Conductor: Mr. Xie Mingjing

Super grade music teacher in Guangdong Province. During 30 years’ career of music education and choir director, he has achieved a number of outstanding accomplishments. In 1997, 2000 and 2004, he was awarded respectively “Outstanding Music Teacher in China”, “National Advanced Music Educator and “Outstanding Music Teacher of Guangdong Province by the Ministry of Education of China and the Guangdong Provincial Department of Education.” He also won the Remarkable Conductor Prize in the Second World Choir Olympics in 2002.The Choir trained and conducted by Mr. XIE Mingjing has acquired championships in lots of important international choral competitions in addition to Champions for 4 times and runner-up for 3 times’ honor in the World Choir Games.

Mr Xie Mingjing currently is a member of the Chinese Musicians Association, one of the Directors of China Chorus Council, Deputy Director of Children’s Choir Committee of China Chorus Council, Executive Director of the Choral Association of Guangdong Province. Visiting Professor of Music Faculty of Guangdong Education Institute, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Guangdong Juvenile Broadcasting Choir, and permanent conductor of the Guangdong Experimental Middle School Choir.



Ellerhein Children's Choir of Tallinn's Activity School KULLO


Founded in 1951 by the grand old man of Estonian choir music, Heino Kaljuste. Singers are aged 10–14 and are from different schools around Tallinn. They come from the Small Children’s Choir of Ellerhein and sing with us for three years, after which they continue in the Girls’ Choir. The choir uses the JO-LE-MI system in their teaching, giving the children good music reading abilities and the skills to learn the songs independently.

The choir mainly performs in Estonia, but has taken part in competitions twice in Lindenholzhausen, Germany, where in 2005 they won III place in the category of folk music. The choir has received many prizes n local competitions. They participated in “Kodumaine viis”, a series of concerts by Estonian Music Information Centre, introducing modern Estonian choir music in many schools and culture centres around the country. Annual spring concerts in the Estonia Concert Hall have become a tradition, as well as Christmas concerts in Tallinn’s churches and charity concerts for disabled children. In the XII international choir festival “TALLINN 2011” Ellerhein received III place in the children’s choir category.

Working with the choir are conductor Anneli Mäeots and, for the first year, Ilona Ernes, along with concertmaster Reinut Tepp, who also shares his knowledge of music history with the children. For over twenty years the second conductor was Ingrid Kõrvits, who has now been asked to join the Ellerhein Girls’ Choir.

Conductors: Anneli Mäeots and Ilona Ernes

Anneli Mäeots started her music studies in Nõmme Children’s Music School and continued in Tallinn Music High School; in 1968 she graduated from Jüri Variste’s choir class in Estonian Academy of Music. She has been working with Ellerhein since 1970 and has been a teacher of choir conducting in Tallinn Music High School since 1975. Several conductors have began their studies in her class, including Olari Elts, Risto Joost, Tomi Rahula, Mihhail Gerts, Liis Kolle, etc. Anneli Mäeots has been a general leader in several Song and Dance Celebrations.

Ilona Ernes graduated from the Tallinn Music High School (teacher Anneli Mäeots) in choir conducting in 2005 and from the Estonian Academy of Music in 2009 (prof Toomas Kapten). Since 2011 she works as assistant conductor of the Children`s Choir Ellerhein. She works as assistant conductor of Chamber Choir of Tallinn University of Technology since 2010.


The Cantemus Children's Choir


The Cantemus Children’s Choir (founded in 1975 by Dénes Szabó) is the multi international prize winning senior pupils’ choir of the Kodály Zoltán Primary School in Nyiregyháza, Hungary. Since its formation in 1975 the choir has achieved the highest of standards in choral performance and has travelled extensively to give concerts, compete, and take part in festivals in countries throughout Europe and the rest of the world – including Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, South America and the United States of America.

The successes of the choir are founded on the principles of the Kodály music teaching method implemented under the leadership of Dénes Szabó, who teaches music to children in the senior years at the school, conducts and directs the choir and is the Director of the Cantemus Choral Institute.

The choir’s extensive repertoire is focussed on the the beauty of choral music - ranging from Gregorian chant through the Renaissance and Romantic periods to contemporary works. Some of the Hungarian repertoire is based on traditional folk music – including works by Bartók and Kodály – and some have been written especially with the choir in mind by leading contemporary Hungarian composers. As such the choir has become a standard bearer for both traditional and contemporary Hungarian music.

Conductor: Dénes Szabó

Outstanding figure in Hungarian and international choral life. He studied music in Szeged, Miskolc and BUDAPEST. He founded the Cantemus Children’s Choir in Nyíregyháza in 1975 which has since grown into a choral institute and began to operate as an independent artistic organisation under his direction in 2003 with three choirs- the Cantemus Children’s Choir, the PRO Musica Girl’s Choir and the Cantemus Mixed Voice Choir.

These choirs all perform at world-class standard. He is highly sought after as a choral conductor and LECTURER in music education at international festivals, master classes and conferences. He HAS ALSO been a member of the judging panels at several leading international choir competitions. In appreciation of his artistic achievements he was awarded the Ferenc Liszt-prize in 1985, the Béla Bartók-Ditta Pásztory Prize in 1985, the Kossuth Prize in 2000 and the Hungarian Cultural Heritage Prize 2004.



Toronto Children's Chorus


The 320-voice Toronto Children’s Chorus is now marking its fifth concert season under the leadership of Artistic Director, Elise Bradley. The Chorus was founded in 1978 by Jean Ashworth Bartle, C.M., O.Ont., who conducted the choir until her retirement in 2007. Over the course of its history, the Chorus has won numerous competitions.

In addition to their demanding annual concert seasons, these young choral ambassadors have represented Canada on twenty-three international tours. This summer, the Chorus had the honour of performing at the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music in Puerto Madryn, Argentina.

The Toronto Children’s Chorus has enjoyed the opportunity to be a guest performer with distinguished orchestras and composers in Europe and North America.

The Chorus is also a regular guest of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and is especially honoured to help celebrate the orchestra’s 90th Anniversary this season.

The Toronto Children’s Chorus extends its sincere appreciation to the staff, students and families of the Adolf Fredrik Music School for their kind invitation to participate in the ‘Let the future sing’ festival, and for their generous hospitality during the choir’s first visit to Sweden.

Artistic Director: Elise Bradley

This season marks Elise Bradley’s fifth year as Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus. Ms. Bradley came to the position from her role as Head of Department, Music at Westlake Girls’ High School in Auckland, New Zealand. In demand both in New Zealand and internationally as a conductor, adjudicator and clinician, she was also a soloist in New Zealand and a member of New Zealand’s national chamber choir, TOWER Voices NZ.

In 2005, Ms. Bradley’s school choir, Key Cygnetures, won the City of Vienna prize at the Internationales Jugendmusikfest in Vienna, Austria, competing against choirs and orchestras from around the world. Ms. Bradley also served as Musical Director of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, which won several awards.

Since arriving in Toronto in 2007, Ms. Bradley has garnered praise for her artistry and for her deep commitment to children and the art of treble choral music.



Young People's Chorus of New York City




The Young People’s Chorus of New York City™ provides children of all backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance, a model of artistic excellence and humanity that enriches the community. Founded by its Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez in 1988, YPC has become among today’s most celebrated and influential children’s choruses, an ideal that is being adopted by other U.S. cities and underdeveloped countries. The resident chorus at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, has been recognized by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities as “a national model of artistic excellence and diversity” under the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations.

Cantare is one of six divisions of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), which performs under the direction of conductor Elizabeth Núñez. Comprising young people from 10 to 15, Cantare is an advanced, globetrotting choir that gives over 30 concerts each year both in the U.S. and abroad. Cantare has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the International Kathaumixw Choral Festival in British Columbia and the Llangollen Eisteddfod in Wales.

Conductor: Elizabeth Núñez

Elizabeth Núñez created and directs the Cantare division of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and serves as vocal coach for all of YPC’s six divisions. In addition, she is the director of the YPC’s Satellite program, working with New York City public schools to bring a choral experience to almost 800 children annually. Elizabeth joined the Young People’s Chorus of New York City in 2004, made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut with YPC and the New York Pops in 2007, and that same year made her Metropolitan Opera debut singing the solos in Mendelssohn’s “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.” She is also the co-founder and artistic director of SoHarmoniums, a women’s community chorus of professional and amateur singers of all ages, and as a choral clinician, she gives workshops throughout the U.S.