Chamber Choir of the University of Tartu – Winner of the 13th Estonian Chamber Choir Competition

The Chamber Choir of the University of Tartu was awarded Grand Prix at the 13th Estonian Chamber Choir Competition, which took place in Jõhvi on 8-9 April, 2016. Additionally, choir was also given awards in the A-level category, both as a mixed and as a male chamber choir.

Altogether 16 chamber choirs participated in the competition, and four of the A-level group competed for the Grand Prix. Performances were evaluated by international jury—conductor Hans Joachim Lustig (Germany), music producer Ruta Dambyte (Lithuania), composer Riho-Esko Maimets (Canada/Estonia), singer and vocal teacher Kaia Urb (Estonia) and singer Aarne Talvik (Estonia).

Estonian Chamber Choir Festival has had a long tradition in Estonia, it takes place every second year and brings together the strongest chamber choirs of the country. The first Festival took place in 1986 and that was the first time when Grand Prix went to the Chamber Choir of the University of Tartu. Now is the fourth time when the choir receives this high award.