Youth Choir of Tallinn Music High School has originated in 2008 from a Children`s Choir of the school, that has existed since the founding of the school in 1961. Since 1992 it has been led by Ingrid Kõrvits and the choirmaster is Jaanika Kuusik. The singers in the choir are in ages 13-20 and they all learn an instrument as their main subject. Singing in the choir also gives singers the opportunity to express themselves through voice and supports their instrument studies.
is active in giving concerts. They have performed all over
The choir has participated in several competitions. As a children`s choir:
1st rate diploma in the V International Children's and Youth Choirs Contest
"Dainu Versme" in
2004 – I
prize in the V International Religious Music Festival "Silver Bells"
Grand Prix – The Silver Rose Bowl in
the International Euroradio (EBU) Choir Contest “Let the Peoples Sing” in
III prize in the 38. International Choral Contest “Tolosa 2006” in
2008 – I prize
in categories of youth choirs and sacred music in the International Franz
Schubert competition in
2009 – II
prize (I prize was not given) in categories of childrens and youth choirs in
the International Choral Contest “Tallinn 2009” in
Grand Prix in the VIII International Pärnu Choral Festival in
2010 – I prize in category of folkmusic, II prize in category of sacred music and conductor`s prize in the International Choral Competition “Heart of Europe” in Gelnhausen, Germany
2011 - I prize in category of youth choirs and conductor`s prize in the International Choral Competition "Tallinn 2011", Estonia
2011 - I prize in categories of childrens and youth choirs in the International Euroradio (EBU) Choral Contest “Let the Peoples Sing” in Salford, England
2012 - Grand Prix in the International Cantemus Choral Competition in Hungary
2013 - I prize in the category of female choirs and conductor's prize in the International Choral Competition "Tallinn 2013", Estonia
2013 - participation in the International Sacred Music Festival in Patmos, Greece
2014 - I prize in the category of female choirs in the International Guido d'Arezzo Choral Competition in Arezzo, Italy
Before Christmas 2006 a CD “New and Old Christmas Songs” was recorded with the Estonian Television Girls Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (conductor Lauri Sirp). In 2009 Choir released the CD “Heliseb väljadel” (“Ringing on the Fields”) and in 2015 the CD "Magnificat".
The choir was awarded as The Choir of The Year 2005 and 2010 by Estonian Choral Society.
foto Kaupo Kikkas
Ingrid Kõrvits (1968) graduated from
Kõrvits has been the general director of children's choirs in Estonian Song
Celebration since 2002. She was a member of the jury in the International
Euroradio Choir Contest Let the Peoples Sing 2009 in Oslo, Norway and in the Seghizzi
International Choral Singing Competition in 2015 in Gorizia, Italy.
She has done the work shops about Estonian choral music in the International Festivals Choral Crossroads 2011 and 2013 in Limassol, Cypros. In April 2014 she made a presentation about using Kodaly method in Estonia in the International Symposium on Singing in Music Education (ISSME) in Budapest, Hungary.
With her choirs Ingrid Kõrvits has won several prizes in the national and international choral competitions. In 2010 she achieved the conductor`s prize in the International Choral Competition “Heart of Europe” in Gelnhausen, Germany and in 2011 in the international Choral Competitions "Tallinn 2011" and "Tallinn 2013", also in the International Seghizzi Choral Competition in Italy.
In 2005 Ingrid Kõrvits was awarded the Annual Prize of the Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and in 2010 the Annual Prize of the Endowment for Folk Culture of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. She was awarded as The Conductor of The Year 2010 by Estonian Choral Society.