Ellerhein Girls' Choir
Ellerhein Girls’ Choir was created in 1951 by Professor Heino Kaljuste (1925-1989). Since 1970, Tiia-Ester Loitme started working with Ellerhein as second conductor and she was head conductor of the choir from 1989 to 2012. Apart from giving concerts, all singers receive vocal training and solfeggio lessons. Since 2012, the head conductor is Ingrid Kõrvits. Ülle Sander is the choirmaster and solfeggio teacher, ViljaSliževski the vocal coach, and Kadri Toomoja the pianist of the choir.
Over the past decade, various choral festivals and competitions have led the choir to 12 different countries around the world, the choir has won numerous awards, including Grand Prix in three of them. In 2004, Ellerhein in collaboration with PaavoJärvi received a Grammy award (for best choral performance). It was awarded to the disc “Sibelius: cantatas” (Virgin Classics).
Last season offered many different and exciting projects for the choir, with repertoires ranging from Estonian choral classics to Mendelssohn’s “A midsummer night’s dream”. Ellerhein had the chance to collaborate with many professional Estonian musicians and musical collectives including the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste, Peeter Vähi, MihhailGerts, Olav Ehala, OlariElts and others.
In 2016 summer, the choir participated in a concert tour in US west coast. This season Ellerhein Girls’ Choir celebrates 65 years of activity. What lies ahead is a cooperation project with the Estonian National Male Choir performing „Kalendrilaulud“ by Veljo Tormis and concert tours to Germany and Spain.