ITL Mixed Choir
ITL mixed choir was founded on 25 August 2010 and operates under the name ITL Segakoor (ITL Mixed Choir NGO). The members of the choir mainly include people from the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITL) companies who are interested in singing and music, but the choir also welcomes other people with an interest in singing.
The choir members can participate in singing rehearsals and camps, voice instruction, note study and choral singing, and avail of vocal self-improvement opportunities led by professional conductors. The size of the mixed choir is currently 40 singers.
The chief conductor of the mixed choir is Paul-Johannes Purga. In 2017, the young choir conductor’s scholarship competition was won by Rasmus Laks. Rasmus has continued to contribute his youthful thinking and positive energy to the choir, and he supports the development of the choir in every way possible. Since 2016, Gerli Arras has been taking care of the voices of the choir as the vocal trainer. Choreographer Märt Agu has helped the mixed choir with choreography and dance steps.
The first performance of the mixed choir took place at the From Vision to Solution innovation conference in October 2010. To date, the choir has given public, usually charitable, performances at the Rakvere Punk Song Festival and Summer Song Festival, Nõva Etno Jam, Keila churches and culture centre, Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Hopner House and cafés, IT College opening ceremony, ITL and other company events as well as at other festive occasions, harbours, airports, retirement homes and other public places.
The repertoire of the ITL mixed choir includes choir singing classics such as Läte, Hermann, Tormis, as well as Ellington and Gershwin, etc., but they also find time for modern composers, including Ehala, Tüür, Sisask, Uusberg and many others.
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In January 2018, the choir, together with the Finnish Cantica choir, gave an Epiphany concert at the Nurmijärvi Church in Finland. In April, the choir plans to take part in the Estonian Chamber Choir Festival in Tartu, the Vaba Rahva Laul concert in Paide in August. In September, the choir biggest challenge of the year was participation in the International Choir Festival and Competition on the island of Corfu, in Greece and got awarded with silver certificate in folklore category.
The ITL Mixed Choir has just today decided to enter the XXVII Song Celebration in 2019, entitled "My Fatherland is My Love," preparations for which will begin shortly.
In May 2017, together with Cantica mixed choir from Finland, the mixed choir performed at a free spring concert at EELC St Jacob’s Church in Viimsi, and at the Museum of Coastal Folk in Viimsi. In August, the choir performed with Kaire Vilgats at Kaarma Night Song Festival (see image gallery in the Saarte Hääl web edition). In September, the mixed choir participated in yet another international choir festival workshop, ON STAGE in Lisbon 2017, in Portugal. During the festival, the choir performed alone and with other festival participants from other countries in three different grand churches in Lisbon Old Town, and it also performed short concerts in Lisbon city centre. The renowned choreographer Märt Agu helped the choir with choreography for the national pieces by Veljo Tormis for the festival in Portugal.
In April 2016, the choir gave a free public performance at EELC St Jacob’s Church in Viimsi with Noodimurdjad female choir. In May, the choir participated in the prestigious International Choir Competition and Festival Bad Ischl, in Austria. The choir competed in the mixed choir and folklore categories, and the performance was awarded a high-ranking silver diploma in both categories.
On 20 August, the ITL mixed choir participated with other choirs from all over Estonia in the fifth Vaba Rahva Laul grand patriotic concert at Keila Song Festival Grounds, which was dedicated to Estonia’s 25th Day of Restoration of Independence. During the Christmas month, the choir performed their Christmas programme in Sutlepa chapel in the Estonian Open Air Museum.
In 2015, the choir performed at the Pop Choir Festival in Tartu, III Punk Song Festival in Rakvere and IT College opening ceremony. In August, the choir celebrated its first jubilee – 5th birthday – by performing at the Night of Ancient Bonfires at Viimsi Open Air Museum, which was also reported in the web version of the daily newspaper Postimees. At the end of the year, on 19 December, the choir gave a free public Christmas concert at EELC St Jacob’s Church in Viimsi with the Tallinn Old Town Mixed Choir.
In the summer of 2014, the mixed choir participated in the XXVI Song Festival “Touched by Time. The Time to Touch” held at Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List, having previously successfully completed the challenging evaluation performances. The cyclists among the choir members also participated in carrying the ceremonial song and dance festival fire to the main festival ground. In autumn, the mixed choir participated in the prestigious choir festival and competition Canta al mar 2014, in Calella, Spain. The choir competed in the jazz category and the performance was awarded the silver diploma. The choir also traditionally gives Christmas concerts – in December 2014, they held free, public and charitable concerts at Keila Church and in Tallinn Hopner House.
In spring 2013, the ITL mixed choir successfully participated in the Venezia in Musica international choir festival and competition in Italy in the mixed choir and folklore categories, and it was awarded the gold diploma in both categories. With this result, the choir secured an automatic right to participate in the World Choir Games for the next five years.