Passion for music and singing is what unites the spirited young people of the Mixed Choir Vox Populi. The main aim of Vox Populi is to offer memorable moments to the singers and the audience, the opportunity to develop one’s talent for music and to bring people together as friends. Vox Populi was founded in 2006 and currently holds 40 active members. The repertoire varies from folklore and sacral to pop and jazz music.

Since its founding Vox Populi has had several notable moments competing in different choral competitions in Estonia and abroad. In 2012, the choir won two honorable awards – first prize “Simply the best” in Viimsi JazzPopFest (Estonia) and first prize and golden diploma in Freamunde International Choir Competition (Portugal). In 2013, Vox Populi won two gold medals (Mundi Cantat: folklore and mixed choir categories) in Olomouc International Choir Competition (Czech Republic) and achieved third place in the Absolute Festival Winner competition. In 2014, Vox Populi won the silver medal in World Choir Games 2014 in Riga. In 2017, the choir won a gold diploma and two special prizes in InCanto Mediterrane Competition (Italy) for best performance of a piece by a Sicilian composer and best choreography. In 2022, the choir won 1st prize at the XVI Estonian Chamber Choir Festival A-category competition.

In Estonia, Vox Populi is best known for the theatrical concert-plays inspired by Estonian and Finno-Ugric folklore and the creations of Veljo Tormis. In 2015, Vox Populi had a tour in the USA performing „Meditations with Tormis“ directed by Anne Türnpu and Eva Koldits in New York, Maryland, Seattle and San Francisco. In 2023, the choir toured in Japan with it’s “Waking the Birds” performances.

For detailed programme throughout the years, please see the Estonian webpage.

Conductor

Janne Fridolin

Choirmaster

Riivo Kallasmaa

Oboe player and singer Riivo Kallasmaa has received his musical education at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in addition to the Estonian Music and Theater Academy. In 2006, Riivo Kallasmaa won the Con Brio competition for performers and was awarded the title of Tartu’s young cultural bearer. From 2023, Riivo is the choir master of the Mixed Choir Vox Populi.

Vocal Coach

Andreas Väljamäe

Vox Populi’s vocal coach is bass-baritone Andreas Väljamäe, who is a former member of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (2010-2016).

Singers

Soprano

Anni Umbleja
Birgit Pärn
Evelin Värva
Grete Maine
Ita Väljamäe
Küllike Tint
Laureen Nilisk
Lee Kärner
Merili Kukk
Mia Kukk

Altos

Aljona Belimova
Ane Laande
Arette Kuuseväli
Brigitta Ubar
Dolores Rang
Elise Pärnamets
Eva Lisa Markus
Janika Mandel
Kersti Jõemägi
Maire Nilgo
Marleen Nurm
Marion Villemson
Merit Rist
Merli Paasik
Regina Juga
Sille Sepp
Silvia Maine
Õie-Liisi Puusemp

Tenors

Andres Piho
Joonas Neumann
Martin Nõmm
Oskar Arikainen
Taavi Mandel

Basses

Andreas Väljamäe
Gert Preegel
Gustav Talmar
Jaan Luhaorg
Kalev Kukk
Karl Herman Õis
Rasmus Vaino
Riivo Kallasmaa
Vova Todurov