Passion for music and singing is what unites the spirited young people of the Youth Mixed Choir Vox Populi. The main aim of Vox Populi is offering 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 2013 Vox Populi released a jazz-pop music CD “Esimene maasikas“ (First Strawberry).
In 2019 the choir released their second album “Ajasillal” (On the Bridge of Time), a collection of songs that has spoken of history and memory to the singers, bringing together music by beloved Estonian composers that incidentally also became a journey from the joys of youth to the reflections of twilight years.
The heart and soul of Vox Populi is conductor Janne Fridolin (PhD), who was honored as the Best Young Conductor in 2010 and the Best Music Teacher and Conductor in 2013 by the Estonian Choir Association as well as the Best Conductor in Freamunde International Choir Competition in 2012. In 2017 she was honored the Best Conductor Grand Prix in Rimini International Choir Competition (Italy). In 2017 she was head of children’s choirs at the Estonian Youth Song and Dance Celebration. In 2019 she was awarded the Uno Järvela stipend by the Estonian Music and Theatre Academy. In 2020 she was awarded by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia with the Folk Culture Endowment Award in Choral Music. In 2022 she was awarded the Order of the White Star, fifth class, by President of Estonia Alar Karis for great contributions to Estonian choral music tradition and music education.
Vox Populi’s vocal coach is bass-baritone Andreas Väljamäe, who is a former member of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (2010-2016).