The Academic Women’s Choir of the University of Tartu (In Estonian TÜAN*) is an Estonian female choir founded in 1945 by music teacher and conductor Richard Ritsing. The choir’s patron and main benefactor is the University of Tartu and the academic influence is found both in our traditions and repertoire. We are a concert choir although our singers are amateurs. TÜAN’s chief conductor is Triin Koch (since 2005), the chorus master is Ene Ahven (since 1971) and the vocal trainer is Viviane Kallaste (since 2003).
Most of our singers are students or alumni of the University of Tartu. This brings about constant change in the membership but also makes the choir very youthful and open to new ideas.
There are two concerts that are always present in the season’s programme of the choir: the Christmas concert (together with Tartu Academic Malechoir (www.tam.ee)) and the spring concert. The choir is also actively participating in choral competitions, e.g. Tallinn 2009 and Tallinn 2011, Grieg International Choir Festival 2009 in Bergen and all the Estonian female choral singing competitions. In 2012, the choir received the 1st prize in the highest category of the Estonian female choral competition.
From its foundation, the choir has participated in every Estonian Song and Dance Celebration (http://laulupidu.ee/english/) and been one of the initiators and tradition carriers of the Baltic Students’ Song and Dance Festival “Gaudeamus”.
*In Estonian TÜAN stands for Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor