Traditions




Performing at the ceremonies of the university. As the Academic Women’s Choir of the University of Tartu (TÜAN) is the academic women’s choir of the UNIVERSITY of Tartu, then it is our honour and responsibility to make the festive moments of the university even more lively and sublime. A women’s choir singer knows “Gaudeamus” by heart.

Autumn singing camp. Two days away from Tartu, somewhere nice in Estonia. A lot of singing practice, among which we find time to initiate the freshly accepted new singers. In addition, every new recruit gets a choir mother in the form of an elder singer who will help them get a foothold in everything related to the choir life. The oath given by the mothers of 2012 can be seen here.

Voice group evenings. Choir practice is foremost for singing and not for chatting. For people to know to say ‘Hi’ to each other when they meet on the street and to talk about more than just the weather, we have regular voice group evenings. In a nutshell, these are cozy and lively get-togethers in a freely chosen place at a freely chosen time (excl. the rehearsals) one voice group at a time. A female choir also means social life and it is far safer to sing on stage with a team of women than with a group of strangers. And it often happens that the atmosphere of the voice group evening will be enlivened even more by a voice group from the Tartu Academic Male Choir.

Christmas concert with the Tartu Academic Male Choir (TAM). Forces are joined during Christmas and a lovely concert by the two choirs has become a regular musical event every year in December for a lot of the people of Tartu. A picture from the concert in 2012 can be seen here.

Christmas party with TAM – So. The concert has ended but that won’t stop Father Christmas from coming! To welcome him honorably, the two choirs alter the reality on this evening and dance together with a snowstorm a nice snowy road to Tartu so Santa’s sleigh would fly on the road. Christmas party is always organised by 2 voice groups – one from TÜAN and one from TAM, and is always very stylish, for why partying if not costume partying?

Ski camp with the Academic Male Choir of Tallinn University of Technology. As usual the nice and eager girls have always had several admirers lining up. The Academic Women’s Choir of the University of Tartu also has more than one “Suitor Choirs”. With one of them, the Academic Male Choir of Tallinn University of Technology, in the beginning of every year on a snowy weekend a social-sporty event called Ski camp is organized. Even the most adamant sports haters become devoted fans of the ski camp and acquire skies, ice-skates and even a sledge for next year.

Birthday of the Women’s Choir. The Women’s Choir was born on the 3rd of March 1945. So it is already old enough that no birthdays can be skipped. Thus, at the beginning of March, both the younger and the “more mature” singers come together, sing a good rehearsal full of songs, take time off and peek into the past, the present and the future. A picture from the anniversary concert of 2012 can be seen here.

Participating in the Song Celebrations – One of the most solid and emotional events the Women’s Choir takes part in. Undisputably a celebration of all celebrations for every choir singer. Several days full of singing, being together with your comrades, jokes, laughter, the thunder and sun of the Estonian sky and the sheer joy of being Estonian. TÜAN always ends the Song Celebrations at their rock, giving thanks to each other and singing the motto.

Motto. One of the first songs that the new singers learn is the motto of the choir. The motto is sung at the end of every choir practice and also at the end of events and concerts. The melody of the motto was written by Richard Ritsing in 1957 and the lyrics by Valli Kaselaid, a singer of the choir.