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2020 Choirs

Ellerhein Girls' Choir - Tallinn, Estonia


Ellerhein Girls’ Choir was created in 1951 by Professor Heino Kaljuste (1925-1989). Since 1970, Tiia-Ester Loitme started working with Ellerhein as second conductor and she was head conductor of the choir from 1989 to 2012. From 2012 the head conductor of Ellerhein is Ingrid Kõrvits. Also working for the choir are choirmaster and solfeggio teacher  Ülle Sander (since 1981), vocal coach Egle Veltmann, concertmaster Triin Sarap and manager Sigrid Leppmets.

Over the past decade, various choral festivals and competitions have led the choir to over 10 different countries around the world, the choir has won numerous awards, including Grammy. In 2004, Ellerhein in collaboration with Paavo Järvi received a Grammy award (for best choral performance). It was awarded to the disc “Sibelius: cantatas” (Virgin Classics).
Ellerhein has had the chance to collaborate with many professional Estonian and foreign musicians and musical collectives including the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, The Israel Camerata Jerusalem, Tõnu Kaljuste, Peeter Vähi, Mihhail Gerts, Paavo Järvi, Olari Elts and others.

In the season of 2016/2017 the choir celebrated its 65 years of activity.


Ingrid Korvits

Ingrid Kõrvits graduated from Tallinn Music High School in 1986 and the Estonian Academy of Theatre and Music in 1992 as a choral conductor. She worked as a conductor of Ellerhein Children’s Choir from 1987 to 2011. Since 2012 she is the chief conductor of the Ellerhein Girls’ Choir. She has worked as the children’s choir and youth choir conductor in Tallinn Music High School since 1992. She also teaches choir conducting and is the leader of the choral and vocal coaching department at the same school.

Ingrid Kõrvits has been the general director of children’s choirs in the Estonian Song and Dance Celebrations since 2002. Ingrid Kõrvits was a member of the jury in the International Euroradio Choir Contest Let the Peoples Sing 2009 in Oslo, Norway and in the Seghizzi International Choral Singing Competition in 2015 in Gorizia, Italy.

In 2014 she and colleague Mall Ney gave a presentation about the use of the Kodaly method in Estonia at the International Symposium on Singing in Music Education (ISSME) in Budapest, Hungary. In 2015 she gave a presentation on the use of the relative sheet music reading method with choirs in a choir music conference in Tartu, Estonia.

Ingrid Kõrvits and her choirs have won several prizes and conductor awards in international choir competitions. In 2005 Ingrid Kõrvits was awarded the Annual Prize of the Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and in 2010 the Annual Prize of the Endowment for Folk Culture of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. In 2014 she received the Uno Järvela Conductor’s Scholarship from Estonian National Culture Foundation. She recieved Estonian Choral Society’s Conductor of The Year awards in 2010 and 2016.

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