How it all started
Chamber Choir of Tallinn Polytechnic Institute (later Tallinn Technical University and Tallinn University of Technology) was conceived in the autumn of 1965 when a student festival was organised by Kaunas Polytechnic Institute in Lithuania and Estonian students of technology were invited to participate. The number of participants was limited and on the basis of the different male and female choirs and brass band a mixed company, “a motley crew”, was put together.
The last night before returning home a small mixed group ended up in the men’s shower room of the Kaunas dormitory where they “enjoyed a jolly gathering” as it says in the chronicle of the choir. “This was a great ending to the dashing journey” according to the chronicle and in the bus on the way back on 5 October 1965, Vello Mespak said the historically decisive words out loud and the idea of forming a chamber choir was born. The first rehearsal with 9 enthusiasts was held on 24 October 1965. A total of 12 rehearsals took place during the spring semester and in March 1966 the new choir found its first conductor Ants Üleoja.
The very first public performance took place on 11 December 1966, at the Tallinn Polytechnic Institute Academic Male Choir’s anniversary concert in the assembly hall of Tallinn Pedagogic Institute. The Chamber Choir performed two pieces – a Votic folk song arranged by A. Sonninen “Purling Water” and “Hen” by Scandelli. 14 female and 9 male singers were on stage and the choir was conducted by Maestro Mr Ants Üleoja.
The Academic Male Choir presented the Chamber Choir’s “Birth certificate” and flowers – a new choir had been born and had made its voice heard for the first time in public!
Over the years more than 400 people have sung in Chamber Choir of Tallinn University of Technology. Many people have made many good friends but some have found even more and got married. We enjoy each other’s company and are glad that we have given this opportunity to meet twice a week and make music together in this splendid atmosphere with a truly brilliant conductors! The time spent in our choir is evidently special to each singer and we hope to be able to reminisce the time gone by at many anniversaries to come.