The Academic Women’s Choir of the University of Tartu (in Estonian Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor aka 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 since 2005 is Triin Koch and the vocal trainer since 2003 is Vivian Kallaste.
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.
From its foundation, the choir has participated in every Estonian Song and Dance Celebration and been one of the initiators and tradition carriers of the Baltic Students’ Song and Dance Festival “Gaudeamus”.
Who are the young and youthful women who sing in TÜAN?