Iisaku Mixed Choir

Iisaku is a small village in northeast of Estonia close to Lake Peipsi. We only have 1300 inhabitants living here  but yet the mixed choir has uninterruptedly operated throughout the past 140 years. In the course of time very many singers have attended to the choir and it’s been conducted by more than twenty song leaders.

Currently there are 25 people singing in the choir, with the average age of 30: we have 10 men and 15 women. The choirmaster is Tatjana Elken.

The repertoire of our choir is varied: spiritual songs,  songs from musicals, some presented in different languages and also traditional choral music.

We have performed in many churches and culture centers in our county, local folk festivals, participated in provincial and nationwide song festivals, ESTO days, Estonian Night Song Festival in 2008 and National Song Festival in 2009.

Longer concert tours (twice) have been to Germany, Brecklum. It has become a tradition to organise singing camps that end by giving a concert. The next camp will take place in April beside Võrtsjärv in South Estonia and concentrates on voice training and learning new repertoire.

12 members of Iisaku Mixed Choir took apart of Cantonigros Festival in Spain, 2009, singing in a mixed choir called Viru. It gave a good experiance in order to participate a festival in abroad.

Our annual performances are: Ida-Virumaa Choirs’ Day, Iisaku Village Fair, local activists’ New Year celebration and Christmas church service in Iisaku church.

Iisaku Mixed Choir wears traditional clothes that are known in southern region of Ida-Virumaa county. The old clothes got destroyed in fire in our culture house in 1996. With the past 4 years we’ve managed to get new ones with the help of different projects. The same clothes were also worn by the choir established by R.Th.Hansen.

Our closer future ambitions are to record and release Iisaku Mixed Choir’s first cd in April 2010.