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Articles

DVD delivery in September

July 16, 2014
Dear guests and singers!

As all of us have a nice thing called Summer, NSSS team decided to postpone the delivery. There were some postal mistakes with sending the sheet music, so it seemed a much more certain way to send once and receive once if we sent it in September not when everyone is on a vacation. So, September it is! Anxiety-anxiety!

If you have any questions, please contact cd.nsss2014 [ät] gmail.com.
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Deadline for ordering DVD's is 26 May

May 20, 2014
Dear choirs and guests!

As many choirs have increased their orders in the last few days, we will postpone the deadline for ordering to 26 May.
It is now possible to order a DVD of NSSS 2014 where you will find:
  • gala concert "Sea. Forest. City"
  • wonderful videos about your home note we cut together (we could not use them in gala concert due to the war in Ukrainian and our changed focus on the gala concert - we needed to talk about the fragility of freedom)
  • best photos about NSSS from Estonian one of the top photographers Gabriela Liivamägi (800 pcs) + some more
  • translation of the gala concert in English and small overview about the NSSS
  • fantastic clip about the gala dinner
The price for DVD is 13€ + sending and DVD can be ordered via your choir until 26 May.

Dear guests who you are not from the NSSS 2014 choirs - please send your orders for DVD's to cd.nsss2014 [ätt] gmail.com.

A teaser of the concert DVD:

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Gallery

April 29, 2014
Dear choirs and guests!

Photos of NSSS 2014 will be gradually gathered here: http://www.nsss2014.ut.ee/gallery. Be very welcome to use them and renew your memories!

Pictures and videos (incl. with mobile phones) you have made yourself - we are very much interested in those! Please send them to cd.nsss2014 [ätt] gmail.com. Read more

NSSS 2014 is over

April 28, 2014
Nordic Student Singers' Summit is over for this time. The last weekend of April was unbelievably great! Such a lot of music and smiling people wearing student caps and humming cheerfully made Tartu such an ideal place to be. It was a sincere honour and pleasure hosting NSSS 2014. NSSS 2017 will be held in Oulu, Finland and the hosting choir will be Cassiopeia!

We thank all the choirs and listeners from the bottom of our hearts for coming and staying - you are undescribably ossom! Yearning for those passed days just don't intend to leave our souls here in Tartu..but our next meetings will not be mountains away, for sure.

Hopefully, Tartu will stay in your hearts, and - "we'll meet, we'll sing", right?

With gratitude
NSSS 2014 team
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Opportunity to support NSSS through joint funding

April 04, 2014
Dear NSSS friends

At the beginning of the organizing process it was soon known to us, that none of the concert halls in Tartu was big enough for us. Even if we split the festival people between St. John’s Church, the University Hall and the Vanemuine Concert Hall, which are the 3 biggest concert halls in Tartu, we could not fit everyone. And since the weather in April can be unpredictable, we did not dare to hold the concert at the Song Festival Arena.

Finally, we landed on A. Le Coq Sport’s Arena and even though we think it’s the most beautiful sports hall in Tartu, turning this place into a concert hall is very expensive and time-consuming. The walls need to be covered with black fabric, proper lightning and sound equipment need to be rented, comfortable chairs for the audience must be set up along with many other tasks. And this is why we ask your help. Please help us to turn this sports hall into a wonderful concert place for one evening!

Link to the joint funding page for NSSS gala concert (eng): www.hooandja.ee/en/projekt/meri-ja-mets-spordisaalis. Read more

Maria Kõrvits

April 02, 2014
Maria Kõrvits

Questions to Maria Kõrvits:

1. Please describe briefly your work so far. How much of it has been for choirs and what are your feelings towards writing choral music altogether? Do you prefer a certain type of choir?

Color and timbre are important to me. I try to express different sensations, or changes of sensations in music, clear colours or blending of colours.

So far I have managed to experiment with various genres. Most of my composition are chamber and choral music and I've also written for orchestra. Through different collaborations   I've had the chance to write for art exhibitions, short movies and dance performances.

At the moment I do not have a favourite when it comes to types of choir or instruments. I enjoy composing both vocal and instrumental music.
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Me, Myself and Tartu

April 02, 2014
Eerik

My name is Eerik, the son of Erik and I love to make a joke, that in the future my son will be named Eeerik. A silly joke, but, hey, you should admit that it’s something to remember you by. I will tell you a couple of stories about my experiences with an absolutely fantastic city Tartu.


I fell in love with Tartu already when I first came here. I was about 7 or 8 years old.  All my entire chilhood I had lived in Tallin, the capital of Estonia. As a young child one’s world is solely what one sees. So for me Tallinn was a big, noisy, crowded and dusty city with too many cars. It was a bit overwhelming for a child trying to understand it. But Tartu.. I remember very well the first time I was  on Toomemäe, a steep green hill just in the centre of the city. An an open air theatre play “Robin Hood” was played. What made it really amusing was that they had organized pretty much a full sized tournament with noble knights knocking each other off the saddle with a 6 meter long pike, while galloping towards each other in full speed on a full-grown horse. It was just a part of the play but it was amazing. Picture this - you arrive from a big city and “Boom!” you find yourself in the middle of a medieval setting with the crowd of cheering, happy, a bit crazy but fun people. Witnessing something so vivid and surreal, nothing compared to a film or a cartoon, one just feels a constant excitement. And the scenery! The tournament was held next to the ruins of a great cathedral. All in all, it was just a play, but when you are a child who has found himself in an absolutely different atmosphere and with what a memory – good job Tartu! That was a pretty effective opening for me. I’d like to point out that in Tartu, there is always something in the air, something that makes people happier, more active, a bit more youthfully crazy. Ladies and gentlemen, it is not the Stig, it is called the Spirit of Tartu and itstruck me quite hard.

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From a Busy Metropolis to a Quiet Small Town

April 02, 2014

There are a lot of foreign exchange students from all parts of the world in Tartu. I was lucky to have a chance to ask some questions from one of them, Saburi Ken, a Singaporean, about his experience of studying in Tartu. Let’s see what he said.

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The Estonian University of Life Sciences' Chamber Choir Camerata Universitatis

April 02, 2014
Camerata Universitatis

The Estonian University of Life Sciences' Chamber Choir Camerata Universitatis was formed in 1990. At first it was called the choir of the University of Tartu Faculty of Medicine and later, the chamber choir of the University of Tartu Institute of Cultural Research and Fine Arts. It got its present name - the chamber choir Camerata Universitatis - in 2000. Since 2004 our alma mater has been named the Estonian University of Life Sciences. Throughout the years our choir has joined together students, alumni and professors from different universities of Tartu. Our experience has shown that the power of song has the ability to unite people from different occupations and life experiences.

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NB! Listeners' accommodation!

February 01, 2014
Dear listeners! As Tartu hosts during NSSS weekend in April two large events, it is essential that you would book your hotels immediately. Please contact us at once if problems seem to occur as only few days before the festival we might not have the possibility to help you.

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95 more days and 37 choirs will be here!

January 19, 2014
It is exactly 95 days until NSSS 2014, i.e., approximately 136 800 more minuties to wait! 37 wonderful choirs will be attending and the guests most far away (Tromsø choirs) will travel over 1600 km to get to Tartu!

You are all very welcome!

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“Forgotten Peoples” by Veljo Tormis. A Monument to the Baltic-Finns

January 14, 2014
Photo: Piret Pakler

November has always been one of the most frustrating months in the Nordic countries. It’s the time of the year when everything falls asleep and becomes dazed. In Estonian folk calendar November marks the beginning of the end of souls’ time which lasts until Christmas when light finally wins over the darkness. But before that one has to go through the bleak end of soul’s time when, according to Estonian folk customs, souls were left food and drink till morning and sometimes saunas were also heated up for the night. By all means, November is the uncanny transition period when old has ceased but the new hasn’t revealed itself yet. 

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Tehnikaülikooli Akadeemiline Meeskoor

January 14, 2014
Tehnikaülikooli Akadeemiline Meeskoor

Tehnikaülikooli Akadeemiline Meeskoor or TAM* for short is a choir of 75 men, two conductors, two vocalists and two electric pianos. Our first rehearsal was in September 1945 and our last one was probably last Monday from 18:15 to 22:00. Altogether we sing for almost 300 hours a year, which translates to 12.5 days. But this is kind of boring, don’t you think?


So here’s a fun fact: although pronounced /dʌm/, the choir runs as smooth as clockwork. It almost seems as if there were a dozen men working in the cockpit of this jumbo jet-sized choir. Well, actually there is even more than a dozen and they are all proud of their assignments. Furthermore, out of our total of 88 events this year, 20 events are based more on social activity with our friend-choirs. Nevertheless we sing there too. Would you like to be our friend? :)

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A Brief Insight into the Enchanting Music of Arvo Pärt (part 2)

January 14, 2014
Photo: Kalju Su

The essence of Pärt’s creations is revealed by musicologist Kaire Maimets-Volt who worked as an art director of the International Arvo Pärt Center in 2011–2012.


1. Which motives does Pärt explore in his work? Does his music also bring out the ancient rivalry between light and darkness or between freedom and oppression?

In Pärt’s music, the search for the complete oneness with the Essence, the “One”, is more important than any opposition. In writings on tintinnabuli music, this “One” has also been defined as the “fundamental unity”, “primeval unity”, “common denominator”, “common measure”, “the Beginning”, “the Source”, “the perfect nucleus” or “the nucleus containing All That Exists”, “the Word” (Greek for logos), “the law”, “the pattern of existence”, “the formula”, “the secret number”, etc. Pärt himself has said, “It cannot be explained, it has to be felt, embraced. It has to be searched and discovered. All must be found; there has to be the need for it – before the need of finding the way how to express it. One must desire it, must want to be alike. All the rest comes by itself – the ears for hearing and eyes for seeing” (from the interview with Ivalo Randalu). Read more

Meet Kristi Kuningas – the Assistant of the Artistic Panel

January 14, 2014
Kristi Kuningas (right)

1. How and why have you become a choir singer?

 

As a child I sang all the time and everywhere. When you listen to the recordings of me and my elder sister singing together at home (being 3 or 4 year-old), then I couldn’t really carry a tune. At the same time, nothing really interfered with my joy of singing: when I made a mistake, I just bravely continued singing in my own melody. We had a very lovely music teacher in kindergarten who wrote songs for us herself and also organised singing competitions, so school choirs and bands were a natural continuation of it all. At school I sang in junior choir, children’s choir, mixed choir and women’s choir.

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A Small History of the NSSS by Hans Lundgren

January 14, 2014
Hans Lundgren

After having made a glorious 10th anniversary in 1982 the young choir Lihkören (Linköping University Male Voice Choir) sought new challenges. We had recently experienced tours to Norway, Denmark and Finland and we wished to deepen and continue the friendly relations with other Nordic choirs. Thus we decided to arrange a large scale “Studentsångarmöte” in Linköping in 1987. That very year was also the city’s 700th anniversary and a new concert hall was supposed to be ready the same year.


Together with the other choirs at the University at that time, we planned for and carried through the first Nordic summon for student choirs. Some 800 singers from 22 choirs from Sweden, Finland, and Norway, visited Linköping in June and it was a great success. At the final dinner the choirs from Turku surprisingly announced that they wished to invite all the choirs to their city three years later. That initiative was in fact the beginning of the NSSS tradition.

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A prize for the two first Danish choirs!

November 04, 2013
The first two Danish choirs who will join NSSS and the person who leads them to register will receive a nice prize in April 2014! If you are eager to join this race please contact Annely Tank (annely.nsss[ätt]gmail.com). Read more

The first NSSS Newsletter is available!

October 20, 2013
In October the first NSSS electronic Newsletter was published. From the first edition you can read about NSSS in 1993, summer festivals in Tartu, music of Arvo Pärt, the Women’s Choir of the University of Tartu and the member of the NSSS team.

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A brief insight into the enchanting music of Arvo Pärt

October 08, 2013

World famous Estonian composer Arvo Pärt celebrated his 78th birthday on the 11th of September. Pärt’s international appeal is the reason we have a piece on him in our first issue. The essence of Pärt’s creations is revealed by musicologist Kaire Maimets-Volt who worked as artistic director of the International Arvo Pärt Center in 2011-2012.

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Meet Annely Tank – the Head of Estonian, Danish and Icelandic choirs

October 08, 2013

Language skills: Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, English, Latin. Basic knowledge of Russian, German, French and Italian.

 

Annely (22) leaves an unforgettable impression from the first time we meet – her confident eyes and kind smile immediately erase the estrangement and lack of confidence so common during a conversation between Estonians.

Annely studies Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics (Estonian and Hungarian language) in Tartu University, but at the moment she is a guest student of Reviewing-Editing at Tallinn University. From 2010 to 2013 she sang at the Academic Women’s Choir of the University of Tartu, but from 2013 onwards, she sings first alto in the Academic Female Choir of Tallinn University of Technology.

However, Annely admits that her voice varies depending on the season, the gender balance in the company that she’s in, the amount of consumed wine etc. She generally considers herself to be a deep mezzo-soprano, something which becomes clear as soon as you hear her infectious laugh.



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The Academic Female Choir of the University of Tartu the way I see it…

October 08, 2013
TÜAN
Liina Viks is an intern of pulmonary medicine, since 2005 the first alto in the Academic Female Choir of the University and is giving us her brief personal view about her choir.

The Academic Female Choir of the University of Tartu started yet another season this fall, or as we call it – a school year. This season our objective is to participate in several song festivals and to even help organizing a few of them.

Our choir was founded in 1945 in Tartu. Docility, good judgment, traditions, new experiences and adventures of the student life and other keywords that go with university also go with the choir... The choir mostly consists of young women studying in Tartu. Every spring there are people leaving and every autumn new people coming, which makes the spirit of the choir young and the composition changeable. The singers who stay for several years are especially valuable for they are the people who make and carry on the traditions that spice up the choral life.

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Coping with summer in Tartu

October 08, 2013
Tartuff

There’s no doubt that Tartu is a full-time student town – there’s even a well-known cliché in Estonia that when summer arrives the whole town becomes practically extinct. But despite that most students prefer to spend their summer holidays as far away from their lecture halls as possible, Tartu has quite a lot to offer even in summer!

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Participating at the NSSS for the first time in 1993 or how to get somewhere you really want to go but don’t have money for that?!

October 08, 2013

An interview with Siiri Odrats-Koni, a second soprano of the Academic Female Choir of Tartu University in 1986–2002.

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