RSU choir Rīga was established in 1951 and for almost 20 years (1967-1986) its conductor was the accomplished professor Jānis Dūmiņš. In 1968, the choir was awarded the status of a National Choir. Over the years, the choir has been led by many talented conductors, e.g. Centis Kriķis, Kārlis Beinerts, Edvīns and Inga Dziļums, Ints Teterovskis, etc. Today the conductors of the choir are Evita Taranda and Zane Zilberte; choir master is Roberts Hansons.
The repertoire of the choir varies, as performances include all sorts of music from the time of renaissance to modern music or music written by contemporary artists, e.g. Paul McCartney's oratorio "Ecce Cor Meum" or Czech composer Petr Eben's music "De Circuito Aeterno".
The choir has performed in many countries and it has received many awards and international recognition in international competitions. On average, the choir gives many concerts a year and performs in various Latvian towns, as well as the Ceremony of Matriculation and Graduation Ceremony, and other social gatherings. An important time of the year is Christmas, when the choir performs Christmas concerts in churches together with various orchestras and acclaimed soloists. Additionally the choir goes on international tours and organises summer camps to enhance mutual friendships
New members are admitted in September and anyone interested in joining the choir is welcome to do so. Note that rehearsals take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 18.30 to 21.00.
Ms Zane Zilberte
Click on the picture below to view the choir.tv feature on RSU mixed choir Rīga (in English) with footage from the Venezia in Musica choir festival held in Spring 2012. Rīga was the winner in Mixed Choir Group II, also receiving the best performance awards in the folklore and contemporary categories.