About us

Tartu Academic Male Choir are the oldest consistent male voice choir in Estonia. In 2012, the choir celebrated their 100th anniversary. The purpose of the choir is to unite singers with an academic background in friendship and music, always trying to aim higher on artistic levels. TAM consists of students and academic personnel of the University of Tartu and the Estonian University of Life Sciences, as well as men from various other walks of life, all together about 55 currently active members.
 
TAM’s conductor Alo Ritsing has been with the choir since 1963, he became the head conductor in 1974. Before Alo, his father Richard Ritsing was the head conductor and these days, Alo Ritsing’s daughter Made is working as an assistant conductor of TAM. The musical level is also preserved and improved with the help of assistant conductors Ene Peiker and Kuno Kerge, also the voal training specialist Liia Ritsing.
 
TAM’s musical repertoire is quite versatile – Western choral music and Estonian male choir classics, but also lighter music spiced with coreography are performed, folk music arrangements have their own special place in the repertoire. Many of the pieces are composed by the choir’s own conductor Alo Ritsing. The most important events for TAM are annual Christmas concert with the Academic Women’s Choir of the University of Tartu and the spring concert at the end of term, also a traditional joint singing with other local male choirs at the Tartu Observatory on Estonian Independence Day on the 24th February. A new tradition has been established in celebrating the beginning of a new year with a concert in the marvellous Alatskivi Castle. Of course, the choir would always participate in Estonian song festivals and Gaudeamus – the festival for the students of the Baltic states. Every now and then, TAM also travels abroad – the most recent trip took the choir to far away Japan.