The Choir

Voces Tallinn (known as Voces Musicales until 2019) is an Estonian semi-professional chamber choir known for its quality of sound and high-level concert programs.

Chamber Choir Voces Tallinn has been successful since its creation. Its first major recognition on the international scene came in 2009, when the choir won 2nd place at the Harald AndersĂ©n’s Chamber Choir Competition in Finland. In the same year, Voces Tallinn released its first album “The Pilgrim’s Song” with music by Arvo Pärt. The album received high praise and a top rating from BBC Music Magazine for musical performance and sound.


In April 2014, Voces Tallinn participated in the prestigious London International Choir Competition in London, initiated by The Tallis Scholars and their chief conductor, Peter Phillips, where the choir was named one of the four finalists. The following year, the ensemble was honored to receive the annual music award of the Estonian Culture Endowment for enriching Estonian musical life through high-level concerts.


Chamber Choir Voces Tallinn’s second album “A Black Birch in Winter” was released in 2019, featuring works by American and Estonian composers, under the direction of David Puderbaugh. The Estonian Choir Association titled the album – Choir Record of the Year.


The ensemble has also been named the Choir of the Year by the Estonian Choir Association in both 2009 and 2020.

Chamber Choir Voces Tallinn was founded by Risto Joost who also served as the choir’s chief conductor for the first ten years. Since then, Voces Tallinn has also worked with many other renowned conductors including Stephen Layton, Peter Phillips, Neeme Järvi, Nikolai Aleksejev, Arvo Volmer, Olari Elts, and Andres Mustonen. In addition, the choir has collaborated with several well-known orchestras and ensembles, such as the Sinfonietta Rīga (Latvia), baroque ensemble Barrocade (Israel), Oulu Symphony Orchestra (Finland), Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan), Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra (France), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Moscow State Academic Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, and Hortus Musicus amongst others.


Voces Tallinn’s repertoire includes pieces of diverse genres, from Renaissance polyphony to classical works to contemporary music. The choir’s most recent performances include Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, Georg Friedrich Händel’s oratorios, Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater and Kanon Pokajanen, and Johann Sebastian Bach’s passions, as well as countless a cappella programs.


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