Choral conducting leading professor Hirvo Surva
Orchestral conducting leading professor Arvo Volmer
(choral conducting in the bachelor’s and master's programme, orchestral conducting can only be studied in the master’s programme)
Both choral and orchestral conducting are taught as part of conducting studies at EAMT. During the course of their studies, students are introduced to both music history and scores of works that are important in the Estonian and global context.
There are more than 1,400 choirs in Estonia. Many of them participate in the Estonian Song Festival, the most prominent and uniting event for the entire nation. The choral conducting curriculum at EAMT largely concentrates on educating people with the aim of maintaining the Song Festival tradition and elevating its artistic quality. At the same time, conductors need new choral works to contribute to musical life. Veljo Tormis, Arvo Pärt, Urmas Sisask, Erkki-Sven Tüür, René Eespere, Toivo Tulev and Tõnu Kõrvits, among many other Estonian composers, have introduced numerous new and interesting works to the world music stage in recent decades.
Estonian choirs have also been awarded many prizes at an international level. Ellerhein Girls’ Choir, Estonian National Male Choir and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir have earned Grammy awards among other distinctions.
The conducting studies at EAMT aim to pass on the experience behind this productive work. The faculty members include leading professor Hirvo Surva - artistic director of the most recent Estonian Song Festivals, Ants Soots, Toomas Kapten - former principal conductors of the Estonian National Male Choir, and Heli Jürgenson - chief chorus master of the Estonian National Opera Choir.
Orchestral conducting is taught by leading professor Arvo Volmer - artistic director of the Estonian National Opera and former artistic director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paul Mägi - former principal conductor of the Estonian National Opera and the Vanemuine Theatre, as well as by Toomas Kapten.
The EAMT Symphony Orchestra, EAMT Sinfonietta and EAMT Choir work in collaboration with the conducting studies.