20,000 singers, 100,000 listeners

Pretty incredible if you ask me. This is from the national choral festival they put on in Estonia every couple of years. The dome behind the choir is a choir shell specifically designed for this purpose. Choral singing is fundamental to the Estonian national identity. Sounds like my kind of place!

Here are the opening ceremonies for the 2009 festival. Skip to 4:30 to hear the opening song (and the conductor giving pitches). This video gives a better idea of the scope and size of the event.

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  1. Dear UND friends,

    The University of Washington Chamber Singers and Chorale will be travelling this March to Estonia for our second tour. We are in the process of learning more about the Estonian choral culture, including the so-called “Singing Revolution,” when Estonians gathered together by the thousands to sing forbidden national songs when they were under Soviet rule. If you’d like to learn more about the Singing Revolution, there is a video available…here is a trailer on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1u3eFr. It’s a fascinating look at the power of music, and the power of thousands of voices combined in song.

    One of our students, Andrew Schmidt, was present at the festival this summer, and I’m sure if you are interested, he would be willing to talk more with you about his travels and experience.

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