Some countries are often associated with a single word: Think Italy and pizza or Switzerland and watches. When it comes to the small Baltic country known as Latvia, that word is choirs. Latvia shines in its vast choral tradition, with its outstanding choirs and highly renowned choral conductors. Their composers write some of the best choral music. They always excel at choir "olympics". Latvians worldwide revel in the vast choral repertoire, both classic and contemporary, and aspire to a gleaming paragon in choral music.
Melbourne Latvian Choir "Daina" strives to emulate the Latvian choral tradition. Over three decades "Daina" has enjoyed performances in prestige venues in Australia's cultural capital cities. Ten original choristers are still current members, and many young singers have recently joined our ranks. "Daina" has the unique ability to reimagine and reinvent itself, and strives for choral singing at its finest, inspired and motivated by Latvia's greatest choral composers and conductors.
You people are awesome! The members of Daina attend weekly rehearsals for most of the year. They understand that the benefits far outweigh the commitment. They get to sing some of the best choral music in the world. They enjoy the experience of immersing themselves in Latvian culture. They enjoy the nerves before each gig and the warmth they receive from the audience. There are even health benefits as listed here and here .
The current choir members are (those that sang in the 30th anniversary concert):
Three choir members are required to help with Lunch at DV Nams on several Saturdays throughout the year. This involves serving and cleaning. You are to arrive no later than 11.45am and you will be there for approximately three hours. Dress is neat casual.