The Student Choir of the Conservatoire was founded in 1935, simultaneously with the establishment of the Choral Conducting Faculty.
The choir is a kind of laboratory that combines both studying and creativity. In this lab, future choirmasters gain essential knowledge that develops their individuality, practical skills and performing culture. Students receive complete theoretical knowledge and the experience of working with an ensemble. The students are also introduced to music pieces written for choral music in different epochs and styles. Apart from all these activities, student diploma works are prepared and performed by the student choir. Importantly, professional singers are invited to take part in the diploma work. This is indeed crucial for the students as they get a possibility to work and sing with professionals.
Over the years, student choir witnessed a number of choirmasters from the leading teachers of the faculty such as G.Khakhanashvili, N.Sharabidze, P.Paliashvili, M.Chikashua, D.Kvachantiradze, A.Kavsadze, G.Mundjishvili, G.Bolashvili, D.Balanchivadze, L.Lomiashvili, Sh. Mosidze, T. Sanaia, A Revishvili, B.Dzneladze.
At different times, prominent choirmasters such as Jan Dumin, Boris Pevzner and others have conducted master classes.
Prof. Joseph Kechakmadze, Head of the academic choir conducting chair, initiated the formation of the 1st and 2nd year student choir, so that freshmen can take part in practical work with professional choir from the early stage. Due to the transition to the 2 step of study system, the Bachelors’ and MA’ level choirs are separated. The choirmaster of the MA level student choir is Prof. Shalva Mosidze (assistant – Teona Tsiramua), while the Bachelors level choir is headed by the associate professor Lia Chonishvili and assistant-professor Archil Ushveridze.
Student choir enjoys active concert life. The choir takes part in various events and festivals dedicated to choral music, as well as makes performances in annual Conservatoire concerts.
The repertoire of the student choir is increasingly diverse: Handel, Bach cantatas, Mozart, Brukner, Saint Sainse, Fauret, Liszt , Orfe, Pulenk, Shostakovich, Sviridov, Machavariani, Taktakishvili, Chamakadze, Sulkhanishvili choirs, I Kechakhmadze choral cycles after A. Kalandadze and I. Chavchavadze texts, Apart from the listed program, the choir performs a range of A Cappella compositions, among them: Brahms, Taneev, Valinikov, Thomson, Debussy, Ravel, Pulenk.
Student Choir regularly performs pieces written by young Georgian composers. This fact is playing a positive role in the promotion of contemporary Georgian choral music.