Latvian University Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Optometry mixed choir “Aura” is comprised of 70 singers from all over Latvia. Founded in 2004, “Aura” began as the Riga Humanitarian Highschool teacher’s choir. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the Artistic Director Edgars Vītols and the two assistant directors Lauma Eglīte and Emīls Rusovs, along with the hard work of the singers, choir “Aura has grown and emerged as one of the top choirs in Latvia. They have successfully participated in many national and international choir competitions such as the 8th World Choir Olympics and 3rd European Choir Olympics in Riga, as well as in contests in Germany, Austria, Malta, The Czech Republic and Spain, bringing home many awards and diplomas.
The choir “Aura” has always participated in the Baltic Student Song and Dance festival “Gaudeamus”, as well as in the Latvian Song and Dance festival. During the Latvian Song festival competition the choir has been given the honour of being part of the top ten best choirs in Latvia. During the most recent song festival in 2023, “Aura” placed third highest.
During this upcoming choir season the choir is planning on participating in the XVI Latvian Song and Dance Festival in Canada, the Baltic Student Song and Dance Festival in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and Hamburg, Germany just in time for the holidays.
Choir “Aura” have had the privilege to collaborate with academic and popular musicians in Latvia. Amongst those are singer Daumants Kalniņš, singer Ance Krauze, composer and pianist Ilze Arne, and maestro Raimonds Pauls.
The choristers themselves believe that “Aura” is probably the best choir in the world. The choir is rounding out its second decade with some beautiful traditions that have emerged over time. These include annual choir retreats in various small towns of Latvia, celebrating member’s birthdays, Christmas ball, night hikes and many other adventures. “Aura” is not just a choir, it is a way of life.
During the festival in Toronto, choir “Aura” will deliver a solo concert in which they will perform various Latvian folk song arrangements, as well as give an insight in the music of the Latvian composer Raimonds Tiguls. The choir will participate in the Sacred music concert and will perform during the Reception organized by the Latvian University as a part of the University’s delegation.