LYDIA RAHULA

The chief conductor and artistic leader of Tallinn Boys Choir is Lydia Rahula, music teacher in Tallinn School No. 21. She graduated Tallinn Pedagogical University, faculty of music majoring in Conducting and Music Pedagogy. Her teachers have been well-known Estonian choir conductors – Raivo laikre nad professors Heino Kaljuste and Ants Sööt.

Lydia Rahula has been conducting as conductor and general conductor at Song Celebrations in Tallinn and Tartu since 1987. Song Celebrations are mass-events with tens of thousands of choir singers under the stage shell taking place in Song Festival Grounds.

Her work has been honoured with many state awards: 5th class of Order of the White Star and Tallinn Order of Merit. Honorary ranks Advanced Educational Work and Teacher of the Year '94 were presented to note her educational work. She earned folk culture Endowment Award for outstanding results in training boys for male singing sustainability in 1997. She was declared United Nations Children’s Fund, the Estonian National Committee UNISEF annual prize Blue Bird laureate in 2004. She was granted scholarship of Riho Päts School-music Fund in 2002.

Lydia Rahula is a member of the extended Board of Estonian Music Teachers Association, Music Council member and music teachers’ and conductors’ Mentor of of Estonian Choral Association since 2001. She is known as the implementer of the music-studios of international choir music conferences. She has organized workshops and taken part in juries in Estonia and abroad.

Lydia Rahula establised a nationwide Estonian Children Choir in 2003.

 

TOMI RAHULA

Tomi Rahula is a multi-talented professional musician – conductor, composer, keyboard player, music producer, arranger and acting pedagog. Tomi is an electron music fan and has taken professor Lepo Sumera classes in that field. He has studied conducting in Estonian Music Academy in professor Kuno Areng and Jüri Rent classes. He studied conducting in Sibelius Academy under professor Matti Hyökki in 2000-01. Today he is a student at Estonian Academy of music and Theatre.

Tomi Rahula is writing music to choirs, orchesras, rock and pop bands, solo singers. His a cappella choir pieces are recorded on cd Ave Maria. He was one of the authors of the winning song of Estonian Eurovision Song Competition, which represented Estonia at Birmingham in 1998.

Tomi is a member and keyboard player of the most popular and wanted rock band in Estonia – The Sun – performing over 150 times a year.

During his studies at Sibelius Academy he was a Conductor and teacher of music theory at Finnish Boys Choir. Tomi Rahula was Head of music and culture programme at Concordia International University Estonia in 1999-2003. Since 2007 he is keyboard player and team leader of TV game-show The Lyrics Board.

Tomi Rahula has been nominated Keyboard Player of the Year, National Radio of Estonia in 2007.