On August 13, 2002, Armenia’s famous children’s choir "Little Singers of
Armenia" ended its 20-day tour in the US and Canada with great success.
The Choir has been invited to participate in the Sixth World Symposium on
Choral Music in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota from
August 3-7. Held every three years, the Symposium features prominent choral
specialists and choirs from around the globe in lectures, repertoire reading
sessions and choral concerts. The Symposium is a major international cultural
event, and this year it was brought to the Unites States for the first time,
with twin cities of Minnesota serving as hosts.
The highlight of the conference was the performances by 22 international
choirs, performing music indigenous to their regions of the world. The choirs
were thoroughly chosen to participate by the Symposium’s Artistic Committee
based on the diversity of their talent, sound, repertoire and stylistic
The Little Singers of Armenia has very impressive artistic and activity
record. Its founder and lead conductor is Tigran Hekekian, a renowned Armenian
choirmaster. The recipient of numerous awards, he was honored by the President
of the Republic of Armenia with the Medal of Movses Khorenatsi for his
contributions to the national culture.
Founded in 1992, the choir unites 40 gifted children selected from music
schools in and around Yerevan to perform medieval, folk, sacred, classical,
contemporary, pop and jazz music. An active participant in the cultural life of
Armenia, the choir presents many charity concerts in Armenia and abroad, and has
toured Europe, the US and Egypt. Under professor Hekekian, the Children’s Choir
has won several major musical awards, including the "Golden Gate" International
Competition in San Francisco, and the Basel International Festival in
The Symposium in Minnesota became a great opportunity for Armenia, through
its fabulous Little Singers of Armenia to present to the world its rich cultural
heritage and tradition of arts.
Prior and after the Symposium the Choir had several concerts in
Providence,Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Racine, and Los Angeles. Needless to say
that all the concerts went with great success, and as the pastor of St. Mesrob
Armenian Church in Racine (Wisconsin) the Rev. Yeprem Kelegian, said "There’s no
way we could have anticipated how beautiful this is".
The traveling of the Choir to the US and Canada was made possible through the
sponsorship of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, Ms. Anoush
Mathevosian, The Cafesjian Family Foundation and other private sponsors, as well
as active assistance of the Armenian-American Community members of the US and
the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Washington, DC.