JURY

SIRJE MEDELL

Member of the jury

INGA BĒRZIŅA

Member of the jury

THEA PALUOJA

Member of the jury

Sirje Medell is a vocal pedagogue and vocal therapist. Works for Estonian Music and Music In the Department of Performing Arts of the Theater Academy as a song lecturer, he also collaborates with the jazz music department. Open School music teacher, children's and boys' choir conductor. Has conducted master classes in Estonia and abroad. Sings contemporary improvisational music in the vocal ensemble ImproVox.

Jazz vocalist, trainer, associate professor at the Latvian Academy of Music. Graduated from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music (1991), PhD from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art (2010), participated in jazz pedagogy research at many conferences. She has studied with Grammy-nominated American singer Janet Lawson and gained experience at New York University's New School. Performed in the Baltic States, Finland, Norway, Poland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Russia, Belarus and the USA.

Thea Paluoja (born in 1062) is a singing teacher, choir conducter, composer and music arranger in Estonia.

She has received pedagogical training in the Estonian Music Academy and taken conducting lessons with professor Ants Üleoja.

Thea Paluoja started vocal work with soloists and ensembles in the beginning of 80-s. Today she works with 7 different choirs (she has to know the whole repertoire in every song contest – for small and older boys and girls, also adults), some vocal ensembles and over 20 solosingers.

In Estonian vocal competitions, Thea Paluoja has repeatedly received the title of the best singing instructor and arranger. She has been also the art director, and repeatedly as a general director of Rapla County Song Festivals.

The Estonian Choral Association gave Thea Paluoja the Conductor (Music Teacher) of the Year title in 2006. She has also received the annual awards of famous Estonian composers Riho Päts and Gustav Ernesaks and has been the grantee of the Annual Prize of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. Also she has given the Culture Pearl of the Year title and a medal from Estonian President.