Soul music

The choir "Aukuras" of Klaipėda was founded in 1993 on the initiative of choir conductors Alfonso Vildžiūnas and Vladimir Konstantinov. From 1996 to 2022, the collective was led by A. Vildžiūnas.

With more than two decades of history, the choir, uniting over two dozen singers, is open to music of various styles, genres, and epochs.

Delving into the techniques of classical choral music performance, creatively interpreting the works of contemporary composers, the ensemble also enthusiastically performs jazz and popular music pieces, organizing various educational programs for children and youth.

Professionals appreciate the rich and vibrant sound of the choir, good intonation, and attention to modern, technically challenging works. The choir is an active participant in the musical life of Klaipėda, collaborating with both recognized artists and young, talented creators.

One of the most significant choir activities in recent years is participation in the opera triptych "Neringa" productions at the "Kuršių nerija" festival.

"Aukuras" has won awards at fourteen international competitions. Its concert biography includes hundreds of concerts not only in Lithuania but also in Thailand, Israel, Canada, the USA, Mexico, and many European countries.

In the fall of 2022, Tomas Ambrozaitis became the Artistic Director of "Aukuras," Dovilė Kirdaitė as the Choirmeister, and Aušra Valentienė as the Concertmaster.

Artistic Director

Choir and orchestra conductor, educator Tomas Ambrozaitis studied at the Šimkus Conservatory in Klaipėda, later continuing his studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA), and completing internships at the Leipzig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy University of Music and Theatre.

At LMTA, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in music and completed master’s degree studies in symphonic and operatic conducting. He worked as the choir master of the Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras” and as the conductor of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra.

He currently serves as the chief conductor of the Klaipėda State Musical Theatre and as the director of the Klaipėda Boys’ and Youth Choir “Gintarėlis”. Ambrozaitis has served multiple times as the chief conductor of the song day during Lithuania’s Song Festival.

He is also the artistic director of the annual international Easter music festival “Resurrexit” held in Šiauliai. In 2017, Ambrozaitis was awarded the Queen Luise Medal for his contributions to education and culture in Klaipėda. Since 2022, he has been directing and shaping the repertoire of the Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras”.


Sopranos: Altos: Tenors: Baritones: Basses: Concertmaster: Chormeister:
Erika Ostrenkova Gražina Misiukevičienė Virginijus Pupšys Gintautas Misiukevičius Valdas Kazlauskas Aušra Valentienė Dovilė Kirdaitė
Jurgita Šlikienė Ligija Miknevičiūtė Marius Lingvenis Valdas Viršilas Arvydas Šličius
Reda Dubikaltytė Lina Lukauskienė Laurynas Sendrius Ernestas Averkinas
Rosana Štemanetian Rūta Grybaitė Algirdas Čiplys
Eglė Mockienė Asta Šideikienė
Jurgita Petkevičiūtė Miglė Viršilienė
Žydrūnė Gečienė Sigita Užporaitė
Rūta Tiškevičiūtė Jolanta Vasiliauskienė


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