Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras”


The Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras” was formed in 1993 at the initiative of choir conductors Alfonsas Vildžiūnas and Vladimiras Konstantinovas. Alfonsas Vildžiūnas has been at the helm of the Choir since 1996.

The Choir’s wide-ranging and diversified activities do not fit with the stereotypical image of the choir as being overly-serious and unremarkable. Powerful voices and artistry of the singers, as well as their democratic approach to the formation of the repertoire help instantly earn  appreciation among their audiences. It is not only rewarding to listen to their singing, but also great fun to watch them perform. Professional musicians eulogize their richness of tone, good intonation and attention to modern and technically demanding works, which they perform with obvious enthusiasm. The Choir is an active participant of the city’s musical life. Its repertoire includes sacred and secular music from various epochs and  styles, arrangements of jazz compositions and spirituals, as well as choral music for children.

The Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras” has garnered prizes at fourteen international choral competitions. Since its formation, it has given hundreds of concerts in Lithuania and travelled to Thailand, Israel, Canada, the United States, Mexico, and many European countries.


Justina Orlovskytė-Mikniuvienė
Mob. +370 674 89 129
Artistic Director
"Singing creates an emotional bond between humans, which has been in existence since time immemorial." – Alfonsas Vildžiūnas, Artistic Director of the Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras”.
Alfonsas Vildžiūnas is a well-known choral conductor in Lithuania. Having completed his choral conducting studies at the Lithuanian State Conservatory (now Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), he pursued post-graduate studies at the Gnessin State Music Pedagogical Institute in Moscow (now Gnessins Russian Academy of Music) and honed his conducting skills with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart and the Bavarian Radio Chorus in Munich. 

Together with the Klaipėda Choir “Aukuras” he went on international tours to Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Sweden, Poland, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Spain, the U.S., Mexico, Israel, and Thailand.

From 2000 to 2003 he acted as Director of the Klaipėda Branch of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society. He stood at the helm of the 4th Nordic-Baltic Choral Festival in Klaipėda, in 2002, and the Song Day of the World Lithuanian Song Festival in 2003.