SFUAD Contemporary Music Program Presents the Heinavanker Estonia Vocal Ensemble Concert

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The concert showcases the sacred and folk music of Estonia

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Lauren Eichmann

Santa Fe, N.M.—October 31, 2014—Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s (SFUAD) Contemporary Music Program will present the Heinavanker Vocal Ensemble in a concert featuring ancient liturgical music and Estonian folk songs on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The SFUAD University Chorus will also perform.

“The early sacred and folk music of Estonia is rich, inspiring, and not that well known in our country,” said Steve Paxton, chair of the SFUAD Contemporary Music Program and director of the University Chorus. “It is a privilege that these talented musicians will be working with and singing alongside our students, and share it with us in a magnificent setting such as the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis.”

The ensemble, under the direction of Margo Kõlar, will perform runic songs, Gregorian chant, Estonian folk hymns, and liturgical music from the 14th century. They will also delve into Estonia’s early sacred music and folklore through the prism of contemporary imagination in this evocative program of ancient runic songs and folk hymns, which range from joyful to reflective, sometimes featuring overtone singing.


Tuesday, November 11th, 7:00 pm.


Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, 131 Cathedral Pl, Santa Fe, NM

More Information:

General admission is $15, and free for students with a current SFUAD I.D. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or online at:

For more information, call the SFUAD Contemporary Music Program at 1-505-473-6196.

About SFUAD’s Contemporary Music Department

The Contemporary Music Program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design educates students in contemporary and classical music, world music, digital technology and recording techniques, with a heavy emphasis on performing and community involvement. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to tour, reaching different audiences and enriching not only their academic experience but also their ability to communicate through original compositions, their instrument and their voice.

About Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe University of Art and Design is an accredited institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the world’s leading centers for art and design. The university offers degrees in arts management, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, film, performing arts, photography and studio art. Faculty members are practicing artists who teach students in small groups, following a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines hands-on experience with core theory and prepares graduates to become well-rounded, creative, problem-solving professionals. As a Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Art, Architecture and Design, the university boasts an international student body and opportunities to study abroad, encouraging students to develop a global perspective on the arts. Santa Fe University of Art and Design is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,

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