Anima means breath, life, soul, spirit and mind and reflects our mission to provide experiences of excellence through choral singing, which enliven and shape young lives.
Anima is a world class youth choral organization, founded in 1964, which is internationally renowned for the quality of choral education and performance it provides. Formerly the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, Anima welcomes young people from Kindergarten through High School in various ensemble programs.
The heart and soul of the program is the extraordinary choral sound which is developed in a nurturing, communal atmosphere with a group of other young people who love to sing.
July 7th 2012
today we toured the stunning winter palace at the hermitage. then the chorus visited a nursing home and gave another moving performance. the stage was flanked by the russian flag and the flag of the former soviet union. we enjoyed a delicious dinner and a fun evening in the fresh air near the gulf of finland. tomorrow is a big day. concert at the glinka capella and our last dinner on tour.... read more
July 6th 2012
What a wonderful experience for all aboard the train. There we're no problems at the border as all papers in order. It was a warm and sunny day for sightseeing and in fact the sky is still bright at 10:30 pm as we are typing this. Informal concert for fellow hotel guests ended our first night here.... read more
July 5th 2012
We are aboard the train. It is like something out of a movie. Forests of birch trees pass by our window. Hope to get some sleep before we arrive.... read more
July 4th 2012
Hope you are having a wonderful July 4 th. We sure did. We toured Ogre and were treated to an arts and crafts workshop. Lots of creative oportunities. The concert was a huge success and we received astanding ovation during the closing number, Chicago. Tomorrow we are off to Russia. I am not sure of our Internet access but will try and keep posting when I can.... read more
July 3rd 2012
All the hours of rehearsal paid off tonight during the performance at the Riga Dome. the choir sounded fabulous in the 800 year old church. We presented our home stay families with bouquets of flowers to express our gratitude for their generosity during our time here in Riga.... read more
July 2nd 2012
We explored Riga with our hosts and had our first joint rehearsal for the concert tomorrow. The girls spent their evening with their host families while the boys and chaperones soaked up the local ambiance, not to mention some French fries and onion rings! We are having trouble posting pictures to the blog so please check out the Anima Singers Facebook page.... read more
July 1st 2012
We were warmly welcomed to Latvia by our new friends from the Riga Girl's choir. The girls of our chorus our enjoying the first night of their home stay experience while the boys played cards in a square in the heart of Riga under the watchful eyes of their chaperones. Tomorrow is a day for a late breakfast and a guided tour of the city.... read more
June 30th 2012
Another fun filled day of touring Tallin in all it's medieval charm. Then it was on to a viking village where we shot catapults and stormed the castle. Next stop, Riga.... read more
June 29th 2012
We finished our stay in Helsinki with a bus trip through this very modern city. The weather today was sunny and 18 C which made for a delightful ferry crossing. Our evening in Tallin Estonia was capped offwith a combinedconcert with the Tallin music school choir. It was enjoyed by a large and appreciative audience. We finished off the nightwith a reception in a medieval home turned into an ate museum. More sharing of music with the Tallin choir was the highlight of theday. Everyone is eating well and trying to adjust to the "white nights". Tomorrow is a day of sightseeing and Shopping!... read more
June 28th 2012
Singing in front of hotel while awaiting room assignments. Everyone is tired but happy. Having salad and pasta for dinner. On to Estonia by ferry tomorrow.... read more