Musical Heritage of Estonian Immigrants in the Collections of the Immigration History Research Center

October 30, 2012

Dear Friend of the IHRC Baltic Collections,

You are cordially invited to two upcoming events celebrating the rich musical heritage of Estonian immigrants, as documented in the historical collections of the Immigration History Research Center.

A concert on Saturday, Nov. 3, will feature among several performances a segment conducted by Kelley Sundin, the Hildegard and Gustav Must Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies during summer 2012. On Monday, Nov. 19, Ms. Sundin will present her research project, with selected sound files from the earlier performance. Please read below for details!

“A Choral Kaleidoscope”
7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3
Ted Mann Concert Hall, West Bank Campus
Free and open to the public; for information, visit
“A Choral Kaleidoscope” provides an opportunity for the public to join the UMN campus for musical performances. Kelley Sundin’s conducting recital with the University Women’s Chorus is one of several campus ensembles. The Estonian musical performance will lead the program.

“Estonian Choral Music for the Female Voice: the dissemination of culture, traditions, and stories”
11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 19
120-C Elmer L. Andersen Library, West Bank Campus
Free and open to the public; RSVPs requested due to limited seating
A lecture by Kelley Sundin, including excerpts of the musical selections performed for “A Choral Kaleidoscope.”

We thank our community supporters, and especially Kalju Kubits and Maarja Merivoo-Parro, for cultural and language research consultations. Research conducted in the Estonian Archives of the U.S., Inc., Collection of the IHRC provided historical materials contextualizing women’s choral traditions.

The IHRC also gratefully acknowledges the support of the Estonian Archives of the U.S. and the Estonian American community in making it possible to award the first Hildegard and Gustav Must Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies to Kelley Sundin, a Master’s of Music candidate, Choral Conducting major
( FellowshipKelleySundin.php).