The Ventus choir
Ventspils University College’s mixed choir, Ventus, combines positivity and determination with love for music and friendship. Their work in rehearsals easily becomes a hobby.
Ginta Rūse – conductor and singer (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5357825/GintaRuse.wav). currently studies in the RTTEMA Manager of Education programme. She conducts Ventspils’ beloved mixed choir KAIVA, which is notable for its diversity of repertoire, jovial singing, and positive world vision.
VENTUS welcomes every student and staff member to join the choir for new musical adventures. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 16:30 to 18:30 on the fourth floor of C block.
Youth Vocal Ensemble
The idea to form this ensemble was born and successfully carried out in March of 2003. The students’ desire to sing and the enthusiasm of Angelika Jansone-Grīnberga, the director of the ensemble, are the foundations of the vocal ensemble. The ensemble held 12 concerts in its first year, which is a lot for a newly-formed ensemble.
For eight years already, the ensemble has participated in the city’s contests, winning the title of best ensemble for many years in a row, and performs in many shows and events. Due to its diverse repertoire and performance of songs both in Latvian and English, the ensemble is often invited to perform at large and small events. Just as the university choir does, the ensemble also participates in various twinning concerts. The most successful twinning partners of the ensemble are RTU’s Jaunā Nianse ensemble, Riga Business School’s Turība vocal group, and the Solem Kuldīga Youth Ensemble. In 2010, the ensemble participated in the All-Latvian Vocal Ensemble Competition and ranked seventh.
This year was successful for the ensemble as well – it performed in the charity Radi Brīnumu charity event, organised by the students of the university, as well as at the Ventspils University College Awards Ceremony.
Strautuguns youth folk dance group
Driven by the desire to represent their university, to spend their free time in an interesting way and, most importantly, to preserve the Latvian folk dance culture, energetic university students came together and formed the youth folk dance group Strautuguns (which can be translated as Firestream). Since its inception, young people aged 18 to 30 have been learning to dance under the supervision of Ineta Judzika. Strautuguns has represented its university at many concerts and events of various sizes, in the most important dance festivals, and at the Baltic Students’ Song and Dance Celebration Gaudeamus. The collective grows with each year, as demonstrated by the number of points awarded and jury assessments at annual shows.
This year, every student who wishes to join the collective will have the opportunity to get much-needed credit points. In the 2014/15 academic year, folk dance was added to the list of C courses; it’s also a great way to spend free time. Rehearsals are held twice a week (on Mondays and Wednesdays), in which dance moves, body movement, and coordination are learnt, posture and balance are improved, and time is spent in good company.
What are the requirements for joining Strautuguns? We expect a positive attitude, a desire to dance, dedication, and friendliness. Previous experience in folk dance is not required. We guarantee that after a few rehearsals you will be able to tell your left leg from your right. Extra rehearsals are available as well for those who wish to make Polka an integral part of their lives. The motto of the collective is Everyone is happy, so come and join quite possibly the happiest collective in Northern Kurzeme!
Artistic director: Ineta Judzika