Kelley Sundin, Hildegard and Gustav Must Graduate Fellow in Estonian-American Studies, Masters in Music candidate, Choral Conducting major
My research in Estonian choral music was illuminated when I entered the Immigration History Research Center. The Estonian Diaspora collection revealed a wealth of choral music and personal stories of Estonian Americans. The Hildegard and Gustav Must Graduate Fellowship has been a wonderful opportunity to promote my research of the Estonian archive and contribute toward my desires to share Estonian music with the greater choral community. The rich cultural traditions of singing embedded in Estonian society and the wonderful sense of community created through the choral experience in Estonia is a living example of how singing has great power to unite people and preserve culture, language, and tradition. Many Estonian choral pieces will be shared for the first time in the United States as a result of researching the Estonian archives in the Immigration History Research Center. By providing academic performance editions of Estonian choral music, American teachers and conductors will then be able to authentically perform the archived Estonian music with future students and continue to share the stories of the Estonian-American community.