Saaremaa Male Choir SÜM was founded in autumn 1973. During the choir’s first year there were around 140 singers who came to sing from all over the island. Although the choir is smaller now with 25-30 men, it has had 250 members throughout the years, to whom singing has provided a memorable experience.
SÜM has performed in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania and on all the major islands in the Baltic Sea. Most recently in France, Canada and St. Petersburg (Russia).
The choir has had nearly 400 minor and major concerto performances, with over 300 songs in our repertoire.
From the very beginning, SÜM has sung in every Estonian Song Festival as well as taken part in every Saaremaa and Estonian Male Choirs Association singing days and several nationwide singing competitions for male choirs. In 1998 SÜM received 4th place in their category. In 2003 the choir was 3rd in their category, while having the best performance of the compulsory song and in 2008 and in 2013 they were the overall winners in their category.
Ester Soe is the current choirmaster with Mari Ausmees as the second conductor.
SÜM’s repertoire includes both classical choral works as well as folk songs to work of church music.