Thea Paluoja
Rapla / Estonia

Her first experience as a vocal teacher dates back to 1981. From 1985 to 1988, she had a successful career as a most popular Estonian pop singer. She has received training in the Estonian Music Academy with professor Ants Üleoja. Thea Paluoja started vocal work with young soloists and ensembles at Rapla in 1990. In 1992, it was collectively named Rapla Singing Studio. Today in the studio she works with 7 choirs, 2 vocal ensembles and over 20 soloists. Choirs, ensembles as well as soloists led by Thea Paluoja have been successful in competitions both in Estonia and abroad. In Estonian vocal competitions, Thea Paluoja has repeatedly received the title of the best singing instructor and arranger. The Estonian Choral Association gave Thea Paluoja the Conductor (Music Teacher) of the Year title in 2006. She has also received the annual awards of famous Estonian composers Riho Päts and Gustav Ernesaks and has been the grantee of the Annual Prize of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. In 2009 she received the Culture Pearl of the Year title.