Baiba Klepere - Latvia

Baiba Klepere is one of the leading music teachers and conductors of children’s choirs in Latvia, who has worked in the music field for already 40 years and successfully continues doing it to this day. Baiba Klepere has graduated from Ventspils Music College (Department of Choir conducting) and Daugavpils University (Faculty of Music Pedagogy). At the beginning of her career, she started working as a music teacher and choir conductor at Lielvārde Secondary School. In 1980, she also founded a children vocal studio “Mikauši” in Lielvārde Culture Centre and continues to work there to date. The vocal studio consists of 6 groups for children from 2 to 16 years of age. The ensembles of the studio are among the best and successful Latvian children’s vocal ensembles. In 1990, Baiba Klepere was participating in establishment of Lielvārde Music School, and became a Head of Choral Department, vocal pedagogue and conductor of two choirs. In a number of contests, Baiba Klepere has been acknowledged as the best pedagogue. Her students successfully participate in different national and international vocal competitions winning awards and prizes. Currently, Baiba Klepere is a Head of the Choral Department and a conductor of two children choirs at Lielvārde District Music and Art School, an Artistic Director of her vocal studio “Mikauši” and a female vocal ensemble. The children choir “Lielvārde”, which has gained a lot of success in national and international competitions is very close to her heart. The choir has won several Grand Prizes in international competitions, but Baiba Klepere has been acknowledged as the best conductor. Her contribution in the field of culture and pedagogy has been highly appreciated as she has received different town and state awards. Baiba Klepere has been named a citizen of honour of Lielvārde. Moreover, Baiba Klepere has also received various recognitions from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia for contribution in children’s music education. Her artistic activities are very extensive. She gives master classes, open lessons, writes scripts and organises concerts, also with participation of world-famous composer Raimonds Pauls. Moreover, Baiba Klepere offen shares her experience with colleagues from other countries and participates in international projects
The choir “Lielvārde” has earned the trust of such world-renowned composers as Pēteris Vasks and Ēriks Ešenvalds. Their compositions help to ensure success of the choir and their conductor on an international level.