- Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir
From heart to heart
Nidaros Cathedral girls’ choir was founded in 1992 and is one of five choirs in the Nidaros Cathedral. The choir is identified with a high level of artistic ability and a wide range of musical expression. We participate regularly in the cathedral’s services and produce our own concerts, both in the cathedral as well as independently in other locations. The concerts are in addition to many other exciting events such as tours, competitions, festivals, recordings, national or private events and others. The choir is comprised of approximately 85 members, with about 30 in the junior choir (ages 10-14) and about 55 in the senior choir (ages 14-19). There is also the training choir led by Johanne Bjørkhaug and is connected with the Trondheim Municipal Culture School. Anita Brevik is our Conductor and Artistic Director. She has been with the choir since it was established in 1992 and is a constant source of inspiration for the girls.
- Anita Brevik
Conductor and Artistic Director
Anita Brevik is the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir. The choir was founded in 1992 and Anita has been at the helm since day one. Her systematic, conscious effort to refine and preserve the girl’s voices has resulted in a distinctive warm, homogenous sound, and which has become one of the choir’s trademarks. Anita is genuinely interested in striving for a choir which is both an arena for learning music as well as a project for growth and development. During some of the most important years in the girls’ lives they learn order, discipline, patience, and the value of quality and being prepared. For Anita, each individual voice and personality are the unique pieces that constitute the choir as a whole. Anita received The King’s Medal of Merit in 2018 for her dedicated work with the girls’ choir.
- Maria Næss
Accompanist and rehearsal pianist
Maria Næss completed her piano education at the Institute for Music at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and has broad experience as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. Maria has been the choir’s permanent accompanist for many years and also teaches at the music department at Heimdal High School. She also composes music and works freelance as a pianist and accompanist.
- Tonje Eero Hove
Sopranen Tonje Eero Hove kommer fra Lakselv i Finnmark og har sin utøvende bachelor fra NTNU Institutt for musikk, hvor hun studerte under Kåre Bjørkøy og Elisabeth Meyer-Topsøe. Hun avsluttet sin mastergrad ved Operahøgskolen i Oslo våren 2013 med Toril Carlsen som sin lærer og debuterte samme år som Arminda i operaen La finta giardiniera på Den Norske Opera & Ballett. Hove har i tillegg gjort roller som Fiordiligi i Cosi fan tutte, Helena i A Midsummer night’s dream, First Witch i Dido & Aeneas og Ortlinde i Die Walküre. Høsten 2021 skal Tonje synge to hovedroller, Fredkulla i operaen Fredkulla av Martin Andreas Udbye og Sigrun i Heksehammeren av Ragnar Rasmussen.
Hover er også en meget ettertraktet konsertsanger og figurerer både i Nidarosdomen og på andre konsertarenaer i Trøndelagsdistriktet.
Ved siden av sitt solistiske virke er Tonje fast ansatt i Trondheim Vokalensemble, der ensemblet synger alt fra opera og kirkemusikk til musikaler og a capella konserter. Hun har jobbet som sangpedagog i Nidarosdomens Jentekor siden våren 2020.
- Johanne Bjørkhaug
Training choir's conductor
Johanne Bjørkhaug er utdannet kirkemusiker fra Norges musikkhøgskole og har en master i barne- og ungdomskorledelse fra Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. I sin utdannelse i Hannover har hun blant annet fokusert på sang- og noteopplæring for barn. Johanne har ledet aspirantkoret siden 2018. Hun jobber som kantor i Meldal og Løkken menigheter, hvor hun også driver et barnekorarbeid, og er i tillegg til jentekoret også en av to ledere for aspirantkoret til Nidarosdomens Guttekor.