Female choir RASA
Culture Centre of Ogre
Brivibas street 15, Ogre,

Phone number +371 29293422
(conductor Mrs Aira Birzina)

Briefly on RASA

We are female choir RASA from Ogre Town (about 30 km from Riga) in Latvia, has been together already since 1997, and we enjoy it very much. However we not only sing together, but spend time together for recreation and relaxation as well. We represent a number of different occupations – students, housekeepers, teachers, accountants, financial experts, public sector and local government staff, stewardesses, cooks, medical staff, bank managers, TV data quality experts etc.; therefore it is even more interesting for us to be together. Our average age is 34 years. We are also one of the best female choirs in Latvia – our good success in national choir contests proves that. We have participated also in several international festivals and contests (in Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia and Czech Republic). We already have very good friends in Latvia, but we would like to befriend choirs from other countries, too, to invite them to visit us and our beautiful country near the Baltic Sea, as well as to explore unknown foreign countries ourselves.

Briefly on RASA conductor Aira Birzina

Aira Birziņa - Choir conductor
June 19, 1968
Current positions:
• Associated Professor of Choral Conducting at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (since 2006)
• Artistic Director of Riga Cathedral Girls` Choir TIARA
• Artistic Director of Female Choir DZINTARS
• Artistic Director of Ogre Female Choir RASA
• Producer and Artistic Director of Ogre Music Festival
• Manager of Riga Female Choirs and Ogre District Choirs
• Expert of Latvian Choir Conductors Council
• Chief conductor of Nationwide Latvian Song celebration

Studies: Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music
Aira Birziņa is a never-ceasing, tireless, talented and highly enterprising tender of the Latvian choir music field. She is the initiator of many festivals, seminars and workshops in Latvia.

A dynamic and vital member of international choir contest and new choir music juries, a speaker in conferences and seminars – she has been active in tens and tens of activities in the world of music, including popularization of Latvian music in Japan.
Aira Birziņa was the chief conductor of Latvian Nationwide Song Celebration (XXIII – 2003, XXIV – 2008, XXV - 2013). As a producer and the artistic director she organized the Ogre Music Festival. As expert she works in the Latvian Choir Conductors Council.
The Latvian state has expressed its gratitude by awarding a gratuity of the Ministry of Culture for her work in the field of national culture (1999).

In 2015 Aira Birziņa has received the Order of the Three Stars, the highest order of the Republic of Latvia. In 2015 she has also received the special award of Riga municipality "Baltais zvirbulis" - annual award for individual contribution in providing high quality cultural process in Riga.