Embla is a Norwegian female choir consisting of 20 singers, from the age of 20 to 40. The choir was formed in 1994 by singers studying Mu...
Embla is a Norwegian female choir consisting of 20 singers, from the age of 20 to 40. The choir was formed in 1994 by singers studying Musicology at the Department of Music at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, some of whom are still members of the choir today. The name, Embla, stems from Norse mythology. Embla was the first woman on earth (i.e. Eve), and is associated with creativity, quality and artistic growth – all of which are qualities the choir itself aspires to be associated with. Musically, the choir is first and foremost known for its homogeneous and beautiful sound/timbre. This is the result of the conductor Norunn Illevold Giske’s extremely targeted and focused work. The choir has a repertoire ranging from folk music to new Norwegian compositions. Embla aims to initiate and make known new music for female choirs, and have commissioned many works from Norwegian composers.