The Emīls Dārziņš Mixed Choir was founded in 2003 and named after Latvian composer Emīls Dārziņš. Since 2015, the choir's Artistic Director is Mrs. Nora Kalniņa.
The choir has participated in a variety of musical events including amateur choir gatherings in Latvia, choral competitions, and international festivals. The choir has performed a cappella programs as well as instrumental concerts with organ and orchestra; performances have included theatre plays, Christmas concerts, church services and charity events.
The repertoire of the Emīls Dārziņš Mixed Choir includes a broad selection of music from various eras, from ancient music to contemporary pieces commissioned by the choir. A significant role in the repertoire has been given to those pieces composed especially for the choir - the most notable example being Ēriks Ešenvalds' oratorio "Saullēkta" (In The Sunrise) for choir and orchestra.
The year 2015 began with participation in the play "Raiņa sapņi" (Dreams of Rainis) in the National Theatre of Latvia, where the choir performs pieces by Jēkabs Nīmanis. This play has been nominated as Best Play of the Year and the composer received the award for the Best Theatre Music of the Year. So far the choir has participated in 30 performances with more to come.
At Easter 2016, the choir performed J.S. Bach's St. John Passion with the Vidzeme Chamber Orchestra and conductor Andris Veismanis.
In July 2016, the choir received First Place at the International Choir Competition in Spittal, Austria. Additionally, the choir received the Second Prize in the Folklore Category, the Public Award, and a special Jury Award for the choir's interpretation of Ēriks Ešenvalds' "Rivers of Light."
In June 2017, the choir received Third Place at the International Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany.
Commisioned by Emīls Dārziņš Mixed Choir. Live recording in July, 2016.
Live recording at Easter 2016 with Vidzeme Chamber Orchestra and conducor Andris Veismanis.