Vilnius municipal choir Jauna Muzika is one of the most prominent and most versatile vocal groups in Lithuania. Founded in 1989 at the initiative of the conductor and composer Remigijus Merkelys and its first director Algimantas Gurevičius, from 1992 its artistic director was the conductor and composer Vaclovas Augustinas. He is recognised in Lithuania for both popular and academic music, and was honoured with the National Culture and Art Prize in 2010. In 1994, Jauna Muzika became the choir of Vilnius city municipality, and in the same year Salomėja Jonynaitė took over as conductor. Since 2020, Ingrida Alonderė has been the choir’s leader.
The members of the choir are students and graduates of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. The number of singers ranges from 24 to 50, depending on the pieces performed. Jauna Muzika sees its mission as giving professional performances drawn from a rich choral music repertoire, as well as championing works by Lithuanian composers.
The choir’s repertoire covers music of all periods, including a cappella works, vocal-instrumental works, and opuses by contemporary foreign and Lithuanian composers. Jauna Muzika gives over 30 concerts abroad and in Lithuania every year. Thanks to its professionalism, the choir has won international recognition.