The Mixed Choir TIRNAVIA was founded in 1988 on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of Trnava being granted free royal town privileges. The choir was founded by Gabriel Kalapoš.
Its name is derived from the historical name of Trnava and Tirnavia confirms the rich tradition of choral singing in this town. The choir members are students of universities and working people, all with rich choral experience. The choir repertoire includes compositions from the Renaissance until present times. It also includes adaptations of Slovak folk songs, Christmas carols, arrangements of popular music and musicals but also Sacred Slave Songs. Tirnavia organizes approximately 20 concerts a year at home as well as abroad.
Tirnavia has recorded three CDs - first one (1997) together with the choir Cantica nova from Trnava, the second one focusing on the 20th century Slovak choral music (2004). In 2007 was released the new Christmas CD.
The choir Tirnavia cooperates occasionally with "Trnavský komorný orchester" (The Chamber Orchestra of Trnava). They have performed the works of G. F. Händel, A. Vivaldi, G. Fauré, M. Sch. – Trnavský, L. Vierne, together.
The most important choir events from the last few years:
3rd place at the worldwide competition International Eisteddfod LLANGOLLEN 2002, Wales,
1st place in the golden level in the category of folklore and 2nd place in the golden level in the category of mixed choirs at the International Festival of Academic Choirs (IFAS) 2004 in Pardubice, Czech Republic.
2nd place in the category "choral musicof 5 centuries" and 3rd place in the category of folklore, spiritual and jazz at the 6.International Choral Competition 2006 in Miltenberg, Germany
The choir has performed at the final concert of the well-known festival Trnava Organ Days since 2004, presenting various vocal – instrumental pieces of the famous composers. Tirnavia regularly takes part in competitions of choral singing in Slovakia and abroad. Beside that it performes yearly in Austria and in Czech Republic.
The conductor of the choir is Michal Stahl.