The Tel Aviv Collegium Singers vocal ensemble was formed in 1997 by Maestro Avner Itai. Over the years, the ensemble has been active in a cappella singing and in cooperating with various orchestras while paying particular attention to the performance of Israeli and Jewish music alongside well-known classical repertoire. The singers of this ensemble are musicians with classical vocal training and years of experience in choral singing.
The ensemble performed in major concert halls and festivals in Israel, such as Kfar Blum, Nazareth, Abu Gosh, Akko, and the Israel Festival, as well as live concerts and recordings for Kol Hamusica (Voice of Music).
The Tel Aviv Collegium Singers ensemble conducted a number of concert tours in Europe with particular emphasis on Jewish-Arab musical cooperation including works from Jewish liturgy, as well as Muslim and Christian traditions. This cooperation endured over a number of years in the project named “Voices for Peace”, with singer Timna Brauer and Eli Meiri ensemble, Arab choirs and various orchestras throughout Europe.
Maestro Yishai Steckler has been the choir’s musical director since 2014. With him, the ensemble has been performing a very diverse repertoire: classical pieces like the German Requiem by Brahms Hayden’s Schöpfung, Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle; Baroque repertoire; South American folklore and Ariel Ramirez’s Misa Criolla; Spanish music with texts by Lorca and pieces by Israeli composers.