DE JUVENTUTE CHAMBER CHOIR was founded in 1998 under the patronage of “Babeş-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The choir had as founder president Prof. Alexandru Stănescu and Prof. Victoria Şofei as it’s first conductor.
In the year of 2000, a new conductor, Vladimir Lungu joined De Juventute, and together they successfully performed numerous performances, collaborating with some prestigious institutions and organizations like The Romanian National Opera House of Cluj-Napoca, The State Philarmonic of Braşov, Music Faculty of The University of Oradea, The Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca, The Composers and Musicologists Union of Romania. In 2003-2004 The choir participated at the masterclasses editions in choral conducting, sustained by Prof. Dr. Univ. Sharon Hansen (USA), at Sinaia, organised by National Romanian Choral Association and The Cultural Foundation SOUND.
De Juventute participated at numerous national festivals, as Augustin Bena, Ecumenical Christmas, and those from Transylvania area, in Zalău, Turda, Gherla, Câmpia-Turzii, etc.. The choir made also some remarkable international appearances, performing at International Festival of University Choirs (IFUC) 2000 – Valencia, Spain and “IFUC 2001 – Universitas Cantat – Poznan, Poland, and International Choral Festival from Chisinau, Moldova (2006).
The choir continues to have a busy concert activity, putting up charity shows among other stage performances. Some of its recordings have been broadcast by radio networks and the choir produced a CD as well. The approach to the repertoire is very generous, including works from Renaissance to Contemporary music and Romanian Folk arrangements. De Juventute started to promote and perform works by composers of Cluj-Napoca, and to focus on a less traditional repertoire that includes pop-jazz arrangements.
Since 2007 De Juventute is conducted by Rodica Trandafir.