Who are the staff?

Tiina Boucher – Managing Director

Tiina started her music studies at the Tallinn 22nd Secondary School (today the Jakob Westholm Secondary School), which was followed by studies at the Georg Ots Tallinn Music College. In 2006, she graduated from the Estonian Business School studying international business administration.

Tiina has been a member of the Arsis Handbell ensemble since 1995. In addition to handbells, she has also played the piano, accordion, mandolin and guitar in different ensembles and has been trained as a choir singer at the girls’ choir Ellerhein under Heino Kaljuste, the Mainor Chamber Choir under Olari Elts and at the Arsis chamber choir under Aivar Mäe.

Tiina has been the Managing Director of the Arsis Handbell School since its founding. She is also the manager of the Arsis Handbell Ensemble and youth concert ensembles.

Tiina Boucher

Lemme-Liis Elp

Lemme-Liis Elp – handbells, solfeggio, handbell course for adults

Lemme-Liis first came in to contact with music in a singing and dancing hobby group in her home city Pärnu. When she was 6 years old, she started piano lessons at the Pärnu Children’s Music School, followed by studies in the Estonian Academy of Music. Freshly graduated, she started working at the Lilleküla Secondary School and soon took up singing in the Arsis chamber choir and since 1996, playing in the Arsis handbell ensemble. When Arsis Handbell School started, she was one of the first teachers to be called to work there. Lemme-Liis loves to listen music in different genres, but her heart belongs to hard-rock. But since her husband Rauno is a soloist of the Estonian National Opera, beautiful melodies from famous operas are also a crucial part in the musical moments at home. In teaching, Lemme-Liis values most the young people surrounding her and keeping her mind bright.

Leena Ojavee – piano, pre-course

Leena’s love for music had been written in her genes before she was born, because her mother had learned the piano and organ and her father had been playing the violin. Although little Leena could have grown up to be an actress like her dad (who was famous for his role as Buratino), the dream of learning the piano proved itself to be stronger. Leena studied the piano at the Tallinn Music High School and later at the Tallinn Conservatory. Her first working experience came from the Theater Vanemuine and at the Tallinn Conservatory as an accompanist. However, her secret wish was to teach children and so she became a music teacher at the Neeme and Männiku kindergartens, from where, with the help of good colleague, she was recruited to the Arsis team. Leena is inspired by curious and playful children, who continue to encourage her to discover the unparalleled world of music. Leena loves the piano music by Chopin and Rachmaninov, but she happily listens to rock and pop as well.

Leena Ojavee