What is Sibelius Summer Academy?

Sibelius Summer Academy is a summer study program offered by the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki in Finland. It gives young talents a chance to work and perform together with world-class teachers, artists and other students in an encouraging and inspiring international environment with state-of-the-art facilities. Sibelius Summer Academy is supported by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation and the Wihuri Foundation.



null Theatre of Voices returns to the Sibelius Summer Academy - new extended application deadline! 


One of the world’s foremost vocal groups, Theatre of Voices, returns to the Sibelius Summer Academy in August 2021 The ensemble will teach at the Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinki from 16th to 21th August 2021. Application period has been extended and it ends on May 30th 2021.

This time, the focus of the course will be on repertoire composed between 1570 and 1830, with particular emphasis on the following:

  1. Vocal quartets by Joseph Haydn
  2. A selection of late 18th-century English Glees
  3. Claudio Monteverdi: Sestina - Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata
  4. Heinrich Schütz: Musikalische Exequien

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are unfortunately able to accept applications only from vocal ensembles whose members live or study in Finland. University-level students of singing may also apply as individuals. Unfortunately we are not able to accept observing participants this time.

Watch some glimpses from Vocal Ensemble @ Sibelius Summer Academy course in 2019 

Theatre of Voices was established by Paul Hillier in 1990 in the UK. It now has its permanent base in Copenhagen, Denmark. The ensemble is known for its extensive repertoire of contemporary music, often juxtaposed with early music. Its programmes feature many of the most eminent composers of recent times, including Kaija Saariaho, Heiner Goebbels, Berio, Pärt, Reich, Cage, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and Stockhausen, while among its current favourite ‘early’ composers are Perotin, Dowland and Buxtehude. 

Additional information

Pauli Raitakari

Read more about the course and the application

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