Organ Academy 1st to 7th August 2019



The first Organ Academy, organized by the Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinki as a part of the Sibelius Summer Academy summer programme, will take place from August 1st–7th 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. One of the special focus areas of the event will be improvisation on silent movies. Visiting teachers will be Peter Krasinski and Balázs Szabó.


Students from all over the world are invited to apply for the event, highlighting organ music in its diversity and presenting the high standard organs of Helsinki (such as the Walcker organ of St. John’s, the Cavaillé-Coll style organ of Kallio church) and the Porthan organ in the style of Northern-german Baroque at Janakkala. The participants will get a detailed picture of Finnish organ culture and the possibilities of studying organ and church music at the Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinki. 

As a participant, you will get 4–6 individual tuition lessons (45 min each)  and minimum of 2 performances during the week in various churches of Helsinki. In addition to individual tuition, also lectures, seminars and workshops are offered for example on topics like performance practice of historical organ traditions, Max Reger, improvisation on silent movies, Finnish organ art, organ music of the 21st century, performance practice of historical organ traditions and Northern-german and Dutch Baroque, Bach. This is an unique opportunity to explore traditions with corresponding authentic historical organs

As a part of the Organ Academy, a special Pipe Organ Encounter is organized for teenagers, ages 13-18, who have achieved an intermediate level of keyboard proficiency. More information at


Organ Academy Faculty

  • Peter Krasinski
  • Balázs Szábo
  • Prof. Olli Porthan
  • Prof. Timo Kiiskinen
  • Markku Hietaharju
  • Liisa Ahlberg
  • Susanne Kujala
  • Tommi Niskala
  • Tomi Satomaa
  • Irina Niskala


*This faculty is subject of change without notice



Featured Instruments

Helsinki Cathedral:
- Marcussen & Søn (1967, IV/84 ranks)
- St. John’s: Walcker (1891, III/77+1 ranks, rest. Scheffler 2005) 

Kallio Church:
- Åkerman & Lund (1995, III/60 ranks)

St. Paul’s:
- Kangasala (1931, III/57+4 ranks)

Old Church:
- P. L. Åkerman (1869, II/35 ranks, rest. Åkerman & Lund, 2005) 

Pakila Church:
- Porthan (2003, III/38+5 ranks) 

The Organs at the Sibelius Academy
- Virtanen (1983, III/31+2 ranks) and nine other practice organs

Organ Academy concerts and matineés

Organ Academy: Matinee at the Helsinki Cathedral
Fri 2.8.2019 at Noon, Helsinki Cathedral, Unioninkatu 29, admission free

Students of the Organ Academy perform


Organ Academy: Balázs Szabó
Mon 5.8.2019 at 4 p.m., Janakkala Church, Hakoistentie 345, Janakkala, admission free

Internationally acclaimed Hungarian organist Balázs Szabó gives a recital on the Baroque organ at Janakkala Church.


Organ Academy: Matinee at the Old Church
Tue 6 Aug at Noon, Helsinki Old Church, Lönnrotinkatu 6, Helsinki, admission free

Students of the Organ Academy perform a short selection of organ music at noon.


Organ Academy: Five-o’clock organ
Tue 6 Aug at 5 p.m., St John’s Church, Korkeavuorenkatu 12, Helsinki, admission free

At five o’clock, everything stops for organ music with students on the Organ Academy course.


Organ Academy: Peter Krasinski – improvised music to a silent film
Tue 6 Aug at 8 p.m., Mikael Agricola Church, Tehtaankatu 23, Helsinki, admission free

Organist Peter Krasinski from the USA specialises in accompanying silent films. At Mikael Agricola Church he performs an improvised score to a silent film.


Organ Academy: Organ interlude at the Cathedral
Wed 7 Aug at 12.00, Helsinki Cathedral, Unioninkatu 29, Helsinki, admission free

Students of the Organ Academy perform a short selection of organ music at noon.


Organ Academy: Concluding matinee
Wed 7 Aug at 13.00, Organo, Music Centre, admission free

Students of the Organ Academy perform works studied on the course and improvised accompaniments to scenes from silent films.


Further information about the concerts:
Pauli Raitakari, +358 50 511 6467,
Eeva Hohti, +358 50 340 8133,


Classes open to the audience


Friday August 2nd

Organo Hall, Helsinki Music Centre

10 a.m. to Noon, 1.30-2.15 p.m. Teacher: Peter Krasinski


Kallio Church
9 a.m. - 11.a.m. Tommi Niskala
11 a.m. - 1 p.m Susanne Kujala


Saturday August 3rd

Kallio Church
11.15 a.m. to Noon Teacher: Irina Niskala


Organo Hall, Helsinki Music Centre
10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Teacher: Peter Krasinski


Tuesday 6.8.2019

Organo Hall, Helsinki Music Centre

10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Teacher: Peter Krasinski
1 p.m. to 4.15 p.m. Teacher: Olli Porthan


Kallio Church
10 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. Teacher: Markku Hietaharju