Vocal Ensemble @ Sibelius Summer Academy

All the Sibelius Summer Academy courses 2021 follow the general University of the Arts guidelines concerning the COVID-19 situation and are subject to changes at any time, according to the pandemic situation. Read the latest guidelines on the University webpage.

Course presentation

  • What? Vocal Ensemble @ Sibelius Summer Academy course, featuring Theatre of Voices (NOTE. teacher changes), Iris Oja and Chris Owen
  • When? 16-21 August 2021
  • Where? University of the Arts Töölö campus
  • Application deadline: May 30th 2021
  • Course fee: 300€/participant (Note: the course is admisson-free for the Sibelius Academy students)
  • For whom? 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.

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

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

About the Theatre of Voices

One of the world’s foremost vocal groups, Theatre of Voices will visit the Sibelius Summer Academy in August 2019. The ensemble will teach at the Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinki from 16th until 21st August 2021.
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. 

How to apply

If you are applying as an ensemble, please read the following:

  • Ensembles may be between 3 and 8 singers in size. The course is primarily aimed at ensembles that work without a conductor, but you may also apply if your ensemble works with a conductor. - You are invited to submit your own repertoire list (this may also include works outside the main repertoire focus of the course, eg. 20th-century works). Theatre of Voices will choose works for the course from your list. You may also be asked to work on music chosen for you by Theatre of Voices (see the list above).
  • Applications are invited from professional-level and music-student ensembles. High-level amateur ensembles (whose members have taken singing lessons and who have experience of singing in good amateur choirs) are also welcome to apply.

If you are applying as an individual, please note the following:

  • Acceptance to the course will depend not only on the quality of your application, but also on whether the organisers are able to place you in an ensemble.
  • You will work with music chosen by Theatre of Voices (see the list above).
  • You should currently be studying singing as a main or side subject at university level, or be a recent graduate with equivalent skills. Applications should include a 10-minute unedited audio or video sample of your singing (ensemble singing if applying as a group, or solo singing if applying as an individual). Current Sibelius Academy students who have completed a C exam in singing are exempt from this requirement.

All applicants will be informed of the results via email.

Contact information

Pauli Raitakari