Choir

CHOIR WORKSHOP

CAMERATA-HALL – Musiikkitalo
230 seats

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FRIDAY 27.8.2021

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10.00-10.30

Choir conducting courses in the church music department at the Sibelius Academy

Jani Sivén, lecturer in choral conducting at the Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy

Jani Sivén is known as a conductor, choral conductor, composer and pedagogue. He is the conductor of the Chamber Choir Audite, Tampere Philharmonic Choir, Sinfonietta SOI Orchestra and Helsinki Concordia Youth Orchestra. As a guest conductor he has collaborated with more than forty choirs and orchestras, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, the chamber choirs of both Finnish and Latvian Radio, The Finnish National Opera Choir, and Tampere Chamber and the orchestras of Lohja and Vantaa. As a teacher Sivén has worked as the lecturer for choral conducting in Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy since 2015. Previously, he was the lecturer of orchestral and choral conducting in Helsinki Conservatory and a teacher in the training programme in choral and vocal ensemble conducting in Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.


10.30-11.30

Method for studying conducting technique and expression

Jani Sivén, lecturer in choral conducting at the Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy


14.30-16.00

PlayFully – Body, Rhythm, Improvisation

Merzi Rajala

”I welcome you to play and sing with me, as you are – holistically. To unite small games, steps and claps, rhythms and grooves to our voices and bodies and letting those transform into music. We will experience some approaches to vocal improvisation in choirs – ​as I wish to show you how to get started yourself. You will also get to know basic principals of Vocal Painting sign language and to create music together using the signs.”

– Merzi Rajala –

Merzi specialises in popular music, including world music genres and fusions. In addition to her own choral work Merzi is the responsible lecturer for Global Choir Conducting at the  Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy. She loves games, playfulness and she believes in choral music perfomed with honesty, groove and true energy.


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SATURDAY 28.8.2021

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10.00-11.30

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Vivo Handbell Ensemble

In the workshop we will study different technics and ways to play hand bells and chimes. The participants will have the possibility to try to play the bells together with the ensemble. We will also during the session focus on the playing ergonomics (hands, feet and the whole body). The main subject for the workshop is to provide the participants with ideas how to use hand bells and chimes in music activities in a parish.


14.00-15.00

Jam session med Merzi Rajala


15.00-16.00

Meet the composer – JAAKKO MÄNTYJÄRVI

A new release from Jaakko Mäntyjärvi – Trinity Service


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We thank Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy for a good co-operation.