SONORE-HALL – Musiikkitalo
270 seats


FRIDAY 11.9.2020



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.


Method for studying conducting technique and expression

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


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.


SATURDAY 12.9.2020



New Nordic sacred music for choir

Thomas Kristian Nielsen, Hákon Leifsson, Kári þormar, Karin Oldgren, Kalle Kivelä, Reijo Kekkonen & Seppo Murto

A presentation of new Nordic sacred music for choir


Killar i kör 

Joakim Olsson Kruse

– att skapa sångmiljöer (i kyrkan) för pojkar

A presentation of the book ”Killar i kör”. An interesting subject on how to get boys to join choirs. Joakim has a long experience in choir conducting and his work with engaging boys and younger men in singing classical music in choirs has resulted in some very interesting reading. Joakim works as a choir conductor and organist in the Västerås cathedral in Sweden.


Jam session med Merzi Rajala

Click on the picture above to take a look at the choirbrochure

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