Markus Utriosta Taideyliopiston Sibelius-Akatemian klassisen musiikin osaston varadekaani

The Sibelius Academy appoints new deans

Markus Utrio has been appointed the vice-dean of the Sibelius Academy’s classical music faculty. Olli-Pekka Martikainen continues as the vice-dean responsible for basic education and artistic activities, and Tuire Kuusi continues as the vice-dean responsible for research and doctoral training.

 

Markus Utrio has been appointed the vice-dean of the Sibelius Academy’s classical music faculty. His term of office begins on 1 February 2018 and ends on 31 December 2022. Utrio has wide managerial and administration experience, as well as experience teaching all age groups. He held managerial positions at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences’ cultural education department in 2007–2015. Since 2016, he has served as a division head at the Helsinki Conservatory of Music.

 

- As a vice-dean of the classical music faculty, I want to build an operating environment that encourages creativity. We must set an example and educate curious and flexible top professionals. As a leader, I always try to treat everyone in a manner in which they feel valued and appreciated, Utrio says.

The vice-dean is responsible for planning, organising, and developing instruction, research, and artistic activities in the classical music faculty of the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy. He is also responsible for the personnel, finances, and results of the faculty, including the duty to report about these operations. The vice-dean leads nine departments and a doctoral school. In total, 22 applications for the position of vice-dean were received by the 25 October 2017 deadline. 

One application for the position of vice-dean responsible for the bachelor’s and master’s programmes and for artistic activities was received by the 16 October 2017 deadline. The applicant, Olli-Pekka Martikainen, currently works as the first vice-dean of the Sibelius Academy. He will continue at his position for the next five-year period, starting 1 January 2018.

- In my new term of office, I want to develop and reform the artistic activities and processes at the Sibelius Academy and ensure their linkage to the education we provide, Martikainen says. 

Tuire Kuusi has held the position of the vice-dean responsible for research and doctoral education at the Sibelius Academy since the autumn of 2015. Her term of office will continue until the end of the 2019–2020 academic year, at which point she will have held the position for a full five-year period.

The position of the vice-dean responsible for the departments of music education, jazz, and folk music will be open for recruitment during the 2018–2019 academic year. Elina Laakso will hold the position during the recruitment process until the start of the new vice-dean’s term of office. She will induct the new vice-dean into the position, and, during the 2019–2020 academic year, she will gradually transfer to coordinating the International Society for Music Education World Conference. Elina Laakso first held the position of faculty dean in 2011–2013 and then, for a full five-year period, in 2013–2017.

Jari Perkiömäki, rector of the University of the Arts Helsinki, appoints the vice-deans on the recommendation of Kaarlo Hildén, dean of the Sibelius Academy.

For additional information, please contact
Kaarlo Hildén, dean of the classical music faculty
University of the Arts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy