Vocal music

In this programme, you can study vocal music  as your main subject. After graduation, you can work on soloist or vocal teacher assignments.


Vocal main subject studies aim at giving you a professional-level ability in vocal skills, artistic capability and musical understanding. 

Music and drama studies are a part of the education on all levels. You will have the opportunity to participate immediately in different opera productions and concerts arranged in the Helsinki Music Centre’s concert halls, the Sibelius Academy’s own premises and in the metropolitan area churches. You can focus on lied and oratorio music, vocal teaching, opera singing or collaborative piano in the Master phase of your studies.

All students are given the opportunity for international networking through student exchange and different types of travel and collaboration projects as soon they begin their studies. The department collaborates with several international education units and participates in, for instance, the Nordic and Baltic Opera University biennale.

After graduation, you can work on demanding soloist and vocal teacher assignments. 

At Sibelius Academy, you can complete the Licentiate of Music (LMus) and Doctor of Music (DMus) degrees.


The Sibelius Academy’s vocal teachers are among the most eminent in the world and many are renowned performing artists. Exchange programmes and master classes regularly introduce international instructors to the programme. In the past, internationally renowned singers from Finland have served as professor of vocal music at the academy, including Monica Groop, Jorma Hynninen, Petteri Salomaa, Seppo Ruohonen and Jaakko Ryhänen. Soprano Soile Isokoski visited the academy as the professor of vocal music in 2015–2016. Vocal music students have also been taught by such established artists as Tom Krause and Karita Mattila.



Lehtinen Markus, oppera
Salomaa Petteri,vocal art


Visiting professor

Isokoski Soile



Attila Kristian, opera coaching
Djupsjöbacka Gustav, lied, accompagniment
Hansen Collin, lied, accompagniment
Hiekkapelto Jari, accompagniment
Kähkönen Outi, voice and vocal pedagogy
Möisnik Kristjan, voice
Niemelä Hannu, voice
Ollinkari Annika, voice
Parviainen Sirkka, department head, voice
Pimiä Liisa, opera coaching
Rajamäki Erkki, voice
Roos Martina
Tuomela-Nyman Tuula-Marja, opera coaching


Part-time teachers

Apajalahti-Jylhä Maikki, voice
Brandt Margareta, voice
Ekman Kaj, accompagniment and piano for singers
Elorinne Jorma, voice
Groop Monica, voice
Hannula Marjut, voice
Hautsalo Liisamaija
Hällström Tuula, accompaniment and piano for singers
Järvelä Eija, voice
Karvonen Juha, phonetics
Kaila Hanna, music theatre singing
Kantola Päivi, voice, music theatre singing
Korhonen Ritva-Liisa, voice
Lindeberg Tuuli, oratorio music and barocque singing
Lättilä Jenni, voice
Naumanen-Saarinen Eeva-Liisa, voice
Nuoranne Kaija, voice
Nurminen Susanna, dance expression
Popova-Veltcheva Tamara, dance expression
Riutamaa Lasse, voice
Ruohonen Seppo, voice
Räikkönen Ilmari, accompaniment and piano for singers
Salonen Kimmo, piano for singers
Sevelius Harriet, acting
Suhonen Antti, aria work shops
Tuomi Johanna, voice
Wahlroos-Kaitila Sirkku, voice
Valtonen Tero, opera coaching
Österholm, Rabbe, voice



Entire opera productions are staged in the Sonore Hall of the Helsinki Music Centre, especially designed for vocal music. Lied and vocal chamber music concerts are arranged at the Töölönkatu facilities and the Helsinki Music Centre’s Camerata Hall. Oratorio education is presented additionally at the churches in the metropolitan area. A majority of the vocal music education is located on the Nervanderinkatu premises.

How to apply

Applicants are invited to take the entrance examination based on their application. The examination consists of two parts. The main instrument examination includes tests of expression skills, theoretical skills, aural skills and listening skills. The examination focuses on evaluating the applicant’s vocal material and suitability for performing arts. The applicant is also required to have adequate skills in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Contact information

All University of the Arts Helsinki e-mail addresses are in the form firstname.lastname (at) uniarts.fi

Sirkka Parviainen
Head of Department

Erkki Rajamäki
Lecturer, Deputy Head of Department

Eeva Lepo-Prunnila
Planning Officer


siba.admissions (at) uniarts.fi