Vocal music and collaborative piano
In this programme, you can study vocal music or collaborative piano as your main subject. In the Master phase of your studies, you can focus on lied and oratorio music, vocal teaching, opera singing or opera coaching. After graduation, you can work on soloist or vocal teacher assignments. As a professional opera coach pianist, you can work as a versatile vocal music professional.
In this programme, you can study vocal music or collaborative piano as your main subject. Vocal main subject studies aim at giving you a professional-level ability in vocal skills, artistic capability and musical understanding. As a collaborative piano student, you will focus on gaining knowledge of the opera repertory, language and style studies, and interactive and networking skills necessary in professional life. A collaborative piano education is normally organised with the opera and piano music programmes within the opera training.
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. As a collaborative pianist, you can work as a versatile vocal music professional. The Master of Music degree also qualifies you for doctoral study.
At Sibelius Academy, you can complete the Licentiate of Music (LMus) and Doctor of Music (DMus) degrees.
The Sibelius Academy’s vocal music teachers are among the best in their field. Many of them are recognized performing artists. Exchange programmes and master classes regularly introduce international instructors to the programme.
Recently invited teachers include Teresa Berganza, Hartmut Höll, opera improvisation group Impropera, Neil Mackie, Harry van der Kamp, Wilma Vernocchi, Anna Bergamo, Udo Reinemann, Susanna Eken, Larissa Gergijeva, Roger Vignoles, Howard Crook, Dorothy Irving and Martin Katz and others. Domestic singers with international fame such as Monica Groop, Jorma Hynninen, Soile Isokoski, Tom Krause and Karita Mattila have also visited as teachers.
The Sibelius Academy’s vocal music and opera training 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.
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
Tuomela-Nyman Tuula-Marja, opera coaching
Apajalahti-Jylhä Maikki, voice
Brandt Margareta, voice
Ekman Kaj, accompagniment
Elorinne Jorma, voice
Groop Monica, voice
Hannula Marjut, voice
Hällström Tuula, accompaniment
Järvelä Eija, voice
Karvonen Juha, phonetics
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, lvoice
Ruohonen Seppo, voice
Ryhänen Jaakko, voice
Räikkönen Ilmari, accompaniment
Salonen Kimmo, piano for singers
Sevelius Harriet, acting
Suhonen Antti, aria work shops
Tuomi Johanna, voice
Wahlroos-Kaitila Sirkku, voice
Valtonen Tero, opera coaching
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.