Wind instruments, percussion and harp

In the department of wind instruments, percussion, and harp, you can study the following instruments as your main subject: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, or harp. Our main focus during the studies is to have every student find his or her place as a professional musician. After graduation, you will have work opportunities as a teacher, orchestra musician, chamber musician, and soloist.

Study

In the department of wind instruments, percussion, and harp, you can study the following instruments as your main subject:

  • flute
  • oboe
  • clarinet
  • bassoon
  • saxophone
  • French horn
  • trumpet
  • trombone
  • euphonium
  • tuba
  • percussion
  • harp

The studies focus on instrument skills required in soloist, chamber, and orchestra musician duties. The bachelor’s degree includes Level B main instrument studies while successful Level A studies are required for a master’s degree.

 

Soloist and chamber music work and performances, together with playing in the Sibelius Academy symphony orchestra and wind orchestra, form an essential part of the studies. Close cooperation with the orchestral conducting programme gives you the chance to play in a full-sized symphony orchestra from the very outset of your studies. Active chamber music work in inventive ensembles offers you possibilities for various music productions.

 

After graduating from the programme, you will be a skilled instrumentalist with knowledge of the central repertoire, styles, techniques, and expressive possibilities of your instrument, including important western art music repertoire. To deepen your skills, you can choose one of the following options: audition training, principal or section training, or leader/concertmaster training. In pedagogy studies, you will become familiar with teaching your instrument, from the beginner to professional levels.

 

Sibelius Academy alumni work as teachers in the broad range of Finnish music schools and as orchestra and chamber musicians and soloists. Professional orchestras all over the world employ Sibelius Academy alumni. 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.

Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra

Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra

The Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra offers orchestral instrument students the opportunity to polish their skills as a member of a full-scale orchestra. The orchestra is conducted by professional conductors and, once a year, by a conducting student. The orchestra is regularly conducted by the professor of the orchestra and conductor programme as well.

The Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1916. In the past, the orchestra has been conducted by Jussi Jalas, Jorma Panula, Arvid Jansons, Paavo Berglund, Sir Colin Davis, Eri Klas, Leif Segerstam, Atso Almila, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Okko Kamu, John Storgårds, Osmo Vänskä, Sakari Oramo, Mikko Franck and others.

It has performed in Finland and in numerous European capitals, in Russia, Beijing (China), and Tokyo (Japan), as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City and Disney Hall in Los Angeles. It is a member of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO), which is comprised of the most respected symphony orchestras training professional-level students in the EU.

The Sibelius Academy Wind Ensemble "Academy Winds"

The Sibelius Academy Wind Ensemble "Academy Winds"

Over the years the Sibelius Academy has developed a strong tradition for ensemble- and orchestral playing which is reflected in the high number of internationally successful conductors who have graduated from the Sibelius Academy (e.g. Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Osmo Vänskä, Susanna Mälkki and Sakari Oramo, all students of renowned conducting professor Jorma Panula).


Since the Sibelius Academy in 2001, in close affiliation with the Finnish Military Music Division, launched the wind band conducting program the Finnish wind band world has flourished and is today one of Europe’s most thriving wind music scenes with an unprecedented number of composers who write directly for the wind medium.

 

The Sibelius Academy Wind Ensemble found its present form in 2012 when Peter Ettrup Larsen as newly appointed leader of the wind band conducting program formally initiated the ensemble. Just like the world famous Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra (est. 1916), the Sibelius Academy Wind Ensemble does not meet on a weekly basis. The players are pulled from the student body and assembled for 4-6 days of rehearsals prior to performing a concert, just like any professional orchestra or ensemble.

 

The appearance at the Midwest Clinic 2014 is the ensemble’s first international endeavor.

Teachers

Flute

Lecturers

Part-time teachers

Oboe

Lecturer

Part-time teachers

Clarinet

Professor of Wind Instruments

Lecturer

  • Olli Leppäniemi

Part-time teachers

Bassoon

Lecturer

Part-time teachers

Saxophone

Lecturer

  • Joonatan Rautiola

Part-time teacher

French Horn

Lecturers

Part-time teachers

Trumpet

Professor of Brass Music

Lecturer

Part-time teacher

  • Touko Lundell
  • Miikka Saarinen (baroque trumpet)
  • Helena Sinisalo (pedagogy)

Trombone

Lecturer

Part-time teachers

Bass trombone

Euphonium

Tuba

Percussion

Lecturers

Part-time teachers

Harp

How to apply

Links to the admissions guides and more information about applying can be found on the admissions page. The next application period to the University of the Arts Helsinki is in January 2018.

Contact information

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

 

Head of Department Petri Alanko

Deputy Head of Department Jussi Särkkä

Professor of Wind Instruments Harri Mäki

Professor of Brass Music Pasi Pirinen