SibA Research Days

Welcome to the annual showcase for the doctoral studies at the Sibelius Academy!

Logo for 30 years of doctorates of music anniversary

The SibA Research Days provides a space, where students and teachers from various artistic, scientific and applied research disciplines come together to learn from and connect to one another; to discover and examine similarities and differences; to collaborate on problem-solving and shared areas of interest.

In 2020, the SibA Research Days, organised March 10 to 11 2020 in Helsinki, celebrates the 30 years of doctoral education at the Sibelius Academy.

Enrol to join the event

SibA Research Days 2020 will be held in the Helsinki Music Centre. The working language is English, and all the events are open to all. Pre-registration has been required for Tuesday’s coffee and social event as well as for Wednesday’s After Lunch Concert and it ended on 28 February.

Programme 2020

Tuesday 10 March – Camerata Hall (9:45–17:00), Organo Hall (17:15-18:15)

09:45–10:00 Opening, Welcome, director of the MuTri Doctoral School Mikko Helevä

10:00–11:00 Session I, chair: doctoral student Tuulia Tuovinen (MuTri)

Spotlights on Doctoral Projects:

  • Taru Koivisto (MuTri): A journey within hospital musicians’ hybrid professional space in the neonatal intensive care unit
  • Charles Quevillon (MuTri): Sacred Technology – How sanctifying technology makes sound performances more meaningful
  • Outi Niemensivu (MuTri): Sustainable internationalization of arts universities through extracurricular activities
  • Heidi Lehmuskumpu (MuTri): Strategic Fundraising – A Competitive Edge for Arts Organizations. Multiple case studies of international opera and ballet organizations

11:00–12:00 Session II, chair: doctoral student Eveliina Sumelius-Lindblom (DocMus)


  • Tuomas Kivistö (DocMus): Sergei Rachmaninoff and rooting in the first phrase of his Moment Musical Op. 16 No. 2 E-flat minor
  • Krishna Nagaraja (MuTri): Polska Travels: crossing boundaries

12:00–13:00 Lunch (not provided)

13:00–14:00 Session III, chair: doctoral student Pia Siirala (MuTri)


  • Gonçalo Cruz (MuTri): Forgotten Bagpipes – The Redesign of the Säkkipilli in Finland
  • Visa-Pekka Mertanen (MuTri): Expressive synthesizer & live-electronics setup in a jazz fusion band

14:15–15:15 Keynote: Some Remarkable Female Pianists in Finnish Music History, pianist, DMus Margit Rahkonen, chair: deputy director of the MuTri Doctoral School Saijaleena Rantanen

15:15–15:45 Coffee

15:45–17:00 Panel Discussion: Arts and Research Yesterday and Today, Assi Karttunen, Piia Kleemola-Välimäki, Cecilia Oinas and Lauri Väkevä, moderator: doctoral student Ville Komppa (DocMus)

Watch the panel discussion on Youtube

17:15–18:15 Session IV in Organo Hall, chair: doctoral student Samuli Korkalainen (DocMus)


  • Anna Pulli-Huomo (DocMus): Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphony Romane in the Finnish Lutheran Divine Service
  • Kajsa Dahlbäck (DocMus): Singing-in-the-world – a phenomenological study on the singer’s inner work

18:15–20:00 Social Event in Agora Hall

Wednesday 11 March – Black Box

09:30–11:00 Workshop: Funding for Your Work – What and How, senior research funding advisor Tiia Saarinen, UniArts, and senior advisor Veli-Markus Tapio, Finnish Cultural Foundation

11:00–12:00 Keynote: Between Practice and Theory: Performance Studies and/as Artistic Research
Professor John Rink, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, chair: professor Mieko Kanno

Watch the keynote on Youtube

12:00–13:00 Lunch (not provided)

13:00–14:00 After Lunch Concert in Hakasalmi Villa (Mannerheimintie 13b, next to the Music Centre)

  • Marianna Henriksson (DocMus), harpsichord: …Che sonando appariscono – Girolamo Frescobaldi’s contrasting affects, speaking toccatas
  • Emilia Lajunen (MuTri), 5-string fiddle, nyckelharpa: From the Deceased – Dance and movement combined with solo fiddle music based on Kalevala tunes of the East and 19th century fiddle tradition of the West.

14:30–16:00 Session V, chair: doctoral student Olga Heikkilä (DocMus)

Conference Papers:

  • Hanna Fontana (MuTri): Vissi d’Arte, work as passion and calling. Narrative study of the work and careers of performing artists
  • Uljas Pulkkis (DocMus): Orchestration analysis with acoustical methods: a new visual tool for composers and conductors
  • Pauliina Valtasaari (DocMus): Social positions as a psychoanalytic tool in developing supervision and mental coaching method for professional musicians

16:00–16:30 Wrapping Up: University lecturer Anu Vehviläinen (DocMus)

Read the abstracts 2020

In 2020, the SibA Research Days features presentations of doctoral projects currently in the making.


Samuli Korkalainen
SibA Research Days Coordinator

In 2020, it will be 30 years since the first doctor of music degrees were granted at the Sibelius Academy with over 200 graduates completing a doctorate in music since then. The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki offers internationally renowned and ground-breaking doctoral programmes that train professionals for demanding expert positions in the arts, research and the educational sector.


10.3.2020 at 9:45 – 11.3.2020 at 16:30


Musiikkitalo, Sibelius-Akatemia

Töölönlahdenkatu 16

00100 Helsinki


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