A Facebook live chat organised for potential international Sibelius Academy applicants

On January 9th, the Sibelius Academy offered all potential applicants an oppoertunity to ask about application procedures and about studying at the Sibelius Academy on Facebook. The Admissions chat event had four international students and five staff members present to answer the questions sent online. Sibelius Academy Dean Kaarlo Hildén welcomed everybody present and study coordinator Lotta Palin told some general aspects on applying to the Sibelius Academy.

The chat, organised now for the first time, recieved several audience questions for instance about entrance exams, their timetables and content.

Staff members Sami Linna (vice head of the jazz department), Päivi Arjas (head of the string department) and conducting studies manager Arturo Alvarado encouraged the applicants to prepare an audition piece they feel comfortable with and which best represents their skills and their musicianship – and to come to the audition bravely as you are.

Sibelius Academy international students Lucy Abrams, Meghan Stubbs, Hugh Sheehan and James Kahane told about their experiences in Finland and at the Sibelius Academy.

- The language is not an issue here. The Finnish mostly feel quite comfortable with English. And what concerns the auditioins – the jury want you to succeed, they want you to do good, tells Abrams

The international students told that coming to Finland might be a cultural shock at first, but at the same time they point out the welcoming atmosphere of the university.

- My classmates made it a lot easier for me to adapt by welcoming me to their homes and taking me in. At least in the GLOMAS programme, the university will support your visioin but make sure that you have one when you come here, Stubbs poins out.

- I really wish more people knew about the possibilies we have here! I really want to encourage everybody to apply, Abrams sums up.


You can see the chat session on Facebook and also on Youtube