Wind instruments

You can study the following instruments as your main subject: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium or tuba. 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.

In a nutshell

  • Target degree: Bachelor's and master's degrees in music, master's degree in music
  • Scope of the degree: BA+MA, 180 + 150 credits (3 yrs. + 2,5 yrs), master´s degree, 150 credits (2.5 yrs.)
  • Field of art: Music
  • Organiser: the Sibelius Academy
  • Next time to apply: January 2019
  • Studies begin: at the start of the academic year in August
  • Person responsible for the degree programme: Department Head Kaisa Holopainen


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.





Part-time teachers



  • Jorma Valjakka (on temporary leave)
  • Veera Pesu (acting)

Part-time teachers


Professor of Wind Instruments


Part-time teachers



Part-time teachers



  • Joonatan Rautiola

Part-time teacher

  • Juha Keikkonen
  • Kalle Oittinen

French Horn


Part-time teachers


Professor of Brass Music


Part-time teacher

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



Part-time teachers



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 2019.

Contact information

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


Head of Department Kaisa Holopainen

Deputy Head of Department Päivi Severeide

Professor of Wind Instruments Harri Mäki

Professor of Brass Music Pasi Pirinen