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Profiles

Estonia

Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (TÜAN)

www.naiskoor.ee
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Type: women's choir (47 singers)
University: University of Tartu
Musical leaders: Triin Koch (conductor), Ene Ahven (chorus master), Vivian Kallaste (vocal trainer)

Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (TÜAN)


LOCATION: Tartu, Estonia
SINGERS: 47 exact pieces
GENDER: totally female
MEDIUM HEIGHT: 174,4 cm
MEDIUM WEIGHT: 67,5 kg
PROFESSION: student/alumna/university worker
FIELD OF STUDIES: history-philosophy-literature-semiotics, biology-informatics-medicine-genetics-environment-agriculture, education-economics-management-law-psychology-media-social studies, Estonian-Finnish-French, art history-graphical design-textile art
PERSONALITY: name it
FAVOURITE DANCE: try it

The Academic Women’s Choir of the University of Tartu (TÜAN), is Estonian women’s choir, standing out with good interpretations and singers being with soul and feminine attitude. The choir’s patron and main benefactor is the University of Tartu. The conductor of TÜAN is Ms Triin Koch.

The choir sings music from both Estonian (V. Tormis, E. Mägi etc) and foreign composers (K. Nystedt, F. Poulenc etc) – early until contemporary. TÜAN has also sung some vocal-symphonic works, for example, Orff’s Carmina Burana (2007, 2008), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (2009). Jubilee-performance in 2010 “Jakob, oh Jakob” (directed by Anne Türnpu) was a part of two theatre festivals’ programme: Draamafestival and Põhuteater (NO99). In 2014, TÜAN is a main organizer of the Nordic Student Singers’ Summit – 1400 singers, thousands of guests, and a large team that mainly consists of singers and other volunteers.

TÜAN has lots of social traditions, mainly with its friends. With Tartu Akadeemiline Meeskoor we have every year a Christmas concert and an elated Christmas party with a different style after that. Every winter we go with Tehnikaülikooli Akadeemiline Meeskoor to have a-3-day skiing-dancing camp. TÜAN’s dearest men’s choirs play basketball every autumn and TÜAN with its women’s choir friends will support the teams. TÜAN birthday children have a wonderful opportunity to ask the choir to sing them whatever song from the repertoire, and when our singers get married or give birth to a child, TÜAN gifts them accordingly a self-made apron or a bib. The choir has taken part of all the local and Estonian Song Celebrations, and Baltic Song Festivals, being one of its founders. It has become a tradition to go in June in the farm of our conductor and have a-2-day singing celebration with all our conductor’s choirs. As an academic choir, TÜAN takes part of its university’s festive meetings.

Academic influence is very important for the choir and is found in repertoire, traditions, and very colourful social life. TÜAN was founded in 1945 by maestro Richard Ritsing and the choir has played in Estonian choral music an important role from the beginning being a choir both active and with good level.


Homepage: www.naiskoor.ee
Listen: www.myspace.com/naiskoor
Watch: www.youtube.com/user/naiskoor
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Tartu-%C3%9Clikooli-Akadeemiline-Naiskoor/124338710977107?fref=ts


Emajõe Laulikud

http://laulikud.ee/
Location: Tartu, Eesti
Type: women's choir (60 singers)
Musical leaders: Vilve Maide, Mariell Piispea

The female choir „Emajõe Laulikud“ from Tartu, with its conductor Vilve Maide has been singing together since 2003. In a relatively short time period the choir has become one of the leading female choirs in Estonia. This choir, consiting of about 60 people, can be characterised as full of joy, personality and courage to act differently and seek innovative pathways. Since 2010 Mariell Piispea has assisted the conductor. The repertoire of “Emajõe Laulikud” is in permanent development, containing songs from both Estonian and foreign authors, from arrangements of national songs to opera choirs, from church music to pop-music and, naturally, the evergreens of Estonian female choirs and our Song Festivals. The choir enjoys both singing together and doing things together. The choir joins mostly young women, who wish, in addition to making beautiful music together, to be active in social life. To further develop the quality of Estonian singing culture we set for ourselves higher and higher targets like performing difficult musical pieces more professionally and commissioning new original music from contemporary composers. From another side, we also are active in developing and enriching the possibilities of entertaining and innovative music. The choir has been participating in several festivals, competitions and interesting musical projects. In 2008 we successfully took part in TV-show “Battle of Songs”. The year 2009 is remembered by our singers as the Year of Bringing the Fire: together with Tartu Male Choir “Akadeemiline Emajõgi” we brought the Song Festival Fire all the way through Estonia from Tartu to Tallinn, to the XXV Estonian Song Festival. “Emajõe Laulikud” has sung at XXIV and XXV Estonian Song Festivals, VI Festival of Nordic Student Choirs, Baltic Students Song and Dance Festival “Gaudeamus” and in many places all over Estonia. In June 2012 we helped organise the Festival of Nordic and Baltic Male Choirs.


Homepage: http://laulikud.ee/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emajoe.laulikud?fref=ts


Tartu Ülikooli Kammerkoor

www.ut.ee/TYKK
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Type: mixed choir (37 singers)
University: University of Tartu
Musical leaders: Triin Koch

Tartu Ülikooli Kammerkoor (the Chamber Choir of Tartu University) has brought joy to its audience in hundreds of concerts and performances. Since its foundation in 1971 more than half a thousand singers have sung here, mostly students and alumni of the University of Tartu, but also students from other universities and simply caretakers of our beliefs. The Chamber Choir of Tartu University has always been in its own way singular and also one of the liveliest choirs in Estonia. We have been initiators of many choral concerts, active co-speakers and co-singers, and diligent participants of Estonian song celebrations in Tallinn. The Chamber Choir of Tartu University is an energetic student and concert choir, often performing at the festive events of the university and our hometown Tartu. In our repertoire the works of Estonian classical choral composers (especially Mart Saar, Ester Mägi, Cyrillus Kreek and Veljo Tormis) have a special space in our hearts.


Homepage: www.ut.ee/TYKK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tukammerkoor?ref=ts&fref=ts


Tehnikaülikooli Akadeemiline Meeskoor

www.tam.ee
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Type: men's choir (71 singers)
University: Tallinn University of Technology
Musical leaders: Peeter Perens, Siim Selis

Tehnikaülikooli Akadeemiline Meeskoor / The Academic Male Choir of Tallinn University of Technology has been active since 1945. More than 80 men sing in this chorus, the majority of them being students, faculty or alumni of the university. The choir, with its high musical standard and active social life, has a diverse repertoire, which ranges from classical masterpieces to the classics of easy listening, marching and college songs. They recently won 1st prize in the Estonian Male Choirs Association's Male Voice Choir Competition. In addition to the popular Christmas Concerts in the beautiful Jaani (St John's) Church, the choir added a spring concert series to its list of traditions in 2001. These concerts have developed into large stage shows, where in addition to singing, the men are able to show their acting and performing skills. The shows also include other exciting elements, such as non-traditional arrangements, members of the choir playing various instruments and guest soloists. In recent years they have been touring in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Norway, South Africa, Georgia, South Korea, Russia, USA and Canada, New Zealand and Australia, not to mention their frequent visits to the neighbouring Finland, Sweden, Latvia and Lithuania.


Homepage: www.tam.ee
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOtH_RX53KA&feature=youtu.be
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meeskoor?fref=ts


Tallinna Tehnikaülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor

http://naiskoor.ttu.ee/
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Type: women's choir (60 singers)
University: Tallinn University of Technology
Musical leaders: Aivar Leštšinski, Jana Perens

The Academic Female Choir of Tallinn University of Technology was founded in 1951 with Alma Tamm as a first conductor of the choir. Our musical leaders today are Aivar Leštšinski and Jana Perens. There are both present and previous students from different universities singing in the choir and the number of members is currently reaching up to 70. The choir is a member of Estonian Women`s Choir Association. The choir sings everything from traditional a cappella choir music to folk and contemporary music. A selection of the women’s choir repertoire has been documented on 3 CD-s. The choir has taken part in international choir festivals in Hungary, Italy, Wales, Lithuania, Greece and France. Participation in the international choir festival “Tallinn”, Nordic Student Singers' Summit, nationwide Estonian Song Festivals and the Baltic student’s song and dance festival „Gaudeamus” are some of the choir’s traditions. The choir has been traveling a lot during the recent years and tends to have at least one foreign concert trip in a season. The choir has had concerts in all Scandinavian and Baltic countries, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Russia, Spain, Czech Republic, Greece, USA and Canada. The choir performed Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” at the Nordic Student Singers' Summit in spring 1996 in Copenhagen and also 2007 in Stavanger, Norway. In 1999 Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Tallinn and in 2005 in Lappeenranta Alexander Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor. As any active organization the choir has developed many traditions: celebrating the choir’s anniversary on September 24 each year, giving Christmas concerts and spring performances in different parts of Estonia, just to mention a few. In January 2014, the choir made a concert trip to Saint Petersburg.


Homepage: http://naiskoor.ttu.ee/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/naiskoor?fref=ts


Tallinna Ülikooli Naiskoor

http://www.tlu.ee/et/naiskoor
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Type: women's choir (32 singers)
University: University of Tallinn
Musical leaders: Killu Rikker, Sander Tamm

Female choir of Tallinna University was founded in October 1948. From season 2013/14 the choir director is Killu Rikker and assistant conductor Sander Tamm. Choir members include both students and graduates. Choir’s repertoire is very broad – it covers both Estonian and foreign composers of sacred and secular music. Choir has been successful also outside Estonia – for example Slovakia, Belgium, Czech Republic etc. The best achievements of recent years are: 2013 – I place in Viimsi Jazzfestival 2012 - gold diploma in choir competition “Slovakia cantat” in Bratislava 2012 – III place in Estonian A category female choirs competition 2008 – gold medal cum laude in international choir competition in Belgium 2006 – gold diploma and II place in Christmas Songs Festival in Czech Republic


Homepage: http://www.tlu.ee/et/naiskoor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tlunaiskoor?fref=ts


Tartu Akadeemiline Meeskoor

www.tam.eu
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Type: men's choir (70 singers)
University: University of Tartu, Estonian University of Life Sciences
Musical leaders: Alo Ritsing, Made Ritsing, Ene Peiker

Tartu Academic Male Choir is the oldest consistent male voice choir in Estonia. In 2012, the choir celebrated their 100th anniversary. The purpose of the choir is to unite singers with an academic background in friendship and music, always trying to aim higher on artistic levels. TAM consists of students and academic personnel of the University of Tartu and the Estonian University of Life Sciences, as well as men from various other walks of life, all together about 65 currently active members. TAM’s conductor Alo Ritsing has been with the choir since 1963, he became the head conductor in 1974. Before Alo, his father Richard Ritsing was the head conductor and these days, Alo Ritsing’s daughter Made is working as an assistant conductor of TAM. The musical level is also preserved and improved with the help of assistant conductors Ene Peiker and Kuno Kerge, also the vocal training specialist Liia Ritsing. TAM’s musical repertoire is quite versatile – Western choral music and Estonian male choir classics, but also lighter music spiced with coreography are performed, folk music arrangements have their own special place in the repertoire. Many of the pieces are composed by the choir’s own conductor Alo Ritsing. The most important events for TAM are annual Christmas concert with the Academic Women's Choir of the University of Tartu and the spring concert at the end of term, also a traditional joint singing with other local male choirs at the Tartu Observatory on Estonian Independence Day on the 24th February. A new tradition has been established in celebrating the beginning of a new year with a concert in the marvellous Alatskivi Castle. Of course, the choir always participates in Estonian song festivals and Gaudeamus – the festival for the students of the Baltic states. Every now and then, TAM also travels abroad – the most recent trip took the choir to far away Japan.


Homepage: www.tam.eu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TartuAkadeemilineMeeskoor?ref=ts&fref=ts


Eesti Maaülikooli Kammerkoor Camerata Universitatis

http://camerata.emu.ee/
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Type: mixed choir (32 singers)
University: Estonian University of Life Sciences
Musical leaders: Seidi Mutso

The Chamber Choir of the University of Life Sciences celebrated its 20th anniversary last academic year. The choir started out as the choir of University of Tartu medical students and was later called the University of Tartu Chamber Choir of the department of Fine Arts. Since the year 2004 our alma mater is the University of Life Sciences in Tartu. The choir's singers range from students, academic staff and graduates of University of Tartu and the alma mater, but also people from other professions. Starting from 1995 the choir's conductor has been Seidi Mutso. Since 2010 the chorus-master has been Imbi Pärtelpoeg, who has worked with the choir before as well. The repertoire of Camerata Universitatis is broad. Among the many they have sung medieval and modern music from Spain and and Brittain, sacred music from the East to the West. A special place in the repertoire belongs to Estonian composers such as Cyrillus Kreek, Veljo Tormis and Ester Mägi. During the years the choir has taken part of competitions at home and abroad. They consider it a tradition to participate in various song festivals, of which the best known is the large Song and Dance Festival in Tallinn. They also sing at academic events, such as the inaugurations of PhD students and graduation of the Bachelors. Another traditions are the Christmas and spring concerts. They also have cooperated with other artistic groups, for example the chamber choirs A le Coq, Hilaro, Plicae Vocalis, and Tartu University symphony orchestra. As a choir they respect good music and good interpretations. But a choir only works due to its people and that is what they appreciate the most, their people.


Homepage: http://camerata.emu.ee/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eesti-Maaülikooli-kammerkoor-Camerata-Universitatis/104341626306034?fref=ts


Tartu Üliõpilassegakoor

www.uliopilassegakoor.ee
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Type: women's choir (54 singers)
University: Tartu academic institutions
Musical leaders: Küllike Joosing

Tartu Students’ Choir (Tartu Üliõpilassegakoor, TÜS) is one of the oldest students’ musical bodies in Estonia. In 1905 a young student named Leenart Neumann called together the first mixed choir in Estonia, consisting only of Estonian singers. Outstanding Estonian composers like Juhan Aavik, Alfred Karindi and Enn Võrk have conducted the choir. Our current conductor is Küllike Joosing. The singers are mostly undergraduate, master and doctoral students mainly from University of 29 Tartu and Estonian University of Life Sciences, but also from other higher education institutions. At the moment the number of singers is about 50. Our choir has had several concert tours in Estonia and all over Europe. We take part in traditional song festivals in Estonia and also Baltic student’s song festival „Gaudeamus“. Our choir aims at keeping the glorious traditions of Estonian choir music, and to offer a pleasant possibility for students to spend their time after lectures.


Homepage: www.uliopilassegakoor.ee
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uliopilassegakoor


Finland

Studentkören Brahe Djäknar

http://brahedjaknar.fi/
Location: Turku, Finland
Type: men's choir (33 singers)
University: Åbo Akademi
Musical leaders: Ulf Långbacka


Studentkören Brahe Djäknar is a Fenno-Swedish male voice student choir based in Turku, Finland. It was founded in 1937 and was led by John Rosas until 1955, when Gottfrid Gräsbeck took over. Gräsbeck led the choir for 35 years, and retired from his job as university teacher in musicology as well as his job as conductor at the end of the year 1990. Ulf Långbacka was appointed new conductor as well as teacher and has led the choir since 1991. From the autumn of 2000 to the spring of 2001, Heikki Seppänen led the choir as Långbacka was taking a year off. In 2010, Långbacka composed a new opera to be performed during Turku's European Capital of Culture year 2011, and the choir was led by former vice-conductor Martin Segerstråle.

The choir is well-known for its every-year Christmas concerts around the first Sunday of Advent. The concerts are held in the Turku Cathedral together with the sister choir, Florakören, and the Åbo Akademi University symphony orchestra, Akademiska Orkestern. The choir also performs on April 30 every year to celebrate spring's coming. These concerts have been broadcast live on radio and TV for many years.

BD has toured foreign countries frequently, both on their own and together with Florakören. The last major trips have headed to the USA and Canada in 2005, Norway in 2006, Italy in 2007 to celebrate the choir's 70th anniversary, Poland in 2008 and also France and Spain in the spring of 2009. In France, the choir set up a rehearsal camp and spent almost a week putting the finishing touch on their repertoire. The result was good, and in the Tampere Vocal Competitions held in June, the choir was one of only two male choirs to receive golden honours, when the choir was granted two gold stamps and 800? worth of price money. In the autumn of 2010, the choir joined forces with their sisters in Florakören and the two choirs visited Austria and Slovenia.

In the autumn of 2011, Brahe Djäknar participated in the opera Henrik and the Hammer of Witches, composed by conductor Ulf Långbacka, together with Åbolands Kammarkör. The libretto was written by Dan Henriksson and the opera was conducted by Akademiska Orkesterns conductor Sauli Huhtala. The choir celebrated its 75th anniversery in the spring of 2012 with a grand concert in Turku Concert Hall with over 200 singers on stage at one part of the concert. In the autumn the choir traveled to Japan and visited a vast range of 8 cities.


Homepage: http://brahedjaknar.fi/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brahedjaknar?fref=ts


Cantus Mercurialis

www.cantusmercurialis.fi
Location: Turku
Type: mixed choir (30 singers)
Musical leaders: Pelle Olofsson, Eva Wickenberg

Cantus Mercurialis was established as the 'Choir of the Student Union of the Turku School of Economics' in 1982. A while later a slightly (but only slightly) less complex name was adopted, and Cantus Mercurialis went on to become a fixed feature among the student choirs of Turku. Although smaller than other groups with its ca. 30 singers, Cantus Mercurialis has never been obsessed with size. From the beginning, the mixed choir adopted an open view on repertoire as well as the origin of its singers: people from all faculties have always been welcome to the group, as well as those lucky enough to have already graduated. No matter what their background may be, the members have always had one thing in common: the love of singing – together. During its 31 years of existence, Cantus Mercurialis has established itself as a fun-loving but focused group of singers. In addition to attending four previous NSSS events, Cantus Mercurialis has travelled and performed in countries such as Russia, Germany, France and the sunny state of Florida, USA. In September 2013, Cantus Mercurialis was proud to gain a new conductor, Pekka Nebelung. With his new vision incorporated into the existing ”CM spirit”, the choir is looking forward to an even brighter future of just the right mixture of passion and ambition in the field of singing.


Homepage: www.cantusmercurialis.fi
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cantusmercurialis?ref=ts&fref=ts


Cassiopeia

www.cassiopeia.fi
Location: Oulu
Type: mixed choir (65 singers)
University: Oulun Yliopisto
Musical leaders: Kristian Heberg, Lilli Heberg

Cassiopeia is the youthful mixed choir of the student union of the University of Oulu. The choir was founded in 1978 and currently has about 60 singers. Most of the singers are either current or former students of the University of Oulu. Cassiopeia is known for its musical versatility. The choir sings everything from modern choral music to popular music and traditional drinking songs, and frequently collaborates with other choirs and orchestras to perform major classical works. The main pillars of Cassiopeia’s yearly activity are performances on Finnish Independence Day and the First of May. In addition to these, Cassiopeia organises a varying number of concerts each year. Quartets and double-quartets composed of the choir’s singers gladly perform at parties and are available to order. Cassiopeia has recorded four albums, the latest of which, Ounapuu, was recorded in 2010. The latest trip aboard was for the previous NSSS festival in 2011, and the festival in Tartu marks the fifth time Cassiopeia has participated in NSSS.


Homepage: www.cassiopeia.fi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cassiopeia/365414055713?fref=ts


Florakören

http://florakoren.fi/
Location: Turku/Åbo
Type: women's choir (50 singers)
University: Åbo Akademi (Turku)
Musical leaders: Ulf Långbacka

Florakören is the female voice choir of Åbo Akademi University in the city of Turku, Finland and was founded in 1944. Today the choir has around 70 active singers, of which the majority are students at one of the universities in the city. The choir strives to provide its members with an opportunity to participate in ambitious, high-quality musical activities. Florakören is led by Ulf Långbacka, who, apart from being a composer and conductor, also lectures in musicology at Åbo Akademi University. Florakören has a wide repertoire ranging from folk music and drinking songs to jazz and large classical pieces for choirs and orchestras.


Homepage: http://florakoren.fi/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/florakoren?fref=ts


Lappeenrannan Teekkarilaulajat

http://www.teekkarilaulajat.fi/
Location: Lappeenranta, Finland
Type: men's choir (35 singers)
Musical leaders: Jukka Lind

Lappeenrannan Teekkarilaulajat is an academic male choir which consists of students and also graduates of Lappeenranta University of Technology. Teekkarilaulajat was founded in 1983 and since then, the choir has aimed to assist Finnish student culture. The choir's repertoire has been varied and extensive over the years. Different kinds of serenades, drinking songs and patriotic songs have always had a place in the choir's repertoire. Teekkarilaulajat performs in different kinds of events in both Finland and abroad. Depending on the concert, the choir's composition varies from a quartet to the whole choir, which can include 50 singers. Every year, the choir has 5-10 performances, including traditional Christmas and spring concerts.


Homepage: http://www.teekkarilaulajat.fi/
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/user/teekkarilaulajat
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Teekkarilaulajat


Akademiska Damkören Lyran

http://www.lyran-rf.com/
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Type: women's choir (65 singers)
University: University of Helsinki
Musical leaders: Jutta Seppinen

The Academic Female Voice Choir Lyran was established in 1946 by Eja Tollet and is one of the most prominent choirs in Finland today. Lyran is the only female voice choir at the University of Helsinki. The choir has around 60 active members, who are mainly students from different universities and colleges in the Helsinki region. Lyran aims to promote and inspire the female choral tradition in Finland. The choir is well-known for its musical ambition and the choir is an important social forum for its members. The official language of the choir is Swedish. Lyran has been conducted by M.Mus. Jutta Seppinen since 2009. Seppinen is a versatile musician who is known for her unprejudiced choice of repertoire and her inspirational style of conducting. Lyran’s wide repertoire encompasses various genres and the music shifts from traditional to modern, depending on the choir’s current projects. Lyran continuously expands its repertoire by commissioning new music by young Finnish composers. In addition to the concert repertoire, a large set of Lyran’s evergreens is maintained. Lyran also offers quartets and ensembles for various occasions. Competitions, festivals and tours at home and abroad are an important part of the choir’s activities. The year 2011 marked the choir’s 65th anniversary, which was celebrated with a spectacular anniversary concert in March. In April of the same year, Lyran also participated in the Nordic Student Singer’s Summit in Sweden. In the fall, the choir went on a 10-day tour to Argentina. Since then, the choir has experimented with different concepts such as Latin American music, Dadaism and Impressionistic music. Lyran’s activities include several annual projects, such as the spring matinee on 30 April and the Christmas concerts with the Academic Male Voice Choir of Helsinki (Akademen). In March 2013, Lyran went on a tour to Belgium together with “fiancée” Trondhjems Studentersangforening.


Homepage: http://www.lyran-rf.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/damkorenlyran?fref=ts


Resonanssi

http://www.resonanssikuoro.com/
Location: Lappeenranta, Finland
Type: women's choir (30 singers)
University: Lappeenranta University of Technology, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences

Get ready to know Resonanssi – we will pop you! Resonanssi is a young female choir founded in 1987 consisting of students from Lappeenranta University of Technology and Saimaa University of Applied Sciences. Last year was a year to remember in the history of Resonanssi (in spoken language: Reso). Celebrating a quarter of a century by achieving the largest audience so far in any Resonanssi’s concert was a dream come true to many of our singers. Also, the amount of active singers is now at its highest! During the history of Resonanssi, we’ve had many choir leaders whose compositions and arrangements are still a part of our standard repertoire. Lately Resonanssi has focused on entertaining its audience with pop music, for example by singing the songs of Lady Gaga, Madonna and Britney Spears. In our anniversary concert last autumn we even conquered something new: dancing choreographies while singing! In addition to pop music Resonanssi also sings traditional Finnish choir music and we honor Lappeenranta “teekkari” (technology student) and “kylteri” (business student) traditions by singing teekkarisongs. As other activities Resonanssi arranges concerts twice a year and performs with diverse ensembles in different occasions. Teekkari traditions are also seen during the get-togethers, such as sauna evenings and traditional teekkari dinner parties (“sitsit”) held together with the male choir, Teekkarilaulajat. Tours and competitions are a new ground to break for Resonanssi, since attending to NSSS in Tartu will – according to the writers knowledge – be the first choir event abroad for Resonanssi. Hence we are eagerly waiting for next spring and the chance to do the same as two years ago in our spring concert: WE WILL POP YOU!


Homepage: http://www.resonanssikuoro.com/
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wImJhhwyxUc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Resonanssi/172533672819892?fref=ts


Teekkarikuoro

http://www.teekkarikuoro.fi/
Location: Tampere, Finland
Type: mixed choir (50 singers)
University: Tampere University of Technology
Musical leaders: Johanna Rinne

Teekkarikuoro is the student choir of Tampere University of Technology (TUT) from Tampere, Finland. It was founded in 1985 and celebrates its 30th birthday in 2015 with various celebrations. Teekkarikuoro is a mixed choir with about 50 active members. The singers are mainly students and alumni of TUT, but the choir is open for other enthusiastic singers as well. The conductor of the choir is M.Sc. (Eng.), Music Educator Johanna Rinne. She has conducted the choir since 2006 and before that she sung in the choir for six years. Teekkarikuoro’s repertoire is varied consisting of foreign and Finnish pop and rock songs, folk songs, Christmas songs, songs from well-known a cappella groups (Rajaton, The King’s Singers, The Real Group), and everything that the choir thinks is great music, regardless of genre. The focus of the choir’s programme is on entertaining popular songs, but the choir also sings more serious and artistic pieces. As a student choir, Teekkarikuoro’s speciality is traditional academic songs (in English: drinking songs). The choir’s first, best and only album called “Tuopin täydeltä”, is an exhibit of these special skills, containing 21 drinking songs. Every year the choir organises a competition for new drinking songs and arrangements. Teekkarikuoro performs at least twice a year in its own concerts and also does smaller performances for the University and in private events. There is also a smaller vocal group of 4-10 singers, called TeekkariKvartti, which performs in various events. TeekkariKvartti is assembled from the members of the choir. Teekkarikuoro has taken part in the Finnish choir competition called “Suomen paras kuoro 2011” (Finland’s best choir 2011). The competition was broadcast live on national television. Teekkarikuoro fought for a spot in the finals with songs, which the choir’s conductor had arranged herself. Teekkarikuoro is also an international choir with some foreign members and regular excursions to different countries. Lately, Teekkarikuoro has participated in the Mozart’s Prague choir competition in the Czech Republic and a student choir festival in St. Petersburg, to mention a few. Previous concert tours have taken place in Germany, Estonia, and Hungary.


Homepage: http://www.teekkarikuoro.fi/
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/teekkarikuoro
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Teekkarikuoro?fref=ts


Studentkören Pedavoces

http://www.pedavoces.com/
Location: Vasa, FInland
Type: mixed choir (70 singers)
University: Åbo Akademi
Musical leaders: Maria Timoshenko

Studentkören Pedavoces (pronounced in an Italian fashion; the name is a mix of Greek and Latin, and freely translates to “teacher voices”) is a mixed voice student choir based at Åbo Akademi university in Vaasa, Finland. The choir was founded in 1974 by Per-Håkan Jansson within the Faculty of Education at Åbo Akademi University. To this date, Pedavoces is the only Swedish-speaking mixed academic student choir in Finland. While still associated with Åbo Akademi University, today Pedavoces is no longer a choir mainly for teacher students; it now attracts students from several different universities and polytechnic schools in Vaasa. Pedavoces has recorded three full-length CD's: a collection of songs from their standard repertoire in 1997, a Christmas-themed recording in 2003 and most recently Equinox in 2013. Equinox is a collection inspired by time and change, both those you can experience in the Nordic countries with light summer night and the long dark winter days, as well as the changes seen within the choir and its aspirations. Equinox features three new compositions by Finnish composers Ulf Långbacka, Martin Segerstråle and Pekka Kostiainen. Pedavoces has participated in international competitions twice: in the 14th International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music with Petr Eben Prize 2004 in Prague and in the Malta International Choir Competition & Festival 2006. In both competitions, Pedavoces achieved a position in the silver category. In 2013, Pedavoces participated in the non-competitive 9th International Choral Festival in Missoula, Montana, as part of a two-week-long tour in the United States and Canada. In spring of 2014, Pedavoces will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a grand jubilee, followed by a 40th anniversary celebration tour to the Nordic countries.


Homepage: http://www.pedavoces.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StudentkorenPedavoces?fref=ts


Polyteknikkojen Kuoro

http://polyteknikkojenkuoro.fi/
Location: Espoo, Finland
Type: men's choir (71 singers)
University: Aalto University
Musical leaders: Saara Aittakumpu

The Polytech Choir or PK (Polyteknikkojen Kuoro in Finnish) is an academic male choir, established in 1900, that performs regularly in Finland and abroad. The majority of the choir's members are engineering students and graduate engineers from Aalto University. The activities of the choir include traditional spring and Christmas concerts, frequent recordings, and performances with leading Finnish symphony orchestras. The choir's acting artistic director and conductor is Saara Aittakumpu (since February 2013). PK's a cappella repertoire consists mainly of classical music, ranging from the Romantic era to contemporary works, and also includes occasional forays to other genres such as pop and jazz. A centrepiece of the choir's choral symphonic repertoire has been Jean Sibelius's symphonic poem Kullervo. In addition to performances a cappella and with orchestras, the choir, its quartets and other smaller ensembles frequently perform at private, corporate and academic festivities. The Polytech Choir has commissioned and debuted nearly 40 new works for male choirs during the past 20 years, including two International Rostrum of Composers prize-winners by Jukka Tiensuu and Eero Hämeenniemi. The choir's most recent first performances have included works from the Finnish composers Riikka Talvitie, Olli Kortekangas, Mikko Sidoroff, Markku Klami, Tiina Myllärinen, Jouni Kaipainen, and Maija Hynninen and a work by the jazz pianist and composer Iiro Rantala.


Homepage: http://polyteknikkojenkuoro.fi/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PolyteknikkojenKuoro?fref=tsE


Turun Yliopiston Kuoro

http://www.tyynkuoro.fi/
Location: Turku, Finland
Type: mixed choir (64 singers)
University: University of Turku
Musical leaders: Mikko Sidoroff

Turun Yliopistin Kuoro (The Choir of the University of Turku, established in 1987) is a mixed choir of approximately 60 singers from all the faculties and even outside the university. In August 2009, Mikko Sidoroff started his work as the choir’s conductor. The choir's repertoire consists mainly of diverse a cappella works ranging from the renaissance to the modern day. The choir has collaborated with many other student choirs in Finland. For the last couple of years the choir has especially collaborated with the Collegium Musicum Turku symphony orchestra on many projects, including performing the lost cantata of Leevi Madetoja in 2007. The Choir of the University of Turku has participated in many venues outside of Turku. The choir represented Finland in the international choir competition in Coleraine, Ireland in 2006. The competition could not have gone any better as the choir won in the category of mixed choir and was given the award as best choir. In 2006 the choir attended the international choir competition in Rimini, Italy attaining the Gold diploma for their performance. The latest trip was made to St. Petersburg, Russia in 2013 during which we held a concert in Vyborg and two concerts in St. Petersburg. Over the years, the Choir of the University of Turku has established its position as a keeper of a cherished academic singing tradition at the University of Turku. Included in its long-established repertoire are university songs as well as drinking songs. The choir has earned its place as an important part of University of Turku and Student Union celebrations, such as the TYY annual ball. There are also many small groups in the choir’s circle whose performances have become favourite numbers at private functions as well as business and community celebrations. The Choir of the University of Turku has released five albums. The latest was the Christmas album Valoa (‘Light’), released in November 2008, which features pieces by, among others, Sibelius and Mozart. The 2004 album Pikavuaro Turkku (‘Express Bus to Turku’) depicts the theme of longing through the songs of Heiniö, Kuuskankare, Poulenc and Pärt as well as the poetry of Heli Laaksonen. This unique album’s content includes songs with and without words as well as both spoken and sung poetry. The choir was in the recording studio in 2002 when Juoma janon sammuttaa (‘A Drink to Quench Your Thirst’) was released, an album of drinking songs arranged for a mixed choir. The second album, Pelkkää ilmaa (‘Nothing but Air’), including J. Karjalainen’s songs for a mixed choir, was released in autumn 2001. The Choir of the University of Turku released its first album Calme des Nuits, in 1997. This album included music of the English, French and Russian romantic era. In spring 1999, Yleisradio gave Calme des Nuits the honour of best non-professional choir album of 1998.


Homepage: http://www.tyynkuoro.fi/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yliopistonkuoro?ref=ts&fref=ts


Akademiska Sångföreningen

www.akademen.com
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Type: men's choir (60 singers)
Musical leaders: Kari Turunen

The Academic Male Voice Choir of Helsinki—Akademiska Sångföreningen or, colloquially, Akademen in Swedish—is a leading Finno-Swedish academic male voice choir based in Helsinki, Finland. The choir was founded in 1838 by German-born composer Fredrik Pacius, music teacher at the Imperial Alexander University of Finland (now the University of Helsinki) and known as “the father of Finnish music”. Akademen is thus the oldest Finnish choir still in existence, and the ties to the university and its student union are still strong, although the singers nowadays hail from several different universities and colleges all around Helsinki. After its founding, Akademen (or Akademiska Sångsällskapet as the choir's earliest incarnation was called) became an important symbol of national awakening in the emerging Finnish nation. In 1848, the choir performed Pacius’ composition Vårt land, to a poem by J. L. Runeberg, for the first time ever during the students’ celebration of the Flora Day. The composition was later to become the national anthem of the independent Finland. The 20th century saw several prominent figures of Finnish musical life in charge of Akademen. Among these were renowned composers Bengt Carlson, Nils Eric Fougstedt and Erik Bergman. Present conductor and artistic director M.Mus. Kari Turunen has directed the choir since 2008. Mr Turunen—who recently finished his doctoral dissertation at the University of the Arts Helsinki on the performing of Palestrina—is an accomplished professional choir director and musician; among other things, he has been part of celebrated early music ensemble Lumen Valo since its inception. Akademen currently comprises some sixty active members, most of whom are university students. However, quite a few choose to stay with the choir long after graduation, which makes for a healthy mix of youth and experience. Concerts are given regularly during the year in Finland, often together with University of Helsinki sister choir The Academic Female Voice Choir Lyran, and longer concert and competition tours abroad take place every few years. In addition to the Scandinavian and most other European countries, Akademen has been on tour in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and—most recently—Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Singapore.


Homepage: www.akademen.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/akademen?fref=ts&rf=134601496621798


Norway

Det Norske Mannskor Av 1995

http://www.dnm95.no/
Location: Tromsø
Type: men's choir (28 singers)
University: Universitetet i Tromsø
Musical leaders: Hanne Sofie Akselsen

A classic male choir cultivating the Scandinavian academic male choir repertoire. DNM95 is part of the Tromsø Student Society. Since our humble beginnings some 18 years ago, this choir has grown to become a pride and joy of our university town, focusing on quality, a high level of performance and always striving to become even better while never losing our sense of humor. Our members are a combination of students, former students, employees of the university and others with an academic background. The highlights of the DNM95 year usually includes our very own sports event day, Christmas dinner, celebration of the Norwegian Constitution Day May 17th as well as one grand concert every semester. DNM95 has enjoyed participating at NSSS since 2008 and also participate in the norwegian version, Akademisk Kortreff, which we had the joy of hosting in March 2013. We are very happy to have become part of the wonderful academic choir family! Hanne-Sofie Akselsen (b. 1976) has been the conductor of DNM95 since 1999.


Homepage: http://www.dnm95.no/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DNM95?fref=ts


Den norske Studentersangforening

http://www.studentersangforeningen.no/
Location: Oslo, Norway
Type: men's choir (65 singers)
University: University of Oslo
Musical leaders: Carl Høgset

Den norske Studentersangforening (DnS) was established in 1845, and is the official male choir of the University of Oslo. DNS has a long and rich history of song, performances and cheerful camaraderie! Our repertoire spans traditional male choral music, both older and modern music. Another, lighter repertoire is unleashed after rehearsals. DNS has singers young and old, and we pride ourselves on the diversity, experience, history and energy of our many different members. In DNS, there is a man for every woman's taste! (But it will be hard to make us leave the party too early!)


Homepage: http://www.studentersangforeningen.no/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studentersangforeningen?ref=ts&fref=ts


Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening

http://www.kvindesang.no/
Location: Oslo, Norway
Type: women's choir (35 singers)
University: University of Oslo
Musical leaders: Marit Tøndel Bodsberg

Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening (KSS) was founded in 1895 and is the official female choir of the University of Oslo. Despite its age, KSS is a youth choir consisting of approximately 45 singers. As the world’s oldest academic female choir, KSS has played an important part in relation to the University and the women’s cause. Furthermore, KSS has been central in the lives of hundreds of choir-sisters who have been a part of and participated in this great musical community throughout the years. KSS is proud of its traditions and embraces them, both old and new. Every year on Norway’s National Holiday, the 17th of May, KSS sings by the statue of Camilla Collett. We also perform at University ceremonies on a regular basis. One of our more recent traditions is the early morning concert on Saint Lucy’s Day in Oslo Cathedral, a concert which has also become an important tradition for our audience who return every year. The money from the ticket sales is donated to the Norwegian Refugee Council. During recent years, KSS has participated in many competitions, both domestic and abroad. In September 2009, we competed in ‘Grieg International Choir Festival’ in Bergen and placed third in two categories: folk music and sacral music. In October 2011, we represented Norway and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in the international choir competition ‘Let the peoples sing’, where we also came in at third place. However, KSS’s competitive history reached a highlight in 2012. KSS won category ‘A+’ in the competition ‘Syng for oss’ (sing for us) in Bergen. In the Norwegian Championship, KSS won the category ‘equal voices’ with the highest score in the competition: 28,33/30 points, as well as placing second in the Grand Final. In addition, KSS’s music video ‘Folkefrelsar’ placed second in European Choral Video Award. In cooperation with the record company LAWO Classics, KSS has recorded two CD’s during the past couple of years. In 2009, a Christmas CD, ‘Arme jord ha jolefred’, was released receiving great reviews. In addition, ‘Brahms’, a collection of Johannes Brahms compositions for female choirs, was released in 2013. KSS is an ambitious choir that also considers the social aspects of choir singing to be very important. Although being serious about our music, traditions, competitions and concerts, we focus on social activities and events that contribute to the creation of friendships among the members of the choir. KSS is not only a choir with a long history, it is a choir consisting of an amazing group of women who know how to have fun while creating music!


Homepage: http://www.kvindesang.no/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kvindelige-Studenters-Sangforening-KSS/55954186685?fref=ts


Studentersangforeningen i Bergen

http://www.studentersang.no/
Location: Bergen, Norway
Type: men's choir (65 singers)
University: University of Bergen
Musical leaders: Tore Johannessen

Studentersangforeningen i Bergen - Bergen Academic Male Voice Choir was founded in the autumn of 1935, this was curiously enough about ten years before there was an University in the city. We are the official representation choir at the University of Bergen. At some points in our history, we've had a lot of students in our choir, although very rarely. You just don't quit from our choir. The typical member starts singing with us when he's around 30 years of age, and with that starts a career that will last for about fifty years. Mr. Tore Johannessen has been our conductor for the last 25 years, he is only our third conductor throughout our 78 years, so the conductors just don't quit either. We are linked to the Norwegian and Scandinavian academic tradition, with a repertoire that is wide, and varies from old Norwegian folk songs to modern pieces. We also sing spirituals, shanties and national-romantic songs.


Homepage: http://www.studentersang.no/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StudentersangforeningenIBergen?ref=ts&fref=ts


Stavanger Studentsangforening

http://www.stavangersang.no/
Location: Stavanger, Norway
Type: mixed choir (45 singers)
Musical leaders: Åsta Willumsen Sirnes

Stavanger Student Choir was founded in 1993 by former singers from the academic choirs in Trondheim and Oslo. The choir consists of approximately 50 students and former students in the Stavanger area. We are the official representation choir of the university. Every year we sing at the official opening of the new semester, and we recruit most of our members amongst the students at the university. We also had the honor to host NSSS in 2008. NSSS had about 800 participants and all performed in Carl Orff “Carmina Burana”. We have also taken part in the local movie success “Mongoland”. Our repertoire ranges from classical to national romantic to improvisation. We have implemented Complete Vocal Technique, which influences our sound and repertoire. We celebrated our 20th anniversary last year with a grand gala concert and gala banquet with guests from Norway and Sweden. The choir is conducted by musical director Åsta Willumsen Sirnes.


Homepage: http://www.stavangersang.no/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stavanger-Studentsangforening/385471324873515?fref=ts


Tromsø Akademiske Kvinnekor

http://www.takk.tromso.no/
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Type: women's choir (30 singers)
University: University of Tromsø
Musical leaders: Bjarne Isaksen

Tromsø Akademiske Kvinnekor (Tromsø Academic Female Choir) was founded in 2010. The choir is an essential part of the music life at The University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway, and is one of the youngest choirs in the NSSS family. The choir consists of 30 members, from all academic disciplines – students, graduates and academic staff. TAKk performs at a number of annual concerts, and initiates new projects every year. We perform mostly music from a classic-contemporary tradition, and we have a flair for the female side of the music world.


Homepage: http://www.takk.tromso.no/
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIwIAA_0-5c
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TromsoAkademiskeKvinnekor?fref=ts


Trondhjems Studentersangforening

http://www.mannskor.no/
Location: Trondhjems, Norway
Type: men's choir (75 singers)
University: Trondheim academic institutions
Musical leaders: Gavin David Lee

Trondhjems Studentersangforening (The Academic Male Choir of Trondheim) was founded to further male choir song and friendship among male academics in Trondhjem. TSS was founded on October 18th, 1910 and is considered the second oldest student association at The Student Society of Trondheim, next to the Society itself. Today TSS is the largest choir in Trondheim. The main body of singers consists of students from the academic institutions of the city, yet a handful of older academics contribute to keeping the continuity and tradition. Two smaller choirs have their base in TSS. Both the male choir Pirum and the mixed choir Knauskoret feature members from TSS. The repertoire of TSS consists of everything from ambitious choral works in the classical tradition, via traditional male choir compositions and Swedish minstrel songs, to light comedy songs by Monty Python. The last twenty-two years, the choir has enjoyed being conducted by the eminent Gavin David Lee.


Homepage: http://www.mannskor.no/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mannskor?fref=ts


Sweden

Den Akademiska Damkören Linnea/Linköping University Women’s Choir

www.damkorenlinnea.se
Location: Linköping, Sweden
Type: women's choir (35 singers)
University: University of Linköping
Musical leaders: Charlotte Slottsberg, Hugo Alfvén, Arch Enemy


Linnea is the women's choir at Linköping's University which was founded in 1997 by the Linköping University Male Voice Choir. Since then, Linnea has produced three CDs and taken part in two international contests, as well as visited choirs around the Baltic sea. Today Linnea consists of 30 chorists, both students and non-students. This is the fourth time Linnea is participating in the Nordic Student Singers' Summit. The repertoire stretches from classical and sacred pieces to pop and folk music, but the focus is on works written explicitly for women's voices. Merete Ellegaard is the assistant Director Musices at Linköping University. She studied conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and besides being the musical leader of Linnea, she also conducts the Linköping University Symphony Orchestra."


Homepage: www.damkorenlinnea.se


LiHtösen

http://lihtosen.se/
Location: Linköping, Sweden
Type: women's choir (45 singers)
University: Linköping University
Musical leaders: Martin Uddén

LiHtösen was founded in 1978, as the first academic women’s choir at Linköping University. We boast a very broad repertoire, including almost everything from classic choir pieces and Swedish folk songs to modern music such as pop, rock and motion picture soundtracks, but at home we are perhaps best known for our own arrangements of medleys and Swedish schlager hits. Many of our songs are arranged by our own singers or conductors. As of 2012, we are led by the eminent Martin Uddén, who has conducted various music ensembles at the university. Over the years we have performed in very different outfits on stage, from baby pink overalls to flowery summer dresses. Nowadays we sport LBD’s (Little Black Dresses) on special occasions, often with a red rose. But our favourite colour pink still lives on in our choir emblem on the black t-shirts we wear at other performances and on the road. We give concerts at the end of each semester, and perform at student events in between. December 13 is another special date for us – all of us 50 singers spend the whole day singing Lucia songs all over town. We like to travel abroad and have paid visits to many of our neighbouring countries since 1978. In 2014 we are finally coming to sing in Estonia and we can’t wait to see you all there!


Homepage: http://lihtosen.se/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LiHt%C3%B6sen/566006140077945?fref=ts


Linköpings Studentsångare

http://www.lkss.se/
Location: Linköping, Sweden
Type: men's choir (60 singers)
University: Linköping University
Musical leaders: Hans Lundgren

Linköping University Male Voice Choir (Sw. Linköpings Studentsångare) cherishes and renews the same traditions existing among the older male academic choirs in Scandinavia. The repertoire is very broad, ranging from classical choral music to new works and high-spirited escapades. The choir frequently appears as ambassador for Linköping University through regular tours around the world. In addition to the Nordic countries, the choir has toured in the UK, Spain, Croatia, USA, Jordan, South Africa and Macedonia. In 2007 the choir won first prize at The Third British International Male Voice Choral Festival in Cornwall. Today, the choir consists of approximately 60 singers, properly dressed in tails. The choir has been conducted by Hans Lundgren since 1979. He has worked resolutely to enhance the musical quality and broaden the repetoire. He has studied at Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm and works as Director musices at Linköping University.


Homepage: http://www.lkss.se/
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcDm5FNHhaw


LTH-kören

http://lth-koren.se/
Location: Lund, Sweden
Type: mixed choir (45 singers)
University: Lund University
Musical leaders: Elin Isaksson

The LTH-choir is a mixed choir founded in 1994 that currently consists of over 40 members. Members are mainly students or alumni of Lund University, with a majority belonging to the Faculty of Engineering (LTH), while the conductor used to be a student at Malmö Academy of Music a few years ago. Every semester a repertoire is chosen leading towards a concert. The concerts are given twice a year: one in May and the other before Christmas. Almost no genre is precluded from the repertoire and every concert takes the audience on a journey through different landscapes of the musical world: ABBA, contemporary pop, folk songs, classical music, jazz, traditional Christmas songs, newly composed arrangements … and the list goes on.


Homepage: http://lth-koren.se/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LTH-k%C3%B6ren/178516338899551?fref=ts


Stockholm Studentsångare

http://studentsangarna.se/
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Type: men's choir (45 singers)
University: Stockholm University, The Royal Institute of Technology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholms School of Economics etc.
Musical leaders: Pelle Olofson

Stockholm Studentsångare (Stockholm Academic Male Chorus) was founded in 1905 and is one of the leading male choirs in Sweden. The choir currently has about 45 members and is composed mainly of graduates of all disciplines, both students and professionals, with an average age of just under 30 years. The repertoire is very broad and is taken from all genres of male chorus literature: old and new, secular and sacred. On the choir’s programme are the Nobel festivities, the annual spring concert, prominent at Stockholm University, Christmas concerts, concerts in the Stockholm City Hall, recordings, television performances, foreign travel etc.


Homepage: http://studentsangarna.se/


Student kören i Norrköping

www.skon.nu
Location: Norrköping, Sweden
Type: women's choir (35 singers)
University: Linköping University
Musical leaders: Michael Bruze

Student kören i Norrköping (SKÖN) is a mixed choir consisting of students and former students at Campus Norrköping, Linköping University. The choir was founded in 1999 and is the only student choir in Norrköping. The aim is to be a forum for developing musical qualities among the members and to find joy in the music by singing together, as well as to sharing this joy through performances and concerts. SKÖN sings a broad repertoire, where jaunty and amusing texts and arrangements are the most appreciated. NSSS 2008 in Stavanger was the first NSSS where SKÖN participated and in 2011 SKÖN was one of the hosting choirs. The choir looks forward to celebrating its 15th anniversary by travelling to Estonia and taking part in NSSS in Tartu!


Homepage: www.skon.nu
Watch: http://www.skon.nu/video.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SK%C3%96N/210123079010330?fref=nf


Snapsakademien

www.snapsakademien.se
Location: Luleå, Sweden
Type: men's choir (32 singers)
University: Luleå University
Musical leaders: Ida Persson

Snapsakademien was founded in 1995 and it is not just traditional Swedish men’s choir but one that was formed due to an unspoken need existing at the Luleå University at that time. There was a need for singing in vocal harmonies at festive occasions but also to be able to meet new people with similar interests and just having a good time together. We perform at dinner parties and other festive occasions both within and outside the campus area. Our repertoire consists of a wide range of musical genres from traditional national romanticism favorites to more modern and humoristic opuses. Occasionally we perform material arranged by our own choir members. The name Snapsakademien is a combination of the Scandinavian liquor “Snaps” and the the Swedish word for “academy”. The name indicates that we are a group of people that, if we are to consume liquor, we do it by drinking Snaps.


Homepage: www.snapsakademien.se
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Snapsakademien?ref=ts&fref=ts


Västgöta Nations Manskör Korgossarna

http://vgmk.se/
Location: Västgöta, Sweden
Type: men's choir (36 singers)
University: Uppsala University
Musical leaders: Maria Goundorina

Västgöta Nations Male Choir was brought back to life in 1992, from centuries of sleep. Now, together with their conductor Maria Goundorina, their global mission is to spread the treasures of male choir across the universe, combining traditional and patriotic music from the glory days of the university, with modern pieces that sets your spirit free. The Choir has its roots in both the earth of the home region Västergötland in Sweden, and the formers representation in the university city of Uppsala, as a part of Västgöta Nation – one of the oldest student foundations in Sweden.


Homepage: http://vgmk.se/
Watch: https://www.youtube.com/user/VGMKkorgossarna


Stockholms Akademiska Damkör

http://stockholmsdamkor.se/
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Type: women's choir (40 singers)
Musical leaders: Pelle Oloffson

For many years the Stockholms Studentsångare, a well renowned mens choir in Stockholm, Sweden, were contemplating how they would be able to perform music for mixed voices without having female voices in the choir. Eventually, they took the challenge and sent out a message on facebook, looking for singers for a sister choir. With strong support from their conductor, Pelle Olofson, a work group from the mens choir started taking registrations, doing auditions, sharing their ideas and resources with a growing number of experienced female singers. This all happened in early autumn of 2013. A couple of months later the two choirs performed in a most successful series of performances of Carmina Burana in Stockholm. Win-win for both choirs! The Stockholms Akademiska Damkör, with its conductor Pelle Olofson, has since had its own Christmas concert and is now looking forward to several performances this spring. Part of the choir will also join the male choir in a trip to Tartu and the NSSS get-together in April.


Homepage: http://stockholmsdamkor.se/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StockholmsAkademiskaDamkor


Kalmar Nations Kör

www.kalmarnation.se/koren
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Type: mixed choir (50 singers)
Musical leaders: Elias Castengren

Kalmar nation choir is a mixed choir of about 50 singers based in Uppsala, Sweden. The choir usually performs during the dinners and events of Kalmar student nation, or other private events, but last year, the choir celebrated Kalmar Nations 350th anniversary by going on tour to the nations home region of Kalmar län. The repertoire consists of varied choir music from the latest 700 years, ranging from Islandic hymns from the 14th century to german barbershop, with a preference towards traditional choir music. Kalmar nation choir is more than happy to sing in other languages than Swedish and has during the last years sung at least one song from all the Nordic countries.


Homepage: www.kalmarnation.se/koren