Pyynikki Sinfonia is the student symphony orchestra of the Tampere Music Academy. The orchestra performs 2-3 concerts per year in the Pyynikkisali concert hall and makes guest appearances in other concert halls and churches in the area.
Pyynikki Sinfonia’s repertoire consists of orchestral pieces, including concertos with student soloists, as well as church music. The orchestra also accompanies operas and musicals.
The orchestra rehearses in periods lead by various visiting conductors.
Recent repertoire includes:
Bizet – Shchedrin: Carmen Suite; Strauss: Metamorphoses. With St. Michel Strings (January 2015). Conducted by Sasha Mäkilä.
Bernstein: Candide Overture; Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Copland: Appalachian Spring (November 2014). Conductor and piano soloist: Tuomas Turriago.
Sibelius: 7th Symphony with Pori Sinfonietta (March 2014). Conducted by Leif Segerstam.
Messiaen: Trois petit Liturgies de la Présence Divine (February 2014). Conducted by Markus Yli-Jokipii.
Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress (November 2013). Conducted by Ari Angervo.
Beethoven: Coriolanus Ouverture; Rosauro: Marimba Concerto (soloist Villa Koppanen); Tshaikovsky: 5th Symphony (February 2013). Conducted by Jan Söderblom.
West Side Story (February 2011). Conducted by Ari Angervo.
Tampere Conservatoire Chamber Orchestra
Tampere Conservatoire Chamber Orchestra consists of advanced music institute students and professional upper secondary level students. The orchestra performs a varied repertoire of composed or arranged for chamber orchestra.
Violin pedagogue and conductor Ari Angervo built a solid base for the orchestra. In addition to him, the orchestra has been conducted by visiting conductors such as Ari Rasilainen and baroque specialist Kreeta-Maria Kentala. Currently the chamber orchestra is conducted by violin teacher and conductor Jaana Haanterä.
Brass Band Ultra Brass
Established in 2003, the brass band Ultra Brass consists of approximately 20 Tampere Music Academy student musicians. Music Academy percussion students also perform with Ultra Brass annually. The brass band performs twice a year in the Pyynikkisali concert hall and makes guest appearances in other concert halls and churches in the area.
Ultra Brass performs old and new music composed or arranged for brass band and percussion. In recent years, Music Academy composition students have written pieces for Ultra Brass. In 2008, the band published a record “Ultra Brass – Finnish Brass Music” containing pieces by Einojuhani Rautavaara and Einar Englund, among others.
Ultra Brass is conducted by trumpet teacher Juha Untala.
Symphonic Wind Orchestra Pyynikin Puhaltajat
Pyynikin Puhaltajat consists of approximately 40 advanced music institute students and professional upper secondary level students playing woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Its repertoire consists of music composed for symphonic wind orchestra, such as symphonic pieces, church music and popular music. The orchestra performs twice a year in the Pyynikkisali concert hall and makes regular guest appearances elsewhere.
In 2013, Pyynikin Puhaltajat released a record including Linkola’s Saxophone Concerto (with soloist Joonatan Rautiola) and Gillingham’s Concerto for Percussion and Wind Orchestra. Pyynikin Puhaltajat has won the title of best Finnish wind orchestra in 2011 and 2014.
The orchestra is conducted by trumpet teacher Juha Untala.
Tampere Music Academy Big Band
The Music Academy Big Band debuted in a concert held in Tampere Hall in May 2013. The concert was conducted by Juha Untala and had singer Sami Pitkämö as a guest soloist. Other performers included Music Academy singing and dance students. The big band gives a concert approximately once a year.
Tampere Music Academy Sinfonietta
Tampere Music Academy Sinfonietta consists of basic level music students, many of whom played in a symphony orchestra for the first time in the orchestra’s debut concert in 2013. The concert was conducted by violin teacher Markus Tyrväinen and conductor Marjo Riihimäki. The concert was well received and the orchestra remains active.
Conservatory Music Institute Wind Orchestras
Playing in the wind orchestras is a part of all wind instrument studies. The wind orchestras practice once a week and give a concert 2-3 times per year. Students move to the next orchestra as their skill level grows.
Celsius is an orchestra for beginners and 1/3 level students. The students familiarize themselves with playing in an ensemble and learn the basics of playing in an orchestra. The rehearsals also include excercises in musical creativity (LUOMUS).
Borealis is an orchestra for 2/3 level students. They familiarize themselves with traditional and new wind orchestra repertoire.
Bofori is an orchestra for 3/3 level students. Bofori rehearses and performs symphonic wind orchestra repertoire. The orchestra also performs outside the Music Academy and arranges practice camps. Sometimes the orchestra also travels abroad to perform.
Conservatory Music Institute String Orchestras
Playing in the string orchestras is a part of all string instrument studies. The string orchestras practice once a week and give two concerts per semester. Students move to the next orchestra as their skill level grows.
Minijouset (”mini strings”) is an orchestra for children with at least one year of studies. The orchestra rehearses in two groups.
Lapsijouset (”child strings”) is an orchestra for level 1/3 students.
Juniorijouset (”junior strings”) is an orchestra for level 2/3 students.
Nuorisojouset (”youth strings”) is an orchestra for level 3/3 students.
Conservatory Music Institute Choirs
The music institute choirs rehearse once a week and perform a major concert in the spring with orchestras or other ensembles. The choirs are open for all music institute students, also those who already play in an orchestra. The choirs also welcome singers who do not study at the conservatory, and it’s completely free of charge. The choirs are lead by Johanna Lantto.
Kuorovalmennus (”choir school”) is a group for 7-9-year-olds introducing the voice as an instrument.
Lapsi- ja nuorisokuoro (children’s and youth choir) is a group for 10-19-year-olds.
To join the choirs, turn up at the rehearsals or contact the conductor.
Johanna Lantto, 050-590 9480, email@example.com