About the Sibelius Academy Music Festival
Given the Finnish and Finnish-American roots of Finlandia University, it is apt that the university hosts an annual music festival featuring some of the most talented young musicians in Finland. The tradition of music at Finlandia University began early. Throughout much of the institution's history, the Suomi College Choir was an important component of student life. For decades, the men's and women's a capella chorus traveled throughout the Upper Peninsula and to many other locations in the Midwest, the United States, and Europe.
Since 1999, Finlandia University and the Sibelius Music Academy have collaborated to bring a taste of Finland's musical excellence to Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the Midwest. This annual international event promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of contemporary and traditional Finnish classical music, and strengthens Finnish-American ties with modern Finland. More than 50 Sibelius students have performed as part of this festival.
The Sibelius Academy
The internationally known Sibelius Academy was founded in 1882. The Academy is named for the much loved late 19th century Finnish composer Jean Sibelius who was both a student and professor at the Academy. The Sibelius Academy is the only university of music in Finland, and the largest in Scandinavia. It is an integral part of the system of higher education in Finland. In addition to providing music education the Sibelius Academy engages in performance and creative art and research, and is committed to the fostering of Finland's musical culture and cultural heritage.
In the arts, Finland is known as a musical superpower with opera singers like Karita Mattila, Soile Isokoski, Jorma Hynninen and Martti Talvela; conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä and Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and composer Jean Sibelius. All of them were trained at the Sibelius Music Academy of Helsinki, Finland.