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Vox Aurea Choir

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Vox Aurea, Golden Voice, is the representative Children’s Choir of Jyväskylä. The choir ranks among Finland’s top youth choral ensembles and is held in exceptionally high standing internationally. The choir is conducted by music educator, Sanna Salminen (Phil.Lic.).

Vox Aurea was founded in 1968 by music educator Torsten Lindfors with pupils from the special music classes of the Jyväskylä school system. The choir quickly rose to prominence as one of Finland’s leading youth choirs and has since been awarded consistently in national and international competitions. Following Lindfors, the choir was led by Kari Ala-Pöllänen until his appointment to conduct the illustrious Tapiola Choir in 1994. From 1994 to 2008 the choir was led by internationally renowned composer and choirmaster Pekka Kostiainen, and Vox Aurea remains a respected interpreter of Kostiainen’s choral works to this day.

Music educator and choir leader Sanna Salminen, who served alongside Kostiainen for several years as voice trainer and assistant conductor, was elected to lead the choir in 2009. In addition to her service to the choir, Salminen works as a teacher of music pedagogy at the University of Jyväskylä.

Vox Aurea has been at the forefront of youth choirs worldwide for half a century. The choir performs regularly throughout Finland and in Europe and has gained audiences as far afield as Asia, North America and Africa. Vox Aurea has also recorded an innovative range of musical styles throughout its history. The choir’s most recent recording, Aalloilla (‘Waves’) from 2014, showcases folk influences from around the world.

Vox Aurea currently comprises almost 60 children and young adults, selected by audition, ranging from 11-18 years of age. The KolmeKuutoset choir, led by MA Suvi Airaksinen, serves as a preparatory choir for Vox Aurea, and the work of the special music classes offered in Jyväskylä schools provides a solid foundation for the musical talent of Vox Aurea.

Vox Aurea gives its singers an opportunity to practice singing under professional guidance and to develop to perform at an international level. Singing in Vox Aurea is goal-directed, long-term work that supports the growth and musical development of its young members in many ways. For many Vox Aurea singers, music has become a profession or lifelong passion, and long-term friendships forged in the choir continue far into adulthood.