Jyväskylä Female Choir (JyväskylänNaislaulajat) is one of the top female choirs in Finland both in terms of skills and activity. The choir was founded in 1952. Youthful and energetic, the choir is a musical home for close 40 ladies, who share love for music and a healthy artistic ambition. The picture was taken in February 2016 for our new album. The whole spring 2016 we sung Christmas carols and recorded 'TunnenJoulun' (I can feel Christmas) album in mid-April. It was published on 29th October, 2016.
Our conductor, the internationally acclaimed MsRita Varonen, received her Master’s degree in choral conducting and aural training at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. She also completed a degree in with band conducting and studied voice as one of her main subjects. She received second prize in the MarieleVentre conductor’s competition and got the best conductor’s prize in the ABB and Slovakia Cantat competitions. She was chosen as the “conductor of the year in Finland” in 2004 and received the Klemetti prize from Sulasol in 2012. She works as a senior lecturer of choir and orchestra conducting in JAMK University of Applied Sciences. She is in constant demand as an expert for workshops throughout the world.
In spring 2013 we participated in the Tampere International Choir festival and were awarded two silver labels. The end of the year and the spring 2014 were dedicated to orchestral cooperation. A concert was given in Jyväskylä in October 2013 with the Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra and another performance in spring 2014 in the opening of Vaasa Choral Festival accompanied by Vaasa City Symphony Orchestra.
In spring 2015 the choir and Rita Varonen prepared a very interesting program which was presented both in the 70th anniversary festival concert of the Finnish Female Choir Association in the Sibelius Hall in Lahti, Finland and in the CantaRode Choral Festival and Competition in the Netherlands, where Jyväskylä Female Choir ranked as the best female choir and fourth of all competitors.
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