Tampere Philharmonic Choir 

Tampere Philharmonic Choir

Tampere Philharmonic Choir was founded in the Autumn 1990 with backing from the City of Tampere, Tampere Hall and the Tampere Evangelical-Lutheran Parishes. The motivation was to create a choir that could represent the City of Tampere and be large enough to perform major choral works.

Throughout the choir's history it has pursued two parallel lines of repertoire: major choral works with orchestra, and independent a cappella productions. The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra is the choir's most important partner, but the choir has also appeared with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Estonian Theatre. 

A cappella concerts have played an important part in the shaping and development of the choir's sound. In all, the Tampere Philharmonic Choir has given or appeared in over 120 concerts and dozens of smaller functions in Estonia as well as Finland. Except for famous choral works, the choir's repertoire also includes rarities like Belshazzar Oratorio by Georg Friedrich Händel, Robert Schumann's Requiem (both of which were Finnish premieres), Uuno Klami's Psalmus and Einar Englund's Sixth Symphony.

The choir has contributed to two recordings by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra: the premiere recording of Sibelius's Press Celebrations Music (ODE 913.2), which received three recording prizes, and Einar Englund's Sixth Symphony (ODE 951-2), which received the Janne Award of the Finnish National Group of the IFPI in 2001. The choir's first a cappella recording came out in spring 2002.

The Tampere Philharmonic Choir has an active membership of about 90, most of whom are involved with music in a variety of ways. The current Artistic Director of the choir is Jani Sivén.

Jani Sivén graduated as a Master of Music from Sibelius Academy in 2000, majoring in orchestral and choral conducting. Since then he has taken part in masterclasses from e.g. Eric Ericsson, Per Borin and Petri Sakari and Murry Sidlin. Jani Sivén has studied the performance traditions of old music in the guidance of e.g. Andrew Lawrence-King, Peter Kooy, Evelyn Tubb, Päivi Järviö and Anders Öhrwall. 

At the moment Sivén works as a choral conductor, orchestral conductor, composer, countertenor and a teacher.
The assistant director Sari Oksavuori has graduated as a church organist from Tampere Conservatoire in 2001 and got a Master's degree in music from Sibelius Academy Kuopio Department in 2005. She has studied choral conducting with teachers such as Timo Nuoranne, Jorma Hannikainen, Heikki Liimola, Seppo Murto and Kari Turunen and has a degree in choral conducting. She is also an accomplished cantor-organist. 

Presently Sari Oksavuori works as an appointed cantor in Ylöjärvi.