Dommere

Hoveddommer: Ragnar Rasmussen – Norge

Rasmussen er utdannet kirkemusiker ved  Musikkonservatoriet i Trondheim og har undervist i musikk og direksjon i mange år i skoleverket. Rasmussen er i dag professor i kordireksjon ved, Universitetet i Tromsø og førsteamanuensis i ensembleledelse ved Institutt for musikk, NTNU i Trondheim. Han er i tillegg kormester ved  Kilden Teater- og konserthus, samt kunstnerisk leder for Kilden Vokalensemble. Tidligere har Rasmussen undervist ved  Norges musikkhøgskole i 2 år. Studieåret 2007 til 2008 var han gjesteprofessor ved Musikkakademiet, Universitetet i Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Ragnar Rasmussen har studert korledelse hos Eric Ericson og Stefan Sköld. Han har også gjennomført International Masterclass i orkesterdirigering hos Colin Metters i 2005, professor ved Royal Academy of Music i London, og Maestro Jorma Panula (Kungliga Musikhögskolan, Stockholm).

Helle Høyer Vedel – Danmark

Helle Høyer Vedel er uddannet på Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium, Aarhus (1984).

Fra 1981, hvor hun blev ansat som korleder på Aarhus Musikskole, har hun især beskæftiget sig med kor for børn og unge. I en lang årrække arbejdede hun med de yngste korsangere på musikskolen samt musikskolens ungdomskor, men siden 1999 har hun koncentreret sig om aldersgruppen 12 – 24 år og leder nu Aarhus Musikskoles Juniorkor, Aarhus Pigekor og siden januar 2016 Vokalensemblet Korvida.

På Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium har Helle Høyer Vedel siden 1986 delvist undervist studerende i børnekorledelse samt dirigeret Det Jyske Musikkonservatoriums Pigekor.

Sideløbende med arbejdet med de unge stemmer har Helle Høyer Vedel dirigeret flere blandede kor og i mange sammenhænge har hun været instruktør på korstævner og dirigentkurser og ved flere lejligheder dirigeret Aarhus Symfoniorkesters og Aarhus Jazzorchestra i forbindelse med samarbejdsprojekter.

Helle Høyer Vedel har i en årrække været formand for DAKUs musikudvalg, som bl.a. arrangerede dirigentuddannelse, udnævnelsen af ”Årets danske korkomponist” samt kompositionskonkurrencer.

Fra 2009 til 2013 var hun udpeget til at sidde i repræsentantskabet for Statens Kunstråd.

Gennem årene er det blevet til en del CD-indspilninger – og med Aarhus Pigekor er der opnået priser ved flere internationale korkonkurrencer, herunder 1. prisen i ”Let the Peoples sing” i München og ved World Choir Games i Letland og Sydafrika.

Nina T. Karlsen – Norge

Nina T. Karlsen (f. 1983) er utdannet dirigent, sanger, musikkpedagog og kirkemusiker ved Norges musikkhøgskole. Hun har studert hos blant andre Grete Pedersen, Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl og Mona Julsrud. Høsten 2010 fullførte hun sin mastergrad i dirigering med en eksamenskonsert med Det Norske Solistkor. Høsten 2012 tiltrådte hun som domkantor i Tønsberg med hovedansvaret for Tønsberg domkor. 

Nina T. Karlsen har vært ansatt som dirigent og kunstnerisk leder for Kammerkoret Ensemble 96 siden høsten 2011, og deres siste plate So is my love (2L, 2017) høstet gode kritikker og fikk en GRAMMY-nominasjon for Best Surround Sound Album.  Hun er mentor i Mentordningen for kordirigenter i Oslo i regi av Koralliansen, og er en ettertraktet seminarholder og gjestedirigent.

Mia Makaroff – Finland

Mia Makaroff(b.1970) is a composer, arranger, music teacher and a choir leader. In 2003, she graduated from the Sibelius Academy as a Master of Music in Music Education studies -her thesis was about creating a music teaching pedagogy using the therapeutical sides of music especially for to prevent drug addiction. Her work experience includes teaching music to school children and young people, composing, creating and conducting different music projects. Song-writing projects for young people are also a speciality of hers: altogether six school musicals have been written and performed by her pupils. Finnish folklore and poetry are great sources of inspiration in her composing work.
Many well-known song groups and choirs have brought Mia Makaroff’s music to a wider audience, such as Rajaton, King’s Singers, Amarcord and others. In 2006 she was asked to participate in an international Song Bridge-choir project as a composer. She has been teaching in mastercourses about composing for children’s choirs, in Neerpelt Belgium 2008, Aosta Italy 2010 and St Petersburg Russia 2014-2016.
She has also worked as a juror and a lecturer in choir competitions and festivals, for example in The Interkultur World Choral Games in Cincinnati 2012. Theatre music is one big interest of hers: 2012 was the premier of her first musical for children and adults called Kruunulapset, “Crown Children”. Since that she has written music for other plays as well. Now she has started an international children choral campaign against bullying.

Aarne Saluveer – Estland

  • Served international choral community as Member of Council of World Choir Games, Board Member, Musical Advisor and Steering Committee member of Europa Cantat, IFCM, Estonian Music Council, President of the Estonian Choral Association;
  • Has collaborated with Michael Jackson (“HiStory Tour”), Roxanna Panufnik, Eric Whitacre, Imogen Heap, Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Tõnu Kõrvits, Urmas Sisask, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra;
  • Since 1993 conducted the world biggest choir of more than 20,000 singers in front of an audience of 100,000 people at the Estonian Song Celebration
  • Artistic Director of the 10th Youth Song Celebration “Ilmapuu/World Tree“ (winner 1st Prize “Many Music in Europe” of the European Music Council presented at the World Music Council Forum/Los Angeles;
  • Presentations/master classes at the General Assemblies of Europa Cantat; IFCM World Symposium, articles in International Choral Bulletin and Europa Cantat Magazine;
  • Music Director concerts for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Their Majesties Japanese Emperor and Empress State Visit and European Film Awards Gala;
  • Recordings for Warner Classics, Melodija, Estonian National Broadcast, BBC, WDR, NRK,YLE, RAI, Danish Radio, USA, Asian and Russian TV Channels;

Order of the White Star 2004; Guido d’Arezzo Award; Estonian Public Broadcasting Musician of the Year Award, Estonian Choral Association Conductor of the Year; Estonian National Committe

Helene Stureborg – Sverige

Helene Stureborg, graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Church Music in 1990, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Choral Conducting in 1993 at the Royal University College of Music. She studied conducting with professor Gustaf Sjökvist, professor Eric Ericson and professor Kjell Ingebretsen. Since1990 she has been working as a conductor and music teacher at the Stockholm ‘s Musikgymnasium. In 1994 she became the conductor of Kongl Teknologkören at the Royal Institute of Technology and held that position until December 2002 when she became the conductor of the Stockholm ́s Musikgymnasium Chamber Choir. The choir has won several prices at competitions abroad, is often invited to festivals and ishighly respected. In 2011 she started Helene Stureborgs Chamber choir which won the Cork Int choral competiton in 2016. The two choirs are often engaged together in larger concerts and have sung with Andrea Bocelli, Ennio Morricone, Chess in Concert and others. Helene Stureborg has also been teaching choral conducting at the Royal University College of Music between 1996 and 2014 and between 2014 and 2017 she was a member of the Artistic Council of Statens Musikverk. Helene is frequently engaged to work with the Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson chamb er choir and other choirs and also works as conducting teacher and choral pedagogue at varying courses. In October 2017 she was appointed Choir Conductor of the Year by Gehrmans Musikförlag and the Swedish Choral Conductors Association. Helene was one of the two conductors during the World Youth Choir session 2018 in Inner Mongolia and China. In 2020 Helene and The Stockholm ́s Musikgymnasium Chamber choir are invited to perform during the World Symposium on Choral Music (IFCM) in Auckland.

Fred Sjöberg -Sverige