Hoveddommer: Ragnar Rasmussen – Norge
Ragnar Rasmussen er professor i kordirigering ved Det Kunstfaglige Fakultet, UiT Norges Arktiske Universitet, og ved Institutt for musikk, NTNU.
Han jobber jevnlig som gjestedirigent for profesjonelle kor og orkestre rundt i verden, og er en mye brukt lærer ved internasjonale masterclasser for kordirigenter, samt dommer ved kor- og dirigentkonkurranser.
Rasmussen er også medlem av Komponistforeningen.
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
Fred Sjöberg, born 1953, studied vocal and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and Örebro. Among others he has studied with Prof. Solvieg Grippe, Prof. Eric Ericson and Prof. Helmuth Rilling. He often works as choral/orchestral conductor, lecturer, workshop leader, innovator, administrator or tenor soloist and has been a member in Eric Ericson Chamber Choir for many years. He works in many various music styles and is often asked worldwide to work in the field of pop and jazz.
Fred Sjöberg was in the executive committe for the 2nd World Symposium on Choral Music 1990 in Stockholm arranged by the International Federation on Choral Music and has from that time been working regurarly on the international choral scene either as guest conductor, lecturer, judge or as an administrator. He’s international experience gives him a global view of choral trends, repertoire, techniques and network.
He has been the first conductor to conduct the three major international youth choirs as World Youth Choir, World Chamber Choir and European Youth Choir touring through many of the European countries and making CD recordings with the ensembles. 2008-2011 he was the principal conductor of the French National Youth Choir. 2012 he was the principal conductor of the first edition of Japan National Youth Choir. He has been the principal conductor for Örebro Chamber Choir since 1983.
1980-1995 he was a choral consultant for the county of Örebro. 1995-1997 he was the Artistic Director for the international festival Scandinavian Bach Academy and 1997-2004 he was the Music Director and conductor of the project “Tones for Millions” which includes concerts all over Sweden with a highlight at the Globe Arena in Stockholm with a mass choir with over 4.000 singers, competitions, National TV-programs etc. Since 2000-2004 he was also the Music Director of the Swedish Choral Centre at the Swedish Concert Institute.
2005-2006 he was the Artistic Director for Lund International Choral Festival. From 2008 he is Music Director for SWICCO Swedish International Choral Center in Örebro, Sweden. Since 2011 he is the principal conductor of the biggest outdoor Christmas Concert broadcasted on National –TV in Sweden. From 2015 he is General Artistic Director at Interkultur, Germany. From the same year he is also Guest Professor in Choral Conducting at Ionian University, Greece.
He is able to inspire a broad constituency of artists, business leaders and scholars.
In 1991 Jens Johansen formed Vocal Line and has since then been the choir’s permanent conductor and focal point.
Jens Johansen is educated from the department of Musicology at the University of Aarhus and has later taken a musically theoretic and pedagogic exam at the Royal Music Academy, Aarhus. Today he works as an associate professor in musicology at the University of Aarhus.
Jens Johansen formed Vocal Line on the basis of a wish to create a vocal ensemble that would become able to take the lead of the developing of rhythmic choir singing in Denmark. At the very early stages the goal was to contribute to the construction of a stronger position for rhythmic choir singing, so that it would become perceived as concert music worth listening to. Also, the wish was to prioritise other elements than the ones solely made from entertaining dimensions. The starting point was Nordic choir music mixed with pop, rock and jazz.
Today Vocal Line and Jens Johansen are very well known in the circles of choir music all across the world. Jens Johansen is an often requested teacher and choir instructor, and has given courses and seminars to choir singers and conductors in several countries such as all the Nordic countries as well as Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, USA and Brazil.
Throughout the years Jens Johansen has published countless compositions and arrangements to the delight of choir singers all over the world. He is a long-time member of the board of ‘KOR 72’ and has most recently been the principal organiser and chairman of the ‘Aarhus Vocal Festival’, the biggest festival for modern rhythmic a cappella music of the North.