The Musica choir was founded in 1977 at the University of Jyväskylä, Department of Music by Mr Pekka Kostiainen, who has conducted it ever since. There are about 30 singers in the choir. Many of them are studying music and because of the choir they have had an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and experience about choir music.
The purpose of Musica choir has always been to entertain both the audience and also the singers themselves. During the almost 40-year history of the choir it has performed vast scale of music: folklore, music from Renaissance and Baroque, sacred music and music from present-day composers. The choir has always had an open-minded attitude towards new things and therefore progress both in technique and interpretation has been gained.
Sound formation and warming up the voices are crucial. Minja Niiranen is leading the choir towards homogeneous and bright sound at the moment. The Musica choir has often gained recognition from not only the sound but the holistic interpretation of the music and the lyrics.
Contemporary music has always been part of the repertoire of the Musica choir. The idea has been to act as an instrument for the present-day composers. Naturally the choir has performed many compositions from its conductor, composer Mr Pekka Kostiainen. The choir also works together with the orchestra Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, normally once a year performing one masterpiece, for example Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B-minor and St. John Passion.
The Musica choir has also travelled abroad and recorded several albums. They took part in Festival of Songs, an international choir festival in Olomouc, Czech Republic in the beginning of June 2012 and returned home as the absolute winner of the whole festival.
The Musica choir has recorded Pekka Kostiainen’s music in a series of cds by Alba Records. Series called Kostiainen conducts Kostiainen includes cds:
Mull’ on heila ihana (I’ve got a sweetheart) 2000 (The Finnish choir record of the year)
Poikako vai tyttö? (Boy or Girl?) 2003
Mua tartu käteen, Herra (Oh Lord, please take my hand) 2007
Mater Nostra 2009
Ikirunoja (The Eternal Bard) 2014