Bernhardur Wilkinson (FO)

Bernhardur started his musical career at an early age as a chorister at Westminster Abbey.  He later went to the Royal Northern School of Music where he studied the flute. After finishing his Masters he secured the position of solo flautist with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Bernhardur was a member of the highly successful Reykjavik Wind Quintet, touring world wide, recording many CD’s and playing at such places as the Carnegie hall, Wigmore hall and Sidney Opera house. He later became assistant conductor of the Iceland Symphony and was also guest conductor of the St Petersburg philharmonic and the Radio Orchestra in Sofie. He also conducted two choirs in Iceland, Hljómeyki and the Philharmonic choir. In 2003 Bernhardur moved to the Faroe Islands where he is the conductor of the Symphony orchestra and Torshavn Kammerkor.


Sanna Valvanne (FI)

Sanna Valvanne is one of the most international and innovative Finnish choir conductors, the founding director of the Sing & Shine Choirs, and the Artistic Director of the 2017 Tampere Vocal Festival. She is recognized  for her creative choral method “Sing and Shine with Body and Soul”, and has been a popular guest conductor with hundreds of choirs and festivals around the world since 1994. A former singer, conductor’s assistant, and vocal trainer of the world famous Tapiola Choir, Sanna has a Masters Degree in Music, from the Sibelius Academy. Sanna spent 11 years in the USA  focusing her work in New York City with El Sistema inspired music programs for children in underserved communities. She then returned to Finland in 2016, to launch her own choir organization, the Sing and Shine Choirs, to provide creative, community oriented and empowering choral training for all ages in the Helsinki Capital area.

Workshop 2 – FEMALE CHOIRS

Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde (NO)

Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde is the conductor and artistic director of the professional choir Kilden Vokalensemble as well as Den norske Studentersangforening and Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening, two leading academic choirs based at the University of Oslo.
Weyde is Assistant Professor of conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music and gives postgraduate classes in ensemble singing at the University of Agder.
Weyde regularly holds seminars, workshops and master classes, for both conductors and singers.
She is also a frequent jury member in several choir competitions.
She has contributed to numerous recordings; as a singer, as a flutist, and as a conductor.
Weyde has won several national and international competitions with her choirs and as a conductor e.g. at the International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition in Linz.

Workshop 3 – MALE CHOIRS

Garðar Cortes (IS) and Robert Sund (SE)

Garðar Cortes has been involved in many aspects of the Icelandic music scene. He founded the Singing School in Reykjavík and has been its principal from the beginning. He founded the Icelandic Opera and was the opera director for the first two decades. He has also worked as an opera singer, teacher, choir director and conductor and performed as such, domestically and abroad. Garðar has received various awards for his initiative and work in music, such as the first Bröste Optimism Prize for the establishment of the Icelandic Opera. He has also been honored with the Icelandic word for falcon and received the Visa Culture Prize.

Robert Sund sings, plays, arranges, composes and conducts. As a singer he has been a member of the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and the legendary Kvintetten Olsson. For 10 years he has been pianist and singer in the jazz ensemble Trio Con Fuse. Robert arranges and composes mainly for choirs.  He has written more than 700 works for different choir categories. For many years Robert was the conductor of the male choir Orphei Drängar and the mixed choir Allmänna Sången and he founded and was the leader of both the female choir La Cappella, the youth choir Uppsala Musikskolas Kammarkör  and the Robert Sund Chamber Choir. He also has travelled all over the world as guest conductor and jury member at many choir competitions.


Line Groth (DK)

Line Groth is a recognized singer, conductor and arranger from Denmark.  She teaches arranging and choir conducting at The Royal Academy of Music (DK) and at Codarts University of Arts (NL). And she has been teaching choirs, singers and conductors all over Europe.
As singer, arranger and co-conductor in the world famous Danish choir, Vocal Line for more than a decade, she has sung concerts all over the world and performed with The Rolling Stones and Bobby McFerrin a.o.
Line Groth sings in the award-winning electronic vocal group, Postyr. And she has just established the ambitious a cappella choir, NABLA in her home town, Aalborg. 

Workshop 5 – RYTHMIC CHOIR

Anci Hjulström (SE)

Anci Hjulström is a singer, in several bands/ensembles, music actress, music and theatre director, pedagogue in music communication and coach in creativity. Educated at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg University, Anci has a Master in Fine Arts and different Theatre/Actors educations. She has long term cooperations creating scenic music performances with orchestras, bands, ensembles, choirs (e.g. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Folk Theatre in Gothenburg, Gothenburg Wind Orchestra, all kinds of choirs worldwide. Anci has given workshops and master classes in Music Communication with choirs, musicians, ensembles, music academies and opera houses. She is a member of the artistic board and co-creator of the pioneer Scenic Choir Amanda. Anci has been awarded as ”National Director” of The Swedish Choral Association 2010 and 2011 for her unique way of finding the personal voices of the choir singers and the Madeleine Uggla Award 2017 for inspiring Swedish Choirs to develop new kinds of creative concerts to reach a new audience.

Workshop 6 – SCENIC CHOIR

Hreiðar Ingi Þorsteinsson (IS)

H. I. Thorsteinsson (b.1978) graduated from the department of musical education at the Reykjavík College of Music in 2001 and obtained his bachelor ́s degree in composition from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2007. In 2008 Thorsteinsson completed a final examination in vocal studies from The Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts and the following year he completed two postgraduate diplomas, in composition and in choral conducting, from JAMK University of Applied Science in Jyväskylä, Finland. Thorsteinsson then sought further education in Estonia, at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, where he completed his master ́s degree in composition with distinction in 2011. Thorsteinsson currently conducts two choirs in Reykjavík: The Choir of Hamrahlíð College and Huldur Chamber Choir.


Sigrún Sævarsdóttir Griffiths (IS)

Sigrún Sævarsdóttir-Griffiths is a musician, educator and music leader, working within higher education as well as specialist artistic and community contexts across the UK, Europe, the US and Asia. Between 2008-2019 Sigrun was Course Leader of the Masters in Leadership Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she continues to lecture and lead artistic work.  Sigrún is a visiting lecturer at the Iceland Arts Academy and leads creative music projects internationally, in a vast range of community contexts, particularly with vulnerable adults and children. She is founder and artistic director of MetamorPhonics, ( ) a community interest company establishing musical bands in collaboration with higher education institutions, orchestras and homeless charities around the world.


Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson (IS)

Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson was chief conductor of the North-Iceland Symphony Orchestra for 20 years and Caput chamber orchestra for 18 years. He was music director of The Icelandic Opera for 5 years and has conducted the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra. Guðmundur Óli is conductor of South-Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He has been conductor of various choirs and is conductor of Kammerkór Norðurlands with whom he has worked since 2000.  Guðmundur Óli conducted workshops at Kórastefna við Mývatn 2003-2009 and workshops at the national choir festivals of Icelandic Male Choirs and Icelandic Female Choirs as well as the workshops at the Nordic-Baltic Choral Festival in Helsinki 2012 and the Nordklang festival in Helsingborg 2019. 


Michael McGlynn (IE)

Michael McGlynn is composer and Artistic Director for the vocal ensembles ANÚNA, M’ANAM  and Systir. His compositions are performed all over the world by artists as diverse as Chanticleer  and Sheryl Crow. ANÚNA is regarded as one of the finest choirs on the planet with a unique ethos  that spans video game soundtracks to the BBC Proms. He was Eminent Scholar at Florida Atlantic  University and received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Arts and Humanities from University  College Dublin. Michael is an accomplished film-maker, cold- water swimmer and not-very-skilled surfer. He lives with his family in Dublin, Ireland.

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