46th Nordic Orchestra Conference, Helsinki

Shaping out Tomorrow

Finnish National Opera and Ballet &  Musiikkitalo


Wed 11.10. & Thu 12.10. Finnish National Opera and Ballet (FNOB), Almi Hall Foyer
Fri 13.10. Musiikkitalo, Sonore

Almi Hall Foyer: Helsinginkatu 58
Entrance from Töölönlahti (east side)

Musiikkitalo, Sonore: Mannerheimintie 1
Entrance from the Oodi Public Library / Kansalaistori is on the 3rd floor.
Sonore is located on the 1st floor.

Wednesday 11.10.
Location: FNOB, Almi Hall Foyer

Shaping out Tomorrow

10.00–11.00  Morning coffee and registration

11.00–11.10  Welcome wordsSari Multala, Minister of Science and Culture 

11.10–12.25 Country reports 

12.30–13.00 Panel discussion
Moderator Pekka Seppänen, Chair of Board, Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras

13.00–14.00 Conference lunch, Main Foyer

14.00–15.00 Keynote speech: Shaping out Tomorrow, Toks Dada, Head of Classical Music at Southbank Centre, and an ISPA Fellow
Discussion moderator: Thomas de Mallet Burgess, Artistic Director of Finnish National Opera

15.00–15.15 Coffee break (15 min)

15.15–16.30  Presentation of The Nordic Green Orchestra Guide
Asbjørn Keiding, director, DEOO, Lars B Winther, Barc Scandinavia, Jacob Teglgaard Bæredygtigt Kulturliv NU and Jökull Torfason, Artistic Administration from Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Jökull Torfason will facilitate a short open debate with all participants. Topic: "next step from here”.

18.00 City of Helsinki reception, Oodi Library, Töölönlahdenkatu 4

19.30 Conference dinner, Restaurant Pörssi, Fabianinkatu 14

Thursday 12.10.
Location: FNOB, Almi Hall Foyer 

Orchestras as working communities 

FNOB, Almi hall foyer

9.30–10.00 Morning coffee

10.00–11.00  Towards dialogue and interaction

Career supervision for orchestra musicians – Creative potential in constructing communality and reverenging individuality
Pauliina Valtasaari, Orchestra manager, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Doctor of Music

Towards dialogue and unity in orchestral organisations – How can interaction and collaboration be fostered within an orchestral organisation?
M.Soc.Sc, M.Mus Päivi Rissanen, M.Psych., M.Mus. Helmi Kuusi, Virite

Work community guide, case Jyväskylä Sinfonia
General manager Emma Anttila and violist Maria Mangeloja, Jyväskylä Sinfonia

Discussion: How can interaction and collaboration be supported within an orchestral organisation?
Moderator: Anna Kondracka, Orchestra Manager, FNOB Orchestra

11.00–11.15 Coffee Break (15 min)

11.15–12.00 On musicians well-being

Musicians/pedagogues working together with health care professionals 

Occupational health care and musician

Musician's Clinic at Helsinki Music Hall Multidisciplinary approach to musician's complicated health

Erja Joukamo-Ampuja, Licentiate of Music, Senior Lecturer of Horn, Sibelius Academy
Miikka Peltomaa, MD, PhD, Adjunct Professor (Specialist in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Special Competence in Musicians’ Medicine)

12.00–13.00 Conference Lunch 

13.00–13.50 Brain ergonomy in administrative work & management. How to handle multi-tasking? Minna Huotilainen, professor, neuroscientist, Finnish Centre of Excellence in Music, Mind, Body and Brain, University of Helsinki


13.50–14.05 Interval program

  • Exercise with FNOB Physio Team
  • Music: Samuli Peltonen, cello and Outi Rajamäki, piano

14.05–14.45 Roundtable sessions: Best practices 

  • All things Chief conductors 
  • Programming in the modern atmosphere 
  • Auditions – do we need a change? 
  • Touring – why and how?  
  • Audience outreach – new ideas?
  • Principals as team leaders? 
  • Communication – is it just tons of emails, hunting clicks or something deeper? 
  • Orchestra committee – management’s greatest ally? 

14.45–15.05 Coffee break (20 min)

15.05-15.45 The results of the roundtable sessions, presented by the leaders of the table discussions. Minna Huotilainen comments on the results from the perspective of brain research.

16.00–16.45 Finnish National Opera house tour (optional)

19.00 Finnish National Opera and Ballet: Don Giovanni
Conductor: Tarmo Peltokoski
          Interval drinks 

Friday 13.10.
Location: Musiikkitalo, Sonore (1st floor)

Focus on future talents

9.30–10.00 Morning coffee, Main Foyer 

10.00–10.10 Welcome words: Emilie Gardberg, Dean of the Sibelius Academy at the University of the Arts

10.1010.20 Music

Duo Eclipse
Laure Paris, clarinet
Leïla Martin, percussion

Duo Eclipse is the rare combination of the round and sparkling clarinet, and the deep and warm marimba. The sounds intertwine in an eclectic repertoire from Bach to Bartok by way of Fauré to Piazzolla, offering a large color palette of atmospheres and caracteres. The two players, from France, are studying in the Sibelius Academy.

10.20–11.00 Educational cooperation between the university and orchestras
Markus Utrio, Vice-dean of the Sibelius Academy at the University of the Arts 

11.00–11.15  Break (15 min)

11.15–11.35 From Education to Working Life
Sakari Oramo, professor of orchestra education and conducting studies at SibA

11.35–11.55 Pressures of young conductors: Discussion between Tarmo Peltokoski & Sakari Oramo 

12.00–12.30 The arc of well-being from studying to working life
Päivi Arjas, lecturer of performance and learning coaching at SibA

12.30–12.45 Conclusion, announcing the next NOC conference days

12.45–13.45 Lunch at Musiikkitalo, Main Foyer

13.45 Outdoor swimming & saunas at Löyly Helsinki (optional)
Price 23€ (incl. towel & shampoo) – bring your own bathing suit!

Joint departure 13:45 from 


Swimming & saunas 14.30-16.30
Back to hotel around 17.00

18.00 Concert intro: Sebastian Fagerlund & John Storgårds, interviewed by Eva Tigerstedt (in Swedish)
Musiikkitalo, Lower Foyer

19.00 Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra concert: RSO & John Storgårds
Musiikkitalo, Concert Hall

The programme will be updated on this website and on the Eventee app, published before the conference. 


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To confirm your registration, please make the payment to SUOSIO (Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras) right after signing up. Payment information can be found here:



620 € Early Bird - registration before 25.8.
690 € Normal price - registration after 25.8.

Lunch and coffee for all conference days, conference dinner on 11.10. and two concerts (12.10. Don Giovanni at FNOB, 13.10. Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra & John Storgårds) are included in the price.

Cancellations policy:
- Free cancellation until 10.9.
- 50% refund from cancellations made before 1.10.
- For cancellations made after 1.10. The Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras is entitled to collect the entire participation fee.


The conference hotel is Crowne Plaza Helsinki Hesperia. Reservation information here.