Pihlaja (rowantree) is a female choir from Helsinki, Finland. The choir was founded in 2003, and was from 2003 until September 2019 conducted by director cantus Marjasisko Varha, the cantor of Viikki church. Now during Autumn 2019, Pihlaja choir is conducted by musician Tiia Maria Saari.
Some of the singers in the Pihlaja Choir started singing years ago in children’s and youth choir Pihlajanmarjat. There are 12 singers in the Pihlaja Choir at the moment.
Pihlaja Choir sings regularly at church services, congregational events and concerts. The choir’s repertoire consists of joyful and rhythmic sacred music as well as traditional music and folk songs. The choir has also a large repertoire of songs in English. Many of the choir singers also appear as soloists or as accompanists. The choir has recorded three albums - Näin unta kesästä kerran (2004 - trad. Finnish music), Enkelten laulua kaipaan (2007 - Christmas songs), and Luojan lapsesta laulelen (2018 - Christmas songs).
Pihlaja Choir has attended the international Tampere Vocal Music Festival four times (2003, 2005, 2007, 2013 and 2017), and has traveled and performed in various different countries. For example, in July 2011 & 2019 Pihlaja Choir took part in an international choral festival in Italy, and in spring 2016 Pihlaja traveled to the Hague in the Netherlands.
Conductor Tiia Maria Saari
Address: Agronominkatu 5, 00790 Helsinki, Finland
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