THE 1st




October 17-19, 2015

Helsinki Music Centre / Sibelius Academy

the University of the Arts Helsinki

Address: Mannerheimintie 13A,

00100 Helsinki





The Jazz Department and the MuTri Doctoral School of the Sibelius Academy, University of Arts Helsinki invites

· jazz voice artistic researchers at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels

· jazz voice educators

· jazz voice performers

to take part in the first International Jazz Voice Conference.


The International Jazz Voice Conference in Helsinki is the first event of its type, organized for jazz singers by jazz singers. The first edition of the IJVC comes from the acute need for international specialists in the field to connect and interact. IJVC aims to raise awareness of the importance and significance of jazz singing among vocalists, musicians and the general public. IJVC is also a platform for connecting professionals.


Keynote speakers:


jazz vocalist, composer, arranger and educator (USA)



arranger, jazz pedagogue, singer and pianist (USA)


The conference will focus on artistry, education and research in the field of vocal jazz. The activities of the conference include lectures, presentations, workshops, panel discussions and concerts - all related to jazz voice. IJVC is envisioned to become an annual event.


Presentation formats:

· Lecture / presentation, 20 min (+5 min discussion)

· Lecture concert, 40 min (+10 min discussion) *

· Workshop, 40 min (+10 min discussion) *

* An accompanying house-band can be provided upon request


New Deadline for proposals: May 1, 2015


We welcome proposals on the following topics: vocal jazz improvisation, sound qualities and jazz voice technique, interpretation, traditional vocal jazz, history of vocal jazz, stylistic directions of vocal jazz, instrumentalists versus singers, vocal jazz pedagogy, vocal jazz research, and vocal jazz in different countries/cultures. Proposals on other topics related to jazz singing may also be considered, so please send your abstract and topic.

The language of the conference and all presentations is English.

Required documents:

· Curriculum vitae

· Proposal form:

Proposals will be peer-reviewed anonymously by a board of jazz professionals. All applicants will be notified regarding their acceptance via e-mail by May 25, 2015.


The final schedule of the conference will be announced in June, 2015.


Preliminary registration inquiries by e-mail to jenny.robson(at)

Official registration starts on May 2, 2015.


Registration fees:

· 100€ - presenters (including lunch and afternoon coffee with snacks for all 3 days)

· 160€ - guest (including lunch and afternoon coffee with snacks for all 3 days)

· 130€ - guest (without lunch and coffee)

· 70€ - guest - student price (without lunch and coffee)


Registration for all participants, including those not presenting in the conference, will be open until September 15, 2015. Early registration is strongly recommended. Participants will be expected to cover travel and accommodation expenses. We can help by offering a letter of recommendation in support of funding applications to any person who intends to participate in IJVC. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.


For more information, please contact:

Jenny Robson, jenny.robson(at)

MM, jazz vocalist, Doctoral candidate/Sibelius Academy

Elena Mindru, elena.mindru(at)

MM, jazz vocalist, Doctoral candidate/Sibelius Academy


The IJVC 2015 is sponsored by