The Swedish singer, Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström (1879 – 1972) laid the basis for a true understanding of the human voice as well as the training and therapeutic application of it, fitting for our time. Between 1912 and 1924 in collaboration with Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) she developed a new singing schooling “die Schule der Stimmenthüllung” (uncovering the voice) drawing on the insights of spiritual science.

Since V.Werbeck-Svärdström´s death, her work has been continued in the artistic, pedagogical and therapeutic spheres under the leadership of Jürgen Schriefer. In Finland the singing work began in the mid-seventies. Out of courses and concerts grew the need for more intensive concentrated study and the question arose to found a school. Singing School was founded in Lahti, Finland 1990. Since 2001 the School is in Ilmajoki

The Singing School today

The central starting point for the studies is the personal musical and vocal aspiration of the student. Each voice and starting point is different. Very essential features in the studies are developing one’s ability to listen and finding one’s own voice. However, the musical co-operation with others is important as well. Thus, the gradually evolving musical listening guides the development of the voice with the help of the singing exercises.

The personal musical development and the musical teamwork projects provide a challenging antithesis, which gives rise to the question: How to find true equilibrium between the individual and the communal? For the Singing School this means a continuous task to find up-to-date methods. Students at the Singing School work closely together both, with their teachers, as well as with other students in accordance with the curriculum.


CHOIR WEEK 2021 – SINGING SCHOOL – FINLAND Address: Luovantie 125, 60760 Pojanluoma, Finland Time: 2.8. at 9:00 – 6.8. at 12:00 2021 Teachers: Judit Balint, Merja Palmu, Luc van Kessel, Holger Arden, Risto Suurla Course fee: 200€ Singing exercises according to the method developed by Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström. Folk songs and choir music from various composers. HOW TO GET THERE: The nearest town is Seinäjoki, some 19 kilometres from the Singing School. Seinäjoki is located in the west of Finland, 360 kilometres from Helsinki (5 hours by car, 4 hours by trane). Please check the Finnish railways website (in English) for trains to Seinäjoki: If you let us know what time you arrive to Seinäjoki railvay station, we will put you together with other arrivals and pick you up. Taxis are also available at the station. The taxi fare to the school is approximately 40 euro. ACCOMODATION: The school has a limited number of rooms. Beds are available for 20 euro per night per person in rooms of 2-3 persons. There are several comfortable hotels in Seinäjoki Centre. The price range is 75-120 euro for single rooms and 100-140 euro for double rooms, including breakfast. You can book online. LUNCH: You can have lunch at the school for 13 €/day, including lunch and coffee/tea at breaks. You are also free to use the kitchen. Please let us know if you will join common lunches and if you follow a special diet. DAILY PROGRAMME: 09.00-10.00 Singing exercises 10.00-10.30 Coffee break 10.30-12.00 Choir 12.00-13.30 Lunch break 13.30-14.15 Singing exercises 14.15-14.30 Coffee break 14.30-15.15 Choir 15.15-16.30 Movement On the last day, we will finish after lunch. Potential evening programme (lectures, solo singing) will be discussed later. Private singing lessons available. Information about Singing School in English and German at Please register by e-mail For more info or for help with the arrangements, please contact also or +358-6-4248808 VR train tickets. Search timetables and buy tickets – beinhaltet etwa 2600 1-4 stimmige Vokalmusikwerke von 1200 bis 1600 Jahrhundert in PDF- und XML- Form für freie gebrauch. Lade und singe.