Sanna Valvanne (Finland)
Sanna Valvanne is an innovative conductor from Finland, specialized in children’s and youth choirs. She is recognized worldwide for her holistic and creative choral method: “Sing and Shine With Body and Soul”, which combines vocal expression with movement and drama. She is a popular clinician and guest conductor with choirs around the world. Sanna’s special Warm Ups are published as a DVD and available from her website. Her new Sing&Shine Repertoire DVD along with scores for Sanna’s popular arrangemements will be published in June 2015 also on her website.
Sanna has made frequent appearances at renowned international choral festivals, such as Festival 500 (St. John’s, Canada) and many Europa Cantat (European Federation of Young Choirs) events. She was chosen to present her method at the World Symposium on Choral Music in 2014, held in Seoul Korea, and in 2008 in Copenhagen. She was chosen by the IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music) to the Songbridge Artistic Committee in 2008 and she initiated and was the artistic director of the Songbridge in Tourin, Italy in 2011.
Sanna has her Master’s Degree in Music, from the Sibelius Academy, in Helsinki. She is a graduate from the world-famous Tapiola Choir. Sanna sang in the choir for 13 years and continued as its vocal trainer and conductor’s assistant to both Professor Erkki Pohjola and Kari Ala-Pöllänen.
Apart from music education, Sanna is a talented singer, songwriter, actor and a versatile performer. She has performed her songs and shows in concerts, theaters and on television.