On July 19, 2018, we were overwhelmed by the beautiful sound of dozens of voices coming together as one at the Gala concert concluding the 14th International Songs for Sharing. We opened with “Our Gift for You” by Jerry Estes. As the voices of students and teachers rose together repeatedly quoting “This is our gift for you”, we couldn’t help but reflect on the events of the week and the “gift” that Suzuki Voice has become in our lives and studios.
Group photo from the Gala Recital during '14th International Songs for Sharing Suzuki Voice Conference' at Cultural House Martinus July 19th, 2018.
In the photo is also Mayor Ritva Viljanen and Cultural Director Annukka Larkio from City of Vantaa, Finland (on the left).
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The Suzuki Voice Program officially began in 1986. Its founding within the Suzuki community was the direct result of conversations between Dr. and Mrs. Suzuki (Japan) and Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki (Finland) before, during and after Dr. Kukkamäki's extended visit to Matsumoto in the Fall of 1986. Both Dr. and Mrs. Suzuki continued their approval of the program and its development from 1986 until their deaths in 1998 (Dr. Suzuki) and 2000 (Waltraud Suzuki).
Discovering the Suzuki Voice Program
I have been working as a professional singer for many years. Alongside performing, I teach singing at varying levels to different age groups. I thoroughly enjoy passing on my musical knowledge and performance experiences to young children. My vocal style and range sessions differ between children/adolescents and adults as younger students think in a less abstract way than adults.
Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki (Finland), ESA Suzuki Voice Teacher since 1986 and Trainer since 1991
Mette Heikkinen (Finland), ESA Suzuki Voice Teacher since 1988 and Trainer since 1993
Jaume Fargas i Fernàndez (Spain), ESA Suzuki Voice Teacher since 1992
Analia Capponi-Savolainen (Finland), ESA Suzuki Voice Teacher since 2000 and Trainer since 2012
Amelia Seyssel (USA), ESA Suzuki Voice Teacher since 2008
Suzuki Voice Program and Talent Education Institute of Singing celebrated its 30th Anniversary year November 27th 2016 in Finland.
The Suzuki Voice Program (previously known in English as “Suzuki Singing” and “Singing in the Suzuki Style”) has been developed by Doctor of Music Päivi Kukkamäki 1987—2003 with the same children during 17 years at Sibelius University, Docmus-department. The idea to start this program with expectant mothers came from Ilari Kukkamäki 1985. Over the years Dr. Kukkamäki has travelled to 21 countries, participated in 42 conferences, conventions and workshops: with lectures, program introductions, demonstrations with her own students and training new teachers.