Corona, Queens, NY.  April 18th-23rd,  2011

at P.S. 19Q  The Marino Jeantet School

(98-02 Roosevelt Ave Corona, NY 11368)

The Spring 2011 Corona Children’s Chorus Day-Camp will take place at P.S. 19Q in Corona, Queens.  It will gather around 150 children, ages 9-15 from the neighborhood and beyond. This tuition-free day-camp will also include a training workshop for music teachers and children’s chorus conductors from the area schools, El Sistema inspired program teachers, and other teachers and conductors interested.  

Finnish Children’s Choir conductor Sanna Valvanne will lead both activities.  The camp will close a concert in Corona on April 23rd, 2011. This camp is the second children’s chorus camp in Corona, organized by the Corona Youth Music Chorus.  In August 2010, the first camp gathered around 100 children who worked intensively for 10 days to learn 12 songs in 13 different languages.

Schedule from April Monday 18th to Thursday 21st (Spring Break)

  1. 9:30-10:00      Students’ Check-in

  2. 10:00-11:00    Warm ups & Singing

  3. 11:00-11:15    Morning    Break

  4. 11:15-12:00    Singing

  5. 12:00-1:00      Lunch Break

  6. 1:00-1:50       *Singing

  7. 1:50-2:00        Afternoon Break

  8. 2:00-3:00       *Drumming or other activity

(On Friday April 23rd P.S. 19Q will be closed, and there will be no Choir activities)


Saturday April 23rd, at 3:00 pm, at P.S. 19Q

The Corona Children’s Chorus Camp is tuition-free, and open to children 9-15 years old from Corona and beyond.  If you want your child to participate, please fill this registration form.

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: “Making Music Body and Soul”, which combines vocal expression with movement and drama. She is a popular clinician and guest conductor with choirs globally. Sanna's Warm Ups DVD was published in 2010. It presents the special exercises Sanna has created for warming up and freeing the voice and the group dynamics.

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. In 2008, she was a selected presenter at the 8th World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen, and was chosen by the IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music) to the Songbridge Artistic Committee. During the past two years Sanna has been guest conducting in Taiwan, Canada, USA, Israel, Palestine, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, and at the Europa Cantat 2009 Festival in the Netherlands.  Some of the highlights include her concert with the Tapiola Choir, in Finland, and working with adult choirs and Simon Carrington at the Sing Aotearoa 09 festival, in New Zealand.  She recently planned and conducted the Corona Children's Chorus Camp for 100 new singers in Queens, New York. This was the start of the Corona Youth Music Project, inspired by El Systema, the famous  Venezuelan Youth Orchestra Movement. In 2011 she continues with the Corona Children's Chorus projects and has invitations to Norway, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Italy, and USA.

Since 2005, Sanna has been living in the USA, where she brought her cutting edge approach to the North American Choral Company, as its artistic director (2005-2008). In Finland, her children’s and youth choir program with the Kameleontti Choirs, was loved by children of all ages. The popularity led to a series of  TV-programs on the Finnish National Broadcasting Company, featuring a musical journey around the world with Sanna and her choirs.

Sanna has her Master’s Degree in Music, from 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.

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Corona Children’s Chorus Spring Camp