Head of Department: Anna Maria Koziomitzis
The Classical Music Department offers qualified professional training in singing and for most groups of instruments in the western classical tradition.
Departmental responsibilities also include study programmes for church musicians and early music, as well as the Chamber Music focused study programmes in string instruments and piano at Edsberg Manor.
Most of the teachers are professional musicians of supreme international standing, which guarantees both the upholding of tradition and participation in new musical developments.
The department maintains an extensive range of chamber music and orchestral activities. It also provides the instrumental tuition within the study programmes for prospective instrumental- and ensemble teachers.
This department is responsible for the KMH Church Music programme. The programme centres round instruction in organ and vocal subjects, supplemented by organ maintenance, organ methodology, liturgy and liturgical singing and conducting. In addition to instruments of its own, the Department has access to many of the fine organs in Stockholm’s churches.
These studies focus on the classical repertoire from medieval times down to and including the early Romantic period, addressing relation to historical performing practice and the interpretation of music on authentic instruments and with historical playing/singing techniques. The courses take the form both of integrated, specialised study programmes and general courses for other classical music programmes.
Orchestras and Chamber Music
The students perform in regularly active KMH ensembles, such as the KMH Symphony Orchestra, the KMH String Orchestra, Stora Brasset, the KMH Symphonic Wind Orchestra, the KMH Serenade Ensemble and the Futurum Ensemble, as well as numerous ad hoc chamber music constellations. Several chamber ensembles founded within the study programmes have subsequently established themselves on a professional basis.
Concerts and events
The Department takes part in many of the hundreds of concerts which KMH gives every year, added to which, it organises numerous concerts and extensive concert tours of its own, both in Sweden and abroad.
Soloists and music educators of international standing are co-opted as visiting teachers, providing new impulses and renewal. Foreign students are admitted both on a regular basis and as visiting and exchange students.