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The Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala is a mixed choir with approximately 35 singers. Our extensive repertoire encompasses early music as well as new music written for the choir. Performing contemporary a cappella music has become our speciality; examples include first performances of Swedish composers such as Lars Edlund and Sven-David Sandström.

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We are mainly looking for tenors and basses but welcome applicants in all voices. Read more and register your interest here by August 26.

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1 July 2024

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A new conductor is appointed for the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala

Rebecka Gustafsson

The Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala (UAK) will enter a new era with a new conductor starting autumn of 2023.

UAK has a tradition of renewal and has since its inception in 1957 taken on both the modern a cappella music as well as the early music and everything in between. The choir was initiated by Folke Bohlin and was the first mixed choir with a higher level of ambition in academic choral life in Uppsala – Allmänna Sången was then still a male choir.

During its first years the choir was led by the legendary Eric Ericson and after him other renowned conductors have been its artistic directors, in turn Dan-Olof Stenlund, Anders Eby, and Stefan Parkman. The latter will make his final season with UAK in the spring of 2023 after a very successful forty-year collaboration.

From autumn 2023, Rebecka Gustafsson will take over as conductor and artistic director of UAK. She is already a well-known name to the Uppsala audience as conductor of Västgöta Nations Male Choir Korgossarna since 2015, and as guest conductor of the Uppsala-based Verano Vokalensemble. Rebecka Gustafsson is a trained singing teacher at the Academy of Music in Örebro, has a bachelor's degree in choral conducting from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and has studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, where she received her master's degree in choral conducting in May 2019. Rebecka Gustafsson is based in Stockholm where she is employed as a choir leader at Immanuel Church.

12 April 2023 • photo: Gustaf Elfstrand

Missa Praesentis Dialectica in Älvsborg church

Missa Praesentis Dialectica, a mass in our time, is a work by Paula af Malmborg Ward that was premiered at the Church Music Symposium in September 2022. In January 2023, the work was performed again, this time in Älvsborg Church, Västra Frölunda, Gothenburg, with the same choir, soloists, orchestra and conductor.

The concert was recorded and can be viewed on Västra Frölunda pastorate's website.

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10 April 2023

Recording from the New Year's concert 2022

The New Year's Concert 2022 in the Uppsala university hall was broadcast live on the Internet by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The recording remains available online to enjoy whenever desired.

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2 January 2022

New album: Sacred Treasures

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The Düben collection at the university library Carolina Rediviva in Uppsala is a real treasure. Gustav Düben held the position of court musician at the Swedish court between 1663 and 1690 and was a frequent visitor to Lübeck, where he socialized with the leading musicians Franz Tunder and Dietrich Buxtehude, both organists in St. Mary's Church. After Gustav Düben's death, the music collection was donated to Carolina Rediviva. Tunder and Buxtehude's organ music has been preserved in several places, but their vocal music exists in principle only in the form of the manuscript copies that Gustav Düben made or had made.

For this recording, a program was selected with the intention to recreate a soundscape from St. Mary's Church in the 17th century, parts of which could also be heard in Stockholm at the Royal Court and the German Church. All music is related to St. Mary's Church and the selection has been made by musicologist and Düben expert Kerala J. Snyder. Several of the works come from the Düben collection and some are world premiere recordings, including works by Paolo Quagliati (1555-1628) and Simone Vesi (active 1638-1667).

The program was performed for the first time at the European Day of Early Music, 21 March 2017, when UAK together with soloists from WDR Rundfunkchor Köln and the newly formed ensemble Uppsala Consort gave a concert in the German Church in Stockholm. The concert was broadcast on Swedish radio P2 and large parts of Europe through the EBU. A concert was also given in Uppsala Cathedral.

In September 2017, UAK, the soloist ensemble and Uppsala Consort went on tour with the program to the Baroque music festival Lübecker Buxtehude Tage, as well as to Greifswald and Hamburg. To our great delight the story did not end there, but in September 2019 the program was recorded in Bälinge church outside Uppsala. A recording that is now finalized and ready to enjoy thanks to conductor Stefan Parkman, producer Gunnar Andersson and recording technician Per Sjösten from Footprint Records.

Dagens Nyheter wrote on September 13, 2020: "Here the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala and the Uppsala Consort under the direction of Stefan Parkman excel in music by Schütz, Tunder, Buxtehude, Vesi and Quagliati which in its vibrant beauty conveys the sensation of how all the horrors of the /thirty-year/ war have faded away like morning stars."

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1 November 2020

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