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Sanna Valvanne


Sanna Valvanne is an innovative conductor, versatile performer and singer and songwriter, from Finland. She is recognized worldwide for her creative and holistic choral method: “Making Music with Body and Soul”, which combines vocal expression with movement and drama. Sanna is a popular clinician, guest conductor and performer with choirs around the world. She is a former singer, assistant and vocal trainer of the world famous Tapiola Choir, with a Masters Degree in Music, from the Sibelius Academy.

Previously Sanna founded and conducted many children’s and youth choir programs in Finland and Michigan. Currently living in New York City, Sanna creates choirs for young people who don’t have access to music education, as the Director of Music at Artistic Dreams International, teaches her own initiative of Sing and Shine classes to all who wish to free their voice, and continues her workshops and performances internationally. 

Sanna is also a talented actor, performer, and singer&songwriter. In Finland, children first knew her, from the leading female part in a weekly children's TV-show, Kimsu ja Kampsu, at YLE, the National Finnish Broadcasting Company. With her children's choirs, she later created a popular TV-program for YLE, Musiikkimatka, Musical Journey, which taught children every Saturday morning about different cultures and motivated them to start singing and dancing. Sanna has performed her own songs in live concerts, her one-woman theater shows, and on TV.

Watch Past Performances

Video 11/6/2014: Sanna Valvanne (Finland)

Valvanne uses storytelling, singing, dancing, and theater to take the audience on a journey around the globe. For age 5+. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Finland.

Sanna Valvanne