In English

The Academic Choral Society (Akateeminen Laulu, AL), established in 1953, is the mixed voice choir of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki. In 2013 AL celebrated its 60th anniversary with a variety of festivities!

At present, the performing strength is around 50 singers. The singers are from different phases of academic life. What we all have in common is a great love for music and a wish to transform a musical hobby into art. The Artistic Director of AL is Dominik Vogt.

The choir performs a cappella works by both Finnish and foreign composers as well as major orchestral works, usually in collaboration with other choirs. Our repertoire includes sacral and profane, serious and fun music from the Renaissance to the present day.

On request AL also performs in smaller groups, e.g. quartets, in different occasions.


  • Dominik Vogt 2017-
  • Ruut Kiiski, 2015–2017
  • Edward Ananian-Cooper 2014–2015
  • Ruut Kiiski, 2008–2014
  • Pasi Hyökki, 2001–2008
  • Seppo Murto, 1994–2000
  • Atso Almila, 1990–1993
  • Matti Hyökki, 1987–1990
  • Ulf Söderblom, 1974–1986
  • Reijo Norio, 1966–1974
  • Ilkka Kuusisto, 1962–1966
  • Jorma Panula, 1961–1962
  • Paavo Berglund, 1959–1961
  • Tauno Hannikainen, 1954–1959
  • Simon Parmet, 1953–1954

Rehearsals and auditioning

Would you like to find a smart way to spend you leisure time and make new friends? Join a choir!

AL rehearses every Thursday at 18–21 in central Helsinki at Meritullintori 3.

Got interested? Contact al.sihteeri(a) right away and ask for an audition. Our next audition day is Thu 1.10. Warmly Welcome!

Contact us

The Academic Choral Society (Akateeminen Laulu, AL)
e-mail al.puheenjohtaja(a)