Vaput, women's choir in Jyväskylä, Finland
Female choir Vaput - over 100 years of singing
Vaput is an active amateur choral group singing a wide-ranging repertoire from sacred music and folk music to contemporary songs. Vaput is based in the City of Jyväskylä in Central Finland. It is the oldest Finnish speaking - and singing - women's choir. Nowadays, however, the choir sings in other languages, too.
The choir is comprised of over 30 singers from different work, life and age groups.
The director Mrs Ulla Kotamäki is a professional music educator. The choir works as part of an adult education institute of the Settlement of Jyvälä, Jyvälän kansalaisopisto. At the same time the choir is an independent registered association.
The choir has performed in several countries. The latest performances abroad were in Italy in 2011 and in Spain 2017.
A CD, Sydämellä, Vaput, was published in 2012. The CD contains Finnish songs from a period of about 100 years
Within the choir there are smaller performing groups. The oldest of them Lauluyhtye Tuulantei. The choir and/or its smaller groups can be ordered to perform, see contact information of Ms Hilkka Heikkilä below.
Vaput organises several concerts each year alone or in cooperation with others.
Every First of May Vaput organizes a coffee concert. The name "Vaput" refers to the First of May (Vappu in Finnish). Through the history of Vaput, the choir has always performed during the First of May. Since 1955, that performance has been a coffee concert, a non-formal occasion of home baked cakes and plenty of singing.
Vaput is an active member of Sulasol, The Finnish Amateur Musicians' Association. Vaput is also one of the founding members of Suomen Naiskuoroliitto, The Finnish Association of Women's Choirs. At the moment the vice president of Naiskuoroliitto is a Vappu, and there is a Vappu in the music committee of the Naiskuoroliitto.
If you know enough language to sing with us in Finnish - and if you can sing! - you are welcome to join Vaput.
Membership fee for Autumn 2018 of the Vaput Association costs €32 per semester (€64/year, students and unemployed -50%). The course fee of the Jyvälä Adult Education Institute is €60 per semester.
Please don't hesitate to contact Vaput! Send a message to the vice conductor of Vaput, Ms Hilkka Heikkilä, heikkilahilkka() gmail.com.
Pages in English were written by Ms Outi Raatikainen, oraatikainen() gmail.com.