Summary in English

The Chamber Choir of the School of Music in Piteå

The Chamber Choir of the School of Music in Piteå at Luleå University of Technology was founded in 1990 by Professor Erik Westberg. With membership consisting of students of the various programs at the School of Music, the choir currently has approximately 25 members. With a repertoire of a cappella works ranging from the Romantic period to the present, the Chamber Choir has performed works by composers such as Alfvén, Bach, Brahms, Eriksson, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, Rautavaara, and Sandström, as well as many works composed by the School of Music’s composition students.

Albums recorded by the Chamber Choir include Den blomstertid nu kommer (Now the time of blossoming arrives) (1999), Music for a while (2003), and En ny himmel (A New Heaven) (2007). A 2007-2008 collaboration with choir director and arranger Anders Nyberg culminated in a recording of many choral works as well as a concert tour in South Africa. The Chamber choir has also recorded the complete a cappella works of Wilhelm Peterson-Berger in collaboration with the Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble, released as a Collector’s Edition by the record label Naxos in 2009.

The Chamber Choir has undertaken over 20 international tours in Europe, Asia, the US, and Brazil. In 2009 the choir toured Spain and the US, including concerts in New York and Middletown, Connecticut. In the fall of 2010, the choir toured Spain again.

In the spring of 2012, the Chamber Choir performed with the Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble in the production of Bara Brahms (Just Brahms), with concerts throughout Northern Sweden. The production has been broadcast multiple times on Sveriges Radio, the Swedish national radio. During the inauguration of the Studio Acusticum organ, the choir performed along with Benny Andersson of Abba the premier of his composition, En skrift i snön (Writings in the snow).  

In June 2012, the choir undertook a 12-day tour of Brazil, with concerts and workshops in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Joao del Rei, Ouro Preto, and Belo Horizonte. In May of 2013, the choir toured the Netherlands, with concerts in Amsterdam, Zwolle, and Zutphen. In May last year, the Choir toured Sardinia, Italy in cooperation with Conservatorio di Musica G. Pierluigi da Palestrina’ di Cagliari through the Erasmus project.  

This year the choir made an international tour to Vancouver, Hawai'i and San Fransisco. They also released their latest CD To See a World with music by Sven-David Sandström, Ludvig Norman, Tomas Jennefelt and others.


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Erik Westberg - Artistic Director

Erik Westberg (b. 1956) studied choral conducting with Professor Eric Ericson at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

He has been the leader of numerous choirs, including the YMCA choir in Stockholm and the Oslo Philharmonic Choir, and he has also been guest conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir. Internationally Professor Westberg has been engaged as guest conductor for Pro Coro Canada, Coro Nacional de España, Coro Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil and Jauna Muzika, Lithuania. He has also been Artist-In-Residence at Wollongong University, Australia.

Professor Westberg was the founder of the project Choral Singing for Peace and Justice, a project which was supported by Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Kofi

Annan, President of Ireland Mary McAleese, Queen Silvia of Sweden, and King Tāufaʻahau Tupou IV of Tonga. During the millennium celebrations, 8,000 choristers in 56 countries were involved in this project, a BBC broadcast from Tonga which was seen by the world’s largest television audience in history.

He founded in 2001 the Barents International Centre for Choral Music, an organization with two professional choir affiliations: the Barents International Chamber Choir and the Barents Vocal Ensemble, with members from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. His audio catalog includes more than a dozen recordings from record labels Opus3, Studio Acusticum, Naxos, and Caprice.

Professor Westberg was awarded the Johannes Norrby Medal in 1993 and the Norrländska Socialdemokraten newspaper’s annual Culture Prize in 1997. In 1999 he was honored as Choral Conductor of the Year by KÖRSAM, the Federation of Swedish Choir Associations, and he received the Municipality of Piteå’s annual Culture Prize in 2002.

In 2006 Professor Westberg was presented with His Majesty the King’s Medal of the Eighth Size with ribbon of the Order of the Seraphim, “For distinguished achievements in Swedish Musical Culture.” He received the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) award for Excellence in Teaching and taught at Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA, in the autumn of 2009.

He has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 2008 and Professor of Choral Conducting and Choral Singing at the School of Music in Piteå at Luleå University of Technology since 2003. 

Erik Westberg