TAMPERE CHAMBER MUSIC collaborates with tampere university of applied sciences

Tampere Chamber Music Festival of 2018 brings a variety of people and artists together with an interdisciplinary execution. The festival is organized in collaboration with the teachers and the students of Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK).

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Finland. The school has more than 10 000 students in seven fields of study. Some of the students have had an opportunity to participate in the execution of Tampere Chamber Music Festival.


The event began from the idea of Heini Kärkkäinen, the piano artist, TAMK’s principal lecturer of piano teaching and the artistic director of Tampere Chamber Music festival. The school is now an important partner in the execution of the event. TAMK has allocated resources to the event such as working hours of the artistic director, project manager.  In the production of the festival, students’ know-how is also utilized by giving them an opportunity to participate in organizing the music festival. Besides study credits, the students also gain valuable work and project experience.


The students of TAMK participating in the production of the festival are from the fields of Media, Business Administration, Business Information Systems and Music. There was a desire with the working tasks to let go of the traditional boundaries of the subjects and to give the students opportunities to try different work environments. A student of music pedagogy works as an assistant producer to Heini Kärkkäinen, the artistic director of the Tampere Chamber Music Festival and to Ursula Helsky-Lehtola, the project manager. The students of Business Administration get to know the art world and its operators through their work assignments.


The students of TAMK have had a great role in organizing the festival. Their input is visible for example on the poster and the brochures whose layout and design was made by a student of media and arts. A student from the international programme of media and arts is going to help build a virtual forest in Pyynikki Hall at Tampere Music Academy.


The students have been able to take as much responsibility as they wanted. The producer and project manager of the event, Ursula Helsky-Lehtola, has assembled teams of students based on their interests in for example sales, financial management, webpages and translations. The purpose is to offer students work assignments that give them practical experience, which they can utilize in their upcoming job searches.


The biggest challenge of the students is yet to come. Their work pace is increasing as the festival approaches. It is then that the students’ ability to be flexible, to manage the schedules and to tolerate stress is really tested. However, Ursula Helsky-Lehtola is not worried about the students’ capability of giving their best effort. That’s what they have been doing so far.