Country Representing: Sweden
Town/Place Representing: Linköping
Competitions: A4. Male Voice Choirs (Saturday 6 July)
Biography: LINKÖPING UNIVERSITY MALE VOICE CHOIR (Linköpings Studentsångare, former Linköpings Studentsångarförening Lihkören) was founded 1972. The choir has since then developed both musically and organizationally, and it is today regarded as one of the best male voice choirs in Sweden. The singers are recruited both from the university faculties and outside the university to keep the musical quality at highest level. Today, the choir consists of approximately 60 singers, properly dressed in tails. The choir has made many tours abroad, the latest to Iceland in 2016. The goal is always to represent Sweden and our University as ambassadors and to introduce the very best choral culture that Sweden has. At the 2013 Ohrid Choir festival, the choir was awarded best adult choir and received a diploma for the “remarkable performance of Bob Chilcott’s ’Newton’s Amazing Grace”.
In 2016, the choir arranged a composition award for female composers composing for male voice choir that received contest entries from all over the globe.
Christina Hörnell is the choir´s conductor and since the 1st of October 2014 she holds the position of Director musices at Linköpings University. As the Director musices, Christina Hörnell is responsible for the musical activities that the University is hosting as well as the music at the university’s ceremonies. She has previously been conductor and Director of arts for Kongl. Teknologkören in Stockholm 1989-1994 and Akademiska Kören in Stockholm 1991-2007. She was choirmaster at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm 1994-2013 and choirmaster at Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra 2010-2014, The Swedish National Orchestra. Hörnell took her exam as a church musician and received a diploma in conducting at the Royal academy of music in Stockholm. In 1994 she was awarded the Norrby medallion and in 2014 H.M. The King’s medal of the 8th size for her service at the Royal Opera.